Flight Design hits 300

Flight Design has hit a milestone: The company recently delivered its 300th LSA.

Fight Design Mid-Atlantic's John W. Calla, Jr. hands the keys to the 300th plane to Kenneth Griffin of Southampton, N.J.

Fight Design Mid-Atlantic's John W. Calla, Jr. hands the keys to the 300th plane to Kenneth Griffin of Southampton, N.J.

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X-Air taps SportsPlanes.Com for sales

X-Air LLC has reached an agreement with SportsPlanes.Com to be the exclusive sales agent for the X-Air LS in the U.S.

xair-lsThe LSA will be sold through SportsPlanes.Com’s network of 15 regional dealers, who offer sales, training, maintenance, financing and insurance to the LSA market.

For more information: www.SportsPlanes.Com or www.X-AirLSA.com

‘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

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

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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PlaneFinder 2.0 released

Dan Johnson, a Light Sport Aircraft expert and a columnist for General Aviation News, has released PlaneFinder 2.0 at ByDanJohnson.com.

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FAA Aviation News spotlights LSA

The latest issue of FAA Aviation News focuses on Light Sport Aircraft and Sport Pilot, including training tips and maintenance requirements.

faaThe online edition is available at FAA.gov/news/aviation_news

FAA Aviation News is the safety policy voice for the non-commercial general aviation community. The magazine’s objective is to improve safety by: Making the community aware of FAA resources; helping readers understand safety and regulatory issues; and encouraging continued training

For more information: FAA.gov.

Cessna returns as Sebring sponsor

Cessna has agreed to continue to be the main sponsor of the US Sport Aviation Expo, scheduled for Jan. 21-24, 2010, at Sebring Regional Airport in Sebring, Florida.

“We are thrilled that Cessna has again agreed to be the ‘Presenting Sponsor’ for our event,” said Bob Wood, expo chairman. “Their continued involvement in LSA is of great importance to this community.”

January 2010 will be the sixth time the Expo has been presented. It will continue to be focused on Light Sport Aircraft and the Sport Pilot Certificate. As in the past, free educational forums will be arranged by the Experimental Aircraft Association.

For more information: Sport-Aviation-Expo.com.

Fly before you buy

The e-Go aircraft may not be in production yet, but you can try it now.

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