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 →

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Rotax launches new 912 iS fuel-injected engine

Posted on May 13th, 2012 by

In a product launch somewhat comparable to an Apple product event, BRP Rotax recently drew a large group of attendees to its facility in Gunskirchen, Austria, to launch its new 912 iS engine. In the tech world, “i” means Internet.... Continue Reading →


Aerotrek success mirrors other positive news

Posted on May 10th, 2012 by

Aerotrek may be one of those “sleepers.” You know, the kind of company that does well, has few problems, and doesn’t need to make a lot of noise to be successful. Aerotrek’s tri-gear and taildragger models look great, fly well,... Continue Reading →


Kodak moment for Quicksilver

Posted on May 9th, 2012 by

Among all aircraft producers in the world, a very limited number have exceeded the daunting barrier of delivering more than 10,000 airplanes. Those in this exclusive club include manufacturers of major aircraft such as Boeing, Cessna, Piper, and precious few... Continue Reading →

MoGas flying higher as avgas price rises

Posted on May 8th, 2012 by

“Things are really popping with autogas,” said Kent Misegades, one member of a group, the Aviation Fuel Club, trying to assure more LSA-friendly fuels (like zero ethanol or E0). Though the new Rotax 912 iS can handle ethanol, it truly... Continue Reading →