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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 →


Biplane Comet hits 100 — Lycoming coming

Posted on May 6th, 2012 by

Fk Lightplanes in Germany recently celebrated the production of Number 100 of its fascinating model, the Fk12 Comet. This snappy handling, steady flying, folding wing biplane has no competitors in the LSA space, even with 123 total models winning Special... Continue Reading →

FAA forecast for LSAs improbable

Posted on May 3rd, 2012 by

The FAA recently issued its 20-year forecast for aviation, showing growth prospects for business jets and LSAs. It also forecasts a decline in the total number of piston-powered aircraft. Viewed from a distance, this might seem beneficial to LSA producers... Continue Reading →

Positive news for Paradise City

Posted on May 2nd, 2012 by

Even as we prepared for this year’s Sun ’n Fun, I attended a meeting relative to the area known as Paradise City or the Light Plane Area, though some simply call it the Ultralight Area. Whatever you call it, dramatic... Continue Reading →


Cessna suspends Skycatcher sales in Europe

Posted on May 1st, 2012 by

According to a French dealer for Cessna, 80 Skycatcher orders have been cancelled, but Cessna officials in the U.S. say the Wichita giant has just temporarily suspended taking orders for the LSA in Europe. Continue Reading →

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EASA awards first restricted Type Certificates

Posted on April 30th, 2012 by

On Day 1 of Aero 2012, Dave Unwin reported hearing many comments about EASA’s halting move toward acceptance of the concept of Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft, which was invented in the USA. The European Union, with an equally proud heritage of... Continue Reading →

LSA news from Sun ’n Fun continues

Posted on April 18th, 2012 by

Splogger (Sport Pilot Blogger) Dan Johnson continues his recap of Sun ’n Fun, with this installment reporting some news from the show: Continue Reading →