By buying carefully, adding his own labors, and selling to someone glad to have a fully-finished experimental airplane, Wes has been able to keep his cost of acquisition surprisingly low. Based on figures we discussed, I’d guess Wes is in for about the value of a deluxe new SUV — and I’d call that achievement both inventive and economic.
Magnus Aircraft’s Fusion 212 LSA, which the company claims has “superb aerobatic capabilities,” is being touted as a great way to teach pilots upset recovery training.
Composite-FX’s XEL is a factory-built helicopter, bargain priced at $52,000. GA pilots should have no problem flying the aircraft, which falls under the Part 103 regulations, company officials claim.
When general aviation advocates pushed back against proposed changes to the light-sport aircraft rules — calling many of the FAA’s ideas “overly complex” — a stunning thing occurred: The FAA agreed. Many of those proposals, including Light Personal Aircraft, the Power Index, and a 200-hp cap are now history.
If this young man is any example of what’s ahead for aviation in America, all is well. Jat’s not alone, of course. Many young people around the country are pursing aviation.
Electric aircraft, speedy new Light-Sport Aircraft, a “good” Tornado, and nightly STOL competitions were just some of the highlights at Paradise City, the LSA area of SUN ‘n FUN 2021.
Aeronautical engineer Steve Testrake and Stephen Young acquired the Luscombe assets in June of 2019, creating Luscombe Aircraft Corporation to produce new planes, as well as parts of the existing Luscombe fleet. “Our goal is to revive the legacy of the Luscombe.”
Even in the year of the pandemic, LSA registrations grew in 2020.
The Lightning from Arion Aircraft is available as either a Light-Sport Aircraft (SLSA or ELSA) or as an Experimental Amateur Built version. Bonus: It’s built in the USA.
Expect to see the Whisper in the U.S. by April 2021.