Rotax 912 iS: Better than predicted

Posted on June 27th, 2013 by

On a recent visit to Rotax near Wels, Austria, I was privileged to examine the immense Rotax engine factory and test facilities with executive Christian Mundigler. Continue Reading →


Single seat darling

Posted on June 26th, 2013 by

Perhaps it’s because we haven’t had so many new SLSA offerings lately (though don’t look away too long as more are definitely on the way!). Maybe it’s because the new new SD-1 Minisport is a single seater. Continue Reading →

Summer celebration of flight

Posted on June 25th, 2013 by

As summer begins to heat up, that can mean only one thing to true-blue aviation enthusiasts. Yup, AirVenture is coming at us like a jet fighter. Continue Reading →


Broken Wing project debuts

Posted on June 19th, 2013 by

Renegade Light Sport recently unveiled its Broken Wing project for wounded warriors. Officials with the company, which recently relocated to Saint Lucie County Airport in Fort Pierce, Florida, said, “We will introduce our injured military heroes to the freedom of... Continue Reading →

Make your voice heard

Posted on June 19th, 2013 by

Each year, the FAA surveys the flying population seeking information on aviation activity and safety. The general aviation and professional flyer community responds but often recreational aviation details are sparse. You can help change that. Continue Reading →


First factory-built Van’s RV-12 delivered

Posted on June 18th, 2013 by

Forty years and more than 8,000 airplanes flying easily makes Van’s Aircraft the most prolific kit aircraft supplier in the history of aviation. Does anyone in flying not know about the RV-series? What everyone may not know (or remember) is... Continue Reading →

Icon A5

More weight or less weight?

Posted on June 2nd, 2013 by

Icon Aircraft has been (probably not too patiently) waiting for the FAA to answer its formal request for exemption to the Light-Sport Aircraft gross weight parameter for its Icon A5 (pictured). Continue Reading →

LSA video bonanza

Posted on May 28th, 2013 by

We were busy at Aero Friedrichshafen 2013, knocking out more than 30 videos for your viewing information and entertainment. That’s more than seven videos per day and a sum of more than five hours total running time (more than three... Continue Reading →


Visiting Rotax and Pipistrel

Posted on May 27th, 2013 by

We paid two memorable visits after AERO ended and I’ll tell you a little about each one … but first … While I was at Pipistrel in the office of boss Ivo Boscarol, he received word that Matevz Lenarcic had... Continue Reading →


Summer’s coming: Cool it, fellow pilots!

Posted on May 26th, 2013 by

Across the northern U.S. states and across much of Europe it was a lousy, cold, snowy winter. It seemed everyone I spoke to at AERO in Friedrichshafen, Germany, complained about the crappy winter and their laments mirrored those from America’s... Continue Reading →