SkyCraft begins taking deposits

OREM, UTah — On July 29, SkyCraft will begin accepting deposits for the SD-1 Minisport through the website’s Buy-A-Plane page. There are currently 14 pre-orders, filling production slots until summer of 2014, company officials report, adding SkyCraft is able to fill 26 more orders in the 2014 calendar year.

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Production engineering begins on SeaDragon Gen2

Independent Aircraft has begun production engineering of an all composite amphibious light-sport aircraft (LSA) called the SeaDragon Gen2.

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First electric flight for Erik Lindbergh

When a leading proponent of a fresh idea, in this case airplanes powered by electric motors, finally has a chance to use the technology it can significantly heighten his motivation. Such was the case when Erik Lindbergh took the opportunity to fly GreenWing International’s pure-electric eSpyder.

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Bearhawk ships LSA kits, adds second door to Patrol

Bearhawk Aircraft started delivering kits of the Bearhawk LSA (pictured below) in June.

“We offer the Bearhawk LSA as a quick build, a plans-built, and everything in between,” said Mark Goldberg, Bearhawk Aircraft’s owner.

Announced last August, the prototype of the Bob Barrows-designed two seater will be on display at AirVenture.

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Evektor passes FAA audit

The first Light-Sport Aircraft to win FAA acceptance as an SLSA was Evektor. Now, Midwest U.S. Sportstar and Harmony rep Steve Minnich reports Evektor passed a recent FAA audit.

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Rotax 912 iS: Better than predicted

On a recent visit to Rotax near Wels, Austria, I was privileged to examine the immense Rotax engine factory and test facilities with executive Christian Mundigler.

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Single seat darling

Perhaps it’s because we haven’t had so many new SLSA offerings lately (though don’t look away too long as more are definitely on the way!). Maybe it’s because the new new SD-1 Minisport is a single seater.

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Summer celebration of flight

As summer begins to heat up, that can mean only one thing to true-blue aviation enthusiasts. Yup, AirVenture is coming at us like a jet fighter.

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Sebring Expo confirms 2014 dates

The 10th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo — known by most as the Sebring LSA Expo — will take center stage at Florida’s Sebring Regional Airport Jan. 16-19, 2014.

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Access Aviation Project: Creating new pilots

The first step in helping someone get a pilot certificate is getting that person into an airplane. That’s the mission of the Aviation Access Project, an asset management company geared toward Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA).

According to CEO Rick Matthews, to attract wanna-be pilots to the “culture of aviation, we have to make aviation friendlier.”

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