Two recent announcements have aroused spring fever in pilots and they could not be more different.
One comes from Europe. The other was unveiled in Texas. East meets West.
From the East is a flying wing design based on work by Reimar and Walter Horten. While unorthodox to pilots of general aviation designs, the idea has clear appeal that even the U.S. military has used.
From the West, the second new entry is originally a Brazilian creation that will be fully built in Hondo, Texas. The new Colt should be a great fit to those who raise their eyebrows at the Horten wing.
Such diversity is a hallmark of the Light-Sport Aircraft sector that continues to churn out new ideas in many variations. What a great time to be a pilot. [Read more…]
Texas Aircraft Manufacturing has introduced the Colt Light-Sport Aircraft, which will feature an aviation-grade aluminum airframe, solid metal rivets, welded chromoly passenger safety cell, and a ballistic parachute system.
“It is our belief that the LSA market is in need of a new American made airplane that delivers the safety, strength, comfort and quality that we are building into the new Colt,” said Matheus Grande, CEO of the Hondo, Texas-based company. [Read more…]
“Our EAA chapter and a local flying club were invited to have a tour of the American Legend Aircraft Company, which is famous for the Legend Cub, a two-place, LSA certified aircraft designed for airfields of any size and surface.”
Check out the two-a-half-minute video below: [Read more…]
Is it possible for an aircraft to be more than it appears? Yes, quite easily, it turns out — and the new Sling TSi by The Airplane Factory provides an excellent example.
Changes to Sling TSi appear to center around the use of the most powerful Rotax engine yet offered by the Austrian producer that dominates the world market for light aircraft powerplants.
Yet, notable as the new Rotax 915iS Turbo may be, that is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Below the surface, Sling TSi offers many further refinements and the new design is worthy of a deeper look. [Read more…]
At a journalists-only event at Rotax Aircraft Engines, several of my fellow writers and I got the opportunity to fly the new 915iS.
As we took turns evaluating the brand-new Rotax 915iS, company leaders told us that besides official Rotax pilots and selected airframe builders, we were among the first to experience the powerful new engine from the world’s leading producer of engines for light aircraft. [Read more…]
One of the marvelous transformations to be witnessed is a lonely expanse of World War II concrete ramp morphing into a colorful, energetic, ultimately cool place to hang out, look at lots of modern airplanes of all kinds, talk flying to your old pals and new friends, catch a forum, participate in a workshop, and take a demo flight — or several — if you’re in the market for a new airplane.
In fact, taking a demo flight is one of the main reasons people come to events like the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, and is the main reason vendors bring their shiny, new airplanes.
It’s a match made in heaven and all pilots are invited. [Read more…]
Couldn’t make it to Sebring, Florida, for the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, which opened Jan. 23, 2019, and runs through Jan. 26?
While most of the nation is buried under ice and snow, temperatures on opening day at Sebring were 80°, reports Dan Johnson, the light-sport aircraft expert who writes the SPLOG column for GeneralAviationNews.com and reports on his own site, ByDanJohnson.com. [Read more…]
Germany-based Flight Design is now offering its CT Super Sport Injection in North America.
The model, which boasts a high cruising speed of 120 knots, a VNE of 146 knots, and a useful load of more than 600 pounds, is being reintroduced to the Americas, reported Tom Peghiny, president of Flight Design USA.
“We have primarily sold different versions of the CTLS since its introduction in 2008 and wanted to bring back a lighter model primarily for the U.S. and Canadian markets,” he said. “After consultation with our Canadian distributor, Flight Design Canada, we decided to begin importing the CT Super Sport Injection, which is the model equipped with the advanced Rotax 912iS.” [Read more…]