Shades of grey

Flight Design CTLS

General Aviation News columnist Dan Johnson recently wrote about LSAs vs. Cessna 150s. The post discusses the pros and cons of a new Light-Sport Aircraft versus the venerable Cessna 150. Dan was a long-time 150 owner and is “the man” when it comes to new LSAs, so he’s as much an expert on both — at the same time — that any of us could hope to find.

Suffice it to say, neither a brand-new LSA or a 30-year-old 150 is the perfect airplane for everyone. The comments quickly evolved into most “cost-effective” and most “expensive” arguments. Very black and white, which makes no sense to me.

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LSAs vs. Cessna 150s

Skycatcher

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 harder to fly — specifically, are they harder to land? The best way to respond is to say that they are different. [Read more…]

Wing spar cap inspections required for C210s

An airworthiness directive (AD) issued May 21 requires one-time inspections of the lower main spar caps on the wings of Cessna 210, P210, and T210 airplanes. According to a report at AOPA.org, the AD calls for either replacement of cracked parts or a to-be-determined FAA-approved modification if cracks are found, as well as reporting of inspection results to the FAA. The AD takes effect June 5 and is expected to affect 3,665 airplanes in the U.S.