Remos GX

$30 burger flight and LSA leaseback

Posted on November 25th, 2012 by

A fun thing happened this weekend. Such pleasures occur regularly across the USA where we enjoy so much aviation freedom. This time I got in on part of a weekend fly-out. Plus, I want to celebrate a thriving LSA flight... Continue Reading →

DanJohnson

Light-Sport Aircraft…at home and abroad

Posted on November 22nd, 2012 by

My European associate and friend, Jan Fridrich, coined a phrase a few years ago: “Global LSA,” he said, meaning the ASTM standards set could be used in any country and thereby create a worldwide market for recreational aircraft. Already a... Continue Reading →

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You can help prove the safety of LSA

Posted on November 20th, 2012 by

In light of recent developments, perhaps some ups and downs of FAA’s involvement with Light-Sport aviation can offer perspective. First some background, then an appeal for your help on behalf of LSA. Continue Reading →

Freedom S100

LSA seaplane invasion…Can it happen?

Posted on November 18th, 2012 by

What’s going on out in the marketplace? More than any time since the launch of Light-Sport Aircraft in 2004, I have not observed such a frenzy of activity for a particular niche, this time for LSA seaplanes. Next season, in... Continue Reading →

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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 →

RV12

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 →

DanJohnson

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 →

VulcanC-100

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 →

Skycatcher

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 →