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LSA - Light-Sport Aircraft

More popular than ever, light-sport aircraft (LSAs) are here and flying. Discover the latest trends in sport planes and see the aircraft that are making the dream of flying a reality for thousands.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Celebrating 10 Years Of Sport Aviation


The latest and greatest from the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2014



Celebrating 10 Years Of Sport AviationThe 10th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo drew a near-record crowd of more than 20,000 to Sebring Municipal Airport (SEF) in mid-January for what has become the nation's premier sport-aircraft showcase and the kickoff to general aviation's annual calendar of events.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

2013 LSA Buyer’s Guide


Stronger sales, more new models and something for everybody: That’s LSA!



2013 LSA Buyer’s GuideThe economy is resurgent, and light sport has weathered the storm.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Wings Of Freedom


A brief review, some reminiscence and a broad-stroke celebration of Light-Sport Aircraft



Wings Of FreedomOver the last four-plus years, I've had the good fortune to fly around 30 S-LSA models.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

It's An LSA World


Fun, useful, life-changing: LSA proving themselves at work and play



It's An LSA WorldNew movements can take awhile to root in the public consciousness.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Masters Of Glass: LSA Avionics Roundup


High-tech, affordable glass panels continue to impress with amazing innovation



Masters Of Glass: LSA Avionics RoundupThe economy hasn't dampened the resolve or enthusiasm of the avionics industry, which continues its feverish develop-ment of ever-more-spectacular instrumentation to help us fly with greater awareness, safety and simplicity.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Grandpa’s Kitfox…Not!


A lively, refined STOL winner 26 years in the making



Grandpa’s Kitfox…Not!Just a few minutes into my flight with Kitfox's head honcho John McBean, it's obvious the current Kitfox Super Sport (SS) resembles the original kit plane of the 1980s, mostly in name only.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Easy Ownership: The Great LSA


Paradigm shifts happen...and we’re right in the middle of one!



Easy Ownership: The Great LSAHerewith, the Essential Question: What's great about owning and flying an LSA?
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sebring 2011: Rays Of Hope Ahead?


The planes and people came...and light-sport keeps on truckin’



Sebring 2011: Rays Of Hope Ahead?The year’s first major aviation show, Florida’s U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, went off swimmingly, if a mite frigidly in January, with good attendance, thanks to show organizer Bob Woods and his friendly volunteers.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

LSA Buyer's Guide


Time for young (and old) pilots’ fancies to turn skyward with 30+ sport planes



LSA Buyer's GuideWhat a great time to be a pilot! The economy gains traction, Big Tin (Cessna and Piper) flexes its muscles as more Skycatchers and PiperSports find homes across America, and new S-LSA—111 models as we go to press—continue to come on line.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Evektor Sportstar Max: An LSA For All Seasons


Mature, stable, fun, comfortable: Evektor’s superb Sportstar max offers the whole package



Evektor Sportstar Max: An LSA For All SeasonsI stand by the Evektor SportStar Max at the 2nd Annual Midwest LSA Expo in Mount Vernon, Ill., talking with a gentleman (let’s call him Gary), who epitomizes the typical “hot prospect” to buy a high-end S-LSA.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sirius TL-3000: High society—In blue jeans


Elegant, sexy, high-performing...and oh so friendly



Sirius TL-3000: High society—In blue jeansIt’s not every day you fly an airplane where sensuality in form joins a flying function so affable, you wonder if you’re flying the same airplane you climbed into.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

King Kong "Little" Cub


CubCrafters’ top LSA offers a big surprise when the throttle goes forward



King Kong I used to have a buddy in the drag-racing business who claimed that given enough horsepower, you could push a Peterbilt through the Mach in a quarter mile.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Capetown Racing


Light-sport floatplane that's a joy to fly



Capetown RacingGiven this 50:1 advantage, floatplanes or seaplanes make a lot of sense; there are many places you can land, plus you can reach interesting locations you never considered in a land plane.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010

2010 Remos GX Avıator II The Joy Of Flight


Nimble, solid, lovely, well-built and what a hoot to fly



2010 Remos GX Avıator II The Joy Of FlightA high, dense line of clouds has moved over Great Barrington Airport (GBR) in western Massachusetts.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Best LSA


Bringing the fun back to flying with our picks for exciting light-sport aircraft



Best LSAThe light-sport aircraft industry hangs in there, although sales numbers, as with general aviation, still struggle to gain safe altitude in the stormy economic skies
Tuesday, June 8, 2010

High-Class Cruiser


Metal/composite construction, gorgeous lines, top-o’-the-line luxury—splendid!



High-Class CruiserThis is the story of three jaw-dropping moments that followed my introduction to the gorgeous, new Tecnam P2008.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Flight Design MC: Full Metal Concept


A born trainer, this spacious, docile workhorse flies like Wichita tin



Flight Design MC: Full Metal ConceptYou want to fly the MC?,” asks Flight Design’s amiable national sales manager, John Gilmore.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010

X-Air LS: Pilot’s Best Friend


Super affordable, low maintenance, doesn’t bite: Give this doggie a bone!



 X-Air LS: Pilot’s Best FriendIn the world of canines, as in the world of S-LSA, there are so many choices. Greyhound: sleek, beautiful, speedy. Australian sheepdog: smart and agile.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Now And Future LSA


An overview: Five years in, LSA are hanging in there



Now And Future LSARemember those grade-school history-book pictures of Conestoga wagons with “California or bust” painted on their sides?
Tuesday, February 23, 2010

PiperSport: Piper’s Big Play


Race-car gorgeous. Great performance. Available now!



PiperSport: Piper’s Big PlayThis January, Piper Aircraft CEO and President Kevin J. Gould stood before a crowd of pilots and media, smiled broadly and said, “In what may be the worst-kept secret in aviation, Piper Aircraft is entering what is undeniably one of the most exciting market segments in general aviation.”
Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Profiles In Vision: Larry Burke


Engineering whiz, airplane lover, LSA rule maker...founding father



Profiles In Vision: Larry BurkeEver had a neighbor who watered your roses if you forgot to? Or loaned you his tools, though you didn’t know him very well?
Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Arion Lightning LS-1: Smokin’ Lightning


An all-American speedster that flies as fast as the law allows



Arion Lightning LS-1: Smokin’ LightningThe first one I saw was gorgeous, even bare of paint accents. That Arion Lightning prototype looked undeniably smooth and, well, fast as lightning.