Pilots not closely following Light-Sport aviation can be excused for thinking only one LSA seaplane is available.
Established LSA companies like Progressive Aerodyne and its Searey or Scoda‘s Super Petrel or Airmax’s SeaMax or any number of aircraft to which floats have been fitted may be somewhat baffled by the outsized attention Icon Aircraft‘s long-delayed A5 receives from aviation and non-aviation media.
On the other hand, most leaders of these companies do admit that Icon’s media juggernaut also brings attention to LSA seaplanes in general.
With that in mind, are you ready for one that might out-WOW the A5? [Read more…]
Pardon a little fun in the title. I recalled the line long ago attributed to Henry Ford, “You can have any color Model T you want, as long as it’s black.”
Sonex Aircraft had so regularly brought bright yellow airplanes to airshows, folks could be excused for thinking that was the only color available. Of course, since the company sells kit aircraft, you can have whatever color your wallet can handle.
Why wouldn’t you want a red one? The color works for Ferrari. [Read more…]
Officials at Bearhawk Aircraft report the first flights of two Bearhawk Light-Sport Aircraft built by customers from Quick-Build kits.
Owner/builders Bruce McElhoe of California and Bob Way of Alabama completed, certified and flew their Bearhawk LSAs, the first two completions, in November 2016. [Read more…]
You are a pilot. You probably own a smartphone. Perhaps you use a tablet, too. Certainly these devices are helpful, convenient, fun, and carry a reasonably low price, at least compared to most instruments you might install in your airplane. Numerous, constantly-refined apps have made these common devices incredibly useful to pilots.
However, using an iPad in the cockpit may not be as easy as you’d like. Two reasons spring to mind:
- The information received by the iPad could have shortcomings; and,
- The iPad can be challenging to hold securely and may very well need power to continue operating for the duration of your flight.
Let me introduce you to two companies you may not know. Each can help you address the problems above and neither will cost you dearly. Intrigued? [Read more…]
In the beginning the aviation world had Cessna, Piper, Beechcraft, and a handful of other recognized names. We still have many of them, but most famous brands have trained their focus on larger aircraft, while the more affordable space is increasingly occupied by Light-Sport Aircraft manufacturers and a broad array of kit-built aircraft.
“No comparison,” you might say. “GA planes are ‘real’ aircraft with four seats and have proven themselves over many years in the field.”
In the last decade, some LSA companies have succeeded enough to expand their envelope.
This story is about a South African builder that started with ultralights, progressed to LSA, and has now entered the four-seat space. I refer to The Airplane Factory (TAF) and its Sling models. [Read more…]
A dozen years ago, at the beginning of September 2004, FAA’s newest regulation became “effective” as the agency terms it. That regulation gave birth to Sport Pilot and Light-Sport Aircraft. The former is a new pilot certificate and the latter is a fresh breed of aircraft that gained acceptance in a completely new way.
How is it going on the 12th birthday of the new category? [Read more…]