Van’s RV-12 earns S-LSA certification

Van's Aircraft RV-12
Van's Aircraft RV-12

Van's Aircraft RV-12

Van’s Aircraft RV-12 was awarded a Special Light Sport Aircaft (S-LSA) certificate on July 21. The certification represents the culmination of three years of design, testing, and attention to the details of complying with all the requirements of the Light Sport Aircraft category.

The next day, Van’s East Coast representative Mitchell Lock flew his first Experimental Light Sport Aircraft (E-LSA) version. Built in Mitch’s Maryland shop, “New Blue” is the first RV-12 built outside Van’s factory.

The easily removable wings, simple construction and traditional “RV” handling qualities of the RV-12 have made the airplane a favorite with Light Sport aircraft builders. Two hundred and fifty RV-12s are under construction in several different countries.

Legend Cub financing now available

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New aircraft financing is available from AirFleet Capital for the Legend Cub.

cubThe LSA is manufactured by American Legend Aircraft Co. With AirFleet Capital financing, customers can fly away in a new Legend Cub for around $689 per month, American Legend officials said.

Terms of financing require a minimum of 15% down. Fixed rate financing is available on a 20-year note with no penalty for early payment.

For more information: 903-885-7000 or www.legend.aero.

‘It’s my insurance policy’

David Morgan from Monroe, Ohio is building an RV-12 in his single-stall garage with his wife Rose. He is quoted in the Middletown Journal article that…

“I’m having a little bit of medical problems and it’s my insurance policy that if I don’t pass my physical that I can fly this with my driver’s license.”

This quote would lead me to believe the industry still has a little educating to perform. A reader named Hugo correctly commented at the end of the story that it would be better to forgo a flight physical rather than risk failing. Read the story and see the photos here.

ICON receives new round of investment capital

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ICON Aircraft closed another round of equity financing in June. The new round of investment capital is intended to take ICON through the completion of its ongoing engineering and flight test program as well as the manufacturing phase for the ICON A5 amphibious sport plane.

hydrotestThe company’s $40-million in backlogged sales – the order book has surpassed 400, which means the first two years of production are already pre-sold – was instrumental in the “high investor confidence” in ICON, according to Kirk Hawkins, CEO.

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Allegro LSA: Made in USA

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The Allegro Light Sport Aircraft will now be built in the USA by Allegro USA LLC.

allegro-2007-0709Formerly built by Fantasy Air in the Czech Republic, the Allegro has a new home in Roseburg, Oregon.

“We believe in the Allegro and the USA Light Sport market, and will continue with our expansion of the Allegro for the United States market and beyond,” said Doug Hempstead, president of Allegro USA.

For more information: 919-775-2224 or sales@b-bar-daviation.com. Website to be launched soon.

Buy an LSA at the mall?

The Fresno Fashion Fair Mall in California will host an unusual display in its center court this week – an airplane. To reach a new audience, Central Valley Sport Planes Inc., located at Fresno’s Downtown Chandler Airport, is partnering with T-Bird Aviation and Remos Aircraft to display a new Remos LSA (pictured) at the mall’s center court July 9-12 to inspire shoppers to spread their wings and learn to fly.

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