The KAPPA KP-2UR SOVA is a side-by-side two-seat low-wing ultralight aeroplane.
KAPPA Ltd. was established in 1991 in the Czech republic. In 1994 the development of the
all-metal UL aircraft KP-2U SOVA was started. Three prototypes were built: two for the
test flights and one for the strength tests. The first test flight of the SOVA was done in
May 1996. In September 1997 the aircraft obtained the type certificate by the UL-2
regulations from the Air Amateur Association of the Czech republic. In June 1977, KAPPA77 a.s.
was founded and the KP-2U entered serial production. After the KAPPA 77 a.s. was declared
bankruptcy on 16 February 2005, the company Jihlavan airplanes, s.r.o. was founded on 2 March
2005 with the main objective – to proceed in the production of the ultralight aircraft KP 2U SOVA.
On 1 April 2005, the Jihlavan airplanes, s.r.o. became the holder of the manufacture rights, intellectual
properties, etc. of the KP-2U. Over 160 airplanes of the Kappa KP-2U versions were built. After Jihlavan
took over the production of the aircraft it was renamed as the Rapid KP-2U.
On 27 June 2002, KAPPA KP-2UR SOVA s/n 6677H was registered PH-3R5 in the Netherlands. The 2002-built
"SOVA" was a KP-2UR with retractable landing gear. On 23 December 2006, the aircraft was
damaged in a wheels-up landing at the MLA airfield Middenmeer in the Netherlands, after the pilot had
reported geartrouble. The aircraft was repaired. On 4 March 2013, the registered
type of the PH-3R5 was changed in Kappa KP 2U-SOVA. On 1 September 2018, Kappa KP-2U Sova PH-3R5 was
one of the visiting aircraft at Fly-in Gees at the temporary MLA-airfield Gees in Drenthe, Netherlands.