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Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Where Everybody Knows Your Name, Part II

Last month, you met Chris Dillis, who took the "friendly clubhouse" atmosphere common to European VLA (very light aircraft) flying and brought it to his own LSA startup in Denver.

Also labeled: Columns, Features, Journeys, Pilot Talk

Article: Heavenly Dawn Patrol

The expansive gray concrete of Oshkosh’s runway 27 drops away.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Where Everybody Knows Your Name

The success of the long-running Cheers TV show, I’m convinced, came in no small part from the seductive lines in that great theme song that so well captured the spirit of the show.

Article: The Best Of All Possible Worlds

Imagine this: You make a two-point landing...or a four-point!

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Gag Reel

To help with my recent write-up on what's great about owning and flying LSA, I had the pleasure to jaw with several owners, from teachers to pleasure flyers. ...

Article: Masters Of Glass: LSA Avionics Roundup

The economy hasn't dampened the resolve or enthusiasm of the avionics industry, which continues its feverish develop-ment of ever-more-spectacular instrumentation to help us fly with greater awareness, safety and simplicity.

Article: High-Wing Sleeper

As my aerial host Mike Hansen climbs us through 2,500 feet to top the afternoon bumps, I'm already feeling settled in with my guest chariot, the FK9 ELA Executive. ...

Article: Grandpa’s Kitfox…Not!

Just a few minutes into my flight with Kitfox's head honcho John McBean, it's obvious the current Kitfox Super Sport (SS) resembles the original kit plane of the 1980s, mostly in name only.

Article: Easy Ownership: The Great LSA

Herewith, the Essential Question: What's great about owning and flying an LSA?

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: The “Stork” Flies Again

Weird, cool, authentic, bizarre, eccentric, spectacular: so begins my Adjective Hit Parade to describe the Criquet Storch.

Article: Phoenix Motorglider

Also labeled: Specs

Article: Phoenix Motorglider: Chase The Shouting Wind

Cruising under power through footless halls of air, Jim Lee and I thread our way between vaulting rises of cotton-edged clouds. Under one big cumulus high-rise with a flat, dark-gray bottom and a wispy penthouse, we feel a promising bump of lift. ...

Also labeled: Pilot Reports

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Scoping The Numbers

Every year about this time, I like to catch up with Mike Adams, the ever-helpful Vice President of Underwriting at Avemco Insurance Company, to take a gander at LSA accident trends.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: The Great LSA Tour, V. 1.0

"If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad,” goes the ancient saying, “then Muhammad must go to the mountain.”

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Flight Of The Navigator

It’s the Babe Ruth of airplanes, the home-run standard against which we measure and judge all other airplanes whose company we’ll ever have the pleasure to keep.

Article: Sebring 2011: Rays Of Hope Ahead?

The year’s first major aviation show, Florida’s U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, went off swimmingly, if a mite frigidly in January, with good attendance, thanks to show organizer Bob Woods and his friendly volunteers.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: 50 Years To Solo

It’s the Babe Ruth of airplanes, the home-run standard against which we measure and judge all other airplanes whose company we’ll ever have the pleasure to keep. ...

Article: iCub Love

When I think of my recent flights in Sportair USA’s Bush iCub, they’re soaked in rich, golden yellow—Cub Yellow to be precise

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Your First LSA

With a tough year behind us and the bright hope of a better economic year ahead, I remembered our recent “Buy Your First Plane” issue and thought about first-time LSA owners.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: The Rashomon Effect

This time of year, we winter-bound types shiver our timbers and wistfully harken back to the glory days of summer.

Article: Evektor Sportstar Max

Also labeled: Aircraft, Specs

Article: Evektor Sportstar Max: An LSA For All Seasons

I stand by the Evektor SportStar Max at the 2nd Annual Midwest LSA Expo in Mount Vernon, Ill., talking with a gentleman (let’s call him Gary), who epitomizes the typical “hot prospect” to buy a high-end S-LSA.

Also labeled: Aircraft, Pilot Reports

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: The Time Traveller

Writing for a major aviation publication like Plane & Pilot feels sometimes like being a time traveller.

Article: Sirius TL-3000: High society—In blue jeans

It’s not every day you fly an airplane where sensuality in form joins a flying function so affable, you wonder if you’re flying the same airplane you climbed into. ...

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Little Airports

Behold the home of the $100 hamburger, the remnants of a life gone by, when linen-covered, nitrate-doped biplanes landed in potato fields and took small-town kids for rides on balmy summer days.

Article: King Kong "Little" Cub

I used to have a buddy in the drag-racing business who claimed that given enough horsepower, you could push a Peterbilt through the Mach in a quarter mile. ...

Also labeled: Piston Singles

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Staying The Course

Recently, a gentleman e-mailed me who had invested a ways back in an LSA company, not because he expected to become the next Piper, Flight Design, Rans or Legend Cub, but because, in his own words, "I just love airplanes." A lifelong...

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Profiles In Vision: Boris Popov

A few weeks ago, I came within a second or two of a head-on mid-air collision. A few weeks ago, I came within a second or two of a head-on...

Article: From The Editor: Contrails & Cubs, Gear & Gators

The last time we visited with John and Martha King, they were flying the new Cessna Skycatcher for a series of light-sport instructional DVDs. Recently, we caught up with them in something on the other end of the speed spectrum—their Dassault Falcon 1...

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Gold Stars & Black Stars

About a year ago, I asked Mike Adams, Avemco Insurance Company’s VP of underwriting, to use his crystal ball (FAA and Avemco accident and claim statistics) to divine trends in LSA flying.