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 →


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 →

Icon A5

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 →


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 →


The cost of certification

Posted on September 9th, 2012 by

Since AirVenture 2012, I’ve been part of several discussions about the way — and reasons why — aircraft become certified. Sound boring? Yes and no. One way this might get your interest is to consider if Icon Aircraft, which is... Continue Reading →


Electric! Gorgeous! Freedom!…4th generation ULS

Posted on September 6th, 2012 by

Randall Fishman virtually invented the electric aircraft. That’s a rather big statement, yet I stand behind it. Randall first showed a functional electric trike at Oshkosh 2007. He’s been on a tear ever since and his ULS is his present... Continue Reading →

QuickSilver GT400

What’s expected at Oshkosh from our LSA expert

Posted on July 22nd, 2012 by

I have several targets on my radar for follow-up at this year’s AirVenture, which kicks off tomorrow, July 23. Here’s a beforehand review; details will follow. LSA seaplanes will generate plenty of interest, Continue Reading →


A tale of two flight schools

Posted on July 8th, 2012 by

Flight schools — like many private buyers — are hyperfocused on, “What does an aircraft cost to operate?” Busy flight schools operating at high volume simply must track how all the pennies add up. In this post we asked US... Continue Reading →


Flying the newest LSA: Sling

Posted on July 5th, 2012 by

While out west on business,  I had the chance to fly the latest SLSA on the list, the South African Sling. Earlier I’ve written about the all-metal LSA’s round-the-world flight, but now this low-wing design is being made available for... Continue Reading →


Tecnam’s Tail Dragger keeps getting better

Posted on July 4th, 2012 by

With five models currently meeting ASTM standards for SLSA, Tecnam has established itself as the leader in prolific design of Light-Sport Aircraft. Much of this design prowess owes to family patriarch Professor Luigi Pascale, known for his incredible output of... Continue Reading →