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.”

[Read more...]

ICON raises $60 million to start production

LOS ANGELES — ICON Aircraft has raised its fourth and final round of equity funding, totaling more than $60 million.

[Read more...]

Broken Wing project debuts

Renegade Light Sport recently unveiled its Broken Wing project for wounded warriors. Officials with the company, which recently relocated to Saint Lucie County Airport in Fort Pierce, Florida, said, “We will introduce our injured military heroes to the freedom of flight using two specially designed and equipped SC07 Speed Cruisers.”

[Read more...]

First factory-built Van’s RV-12 delivered

Forty years and more than 8,000 airplanes flying easily makes Van’s Aircraft the most prolific kit aircraft supplier in the history of aviation. Does anyone in flying not know about the RV-series?

What everyone may not know (or remember) is that Van’s entered into a deal with Synergy Air to fully build an initial run of a dozen ready-to-fly RV-12s as it enters into the new and quite different realm of manufactured aircraft under the Light-Sport Aircraft rule.

[Read more...]

First flight for Tecnam’s Astore

The successful first flight of the Tecnam Astore Light-Sport Aircraft took place at Tecnam’s Capua production facility on May 27.

[Read more...]

More weight or less weight?

Icon Aircraft has been (probably not too patiently) waiting for the FAA to answer its formal request for exemption to the Light-Sport Aircraft gross weight parameter for its Icon A5 (pictured).

[Read more...]

LSA video bonanza

We were busy at Aero Friedrichshafen 2013, knocking out more than 30 videos for your viewing information and entertainment. That’s more than seven videos per day and a sum of more than five hours total running time (more than three Hollywood movies in minutes of viewing time). With these and all the videos shot at this year’s SUN ’n FUN, we expect to offer more than 300 videos on our LSA Video page — and all are free.

CH 650 kit part of new book

Things Come Apart,” a new book by Todd McLellan, makes visible the inner workings of a camera, clock, power drill, iPad and a Zenith CH 650. These disassembled objects show that even the most intricate of modern technologies can be broken down and understood, while beautifully illustrating the quality and elegance of designs.

[Read more...]

Visiting Rotax and Pipistrel

We paid two memorable visits after AERO ended and I’ll tell you a little about each one … but first … While I was at Pipistrel in the office of boss Ivo Boscarol, he received word that Matevz Lenarcic had reached the North Pole on his flight reported earlier. Congratulations on this achievement; a long flight across the North Atlantic remains. Godspeed!

The two visits were to Rotax Aircraft Engines and to Pipistrel. These two are not geographically far apart and work closely. Each spoke highly of the other and both companies are highly impressive places to visit.

[Read more...]

SkyCraft begins production on SD-1 Minisport

OREM, Utah — SkyCraft Airplanes began production of its SD-1 Minisport this month, which will be available for order as an S-LSA starting in July.

[Read more...]