My associate in Europe, Jan Fridrich of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) Europe, has been the source for a database search for many years as I seek to report light-sport aircraft (LSA) market share statistics in the USA.
He scours the FAA registration information and laboriously assembles the numbers. As he and I work to produce accurate info, Jan often makes contact with selected companies when questions arise, as they often do.
I also reach out to producers in our effort to make the best possible use of the registration data to create our rankings.
Jan has been one of his country’s representatives in the Czech Republic’s official work with the Chinese to help that nation build its lighter aviation infrastructure. He’s made many trips to China in the last two years.
Along with frequent travel in his job for LAMA, time is short for him to find the hours it takes to review the FAA’s data. For 2015 data, he completed the effort as I headed to SUN ‘n FUN and then to AERO in Germany, so finally, here is our report with hearty thanks to Jan for doing this tedious work. [Read more…]
Last fall, I wrote about four Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) you could buy for under $96,000. For many pilots, this price point seemed to strike a melodious chord. Unless you are flying for work purposes, you may prefer to spend only a modest amount to enjoy the view from on high.
In this column, I’ll show you a few examples of how you can take the cost of ownership way down … well below $50,000, even below $20,000. Yes, this is for brand-new, fully built aircraft, though kit versions are available to address an interest in greater personalization. [Read more…]
CHUGIAK, Alaska — Airframes Alaska reports the approval and first production run of the first Ultralight Alaskan Bushwheel. The Alaska-based company worked in collaboration with French wheel-and-brake manufacturer Beringer Aero to develop the new lightweight backcountry airplane tire specifically for European light-sport aircraft (LSA). [Read more…]
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — REMOS AG, once one of the top-selling Light-Sport Aircraft in North America, has returned to the United States.
Reorganized and with new management, the company has established a distribution center at Skybound Aviation at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport (KCGI). Under the direction of Mac McCallister, Skybound is selling parts and providing service for existing REMOS owners.
Beginning this summer, they will be present at AirVenture and will be taking orders for copies of the new GXiS model.
Skybound, which first became a REMOS dealer in 2012, is also providing flight training for people transitioning to a REMOS or for those wishing to earn a Sport Pilot License. Skybound offers Private Pilot and IFR training in the REMOS.
Designed by German engineers, REMOS AG recently upgraded and refined the powerplant and avionics options in the new model. REMOS has developed a computerized system for starting the Rotax 912 iS Sport fuel injected engine. Starting is now a process of turning the key and pressing a “Start” button, reducing a once-complicated process to just two steps.
It has also adopted the new 10-inch Dynon touch sensitive screens along with the Garmin GTN 750, an all in one WAAS GPS/NAV/COM navigation system and control panel for radio, audio panel, transponder and autopilot.
“The company is on solid footing today,” said Mac McCallister (pictured below), “and we’re very enthusiastic about making the new GXiS available to pilots in North America. REMOS performance has always been excellent and with the new technologies in the panel and firewall forward, the aircraft raises the bar for owner benefits.”
As a part of its new global marketing strategy, REMOS AG has added a dozen new dealers in countries around the globe and will continue to add new dealers in North America, company officials noted.
The nation appears almost hypnotized by the ongoing spectacle of this year’s presidential debates. Sometimes these highly watched broadcasts have real substance to them, but many describe them as political theater, an apt term when a clash of personalities drives ratings as much as discussion of important current events. [Read more…]
Twelve years ago when Light-Sport Aircraft burst on the aviation scene, pilots were hungry to learn more about these machines. Not only could they be flown without a medical, they were packed with new technologies. Glass cockpits and carbon fiber fuselages are now common, but LSA were among the first to adopt them.
Most of the first LSA came from overseas. Today, we see a greater balance between U.S.- and foreign-produced aircraft. How were Americans to learn about brands they never heard of, such as Tecnam, Flight Design, Pipistrel, Evektor, and more? How about at an airshow? [Read more…]
By BILL WILSON
The promise of light-sport aviation began with hopes of a cheaper way to get into or stay in aviation. These hopes focused around lower prices for new aircraft and the potential for reduced operating costs.