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, December 7, 2010
LSA Buyer's Guide
Time for young (and old) pilots’ fancies to turn skyward with 30+ sport planes
What 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
I 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
It’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
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
Light-sport floatplane that's a joy to fly
Given 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
A high, dense line of clouds has moved over Great Barrington Airport (GBR) in western Massachusetts.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Bringing the fun back to flying with our picks for exciting light-sport aircraft
The 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
Metal/composite construction, gorgeous lines, top-o’-the-line luxury—splendid!
This 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
You 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!
In 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
Remember 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!
This 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
Ever 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
The first one I saw was gorgeous, even bare of paint accents. That Arion Lightning prototype looked undeniably smooth and, well, fast as lightning.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Cessna 162 Skycatcher: It’s Here!
Cessna's successor to the 152, the Skycatcher, is poised to shine in the trainer market
The proliferation of LSA since the FAA announced the first approval at Sun ’n Fun 2005 has been little short of amazing.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
LSA Ownership—Condo Style!
Low down payment, affordable monthly installments, zero hassle: sound familiar?
I love this concept of sharing ownership in an aircraft, new or used. Last month, I delved into David Kruger’s Aircraft Partnership Association (www.theapa.com), a type of online matchmaking service to bring like-minded pilots together for sharing the costs of aircraft ownership.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Breezer II: The Girl Next Door
Familiar and lovely, easy to be with and great to fly
Flying an unfamiliar LSA is a bit like a first date. Your friends have talked her up. She has a pretty smile, but will you get along? Does she Tweet or use Facebook, keep an old-fashioned diary, or both?
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
New Light Twin From Italy
Tecnam introduces a twin-Rotax-powered four-seater in the tradition of the Partenavia P68C
Naples, Italy, April 18, 1986: Today, I’m first in line for takeoff from Naples toward our initial destination of Nice, France. It has taken all morning to assure that the paperwork is up to Italian standards, but we’re finally ready, or so I hope.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The LSA Glass Menagerie
Start Christmas shopping now: There are tons of glass to choose from!
Once upon a time, intrepid pilots rapped with their oil-stained, gloved knuckles on balky steam gauges; needles quivered unstuck, and all was right across the skies.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Backstage With A Rock Star
An exclusive look into flight-testing one of the most anticipated light-sport aircraft: the Icon A5
“Rock star.” It’s a phrase you frequently hear when talking to Kirk Hawkins, founder and CEO of Icon Aircraft in Los Angeles, Calif.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Gobosh 800XP: Flying With Composites
It has been five years since the FAA approved the first LSA. Here’s one of the latest and most innovative entries in the class.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Gobosh’s Dave Graham had promised me that this was an LSA with a difference.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
First-Class Glass: Sting S3
Amazing cockpit visibility, tough, nimble, fast: What’s not to like?
There’s a joyful aspect to flying any low-wing LSA that you just don’t get with a high-winger: the unrestricted panoramic view from the horizon upward.