What a great time to be a pilot! The economy gains traction, Big Tin (Cessna and Piper) flexes its muscles as more Skycatchers and PiperSports find homes across America, and new S-LSA—111 models as we go to press—continue to come on line. Meanwhile, flight schools draw new students with their growing LSA fleets. Longtime market leaders (Flight Design, Legend Cub, CubCrafters, Tecnam, Remos) continue to bedevil the competition as anticipated newcomers slice the pie ever thinner…it’s a buyer’s market!
LSA’s safety record continues to be strong; even though the ASTM consensus-certification process, made legal in 2004 with the Sport Pilot Rule, was a leap of faith for FAA, it seems to be working out. Optimism over light sport’s long-term prospects remains downright heroic. Even with the really tough times of the “Money Meltdown,” most producers, domestic and abroad, have managed to stay in the game. That means your decision process is tougher than ever, as proven designs continue to be refined and exciting new ships enter the market.