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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 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.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Big Blue World: Evektor Sportstar SL


The Evektor SportStar SL is friendly to fly, sturdy, beautiful and roomy—and what a view!



The Big Blue World: Evektor Sportstar SLBelow, the greening, lake-dotted checkerboard of central Florida stretches in every direction. It’s a beautiful day to be flying a beautiful bird. Color me happy!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

LSA Roundup


Light-sport models and avionics to suit all budgets



LSA RoundupYou need go no farther than a summer air show buzzing with a vibrant, colorful contingent of light-sport aircraft to see what the excitement has been all about and sense where it might take us. The LSA movement is a living, breathing example of the sheer innovation, quality and giddy diversity that has characterized personal flight from the very beginning in 1903.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Cubbing Around


A light-sport blend of old-school nostalgia and modern technology



cubbingIn a sky filled with high-performance pistons, turboprops and jets that speed to their destination, there’s still something undeniably irresistible about a little yellow Cub. Puttering around low and slow, the humble two-seater makes lazy circles over emerald fields as its pilot smiles down on Earth, senses ignited by a soft breeze and the scent of grass airstrips that waft through the open window.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009

LSA Flight Report: Cruiser In School Clothing


Mix all-aluminum construction, deep aviation manufacturing background and the desire to build a robust training aircraft, and what have you got? Eaglet!



lsaThe truly wonderful thing about events like the recent Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo is that you have the fun, and the scheduling challenges, of flying many different types of aircraft at one sitting. “Sitting” is a key word. I came to regard it as an aviation smorgasbord—for my tush. Of course, such an avian feast feeds other visceral, spiritual and intellectual appetites too, but sitting comfort in an airplane is also important, yes? You betcha.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Up-And-Comer


The new Remos GX rises to satisfy sport pilots



remos An LSA that was 10 years in the making may aptly be called a “mature design” within this nascent sector of piston aircraft. A few others share a similarly “ripe, old” heritage, but most are far newer than the trusty GA models in which many of us learned the art of flying.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008

LSA Buyer’s Guide


Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or Fudge-Ribbon Granola-Mocha Delight? How’s a pilot to choose which bird to buy?



LSA Buyer’s Guide As a prospective LSA owner, you might justifiably conclude that once you’ve made the crucial decision to buy an aircraft, the most difficult decision is behind you, yes? To quote Comrade Putin: Nyet!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Jabiru J230: Heart Of Gold


Beauty and solid, easy-flying handling in one package



What draws a person to an airplane? For some it’s raw performance—faster/higher/farther; for others, it’s enthusiastic raves from fellow pilots. But for most of us, it’s an intangible moment of “smittenness” with the sheer visual appeal of a new flying machine. How great, then, when the object of your latest affection turns out to not only have eye-catching beauty, but a heart of gold as well.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Luscombe Silvaire 8F: A Classic LSA


A Luscombe enthusiast revives the type with a larger Continental engine and a lower gross weight



If you’re a Luscombe lover (and most any pilot who’s flown the type is), the new/old Luscombe 8F must strike a resonant tone. These days, in fact, the old Luscombe design has taken on a new persona, that of an LSA.
Monday, September 8, 2008

Feel-Good Flyer


Ever met someone you instantly liked? The MD3 Rider is one friendly yet



Feel-Good FlyerEverything in life is subjective, even scientific observation. And if you're the least bit sensitive to your environment, you'll probably agree that any vehicle, just like any person you meet, has a distinct feel and personality.
Thursday, June 19, 2008

LSA Lineup


With more than 1,400 aircraft registered in the States, the phenomenon keeps growing!



LSAsWhat exactly is a light-sport aircraft (LSA)? To qualify as an LSA, an airplane must be a maximum two-place, single-engine, fixed-gear machine that weighs no more than 1,320 pounds (1,420 for watercraft). It must have a level, full-power speed of no more than 120 knots, a clean stall speed no faster than 45 knots and a fixed-pitch propeller.
Thursday, May 1, 2008

Air Elite Storm Rally


This LSA is adapted from a European model that has been flying for years in Europe as both a four-seater and an aerobatic sportplane



storm aircraftAnyone who has followed the development of the LSA market in the States is probably aware that many of the current crop of LSAs were developed in Europe as many as 20 years ago. That was long before there was any formal definition of the type, and those airplanes have been adapted to accommodate the American definition. America “discovered” the economy and fun of flying LSAs only three years ago, but pilots on the opposite side of the pond have been aviating in economical two-seaters for decades to offset the high operating expenses of private aircraft.
Friday, February 1, 2008

10 Things To Look For In An LSA


Use your heart and your brain when considering your LSA purchase



lsaAviation is experiencing an exciting transformation. At one point, a GA aircraft wouldn’t show signs of obsolescence for, let’s say, 30 years or so, give or take a decade. Those days are gone. Today, technological advances find their way into airframes and cockpits at an ever-increasing speed.