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 →


LSA companies flock to Florida

Posted on April 4th, 2013 by

No less than three Light-Sport Aircraft companies have recently struck deals with Florida airports, winning the support of local government officials anxious to provide jobs. Continue Reading →

Tecnam to debut new low-wing LSA

Posted on March 31st, 2013 by

Tecnam will reveal its “Astore” next generation Light-Sport Aircraft at AERO Friedrichshafen 2013 in Germany on April 24. Continue Reading →


LSA market share: The rest of the story

Posted on March 14th, 2013 by

We recorded very strong interest in our recent market share post. Traffic spiked to double in the days since our report was posted at ByDanJohnson.com (and that was from record levels). It would appear the LSA segment is hardly in... Continue Reading →


2012 LSA market shares: Cubs and surprises

Posted on March 4th, 2013 by

Our annual review of LSA Market Share brings our updated fleet chart and a second chart showing prior-year registrations. While sales of new SLSA remains below par, the market appears to be experiencing spotty but regular recovery from earlier low... Continue Reading →

Go negative…or work together?

Posted on February 27th, 2013 by

It is true that a pilot of one type aircraft may not know much about nor (therefore) care much about another type aircraft. Ultralight pilots and turbine pilots may not seem to have much in common. Sailplane pilots and crop... Continue Reading →


Wills Wing celebrates turning 40

Posted on February 17th, 2013 by

At the lightest end of flying, one company in the USA excels like no other. For hang glider and paraglider enthusiasts the brand name Wills Wing is as good as it gets. I have long known and admired the owners... Continue Reading →