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 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.
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!
Below, 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
Light-sport models and avionics to suit all budgets
You 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
A light-sport blend of old-school nostalgia and modern technology
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!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
The new Remos GX rises to satisfy sport pilots
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?
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
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
Monday, September 8, 2008
Ever met someone you instantly liked? The MD3 Rider is one friendly yet
Everything 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
With more than 1,400 aircraft registered in the States, the phenomenon keeps growing!
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
Anyone 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.