The next decade of LSA innovation

Posted on September 3rd, 2014 by

At AirVenture Oshkosh this year, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) mounted a very visible celebration of Light-Sport or Sport Pilot-eligible aircraft. The exhibit drew dense traffic throughout the week by offering a large cross section of the aircraft types and... Continue Reading →

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Is this the new GA?

Posted on July 14th, 2014 by

The word “legacy” is often used to refer to products that are dominant today but threatened by disruptive influences. Legacy airlines, for example, are today’s largest carriers but ones burdened with aircraft bought earlier and with labor contracts negotiated years... Continue Reading →

A quarter century of power

Posted on June 12th, 2014 by

In 1989 something remarkable happened. You might remember the fall of the despised Berlin Wall that separated Germany. Certainly that was a remarkable event in human history, but it wasn’t the only noteworthy occurrence that year. Not far away in... Continue Reading →

A solid beginning towards collaboration

Posted on May 25th, 2014 by

Various events are bubbling to the surface as we approach the 10th anniversary of the Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft (SP/LSA) rule this summer. One of these activities occurred at SUN ’n FUN: The USUA/LAMA Safety & Industry Light-Sport Conference. Continue Reading →

Seaplane LSAs take off

Posted on March 30th, 2014 by

Many have now heard that the Light-Sport Aircraft industry achieved an impressive benchmark in its first decade. As the newest aviation segment approaches its 10th birthday in the summer of 2014, airplane designers have created and gained FAA acceptance for... Continue Reading →

The next wave in LSA

Posted on March 12th, 2014 by

Even as we come to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft rule in 2014, many general aviation pilots have only recently become fully aware of this large and growing fleet of more than 134 designs. Let me... Continue Reading →

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Getting ready for the Sebring LSA Expo

Posted on January 15th, 2014 by

People are arriving in Florida for the kick-off of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, Jan. 16. As we enter the last-minute rush to head to the 10th Sebring LSA Expo, as it is known, a few news items... Continue Reading →

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Why LSA registrations were down in 2013

Posted on January 14th, 2014 by

A number of people have asked about an updated sales report for 2013. While remembering that we report registrations, not sales, last year was a different sort. Registrations were down from 2012, with the exception that CubCrafters remains the registration... Continue Reading →

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What’s ahead for LSA in 2014?

Posted on January 5th, 2014 by

True for most of aviation, the Light-Sport Aircraft sector may not recall 2013 as a banner year. However, it was a year of movement in the right direction with a few enterprises doing well. Continue Reading →

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Skycatcher and the future

Posted on December 3rd, 2013 by

At the NBAA show this fall, multimillion dollar business jets and working aircraft were the focus. No surprise. After all, the organization is the National Business Aviation Association. While I’ve attended a few times (and am always stunned by the... Continue Reading →