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CubCrafters’ 180-hp Carbon Cub SS…Hoo Rah!

Posted on November 15th, 2012 by

We recently completed a full video pilot report (available below) on the CubCrafters Carbon Cub SS. The west coast company’s popular model with a potent 180-horsepower engine leaps off the runway with such enthusiasm it can appear a visual trick. Continue Reading →

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Van’s unveils fully built RV-12

Posted on November 12th, 2012 by

Honestly, I didn’t expect much LSA news at AOPA’s Aviation Summit in Palm Springs. Despite several LSA on display, including Kitfox, Evektor, Flight Design, Arion, Jabiru, SportCruiser, Skycatcher, and CubCrafters, the AOPA event is not a common place for LSA... Continue Reading →

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A sigh of relief

Posted on November 5th, 2012 by

Soon, it passes. I don’t refer to the move from summer’s heat to the cold days of winter, but rather to the merciful end to the political season that cannot come too soon for many aviators. Of course, we worry... Continue Reading →

‘Half the cost, twice the safety’

Posted on November 1st, 2012 by

I recently attended an ASTM meeting. This is for the standards that are used to “certify” Light-Sport Aircraft. Yes, it’s pretty dry stuff but it is the way such a staggering development of 128 new models of LSA has been... Continue Reading →

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SLSA #127: SAB Vulcan

Posted on October 31st, 2012 by

SAB’s Vulcan isn’t entirely new. The design has existed in Europe and arrived in the USA more than two years ago, but stealthily avoided our radar as a Special Light-Sport Aircraft until the 2012 Midwest LSA Expo at the Mt.... Continue Reading →

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Cessna tops LSA market list

Posted on September 30th, 2012 by

Anticipation is always high for the latest market share information and I am happy to provide an update, thanks to my European associate Jan Fridrich who does the hard work of sifting through FAA’s database. I remind you that his... Continue Reading →

From yawns to very cool

Posted on September 16th, 2012 by

Does the idea of electronic circuit breakers (ECB) make you yawn and look around for something more interesting? I understand, but this is truly a cool product. ECB developer Vertical Power also offers a related and extremely compelling product. After... Continue Reading →

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LSA news wrap — Rotax-Icon-Tecnam-More

Posted on September 13th, 2012 by

Another busy week in the Light-Sport Aircraft world. Here are just a few brief news stories from the LSA space: ROTAX “EMERGENCY AD?” — Aviation media was all over the Rotax “Emergency AD” story, but is that entirely accurate? Aren’t... Continue Reading →

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Cirrus returning to LSA? Well, yes…for Icon

Posted on September 11th, 2012 by

Icon Aircraft and Cirrus Aircraft recently announced a deal for the general aviation composite aircraft producer to build parts of the Icon A5 and the news introduced dates for the A5 to come to market. Several years ago I traveled... Continue Reading →

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Remarkably priced, fully built & powerful CH-750

Posted on September 10th, 2012 by

Some say Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) are too expensive. With some topping $200,000, that rings true… in some cases. Yet more budget-friendly models are available and Oshkosh 2012 unveiled another. Now Zenith Aircraft’s kit STOL CH 750 is available as a... Continue Reading →