Dine with Patty Wagstaff

Posted on January 17th, 2013 by

On Day 2 of this year’s Sebring US Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, EAA Chapter 1240 is sponsoring a dinner featuring aerobatic expert Patty Wagstaff who will perform at the show … with such an airshow being a first... Continue Reading →

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Stick wigglers vs. glass panel geeks

Posted on January 9th, 2013 by

After flying more than 350 different aircraft models, I’ve become reasonably adept at what some pilots call “stick wiggling.” The reference is for all the actions you take to physically fly the plane. This is about what’s required on very... Continue Reading →


General aviation in China

Posted on January 8th, 2013 by

In late November the southern China city of Zhuhai hosted a large collection of aircraft at Airshow China. We’ve been hearing about this once-closed country in matters of aviation so often, readers might be interested to see some photos taken... Continue Reading →

The effects of political wrangling on LSA

Posted on January 6th, 2013 by

The new year is here and with it the effects of Congressional wrangling over the so-called fiscal cliff. Maybe the political leadership have found some temporary resolve, but eventually cuts appear inevitable. Some aviation groups have gloomily predicted as much... Continue Reading →


Looking ahead to the Sebring LSA Expo

Posted on December 17th, 2012 by

The holidays approach like a lumbering airliner on final, sure and certain. With its arrival, aviation in America can take stock of the year and begin the anticipation for a new season to dawn once the days begin to lengthen.... Continue Reading →


Russian ‘Beetle’ takes off

Posted on December 12th, 2012 by

News from Russian sport aircraft producers is rare. Though the old USSR had a vast military aircraft complex, that hasn’t translated to recreation aircraft the way it did in the formerly Soviet Czech Republic, where many of our LSA originate.... Continue Reading →


Long, winding approval tale — SLSA #128

Posted on December 11th, 2012 by

A most remarkable thing happened recently. I refer to a recent approval of a brand new Special LSA. Why is that noteworthy, especially as it is #128 on our SLSA List? Everyone in the business of LSA and most other... Continue Reading →


Tecnam offers bargain-priced Echo Classic Light

Posted on December 10th, 2012 by

Major Italian producer Tecnam has launched the P92 Classic Light microlight. This is the seventh-generation model in Tecnam P92 range of airplanes, which this year celebrated 20 years of production. Continue Reading →


Happy Birthday, ASTM

Posted on December 9th, 2012 by

The group of folks, mostly volunteers, who have written the ASTM standards used to “certify” Light-Sport Aircraft celebrated their 10th anniversary in Atlanta at the end of October. Continue Reading →


LSA not durable enough? Nonsense! Here’s proof

Posted on December 6th, 2012 by

Again, I heard a common refrain. This time was at the AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, California. I was speaking with some GA fellows, the kind — like so many — that know well of Light-Sport Aircraft but have... Continue Reading →