Last month, I shared Erik Lindbergh's highlights of his first solo flight in an ultralight aircraft—that just happened to be an electric-powered airplane: the GreenWing International eSpyder e280.
It's a sidewalk-egg-frying, breath-gasping hot Southeastern U.S.
There's an ineffable pleasure, a kind of shy excitement, that comes with sitting down with an aviation luminary you've admired for some time. ...
My bird of silent wing is the new, long-anticipated GreenWing eSpyder LS280.
We're shooting the breeze inside the big, brand-new 80x80-foot hangar they've just completed—at their very own country airport.
"You've got the RV grin on your face," says my genial demo host Mitch Lock, and indeed, I do.
Jon Hansen has been a major player in the LSA movement since it was merely a twinkle in the FAA's eye.
That's the question that pops into my mind, 10 minutes into my Magnaghi Sky Arrow 600 demo flight with Hansen Air Group's Mike Hansen.
For many sport aviation-industry watchers at this year's Aero trade show—it's the annual European bash right after our Sun 'n Fun—the star attraction was Peter Funk's magnificent FK51 Mustang.
The T-hangars at Big South Fork Airpark (BSFA), an upscale 450-acre development adjacent to the spectacular Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in northeastern Tennessee, house a fleet as varied and practical as the airpark's property...
The economy is resurgent, and light sport has weathered the storm.
Roaming through the expansive winged carnival that is the annual Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo, I fairly marvel each year at how much changes from visit to visit—and how much doesn't.
I'm about to commit aviation at Paradise City, the light-sport/ultralight demo area of Sun 'n Fun's annual Fly-In & Expo.
One more thing: She just earned her sport-pilot wings. And she did it all from a wheelchair.
We cruise along in the sleek, comfy Pipistrel Sinus motorglider on a northwest heading, plying the butter-smooth air at 8,500 feet and 105 knots. ...
A leading aviation magazine recently ran a story that proclaimed the LSA industry as a "segment in critical condition."
I'm reminded, in every detail, what top-quality, beautifully crafted airplanes this company makes.
I've just met Greg Trzaska of Aero AT-USA at his home airport of Northampton (7B2), Mass.
Last month, through our survey, we met our group of respondents and found out what light-sport aircraft (LSA) they fly.
German manufacturer Flight Design, celebrating its 25th anniversary (congrats, FD!).
Sometimes, I like to douse my assumptions and fantasies with a cup of cold, real-world info about the kinds of LSA flying all you folks are actually doing, versus what I might imagine you're doing.
Perhaps the biggest LSA (light-sport aircraft) story this year invokes the letters FAA (the Federal Aviation Administration).
LSA Pilot Reports are snapshots.
Yet the Alpha story goes way beyond economics.
You could say his bold steps were the sparks seen 'round the world: Electric flight projects popped up everywhere.
Nature abhors a vacuum. Three years ago, Plane & Pilot publisher Mike McMann saw the SeaMax at the Sebring air show and said, "That's beautiful, let's do a story on it."
I'm already at ease with this unique, stylish little S-LSA.
Something I've at least attempted all my life is to remember to open ears and close mouth when in the presence of someone who knows a heck of a lot more than I do (a frequent event.)
Although the deployment was in a Cirrus four-seater, I wrote about it for several reasons.
Sliding the bubble canopy forward with a satisfying "thunk," I looked at the panorama around me—I could see our island destination in the distance—and took in the smell of fresh leather.