The good news for 2013 is that a new model was added to the production ranks late in 2012. The bad news is that it’s a former LSA, the Cessna 162. In a sense, another model was reintroduced in the form of the Liberty XL2. Liberty was substantially revived by a huge 200-airplane order, all aircraft to be built at a new plant in China. Liberty produced only three airplanes in 2011, but the Chinese order reconfirmed that the product remains viable.
What we’ve labeled Adventure Aircraft are those models most often flown for fun, utility or both. These are frequently the heavy haulers that can be used for off-airport operations, often mounted on floats or skis. They’re also the fun machines that teach us aerobatics or just allow us to play on weekends. These are airplanes that don’t necessarily demand long paved runways (or any runways at all), heavy loads of avionics or tricycle gear. Perhaps unsurprisingly, our Adventure Aircraft is the largest of the single-engine classes. (Wonder if that says anything about the general aviation market.) Have fun!