Perhaps the founder, president and designer-in-residence at Rans, Inc., was simply proud of what he had achieved with the updated Courier, and was accepting the exigencies that come with making airplanes for the certified world.
As the old quip says, nothing succeeds like success.
All too often, we hear about general aviation businesses hanging on by a thread, scraping by in a fight to survive.
As the U.S. distributor of the mega-selling and insanely popular CT series of German-manufactured, all-composite light-sport aircraft, Peghiny has watched an industry he helped create transform itself into the brightest spot in GA.
Manufacturers' displays of new aircraft models are hardly novel at Sebring's U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, but showcasing a new aircraft facility as Tecnam did this year, hosting an open house at its new U.S. headquarters at the airport, is a first. ...
Since the introduction of the sport-pilot certificate in 2005, light-sport aircraft (LSA) have been eyed with a mixture of hopeful optimism and cautious indifference. ...
If you wonder why it took Mancuso so long to find the Bristell, the manufacturer, BRM Aero of the Czech Republic, wasn't established until late in 2009. ...
What can you do with a Sling? In today's world, an aircraft needs to be fun, stable, efficient and—most of all—useful.
Nobody would argue that the introduction of light-sport aircraft (LSA) changed general aviation in ways unseen since the golden era of Cubs and Luscombes. ...
If you've ever fooled around with a gravity knife, you can imagine the eureka moment Dr. Reiner Stemme likely experienced while trying to develop a motorglider providing both uncompromising soaring and outstanding powered performance.
The kit-built Raven light-sport bush plane was intended to become RANS' flagship crossover into the LSA world.
When the FAA approved the LSA concept at Sun 'n Fun in April 2005, many pilots saw it as an opportunity to get back into the sky at a price that wouldn't bust the family budget.
If you need convincing that LSA represent a valuable adjunct to traditional GA models, look no further than the amphibian world.
Larry Labor followed a life path many pilots can identify with: After learning to fly in his youth, college, career (pharmacist) and family all conspired to keep him from the joys of the sky for decades.
Personal flight has never been quite the same since.
The family resemblance between the CTLSi and the original CT is clear, reflecting the series' evolutionary development.
The 10th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo drew a near-record crowd of more than 20,000 to Sebring Municipal Airport (SEF) in mid-January for what has become the nation's premier sport-aircraft showcase and the kickoff to general aviation's annual...
No doubt you've heard about the light-sport aircraft (LSA) category and the sport-pilot (SP) rule. Let's take a look to help you decide whether LSA is the right nest for you.
It's the first day of the AOPA Summit in Fort Worth, Texas, and I'm sitting in a diminutive S-LSA known as the SAM.
Since our last buyer's guide, we've weathered a government shutdown and an LSA market still coping with a modestly recovering economy.
One of my favorite websites is Gizmag, a kind of Dyson vacuum for all the latest tech/science/gadget newsbits that come at us every day. ...
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.