The Falcon 2.0 from Renegade Light Sport flew for the first time Saturday, Oct. 2 (see video and test pilot interviews here). Lycoming‘s new O-233 LSA engine provides the power for the Falcon 2.0. First flight lasted .6 hours with four takeoffs and landings. Test pilot Rob Runyan, “saw 1,000 feet AGL by the end of the 4,000 foot runway” at Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Weather in Missouri has limited follow-up flights, but Renegade’s Christopher Bailey reported, “daily flights will start today [Oct. 7].”
Popular Mechanics writer David Moland asks, “Who’s Klling the Electric Plane?” According to Moland, “The FAA decrees that LSAs be powered only by reciprocating engines, a measure intended to keep high-powered turbine engines out of the hands of novice sport pilots.” Read the complete story and the large handful of comments here.
The Mt. Vernon (Illinois) Register-News reports planning for the October 1-3 Midwest LSA Expo is proceeding nicely. The Expo is a collaborative effort that has brought together several disparate area organizations.
[Chris] Collins [Mt. Vernon Outland Airport airport manager] said the Expo, which will be held Oct. 1 through 3, has been a joint effort between the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, City of Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County Development Corporation and Mt. Vernon Outland Airport. So far, 37 of the 47 aircraft slots have been filled, and about 15 exhibitors have signed on board, according to Collins.
Read the complete story here.
The October 1-3 Midwest LSA Expo (Mt. Vernon, Illinois) reports nearly 40 aircraft dealers/factories have signed on to exhibit in a July 30 story in the Mt. Vernon Register-News. General Aviation News is producing the show program. If you are interested in advertising to this target market, contact Larry or Mickey Price at 888-735-9379.
Orlando Gateway Sport Pilot Flight Training Center, a sport pilot flight school, recently opened at Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) in Florida.
Roger Frechette, a certified flight and ground instructor, owns and operates the training facility along with three instructors. Frechette and his team have nearly 20 years’ flight instruction experience.
The center is associated with Remos Flight Training Center and one of four locations in Florida. Participants can be certified with a sport pilot license in as little as three weeks. The center also offers Discovery Flights, which are for those who want a flying experience as a passenger, for $79 per flight.
For more information: 407-414-8359 or www.orlandogatewaysportpilot.com
Van’s Aircraft RV-12 was awarded a Special Light Sport Aircaft (S-LSA) certificate on July 21. The certification represents the culmination of three years of design, testing, and attention to the details of complying with all the requirements of the Light Sport Aircraft category.
The next day, Van’s East Coast representative Mitchell Lock flew his first Experimental Light Sport Aircraft (E-LSA) version. Built in Mitch’s Maryland shop, “New Blue” is the first RV-12 built outside Van’s factory.
The easily removable wings, simple construction and traditional “RV” handling qualities of the RV-12 have made the airplane a favorite with Light Sport aircraft builders. Two hundred and fifty RV-12s are under construction in several different countries.
New aircraft financing is available from AirFleet Capital for the Legend Cub.
The LSA is manufactured by American Legend Aircraft Co. With AirFleet Capital financing, customers can fly away in a new Legend Cub for around $689 per month, American Legend officials said.
Terms of financing require a minimum of 15% down. Fixed rate financing is available on a 20-year note with no penalty for early payment.
For more information: 903-885-7000 or www.legend.aero.
ChinaView is reporting that Cessna manufacturing partner, Shenyang Aircraft Industry Company (SAIC), will fly a Chinese-assembly-line-built Cessna 162 Sky Catcher by the end of the year.
Flight Design has hit a milestone: The company recently delivered its 300th LSA.