LSA Fun Foreign and Domestic

Importer Richard Rofe's lovely SeaMax over Bimini island in the Bahamas. The water is indeed that clear!

Back from a busy, weather-challenging (for photography) trip to the Bahamas, I stopped by to visit Dan Johnson and his soul mate Randee at their Spruce Creek air park digs north of Florida.  If you haven't had the pleasure, visit Spruce Creek sometime to see how cool an air park can be.  Hundreds and hundreds of homes, condos, hangars and "planeports", even on-site business and a restaurant make this a wonderful aviation destination.  It's my fourth visit over the years and always a pleasure...as it is to visit with Dan and Randee.

This time I got to meet Dan's partner-in-aviation Brian Boucher, a long time, big-jet professional pilot and one of four owners of the new Flight Design CTLSi I flew for the magazine up in CT at Tom Peghiny's US HQ just before it left for Spruce Creek.  The opportunity came up for Dan to join the partnership and the numbers added way up, so now the Johnsons are part owners of that lovely fuel-injected CTLSi.

He and Randee flew it over to the Bahamas and joined the LSA flyout organized by Bahama LSA Ambassador and Breezer dealer Mike Zidziunas and Aviation Hotline's Jacob Peed.  Look for my story on the four-day event soon in the mag.

Meanwhile, here's a few pix to whet your appetite for the Bahamas, and the new biplane Super Petrel, a long-time Brazilian biplane amphib currently in the process of going for S-LSA certification through the ASTM process.

A CTLS on floats drops in to visit the SeaRey, several miles south of Bimini.
The SeaMax explores the atolls off Bimini island.
Tom Gutmann Jr. and his partner father have sold more than 100 CTLS from their dealership in Tulsa, OK.
The SeaMax looks over the landing situation on an uninhabited island in the Bahamas. The newly certified SeaRey SLSA has already beached.
Another view of the Super Petrel bipe amphib.
Another view of the highly refined (it's been around for 20 years overseas) Super Petrel, which will come to market, says Brian Boucher, for perhaps as little as $125,000 introductory price. Yours truly hamming it up in the catbird seat.
Flight Design CTLSi Co-owners Brian Boucher, left, and Dan Johnson check out Brian's latest venture, the Brazilian-bred, biplane amphibian Super Petrel that's currently being readied for SLSA certification.
The CTLSi seen from its home/hangar at Spruce Creek.
The 4-person-partnership CTLSi about to lift off from Spruce Creek.

 

8 thoughts on “LSA Fun Foreign and Domestic

  1. Admittedly airplanes all get to looking the same after so much flying, Jim, but, technically speaking, your extraordinarily beautiful top photo shows N982SR, Progressive Aerodyne’s first production LSA. And, it was a great pleasure flying it with you in the Bahamas.

  2. “……at their Spruce Creek air park digs north of Florida.” I guess that would mean Georgia, maybe Tennessee? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist)

  3. Can’t put anything over on our sharp-eyed readers. Indeed, thanks all, it is a SeaRey, not the SeaMax. Other distinguishing differences include the wheels which tuck aft into the SeaMax fuselage, the composite airframe, and a water rudder, which the SeaMax doesn’t have. Mea culpa: Call it Blog Post Rush brainfade.

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