How a ghost doomed the Skycatcher

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In a new blog post, Flying magazine’s Robert Goyer says that the Cessna Skycatcher failed because it was overly sensitive to wind, had a “Made in China” label that infuriated the American marketplace, plus a high price tag. Once the price was raised to $150,000, “the price was too high for what you got, and what you got wasn’t what you really wanted to begin with,” he says. Check it out here

RANS S-20LS Raven now available

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The S-20 Raven from RANS debuted at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo last month. According to company officials, “After many requests for both the kit and our ready-to-fly model of the S-20 – we’ve streamlined the ordering for this up and coming addition to the RANS family.” So, whether you want ready-to-fly or kit, RANS has you covered.

Pilot Report: SAM LS

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SAM LS Designer Thierry Zibi and I met at Sandpiper Aviation at Meacham Airport in Fort Worth during October’s AOPA Summit. We chatted for about an hour prior to climbing aboard the tandem two-seater — named for Zibi’s son — for a flight around the area.

Thierry told me SAM LS prototype we were going to fly had about 145 hours on the airframe, was “docile, safe and enjoyable,” and to look for 70-75 mph on takeoff.

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