Here is an early, quick look at Skytrek SLSA
by Triton... China's first FAA approval.
Video sponsored by Continental Motors,
maker of the Powerful Titan X-340 Engine
Members - Log on
Visitors - Register Here
Become a Member ($29)
Why Be A Member?
Site Organization
Membership Charges
Download Charges
Search
Contact Us
 















SPLOG also appears in these titles:





Next Sebring LSA Expo
January 24-27, 2018.
 


Join ByDanJohnson.com's team and other light and sport aircraft enthusiasts at Aero 2017 -- 5-8 April.
 
Sun 'n Fun is home to LSA Show Center hosted by LAMA. Come visit a new location in Paradise City -- and take a FREE RIDE directly to the LSA Mall, compliments of Rotax BRP
Next Sun 'n Fun
April 4 to April 9, 2017.
 

Next Midwest LSA Expo
2017 Dates: September 7-8-9
 

Second annual DeLand Showcase
2017 Dates: November 2-3-4
The Flying Musicians Association (FMA) provides entertainment to pilots at shows and scholarships to deserving recipients. They can use your support.
 
New FI.R.M. List ByDanJohnson.com ... all LSA Services ... each one verified to have the airplane or expertise you seek. Click on a sponsor logo to go to their dedicated network.
 
 
 

 

 

Arion Aircraft, LLC

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?

Arion Aircraft, based in Shelbyville, Tennessee is quite centrally located in the USA and that seems appropriate for this is an all-American design. Lightning is U.S. owned, U.S. designed, U.S. built, and U.S. supported with mostly U.S. components. At a time when many of our fine Light-Sport Aircraft come from overseas, many American pilots prefer to deal with a company in their own country, their own language, and in their own currency. Yet, even while this United States company excels at home, their lovely Lightning LS-1 has also found interest overseas, from buyers that were captured by the airplane's smooth lines and sleek speedy performance. Fortunately, American aircraft retain tremendous appeal in many other countries so we can expect to see the Lightning go world wide. Adding to their credibility, Arion Aircraft in 2012 underwent one of FAA's intensive audits (six officials for three full days!); they completed this exercise successfully, thereby reassuring all past and new customers.

Lightning has long been powered by the Jabiru 3300 six cylinder 120 horsepower engine that gives the model thrilling performance. It is sold as a Special LSA, a kit Experimental LSA, or as an EAB, Experimental Amateur Built. In the latter category, Lightning buyers can elect the UL Power engines (130 to 160 horsepower) and Arion engineers are finishing a demonstration aircraft with the Lycoming O-320 engine supplying 160 horsepower. As I flew an earlier kit version that did not need to stay within the LSA rule's speed limit, I know Lightning can blaze along, true to its name, at approaching 200 miles per hour. Despite its high speed capability, Lightning also slows down well it meets the LSA regulation stall limit of 45 knots clean and it uses fuel quite sparingly. Handling is crisp and clean while not being touchy and it lands without special skills. Add all this together and no wonder Arion has moved up into the Top-20 of best selling brands in the LSA space (out of more than 90 manufacturers, plus this ranking does not count kit-built non-LSA models).

Are you convinced yet? Even if Lightning cost $150,000 or more like several other top of the line Light-Sport Aircraft, it's many desirable qualities would keep it in contention for your purchase decision. Yet the base price is $119,900 with 30 gallon fuel tanks, dual brakes, electric flaps and trim, an 8.4-inch EFIS panel plus EMS, comm radio, transponder, and intercom. Naturally, you can save even more by building the kit and the factory is well prepared to provide assistance with this task. For $37,990 (in mid 2013), you can get the standard kit and build it in as small a space as a one-car garage in 500 hours for the average builder. An engine, propeller, interior, paint, and instruments will add to the kit price, of course, but you can get airborne for $70-80,000 and you'll have a well-equipped aircraft that can go ... well, lightning fast. In building this comfortable two seater, you'll deal with a great staff that will patiently assist your effort plus you can personally meet these key personnel at an airshow near you. As their website suggests, Fly Lightning!

Arion Aircraft, LLC

Web Site: www.flylightning.net
eMail: info@flylightning.net
Address: 2842 Highway 231 North
City: Shelbyville, TN 37160 USA
Phone: (931) 680-1781
Fax: (931) 680-1817

  Arion Aircraft -- Lightning Kit with 160-hp (7/13)
Arion Aircraft is well known for its very smooth and handsome LS1 that qualifies as a SLSA, ELSA, or Experimental Amateur Built kit. That's great versatility but more is possible. All you have to do is add more power, so that's exactly what Arion principal designer Nick Otterback is doing. In this video he shows us around the latest variation with a 160-hp Superior Air Parts Lycoming engine.

Links to Aircraft and Articles

Lightning LS-1    Add to favorites list
  Arion Aircraft -- Lightning Kit with 160-hp (7/13)
Arion Aircraft is well known for its very smooth and handsome LS1 that qualifies as a SLSA, ELSA, or Experimental Amateur Built kit. That's great versatility but more is possible. All you have to do is add more power, so that's exactly what Arion principal designer Nick Otterback is doing. In this video he shows us around the latest variation with a 160-hp Superior Air Parts Lycoming engine.
  Arion Aircraft -- Lightning, Improved (2012)
Many of us have long admired the supersleek Lightning LS-1 and now it's better than ever. We spoke to co-designer and company leader Nick Otterback about changes to the aircraft and also about Arion's 2012 FAA very thorough audit. That's good reassurance for buyers but what's more fun is a newly enlarged tail. Nick tells us how this affects and improves an already great Light-Sport Aircraft (also available as a kit).
  Arion -- Lightning LS-1 (2009)
One of the newest SLSA is an all-American design, from Arion Aircraft and it's called the Lightning LS-1. Winning its approval just before Sun 'n Fun 2009, LS-1 was preceded by some 80 kit Lightnings the company has sold in the last three years; more than 40 are already flying. I found the Lightning great fun. You might, too.

CORRECTION: In this video, I refer to a "retractable" version of the Lightning in kit-built aircraft form, however, that is an error. The model was never designed with such equipment
  $4.95 Arion Lightning (03/10)
"Arion Lightning LS-1: Smokin Lightning" by Dan Johnson. Published in Plane & Pilot, March, 2010.
 
Pilot Report begins: An all-American speedster that flies as fast as the law allows The first one I saw was gorgeous, even bare of paint accents. That Arion Lightning prototype looked undeniably smooth and, well, fast as lightning. Pilots are inspired by lovely flying machines, and on the factory ramp in Shelbyville, Tenn., was one of the most fetching examples of an LSA I had ever seen. Arion Aircraft's Lightning LS-1 ( www.flylightning.net ) isn't new. Indeed, in three years, the company has sold 80 kits, and 40 already
Photo
  SPLOG A Lightning Bolt You Can Catch: LS1, 10/04/2016
 
SPLOG begins: Over and over I've heard about the cost of Light-Sport Aircraft. Indeed, some are approaching $200,000 and at least four have smashed through that barrier (CubCrafters, Icon, Terra Fugia, and Lisa). Now, I'll grant you $200K+ for a two seater is fairly
Photo
  SPLOG Sun Catches Lightning — Sun Flyer Rollout, 05/23/2016
 
SPLOG begins: Recently, aviation titles chronicled the rollout of Sun Flyer's prototype electric powered airplane. To careful observers, the aircraft might appear somewhat familiar. Good eyes, folks. The prototype was built for Aero Electric Aircraft Corporation by
Photo
  SPLOG Open Houses, Airshow-Built Planes, and a Birthday, 09/22/2014
 
SPLOG begins: Last weekend Zenith Aircraft held another of their open house events. At the Midwest LSA Expo a few weeks beforehand I asked factory pilot guru, Roger Dubbert how many people the company expected. His answer: a rather amazing "700." According to Zenith
Photo
  SPLOG Lightning XS Contrasts with FK131 Jungmann, 02/28/2014
 
SPLOG begins: In my previous post I made a passing mention of a coming flock of four seat aircraft loosely based on the two seat LSA that five manufacturers are presently building. As promised, more on that later. In this post I want to focus on two alternative directions.
Photo
  SPLOG Simple Aircraft (Like LSA) Need Simple Rules, 09/13/2013
 
SPLOG begins: In this post I'm going to do something potentially risky. I am going to make some statements about the politics of aircraft certification. While rather dull, this subject is nonetheless something pilots and others feel rather strongly about as the safety
Photo
  SPLOG More and More, LSA Are Going Global, 11/15/2011
 
SPLOG begins: Since the beginning of LSA time, way back in 2005 (when the first LSA was approved), LSA have arrived on American shores from overseas factories. American producers also sold airplanes to Yankees, but none went overseas as governments of other nations
Photo
  SPLOG Strong Survive, Even Thrive in Another Slow Year, 11/21/2010
 
SPLOG begins: Accompanying this article is our customary chart showing market share of the entire fleet of LSA. I've received a few comments over recent months that we should emphasize current-period results. Market share for many products, computers, for example,
Photo
  SPLOG Judging Winners Sun 'n Fun 2010, 05/10/2010
 
SPLOG begins: I once followed judging at shows like AirVenture and Sun 'n Fun. In fact, an aircraft I helped inspire -- a modernized primary glider called the SuperFloater -- won Outstanding New Design at Sun 'n Fun 1995. Judges closely examined homebuilts, kit or
Photo
  SPLOG Lightning Fast; Arion Earns SLSA Before Sun 'n Fun, 04/17/2009
 
SPLOG begins: After selling 40 aircraft under the Experimental Amateur Built (EAB) rule, Arion has now completed their SLSA approval just in the nick of time before the season-launching Sun 'n Fun starts. Welcome to Lightning -- SLSA #96 -- from Arion Aircraft, which
Photo
  SPLOG Jabiru's J-250 3-Door SLSA Leads September 2007, 10/14/2007
 
SPLOG begins: In September, as the Cessna Skycatcher's wave of orders soaked up funds that might have gone to other SLSA, Jabiru logged the most FAA registrations -- 6 more J-250s, bringing the company to 44 units delivered and placing the model 9th overall among fixed
Photo
  SPLOG Aircraft Design Holy Grail...& Arion's Lightning, 05/03/2007
 
SPLOG begins: A standard measuring stick for aircraft design is the ratio of minimum speed to maximum speed. Powerful jets like the Blue Angels' F/A-18 (along with a government credit card to fuel them) can perform in airshows from 120 mph to 700 mph, almost a 6:1
Photo

Notes:

To add an aircraft to your favorites list, click the 'Add to favorites list' link next to the aircraft name.

To remove an aircraft from your favorites list, click the 'Delete from favorites list' link next to the aircraft name.

All aircraft currently in your favorites list appear at the top of the List of Available Aircraft.

Links to Articles

  SPLOG AirVenture 2011 Wrap-Up and Summary, 08/02/2011
 
SPLOG begins: Oshkosh 2011 is history. By numerous accounts, this was a vast improvement over 2010 when the comments commonly went, "Well, I had some interest (in my airplane) and I hope to sell one or two... maybe." This year I had easily 30 conversations revealing
Photo
  SPLOG Strong Survive, Even Thrive in Another Slow Year, 11/21/2010
 
SPLOG begins: Accompanying this article is our customary chart showing market share of the entire fleet of LSA. I've received a few comments over recent months that we should emphasize current-period results. Market share for many products, computers, for example,
Photo

Search our site
 
Copyright © 2001- by Dan Johnson