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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, 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.
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

Cessna 162 Skycatcher: It’s Here!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?

LSA Ownership—Condo Style!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

Breezer II: The Girl Next DoorFlying 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

New Light Twin From ItalyNaples, 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!

The LSA Glass MenagerieOnce 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

Backstage With A Rock Star“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.

Gobosh 800XP:  Flying With CompositesI 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?

First-Class Glass: Sting S3There’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.