Why LSA registrations were down in 2013

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A number of people have asked about an updated sales report for 2013. While remembering that we report registrations, not sales, last year was a different sort.

Registrations were down from 2012, with the exception that CubCrafters remains the registration (and presumably sales) leader. American Legend and its Cubs also showed more activity than previous years. Beyond the yellow taildragger squadron, it’s something of a mixed bag.

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Skycatcher and the future

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At the NBAA show this fall, multimillion dollar business jets and working aircraft were the focus. No surprise. After all, the organization is the National Business Aviation Association. While I’ve attended a few times (and am always stunned by the size of the exhibit hall and the opulence of the displays), I was caught off guard when I heard that some reporters asked Cessna’s President and CEO Scott Ernest about the Skycatcher.

One thing that did not surprise me was Ernest’s comment: “No future.”

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First Jubilee CTLSi arrive in U.S.

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SOUTH WOODSTOCK, Conn. — When Jubilee was offered by German Light-Sport Aircraft producer Flight Design, the company announced it would be a limited run. Only 25 would be built to commemorate the company’s 25th anniversary. All 25 were sold shortly after the announcement, company officials report.

Now the first of the Jubilee editions are arriving at Flight Design USA, Flight Design’s representative and importer for North America.

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New company takes over Chinook and Beaver LSAs

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HOUSTON, Texas/Vernon, BC — Brent and Paulette Holomis report that the legacy of the Chinook and Beaver lines of light-sport aircraft will continue as they have sold the assets of Aircraft Sales and Parts, Ltd. to John and Kim Couch of Gloster Aerodrome (1XA7) near Sealy, outside of Houston.

The new company, Aeroplane Manufactory (AM) will immediately begin producing parts for the Chinook Plus 2 and Beaver RX550 for delivery in early 2014, [Read more…]