FAA clarifies who is an LSA manufacturer

Posted on July 2nd, 2012 by

Late last month, the FAA issued its anticipated notice of policy that clarifies who can qualify as a Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) manufacturer. You may wish to read the entire policy statement and, as government documents go, this one is fairly... Continue Reading →

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One solution to the flight school dilemma

Posted on July 1st, 2012 by

Anyone who has tried to borrow money in the last five years knows how tough it has become. Banks supported by government guarantees practically gave money away before the subprime meltdown but are now being much more careful. That’s a... Continue Reading →


Is spin resistance a big deal? Well, yes!

Posted on June 28th, 2012 by

On Memorial Day I had a chance to visit Icon Aircraft and spend some time with CEO Kirk Hawkins. We met seven years ago — just after the Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) rule was released — near the beginning of... Continue Reading →


Evektor wins EASA Type Certificate

Posted on June 27th, 2012 by

The rush is on in Europe, at least for the best-prepared of LSA producers. EASA, the European Aviation Safety Agency, has accepted ASTM standards as a means of certifying light aircraft in the European Union, but put its own stamp... Continue Reading →


Electric Sports weight-shift trike impresses

Posted on June 17th, 2012 by

AERO, held each year in the south of Germany, is one of those shows that has interesting aircraft in more nooks and crannies than even a crack reporter can find. Thanks to Tom Peghiny of Flightstar eSpyder and Flight Design... Continue Reading →


Flying the Bristell

Posted on June 10th, 2012 by

Since the Sebring LSA Expo in January, the airshow season has rushed by at warp speed and now we can return to more aircraft flown at the event that kicks off the aviation year. In this post, we’ll have a... Continue Reading →


Pipistrel finalizes a new LSA trainer

Posted on May 31st, 2012 by

Engineers at Pipistrel must not sleep in too often. This company, which won the NASA efficiency challenge several times — in 2011 taking home a $1.35 million cash prize — just unveiled a full-size version of a sleek four-seat design... Continue Reading →

FAA forecast: Spot on or improbable?

Posted on May 30th, 2012 by

As the Light-Sport Aircraft industry ramps up for a summer of flying and the season’s biggest celebration of flight, AirVenture Oshkosh, I am still analyzing the FAA’s recently issued 20-year forecast for aviation, which shows growth prospects for LSAs, while... Continue Reading →


LSAs vs. Cessna 150s

Posted on May 29th, 2012 by

There’s been a lot of debate in the aviation community over the value and challenges of LSA as flight trainers compared to old standards like Cessna 150s. I’d like to weigh in on some the questions being raised. Are LSA... Continue Reading →


Welcome to Sling

Posted on May 28th, 2012 by

Have you been thinking that it’s been some time since a new Special LSA was announced? While the torrid pace of yesteryear has abated, it ain’t over by a long shot. I know of at least a dozen aircraft still... Continue Reading →