Light aircraft builders in the USA, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and South Africa are preparing aircraft I choose to call Mosaic LSA or mLSA in preparation for the FAA’s update of the LSA regulations.
Despite a year of war, of plunging stock markets, and sky-high energy prices, of protests and riots in multiple countries, plus ongoing supply chain strains and lingering COVID fears, the LSA market grew by a healthy 18% in 2022, after rising 10% in 2021. The industry is now performing better than in 2019, the last year of relative sanity before COVID lockdowns.
While Rotax dominates the LSA engine market, other contenders, such as Jabiru, are making their mark.
Even as bombs fall and missiles fly, LSA manufacturers in Ukraine are able to continue manufacturing, even in the worst of conditions.
Why is our LSA expert writing about a 93-year-old aircraft? Because it’s back — with a modern twist.
After shipping delays, the Swan 103, designed specifically for the U.S., made its debut at the Midwest LSA Expo in September 2022.
And it’s a high wing model. The bare aluminum glistened in bright sunlight and drew crowds through every day of the OSH22.
While FAA officials did give an update on Mosaic at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022, they also let it be known that the new rule is not ready. That’s because officials have made a big change to the original update.
As Zenith Aircraft celebrates its 30th birthday, it’s a good time to look at what factors make the company a leader in light aircraft.