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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.

Article: Flight Design MC: Full Metal Concept

You want to fly the MC?,” asks Flight Design’s amiable national sales manager, John Gilmore.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Reading The Tea Leaves

Partway through the year, as the economy continues to show signs of recovery, I wanted to look down the road and ask someone who keeps a keen eye on the LSA industry if there were significant trends to track for the rest of 2010.

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: The Long View

"This is a very dynamic time for the industry, and for Remos,” Ken Weaver, VP of marketing for Remos Aircraft, told me the other day.

Article: X-Air LS: Pilot’s Best Friend

In the world of canines, as in the world of S-LSA, there are so many choices. Greyhound: sleek, beautiful, speedy. Australian sheepdog: smart and agile.

Article: Now And Future LSA

Remember those grade-school history-book pictures of Conestoga wagons with “California or bust” painted on their sides? R...

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Befriending The Enemy

“Minute Man traffic, light-sport one three four X-ray entering downwind for runway three, Minute Man.” “Minute Man traff...

Article: PiperSport: Piper’s Big Play

This January, Piper Aircraft CEO and President Kevin J. Gould stood before a crowd of pilots and media, smiled broadly and said, “In what may be the worst-kept secret in aviation, Piper Aircraft is entering what is undeniably one of the most exciting...

Article: Profiles In Vision: Larry Burke

Ever had a neighbor who watered your roses if you forgot to? Or loaned you his tools, though you didn’t know him very well?

Article: Arion Lightning LS-1: Smokin’ Lightning

The first one I saw was gorgeous, even bare of paint accents. That Arion Lightning prototype looked undeniably smooth and, well, fast as lightning. ...

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: School Daze

Recently, I fired up the Skype to glean some insight into LSA flight training in America. Recently, I fired up the Skype to glean some insight...

Article: Cessna 162 Skycatcher

Article: Cessna 162 Skycatcher: It’s Here!

The proliferation of LSA since the FAA announced the first approval at Sun ’n Fun 2005 has been little short of amazing.

Article: Breezer II

Also labeled: Specs

Article: LSA Ownership—Condo Style!

I love this concept of sharing ownership in an aircraft, new or used. Last month, I delved into David Kruger’s Aircraft Partnership Association (www.theapa.com), a type of online matchmaking service t...

Article: Breezer II: The Girl Next Door

Flying an unfamiliar LSA is a bit like a first date. Your friends have talked her up. She has a pretty smile, but will you get along? Does she Tweet or use Facebook, keep an old-fashioned diary, or both?

Also labeled: Specs, New Airplanes, Summer Flying

Article: The LSA Glass Menagerie

Once upon a time, intrepid pilots rapped with their oil-stained, gloved knuckles on balky steam gauges; needles quivered unstuck, and all was right across the skies. ...

Article: Backstage With A Rock Star

“Rock star.” It’s a phrase you frequently hear when talking to Kirk Hawkins, founder and CEO of Icon Aircraft in Los Angeles, Calif. (function(){ var flashvars = {affiliateSiteId:"85996", widgetId:"108329",...

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Three From The Heart

Weeks into the New England summer season, which, as of July 4, is more like an extended March, I’m feeling a serious need for some LSA speed. ...

Article: Gobosh 800XP: Flying With Composites

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Gobosh’s Dave Graham had promised me that this was an LSA with a difference.

Also labeled: Specs

Article: First-Class Glass: Sting S3

There’s a joyful aspect to flying any low-wing LSA that you just don’t get with a high-winger: the unrestricted panoramic view from the horizon upward.

Also labeled: Specs

Article: Light-Sport Chronicles: Ghost Wings