What’s ahead for LSA in 2014?

True for most of aviation, the Light-Sport Aircraft sector may not recall 2013 as a banner year.

However, it was a year of movement in the right direction with a few enterprises doing well. [Read more...]

Skycatcher and the future

At the NBAA show this fall, multimillion dollar business jets and working aircraft were the focus. No surprise. After all, the organization is the National Business Aviation Association. While I’ve attended a few times (and am always stunned by the size of the exhibit hall and the opulence of the displays), I was caught off guard when I heard that some reporters asked Cessna’s President and CEO Scott Ernest about the Skycatcher.

One thing that did not surprise me was Ernest’s comment: “No future.”

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Flight Design airframe donated to college

Stanton Sport Aviation, a regional distributor for Flight Design in Minneapolis/St. Paul, recently donated a light-sport airframe to Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC).

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CubCrafters updates Carbon Cub SS and Sport Cub

YAKIMA, Wash. — CubCrafters has unveiled a range of updates for the Carbon Cub SS (pictured) and Sport Cub S2 LSA aircraft for the 2014 model year.

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Super Legend wins S-LSA approval

SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas — American Legend Aircraft Co.’s Super Legend has completed S-LSA approval and FAA certification review.

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First Jubilee CTLSi arrive in U.S.

SOUTH WOODSTOCK, Conn. — When Jubilee was offered by German Light-Sport Aircraft producer Flight Design, the company announced it would be a limited run. Only 25 would be built to commemorate the company’s 25th anniversary. All 25 were sold shortly after the announcement, company officials report.

Now the first of the Jubilee editions are arriving at Flight Design USA, Flight Design’s representative and importer for North America.

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New company takes over Chinook and Beaver LSAs

HOUSTON, Texas/Vernon, BC — Brent and Paulette Holomis report that the legacy of the Chinook and Beaver lines of light-sport aircraft will continue as they have sold the assets of Aircraft Sales and Parts, Ltd. to John and Kim Couch of Gloster Aerodrome (1XA7) near Sealy, outside of Houston.

The new company, Aeroplane Manufactory (AM) will immediately begin producing parts for the Chinook Plus 2 and Beaver RX550 for delivery in early 2014, [Read more...]

Contest to win the ‘Expo Experience’ at Sebring launched

Organizers of the 10th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, have launched The Expo Experience. The winner will get two four-day passes to the show, slated for Jan. 16-19 at Sebring Regional Airport (SEF), four nights lodging at a local hotel, and access to all VIP events during the Expo, [Read more...]

Flight Design unveils Americas Edition

Flight Design has unveiled another limited edition model of the CTLSi, the Americas Edition, which features special paint graphics and equipment. Just 25 of the Americas Edition will be produced, according to officials with the German company.

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Opus Aircraft to be sold at auction

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — Opus Aircraft, which manufactures the Super 2, a light-sport aircraft, will be sold at a Sealed Bid Auction on Nov. 15 in Greensboro, N.C.

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