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.
Over the last four-plus years, I've had the good fortune to fly around 30 S-LSA models.
In an upcoming issue, you'll find my feature story about the harrowing experience of Dr. Richard McGlaughlin and his daughter Elaine as they rode a BRS airframe parachute canopy into the water near the island of Andros in the Bahamas.
The Rans S-7LS Courier, newly reworked for 2012 by its brainy, creative, airplane-loving designer Randy Schlitter, has been around for a number of years. ...
The Comet carries the DNA of all those ships, yet the biplane sportster/aerobat represents a breakthrough of sorts as the first fully aerobatic two-seat SLSA and the first biplane.
Although my typical demo flights average under 45 minutes, you can still learn a lot about an airplane in less than an hour.
Dan characterizes the Big Picture this way: The market has spoken. LSA are here to stay.
Jan Hercek got his flying start the way a lot of us did back then: in an old Rogallo-style hang glider.
The Corbi Air Alto 100 is a bit of a sleeper. While not the sleekest-looking S-LSA out there, its GA-traditional, Piper-ish appeal goes way, way beyond mere looks. ...