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A Million Minutes (of Video) Every Month
By Dan Johnson, August 29, 2014

Traffic to this website grew significantly in the last few years, starting a steep upward path in 2012 and in May this year hitting a peak of almost 75,000 Unique Visitors. First, a thank you for your regular visits! Then, a question: why is that so? It's impossible to say why 60-70,000 people do something each month but a leading candidate reason has to be our embrace of video thanks to our partnerhip with Lightsport and Ultralight Flyer, publishing these days to YouTube under the name It seems clear ... people love video! Comments we receive at airshows are now commonly related to video though we hear good things about our effort at covering all the news for Light-Sport Aircraft, light kit aircraft, and ultralights.

Recent Posts — (top left, clockwise) Sampling the AeroGlass heads-up display headwear when visiting Levil TechGarmin's new G3X Touch • Flight Design CTLSi comparing Rotax 912ULS and 912iS plus new Dynon gear • New MVP from wowed the crowds at AirVenture 2014

My video partner and I create well over 100 new videos per year and I just uploaded eight new ones (images) with many, many more to follow. We will post a few more each week, but if you want to see what else is available now — head over to Lightsport and Ultralight Flyer channel. Google's statistics service reports this channel logs about a million minutes per month of viewership. That's over 550 hours per day and at 10 minutes per video on average, that's better than 3,000 videos every day. Obvious, they tap an interest. More than a billion unique users visit YouTube each month and the website is therefore an excellent tool for aviation outreach to the unwinged masses that need to see and hear our joy of flight.

With this in mind one of our conclusions about the growth in traffic: Since people are watching more video than ever, YouTube's reach is sending people to websites like this one for more info. Great! Welcome!

Recent Posts (top left, clockwise) Ekolot's Topaz and importer Kris Siuba •Aerotrek A240 inside a custom trailer with a companion Fiat 500 • Adventure Aircraft's new Electric Motor Glider • Interview Eric Evans of the Midwest LSA Expo about his new flight training service using Jabiru

Sam Aircraft Prepares for Next Phase
By Dan Johnson, August 27, 2014
images courtesy of Sam Aircraft

Hey, buddy, wanna buy an airplane company? Thierry Zibi, proprietor of SAM Aircraft, has put his company up for sale. This decision comes only a year and a half after the first flight of the prototype Sam aircraft. I flew and reported on this tandem seating all-metal airplane. Several other reporters flew the Sam LS and reviews were favorable. Some have likened the design, which Zibi spent years developing, to a Light-Sport version of a early military fighter or trainer modeled somewhat after the Ryan STA. It was done with a style that is uncommon among aircraft designers. An attention-getting image (photo) released just before AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 shows the innards of the airplane appliquéd to the fuselage exterior. Like the logo, nose art, and other aspects of the design, the effect is one reminiscent of art deco, an art fashion of the 1920s, '30s and '40s. After all the work of creating a new design, why would the entrepreneur behind it put the company on the blocks?

Like many before him — in and outside of aviation — Zibi realized that his interest dissipated once the "fun" part was over and the work truly began. "I came to the realization that I love designing airplanes, but I am not so keen on running a production company," said Zibi. It may be the right time for a business manager type to take the reins. Sam Aircraft has flown a full test regimen, which the company said, "has shown it to be spin-proof at both full-forward and full-aft center of gravity." Canadian certification has been awarded under the country's Advanced Ultralight regulation and proof to demonstrate compliance to ASTM industry consensus standards has been "completely documented, awaiting only another production example," added Thierry. He observed that tooling and fixtures are done, production has already started, and orders are in the books.

"Come to Lachute, Quebec," Thierry invited, "and see the LS aircraft, the factory, and everything that is part of the Sam Aircraft legacy. See what convinced our customers to put down their deposits, and you'll have a ready-to-go operation, for dimes on the development dollar, or a tested, ready-to-deliver design to add to [your] existing line."

China Continues Making Deals Involving LSA
By Dan Johnson, August 26, 2014

Many Americans know that other countries can adopt ASTM standards to gain approval for Light-Sport Aircraft. One of the first to enthusiastically do so was Australia. The down-under nation also has close contacts with China, which has been buying various kinds of natural resources from Australia for years. So, when you hear an aviation company has made a deal with China, you might shrug and say, "What's new? Everybody seems to be doing it." You'd be partly right, but for Americans, most of the action seems to be with U.S. companies plus some from Europe. How about a company you probably never heard of making the deal? Let me introduce you to Brumby Aircraft, a twenty year old aircraft producer that embraced the LSA phenomenon and recently secured what sounds like a strong opportunity.

The Aussie company announced it signed a $50 million deal with a Chinese aviation conglomerate that will see Brumby Light-Sport Aircraft (photos) used in China for primary training. "The deal with AVIC is for a joint venture to produce the Brumby 600 and 610 light sport aircraft in a 10,000 square meter (107,000 square foot) specially-built factory in Fujian Province." Abbreviated as AVIC, the Chinese Aviation Industry Corporation is a Chinese government-owed company that has been expanding for several years to take advantage of the rise of general aviation in China. The company also owns Cirrus Aircraft and Continental Motors, as well as Chinese manufacturers Harbin and Nanchang. Representatives of Brumby and AVIC signed the deal at Parliament House in front of the Deputy Premier of New South Wales Andrew Stoner and local members of parliament earlier this month.

Brumby's 600 model is a low wing and the newer 610 is a high wing design. all images courtesy of Brumby Aircraft
The new Chinese factory is expected to produce 280 aircraft over the first four years of the 40-year deal, with aircraft completed in China for the local market. Aircraft for sale in Australia and New Zealand will be shipped to Brumby in components where engines, avionics, interiors, and custom painting will be done. Brumby Aircraft's Paul Goard, said the Chinese deal will free up the Australian factory to expand and to start work on the four-seat Aircruiser, as well as assembling the Light-Sport Aircraft for the Australia and New Zealand markets. The four seater is not part of the new agreement. "We've been working towards this for some time," he told Australian Flying magazine. He added that the joint venture between Brumby and AVIC will allow the enlarged company to deliver airplanes in a much shorter time. "It takes us 12 months to get a plane out now; we should be able to do it in about eight weeks," Goard said. "It's quite a big deal because only certain planes are going to be allowed to fly in China to start with, and this is a government company. Our plane will be used as a primary flight trainer in China."

WATTsUP at Pipistrel — eTrainer Flies
By Dan Johnson, August 25, 2014
Pipistrel's electric-powered WATTsUP took its maiden flight recently. all images courtesy Pipistrel

Electric aircraft continue to develop rapidly and the most visible actions are on ultralight aircraft such as Zigolo, eSpyder, or Light-Sport Aircaft (Evektor EPOS) as these are the lightest and therefore most workable candidates for electric power today. At Oshkosh we heard more about the two-seat SunFlyer in development by Bye Aerospace and those who visited the Fun Fly Zone (the place formerly known as the Ultralight Area) saw electric aircraft regularly flying as they have for several years. Now, one of the leading creators of electric airplanes is making a bigger push to offer a training-capable aircraft. As with several Pipistrel models the name is a bit unusual but WATTsUp is a two-seat electric trainer based on Pipistrel's Alpha (video). WATTsUp took its maiden flight on August 22nd. The Slovenian company unveiled the new aircraft on August 30th at a popular recreational aircraft show south of Paris called Salon du Blois.

Pipistrel said the electrified Alpha was developed in partnership with Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focused on "electrification, automation, and digitalization." Siemens provided the electric main propulsion components. "Every single element of the aircraft has been refined to be lighter, more efficient and more reliable," reported Pipistrel. The 85 kW (114 horsepower) electric motor weighs 31 pounds. A 17 kWh battery pack — the same power as used on the upgraded 2014 Chevy Volt electric car — is designed to be replaceable within minutes or charged in less than one hour. Remember, the purpose of WATTsUP is for flight training, usually done close to the airport. Performance of Pipistrel's electric trainer is aimed at flight schools with "...short take-off distance, 1,000 fpm climb, and endurance of one hour plus a 30 minute reserve," said the company. WATTsUP is optimized for traffic-pattern operations; Pipistrel observes 13% of energy is regenerated on every approach to landing, replenishing the batteries and thereby increasing endurance.

"With the ever-growing cost of fuel it is time to rethink pilot training," said Ivo Boscarol, CEO of Pipistrel. "Our solution is the first practical all-electric trainer." He said technologies developed specially for this aircraft cut the cost of pilot training by as much as 70%. WATTsUP claims to meet microlight and ASTM LSA criteria, as well as standards for electric propulsion. The company said the electric trainer is already certified in France where it made its market debut. "More countries will follow soon," believes Pipistrel, and they reported that they are applying for an exemption with the FAA to allow training operations as an SLSA. "WATTsUP is our fifth electric aircraft project and the second to result in a commercial product," said Pipistrel. The company expects to bring the final product to the market in 2015 with a target price below €100,000 or $138,000 (though remember, not having to buy gasoline will offset some of this cost).

Frank Anton, Executive Vice President Traction Drives, Large Drives, Siemens AG, said, "Siemens is developing electric drive systems with highest power-to-weight ratio for aircraft propulsion. Only with innovation we can solve the problems of rising fuel costs, rising passenger demand, and rising environmental regulations." Pipistrel said Mr. Anton is the initiator of electric aircraft development at Siemens. "As electric drives are scalable, we can expect that in the future larger aircraft will also use electric propulsion. The world is becoming electric, whether in the air, on land, or at sea." Indeed even airliner behemoth Airbus said it will enter the market for small two-seat, then four-seat electric aircraft (with a possible electric airliner to follow). The Siemens Industry Sector, based in Erlangen, Germany boasts being the world's leading supplier of innovative and environmentally friendly automation and drive technology, industrial software, and technology-based services. The Siemens division pursues product design, engineering, and production. The German giant has a global workforce of more than 100,000 employees.

MGLís Discovery-Lite Unveiled at AirVenture 2014
By Dan Johnson, August 21, 2014

A lot of attention is focused on the largest companies yet innovation and new price points are often led by smaller enterprises. A case in point is MGL Avionics' recently announced Discovery-Lite, a seven-inch electronic flight information system. "Our all-in-one EFIS is a revolution in simplicity, but harnesses the full power of the iEFIS system," stated MGL's U.S. representative. MGL is also one of the first glass panel makers to promote touch screen functionality in a full size system. The company based in Torrance, California has been shipping their iEFIS Explorer 8.5-inch and Challenger 10.4-inch systems that have allowed a now more common combination of touch screen and buttons. Let's jump to the end of their announcement. "Discovery-Lite will start shipping in the next six weeks. Projected price is under $3,000 for a complete system," forecast MGL. Imagine that! A few years ago, glass screens — albeit larger, certified versions with multiple screens — could hit $100,000 in Type Certified airplanes and now you have essentially the same capability for less than three grand ... with touch control to boot.

Discovery has a bright non-reflective seven-inch diagonal touchscreen with around 1000+ nits of brightness. "It looks, feels and operates like an iEFIS. It has the iEFIS G3 CPU and runs the exact same firmware as the full iEFIS system," explained MGL. "However, this powerhouse contains a built-in GPS, AHRS (with gyros and accelerometers), airspeed pressure sensor as well as altimeter. It also has a built in OAT sensor (an external one can be fitted). It contains a CAN bus and can be connected to any MGL Avionics CAN bus devices such as external compass, RDAC engine box and servos." Two RS-232 ports are available for connection to remote radios, transponders and ADS-B units. Discovery-Lite was conceived as a stand-alone system unlike MGL's established iEFIS systems that involve multiple, joined panels in a complex infrastructure. Discovery-Lite is specifically designed for single-screen installations where simplicity is desired and this seems particularly well adapted to Light-Sport, light kit aircraft, or ultralights.

MGL Avionics said their Lite series products are straightforward to install and will fit instrument panels for many smaller aircraft where a sophisticated EFIS is desired but without the cost and complication of a large system. "A typical Lite system would contain a Discovery-Lite panel, a RDAC for engine monitoring (if needed), and perhaps an SP-6 compass," said MGL. Discovery-Lite is envisioned as the first "Lite" release. "This will quickly be followed by a regular Discovery EFIS [and afterward] Explorer-Lite and a Challenger-Lite to complete the iEFIS range," the company said. Review all MGL offerings at their website. Discovery-Lite can be a direct replacement for the popular but now discontinued Enigma instrument. The newly-announced unit is similar in panel size but with a bigger, much higher resolution screen. "It is a powerhouse of functionality," boasted MGL.

Details and New Video about MVPís Show Hit
By Dan Johnson, August 19, 2014

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Using the line "Your Passport to the Planet" (yes, that's the company name ... well, with an "Inc." on the end), this Minnesota company made a great big splash at AirVenture 2014. Not literally in the sense of a splash into the water but from a marketing standpoint, the MVPers created a tsunami of interest in their LSA seaplane entry that buoyed activity among all Light-Sport Aircraft at the show. MVP innovation showed well in aircraft features (described below) and in PR savvy, calling the "Most Versatile Plane" a "triphibian." As the company is being created near Cirrus Design HQ in Duluth, Minnesota, it may not surprise you that MVP manages takeoff and landing on pavement or turf, water, and snow. The team also brought the term "origami deck" to airplanes with the occupied area convertible in various ways with panels that "fold" into different purposes. In all, MVP represents a batch of fresh thinking that forms a potent statement about how the LSA sector breeds disruptive designs far faster than hide-bound Part 23 Type Certified aircraft that seem to need an act of congress to change a bolt. Shoot, this thing even comes with a hammock you can stretch between engine and tail. Can you imagine Cessna or Mooney offering something like that?

With great panache, MVP's team wheeled out their mockup (photo) and placed it in a deliciously prominent location at the front of EAA's 10-Year Celebration of SP/LSA exhibit right at Boeing Plaza. We didn't see anything of the wheel landing gear at Oshkosh, but it was hinted that more surprises will be announced at future shows. This company has done well to keep things private until they debuted this summer and some aspects of the all-new design are still under wraps. We also didn't see the adaptation for snow landings. Construction is a combination of glass and carbon fiber though wings are fabric covered, a big weight saver. The wing is also what's called "Hershey Bar" after the uniformly rectangular candy bar (see link below; click "Top"). This decision allowed fabricators to make a single wing rib and an example was passed around at the Oshkosh press conference for journalist to see how little weight each one adds. By using a common shape, construction cost and speed will be considerably enhanced. Check out more about the airplane at this link (it's cool and fun).

Our new video seen below will go into more detail about the upward hinging canopy and instrument pod. We'll show you some of the deployable surfaces that you store under the nose deck. You can also hear about the docking system. After taxiing close — which can be done with the canopy up, allowing better visibility and convenient egress to secure the plane to dock — the MVP pilot powers up close and shuts down the engine. One person can fold the wings, and afterward propel MVP towards the dock with a trolling motor. Integrated within the bilge pump is a useful bow thruster to help push MVP during docking. Once tied down, erect your optional camper tent (photo) and you are set for the night. The point of these many capabilities is to make MVP, well ... more versatile. Most seaplanes get you to the destination just fine but then you have to leave the plane to do whatever you planned. With MVP, you keep using the airplane into your vacation. To permit these many unique features, MVP's top engineer Mike Van Staagen said that keeping weight down wherever possible has been a primary goal.

Dock in a slip among the yachts using your bow thruster and erect your 8-foot wide, 9-foot long camper tent.
Plenty of people were interested and so a common question was, "When can I get one?" A scale model flew in 2013 and a full-size MVP should fly in early 2016. plans to start deliveries in 2017 as an Experimental Amateur-Built kit. An SLSA model will arrive in 2019. This may sound like a distant future but other companies have made promises not kept, so MVPers are being suitably conservative. The company forecast the factory built version will sell for a base price of $189,000 before some of the nifty options mentioned above. A quick-build kit version will be offered for $169,000 before finish work like painting. Two highly qualified centers on each coast have been contracted to build the ready-to-fly model: Glasair in Oregon and Fibercraft in Florida (appropriately, both are popular seaplane use regions). For those that find $200K too rich for a solo purchase, company officials said a shared-ownership option will be a key part of their sales plan. is certainly a company to watch; count on me to keep a close eye on this aeronautical wunderkind.

  • Wing Span — 35 feet (10.97 meters)
  • Wing Area — 130 square feet (12.08 square meters)
  • Length — 23 feet 9 inches or 26 feet 7 inches (wings folded) (7.24/8.1 meters)
  • Height — 6 feet 5 inches (1.97 meters)
  • Gross Weight — 1,430 pounds (650 kilograms)
  • Useful Load (option dependent) — 450 pounds (204 kilograms)
  • Payload (with full fuel) — 294 pounds (133 kilograms)
  • Wing Loading — 11 pounds per square foot
  • Maximum Cruise Speed — 104 knots at sea level (120 mph)
  • Stall Speed (full flaps) — 41 knots at sea level (47 mph)
  • Maximum Rate of Climb — 1,000 fpm at sea level
  • Fuel Capacity — 26 gallons (8 liters) with auxiliary tank available
  • Powerplant — Rotax 912 iS Sport or 914 Turbo

Still want more? Catch our video with main man Darrell Lynds at AirVenture,:

Garminís Bon Voyage to a Longtime Team Member
By Dan Johnson, August 15, 2014

When a multibillion-dollar company makes an event out of your retirement ... well, that's quite something but more importantly it shows how much that enterprise valued your years. Many people inside Light-Sport or light kit aviation know Tim Casey, the jovial expert behind Garmin's hand-held and experimental line among many other products in his 23 years. "It has been a wonderful and exhilarating journey from the GPS 100 to G5000, and every product in between. I am forever grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with so many amazing people with a common goal to do whatever it takes to win the business and serve our customers," said Tim.

"This is the day that I have not been looking forward to," said Carl Wolf, Garmin's vice president of aviation marketing and sales. "For many years Tim has been the face of Garmin's aviation business ... everyone knows him. Tim has fun every day and you can't help but laugh along with him as he tells stories about his experiences."

In December of 1990 after working as an air traffic controller, Tim noticed a job posting from a small company in Lenexa, Kansas for an Aviation Marketing Manager. Throughout a series of interviews, Tim vividly recalls Garmin co-founder Gary Burrell handing him the GPS 100 and asking, "What do you think?" Tim politely asked a few questions and offered some suggestions. "After several meetings with Burrell, co-founder Dr. Min Kao, and Senior Flight Test Pilot, Doug Carlson encompassing a total of six interviews, Tim was hired as (roughly) the 25th employee on March 1, 1991," reported Garmin.

The most memorable show for Tim was in 1995 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin when Garmin introduced the GPS 90 (photo), which featured an aviation navigation database, complete with a moving map, runway diagrams, airport frequencies and airspace alerts. According to Tim, over 4,000 GPS 90 units were sold during the week of EAA AirVenture that year. As Tim Casey wraps up 23 years at Garmin and an entire career in the aviation industry that "gets in your blood," he said, "I've been blessed to wake up everyday and never have had to work a day in my life."

In 1983, Gary Burrell recruited Min H. Kao and in 1989 the two men founded ProNav. The new company's first product was a GPS unit which sold for $2,500. The company changed its name to Garmin, reflecting the first names of its two founders and in 1991, it secured the U.S. Army as its first customer. By 1995 Garmin's sales had reached $105 million and in 2013, revenues totaled $2.6 billion, of which $339 million was from aviation, its fastest growing sector last year. The company's stock symbol is GRMN.

Affordable Bearhawk LSA Quick-Build Kit at Oshkosh
By Dan Johnson, August 14, 2014

Are you lusting after a Cub lookalike but can't afford the steep price tags these popular flying machines carry? How about something much more affordable? A taildragger called Bearhawk has picked up accolades from AirVenture judges and owners appear very loyal. Sometimes those of us close to factory built Light-Sport Aircraft tend to forget about the homebuilt community. However, more pilots exercising the privileges of Sport Pilot are flying kit-built airplanes than ready-to-fly models, a trend that is likely to continue because a kit represents a lower cost option and one where the owner can more easily do all repair work. Let me clarify, though. Bearhawk is Sport Pilot eligible (using a term my longtime EAA friend, Ron Wagner, coined); it is technically not a Light-Sport. Bearhawk LSA made its debut at AirVenture two years ago as a prototype constructed by its designer, Bob Barrows. Recently a customer flew the first completed kit.

Bearhawk Aircraft owner/builder Mark Goldberg completed the first Bearhawk LSA quick-build kit, N514AK, and flew it to AirVenture last month. The trip from Texas took 9.7 hours cruising at just under 100 mph while burning 4.5 gallons per hour. Portions of the flight were done at up to 118 mph consuming 6 gph Mark said. Goldberg's Bearhawk uses a Barrows-engineered 105-horsepower Continental Motors O-200 engine under the cowl. Following a four seat model, Bearhawk LSA is "a clean-sheet design with an all-new airfoil, developed by Harry Riblett," said Barrows. Construction is similar to other Bearhawk aircraft, with fuselage and tail surfaces of welded 4130 chromoly frames covered in fabric. The all aluminum, flush riveted wings are supported by a single strut. Bearhawk designs are popular for their solid performance and pleasant flight qualities. The designs are known for short field capability, gentle slow speed manners, yet manage reasonably high cruise speeds. The legions of folks buying Cubalike designs can consider Bearhawk and save a bundle while flying faster, not a bad combination. Bearhawk is available as a quick-build kit from the Austin, Texas company.

Empty weight of Bearhawk LSA is 750+ pounds, depending on equipment an owner installs, yielding a useful load of 570 pounds. With 30-gallon tanks full of fuel, payload calculates to 390 pounds. Of course local flying can be done with less than that large amount of fuel; the 31-inch-wide cockpit will accommodate a couple big fellows in tandem seating (photo). As the airplane is designed for a maximum weight of 1,500 pounds, Bearhawk boasts an additional margin at the 1,320-pound LSA limit. A quick-build Bearhawk LSA with no welding required and wings completed to a significant extent — including full riveting of the top skin, fuel tanks, and ailerons — costs $36,000. The welded steel frame has all tabs in place and is primed and painted. Even with exterior paint, avionics, and a new O-200 engine, a completed airplane may cost less than $80,000 or about half of a basic model CubCrafters. Other engine choices (65 to 120 horsepower is supported) can further hold down the expense, especially if you find a good used powerplant. Here are additional specifications of Bearhawk LSA:

  • Cruise Speed — 115-125 mph (100-110 knots)
  • Landing Speed — 30 mph (26 knots)
  • Range (with tanks full at 30 gallons) — 650 pounds
  • Wing Span — 34 feet
  • Wing Area — 171 square feet
  • Length — 22 feet, 3 inches
  • Height (in three point position) — 75 inches
  • Cabin Width — 31 inches
  • Cabin Length — 97 inches

Bearhawk LSA nearly achieves the design holy grail of 4:1 top speed to stall speed (118 to 30 mph) but most importantly, here's an unpretentious aircraft you can probably afford. If you want to study first, plans-only are available at just $275. For more information on Bearhawk Aircraft visit the company's website, contact Bearhawk by email, or call 877-528-4776 (Central time).

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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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

SkyCraft Airplanes is Americaís 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Lycomingís IO-233 engine.

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Updated: August 29, 2014

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