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 →


All new Paradise City at SUN ’n FUN

Posted on December 5th, 2012 by

After a lengthy delay while various government agencies squabbled about exact plans (gee… sound familiar?), earth is being moved on the grounds of the SUN ’n FUN  campus on Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport in Florida, to create an all-new Paradise City. Continue Reading →

Pipistrel Virus

Hitting 100…

Posted on December 4th, 2012 by

When talking of success stories in the Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) world, consider Pipistrel. “This really important news kind of snuck up on me as a surprise,” observed U.S. representative, Michael Coates, “but I have just noticed that our multi-year cooperation... Continue Reading →


Jubilee Jubilation

Posted on December 3rd, 2012 by

LSA market leader Flight Design is beginning to celebrate 25 years in business. To commemorate the occasion, the German company will build a special Jubilee edition of several models in a very limited series of 25 airplanes, Continue Reading →

Flight Design CTLS

Good to go in China

Posted on November 29th, 2012 by

Things are happening in China. “So, what’s new,” you say? “We’ve been hearing about China for months.” Things may move slowly in China but recently Airshow China was held in the southern city of Zhuhai and my colleague, Jan Fridrich... Continue Reading →


Troubles at the top

Posted on November 28th, 2012 by

Even aircraft giants can have problems. Cessna recently issued work orders for more than 200 Skycatchers in an effort that has to cost the big Wichita company well over $300,000*. Continue Reading →


Luxurious Quicksilver dealership: Flying & Living

Posted on November 27th, 2012 by

One of the most storied companies in the entire light airplane space is Quicksilver. Its iconic models have populated the skies more than any other recreational aircraft brand… yes, more than Van’s (7,000+), Rans (4,500+), and Challenger (2,500+) combined! In... Continue Reading →