LSA Market Info

Market and Sales Information for LSA

Some of the most frequently read articles on ByDanJohnson.com relate to Light-Sport Aircraft market share information. This portion of the website was created to address requests from FAA, magazine and online writers, businessmen investigating market entry, analysts hired to help prepare business plans, and current owners or potential buyers of LSA.

We built "LSA Market Info" to gather all the market share reports appearing on ByDanJohnson.com plus selected business articles focused on the Light-Sport Aircraft industry.

For more information and to network with other LSA professionals Dan Johnson encourages all LSA businesses to join LAMA and ASTM.


ByDanJohnson.com Collection of Market Info Articles
Newest Articles Are Presented at Top of List

Germany's Top-10 Ultralights -- September 26, 2014 -- In this article, we present Germany's Top-10 Ultralights that are, for the most part, very similar to American Light-Sport Aircraft.

Forecast for the Second Decade of Light-Sport Aircraft Sales -- September 2, 2014 -- This article uses information from an AOPA eBrief survey to estimate potential aircraft sales for the period 2014 to 2024.

2013 Light-Sport Market Share Report & Analysis -- May 21, 2014 -- We provide SLSA market shares for all of 2013 and explain how our chart does not reflect the true size of the Light-Sport Aircraft market in the USA.

The "Real" LSA Market & Future Growth -- February 24, 2014 -- We attempt to demystify the greater Light-Sport Aircraft market and look into the promising future for LSA.

Update on the 2013 LSA Marketplace -- December 31, 2013 -- Nine months into 2013 finds the industry marking new sales with some slowed deliveries constraining FAA registrations ... yet 2014 and 2015 are looking better.

Why LSA Registrations are Down in 2013 -- October 15, 2013 -- The industry is recovering from the "Great Recession" but manufacturers are building more slowly after learning caution in the economic downturn.

Customer Survey Results -- September 16, 2013 -- Customers interested in Light-Sport Aircraft are surveyed on what qualities are most likely to cause them to purchase a LSA

Market Share Data through December 2012 -- February 8, 2013 -- Full Year 2011 Market Share Report including Second Calendar Year Report

Market Share Data through June 2012 -- September 5, 2012 -- First Half Year 2012 Market Share Report; Cessna and CubCrafters Continue to Shine

Internet Activity Suggests Business Is Up -- September 2, 2012 -- Internet Activity on ByDanJohnson.com Is Setting Records in 2012, Suggesting Global Aircraft Sales Activity Is Beginning to Strengthen

FAA's 20-Year Forecast; Focus on Light-Sport -- March 18, 2012 -- Examining FAA's Predictions as They Relate to Light-Sport Aircraft

Market Share Data through December 2011 -- February 8, 2012 -- Full Year 2011 Market Share Report including First Calendar Year Report

Market Share Data through September 2011 -- November 2, 2011 -- First Nine Months of 2011 Market Share Report; Cessna Leaps to Second Place

Market Share Data through June 2011 -- July 21, 2011 -- First Half Year 2011 Market Share Report; American Brands Are Rising

Market Share Data through December 2010 -- January 19, 2011 -- Irony in 2010 Market Share Report

Market Share Data through October 2010 -- November 20, 2010 -- Strong Survive, Even Thrive in Another Slow Year

Market Share Data through August 2010 -- September 6, 2010 -- New LSA Market Info; Here Come the Big Boys

Market Share Data through July 2010 -- August 18, 2010 -- LSA Sales Continue Slowly; Change Among Leaders

Market Share Data through May 2010 -- May 18, 2010 -- Challenging 2010 Reveals a Couple Surprises

FAA's 20-Year Forecast -- March 11, 2010 -- FAA Offers Their View for LSA (and GA) Growth

Comparing LSA to General Aviation -- February 27, 2010 -- Light-Sport Represents 20-25% of GA Piston Sales

Market Share Data through December 2009 -- January 17, 2010 -- Market Shares Through a Difficult 2009; Top Ten Brands for 2009

Market Share Data through August 2009 -- September 30, 2009 -- Market Shares Stay Steady in Tough Times; Some Up-and-Comers

LSA Avionics Market Presence -- June 6, 2009 -- First Estimate of Company Market Shares

Market Share Data through April 2009 -- May 12, 2009 -- Strong Survive Amid Down Economy

Avemco Offers "Favored Rates" for Selected SLSA -- May 8, 2009 -- Losses Improve; Avemco to Continue Insuring LSA

LSA Sales Success Continues at Sun 'n Fun 2009 -- April 29, 2009 -- Difficult Economy May Actually Be Helping

2009 Off to Surprisingly Fast Start -- January 29, 2009 -- Sebring LSA Expo (#5) Draws Good Crowds; Aircraft Sold

2008 Market Shares; Moving Forward Despite the Economy -- January 19, 2009 -- Market rankings for all of 2008.

FAA Keeps Assessing; LAMA Audit of 22 Producers -- December 18, 2008 -- Market Update; comparing 2007 to 2008

2008 In Review; a Look at the Year for LSA Sales -- December 12, 2008 -- Summing market share info through November 2008

Shifting LSA Market Share Positions in Tough 2008 -- September 30, 2008 -- Market share and registrations through August 2008

FAA Begins "Assessment" of LSA Industry -- September 16, 2008 -- FAA starts fact-finding tour of producers and importers

LSA Over the Years; Observing Trends -- August 27, 2008 -- Sales chart showing sales over a two and half year period

Strong Survive 2008; LSA Market Share Adjustments -- July 14, 2008 -- Market share and registrations through June 2008

LSA Industry's Fast Pace...Approaching Model #100 -- June 19, 2008 -- LSA share of overall airplane marketplace

Avemco Investigates LSA; Continues Insurance -- June 1, 2008 -- Insurance companies investigate LSA...list important qualities

Aircraft Sales through April '08 Reflect Economy -- May 14, 2008 -- Economy affects LSA sales; results through April 2008

Europe Takes a Major Step to Adopt ASTM Standards -- April 25, 2008 -- European Union moving toward acceptance of LSA

2008 LSA Sales Reflect a Stalling U.S. Economy -- March 24, 2008 -- Market share and registration results through February 2008

High Priced Light-Sport Aircraft; What's Going On? -- March 14, 2008 -- Explaining the causes of rising LSA prices

Year-End Market Shares; LSA Grows 98% in 2007 -- January 29, 2008 -- 2007 was a strong year of LSA registrations and deliveries

Last Look Before Year End; CubCrafters Rising -- December 13, 2007 -- Market share and registrations through November 2007

More than 1,000 SLSA Airplanes Registered with FAA -- November 7, 2007 -- Market share and registrations through October 2007

September Market Share Update: 1,192 Registered -- September 12, 2007 -- Market share through August 2007 including all LSA types

LSA Market Shares Stabilize But Change On Horizon -- August 9, 2007 -- Market share and registrations through July 2007

LSA Registrations Pass the 1,000 Mark! -- July 3, 2007 -- Market share and registrations through June 2007

Light-Sport FAA Registrations Continue to Rise -- May 21, 2007 -- Market share and registrations through April 2007

LSA Market Shares Based on FAA Registry -- April 10, 2007 -- First market share report, through March 2007

LSA Market Shares Based on FAA Registry -- November 18, 2006 -- First market share report, through September 2006

 



 

 
 

Corbi Air represents the Made-for-Americans Direct Fly Alto 100. Created in the Czech Republic, Alto 100 was upgraded for USA sales and the result is a comfortable, handsome low wing, all-metal LSA with features you want.

BRM Aero manufacturers the handsome Bristell all-metal SLSA. This highly evolved, next-generation Light-Sport was carefully engineered for luxury, comfort, excellent stability, and safety while being fun, fast, and easy to fly.

BushCat is the distinctive Light-Sport Aircraft within reach of almost any budget. With a solid heritage BushCat by SkyReach is fun, capable, and available as a kit, fully-built SLSA or ELSA.

Lockwood Aircraft is the builder of two of light aviation's best-recognized flying machines: AirCam and the Drifter line. Most sport aviators already know the Lockwood brand, a leader in Rotax maintenance and aircraft services.

Flight Design USA imports CT, the top selling Light-Sport Aircraft. CT is a 98% carbon fiber design
with superb performance, roomy cockpit, great useful load, and a parachute as standard equipment ... the market leader for 10 years!
CTLSi

Zenith Aircraft is one of America's leading kit suppliers featuring well proven models from legendary designer, Chris Heintz. Centrally based in Mexico, Missouri, Zenith offers kit aircraft for several popular models.


North Wing is America's leading manufacturer of weight shift LSA and Part 103 ultralight trikes. The company's wing designs are so good that most other trike manufacturers use them. Aircraft prices are highly affordable by all.

Pipistrel has designed and manufactures a range of beautiful, sleek aircraft that have found markets around the world. Starting with gliders and motorgliders, Pipistrel now offers a line of powered aircraft using multiple power sources.

Vickers Aircraft has created one of the most distinctive new LSA seaplanes yet to emerge.Powered by the 180-horsepower
Lycoming O-360, their Wave model is like no other seaplane ever introduced with multiple features to set it apart from the crowd.
Wave

Quicksilver Aeronautics is the world's largest producer of ultralight aircraft, selling some 15,000 aircraft. The company's designs are thoroughly tested, superbly supported, and have an excellent safety record.

Aeromarine-LSA represents an economical Part 103 ultralight that is within reach of almost any budget. For local fun flying, or for those who enjoy soaring flight Zigolo is light enough to be lifted by even the most gentle thermals.

U.S. Sport Aircraft Importing represents the popular SportCruiser, one of the best selling Special Light-Sport Aircraft among 130 models on the market. The Texas-headquartered importer has long represented this familiar model.

Hansen Air Group represents recognized brands in the LSA
space: FK Lightplanes and their distinctive biplane Comet, FK9, and FK51 plus the great-flying Magnaghi Sky Arrow. Based in Atlanta, Georgia Hansen Air Group is an experienced player in the LSA space.
Multiple LSA

Phoenix Air USA imports the beautiful Phoenix Special Light-Sport Aircraft, a performance motorglider that can cruise swiftly and serve both functions with excellent creature comfort. Given its clever wing extension design, you get two aircraft in one!

Tecnam is the world's leading manufacturer of Light-Sport aircraft offering more models and variations than any other producer.
Besides the world's fastest-selling light twin and a new four seater, Tecnam offers these LSA: Echo Classic, Eaglet, Bravo, Astore, and P2008.
Many LSA
& GA models

The Airplane Factory (TAF) produces the Sling series of world-circling aircraft (literally) and now this fine-flying, all-metal beauty is available in the United States as a Special Light-Sport Aircraft. Here is an LSA to follow.


Renegade Light Sport produces the sexy low wing, all composite Falcon in America. The Florida company has also established itself as the premiere installer of Lycoming’s IO-233 engine.

Arion Aircraft has designed and built one of the most beautiful low wing entries in the Special LSA and kit-built aircraft sector. The all-American designed and built aircraft is priced fairly and flies wonderfully ... need you search for more?

Just Aircraft has delivered more than 300 kit aircraft since 2002, but in 2012 they electrified pilots with the awesome performance of their all-new SuperSTOL. It may look extreme and performs extremely well, but it is truly docile and forgiving to fly.

SkyCraft Airplanes is America’s first Light-Sport Aircraft single seater. SD-1 Minisport is affordably priced, very well equipped, and was designed to exhibit docile handing qualities. It can be flown for less than $12 per hour.


Kitfox is one of the world's best selling light aircraft kits with more than 5,000 delivered. With unrivaled name recognition, Kitfox is admired for crisp handling, excellent performance, easily folded wings, and more. The design is flown around the world.

Aerotrek Aircraft imports the A240 and A220 tricycle gear or taildragger Special Light-Sport Aircraft. A finely finished aircraft at an excellent price, Aerotrek has wide, affordable appeal.

Jabiru USA builds the spacious and speedy J-250 and more recently J-230 plus the training-optimized J-170, each certified as Special LSA. The Tennessee-based company also imports and services the popular Jabiru engine line.

Progressive Aerodyne designed and supplies the SeaRey series, arguably the most celebrated of all light seaplanes in America. A close community of hundreds of owners offers camaraderie few other brands can match.

X-Air brings a return to reasonably priced Light-Sport Aircraft, with a ready-to-fly flying machine you can purchase for a genuinely low price. No new arrival, X-Air has a rich history in light aviation.

SportairUSA imports the dashing and superbly-equipped StingSport S4 that has won a loyal following from American pilots. More recently, they introduced their TL-3000 high-wing LSA. SportairUSA is a full-line operation with maintenance and training, too.

World Aircraft Company is Columbian design expertise joined to Canadian entrepreneurship based in Paris, Tennessee USA. Welcome to World Aircraft and a brand-new short takeoff and landing (STOL) Light-Sport Aircraft, the all-metal Spirit.

Evektor is Number One and always will be. The Czech company's SportStar was the number one SLSA to win approval but engineers have steadily improved the model far beyond that 2005 version that started the race.

Super Petrel LS, manufactured by Edra Aeronautica in Brazil and represented by Florida Light Sport Aviation, is a unique and highly effective LSA seaplane. A biplane design, this is well established flying boat with more than 20 years of history.

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