Microsoft embraces LSAs

Microsoft recently announced the return of Flight Simulator, once one of the best-selling games on computers. Well, in truth, it’s no longer called Flight Simulator, rather simply “Flight.”

In 2009 Microsoft abruptly dropped Flight Sim, leaving only the techy X-Plane for digital joystick jockeys. It’s way above my pay grade to understand why the Microsoft billionaires dropped a good seller but, who cares? It’s back with one Great Big Surprise: The iconic Icon A5 LSA seaplane is the default aircraft and shows even titanic Microsoft sees where the action is in aviation. The other two aircraft coming with Flight are an RV-6 and a Boeing Stearman, a significant change from the Cessna 172 or bizjet of Flight Sim.

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Tecnam’s design juggernaut: Do these guys sleep?

Tecnam already released news about its new Sea-Sky Hydroplane option of straight or four-wheel composite amphibious floats for the Echo Classic or Eaglet models. For the Echo, also known as the P92 (referencing 1992), this represents the sixth generation of that model. The in-house-designed Sea-Sky Hydroplanes (pictured) should be present for Sun ’n Fun, according to importer Tecnam North America.

As late-night TV ads shout, “But there’s more…!” Tecnam also introduced its brand-new taildragger version of the venerable Echo, done in what Phil Solomon calls a “retro style,” with a wood panel and other touches. [Read more...]

Flight Design launches E-Z Upgrade program

Flight Design has launched an incentive program to present-day buyers of its CTLS Light-Sport Aircraft, who can gain a delivery position for the German company’s coming four seater, the C4, plus an additional discount.

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Sebring LSA Expo: Keeps getting better and better

Sunshine, light breezes, and a 15% increase in attendance over 2011 helped make this year’s U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, one of the best attended LSA expos in recent years. (See gallery of photos below).

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Sebring reports record attendance

Organizers of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo held in Sebring, Florida, Jan. 19-22, report record attendance for the show, no doubt helped by sunny skies and warm weather. “For two hours on Saturday, Sebring Regional Airport was the busiest airport in the country,” organizers said.

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Tecnam launches ‘one per state’ demo program

Tecnam North America has launched the “Tecnam One Per State Demo Program” that can save eligible customers 20% off the base price of one of the world’s leading Light-Sport Aircraft.

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Aircraft Spruce offers LSA products

Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co., a leading distributor of homebuilt and certified aircraft parts and materials since 1965, now also distributes many products for Light-Sport Aircraft.

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UL Power to showcase new installations at Sebring LSA Expo

UL Power, which introduced itself to the US market at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in 2006, will be showcasing its engines and several factory-developed firewall-forward (FWF) installations at this year’s show, Jan. 19-22.

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New service center for Flight Design LSAs

Flight Design has appointed US Aviation of Denton, Texas, to provide factory authorized service for the CT series of Light-Sport Aircraft. The Texas company has been a Rotax Service Center for several years and has more than 20 A&P mechanics on staff.

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2nd Annual Sport Pilot Fly-in to the Bahamas slated

Aviators Hot Line is hosting the 2nd Annual Sport Pilot Fly-in to the Bahamas Jan. 22-23, right after the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Fla. Participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt personalized with their N-number and aircraft manufacturer’s emblem.

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