4 thoughts on “Inexpensive Clean-Sheet LSA

  1. Fantastic! A modern (sleek) and “affordable” high wing LSA. Flight training needs this and it should be great for weekend pilots that don’t want to just look at their wing when they fly.
    I gotta assume the O-200 was selected because its a known quantity that allowed the engineers to focus on developing the plane, not the engine. But to roll out a new glass panel plane today with antiquated junk like carburetor heat, mixture control, magnetos, etc. like seems like a crime. Hopefully Vashon will consider options for other engines and also kit versions (experimental / amateur built ) so that it can be even more affordable and allow the kind of community engagement and improvement that VANS builders contributed to the RV-12 SLSA.

  2. You might want to look at the Viking engine. Uses Honda fit engine 130 to 180 turboed. Much cheaper than tsod engines. All the modern stuff. Ck it out. Just a thought.

  3. Yes, I agree with Les Albiol. This plane should be built with a modern direct drive, FADEC, lightweight engine with altitude/temperature compensated electronic fuel injection & variable timing electronic ignition burning Mogas – just like car engines. A UL260 with all accessories & exhaust weighs only 160lbs compared to the 1947 designed O-200, which equivalently equipped weighs at least 60lbs more and every lb counts in LSA’s which are restricted to 1320 lbs gross. As the Vashon is beefed up (no specs yet available), I suspect it has limited useful load – the problem that killed the Cessna 160, which also sported the O-200.

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