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Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) Video Reviews

Some of the most popular content on ByDanJohnson.com are videos, made available to you thanks to a collaboration with the Light Sport and Ultralight Flyer. We add new videos all the time and our library exceeds 300 LSA and light aircraft videos. Shot at major airshows, these aircraft reviews and interviews provide info for the majority of all Special Light-Sport Aircraft plus many other light aircraft that Sport Pilots may fly. The best news... LSA Videos are free.

In summer 2013, we significantly changed how video navigation works. Now, you see the most recent 24 videos posted to the website on this main video page. Big arrows lead you to the previous 24 posted and this goes on for a few pages. On most of them a new "Return" arrow takes you back to the newer ones. So, if you are seeking the newest videos, we made it a lot easier.

However, we have a lot of videos now ... more than 300 with plenty more on the way. So, it can be hard to find the particular one you may want in chronological (date posted) order. To help, you can turn on the alphabetic index. Just click the link in the thick gray bar just above the navigation arrows. When you do, the long page will show every video in alphabetic order by brand name for aircraft or by topic (for videos about other than aircraft). As you move your mouse or cursor over the video title, a summary pops up.

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American Legend -- Super Legend

American Legend is, well... already a legend in the world of Light-Sport Aircraft. With this Super Legend, the Texas company has installed the new Lycoming O-233. At 115 horsepower, the Legend Cub will be much livlier, great if you also want to add floats. The new Lycoming is a multi-fuel engine so you don't have to use only 100LL avgas. To accommodate the greater weight of the engine, American Legend took numerous steps to lighten the aircraft. See what items in this video.

 

FK Lightplanes -- Fk9 ELA

Nando Groppo -- Trail (2014)

D Motor -- LF39 LSA engine

Germany's popular Fk9 from FK lightplanes is one of that country's most popular models, often flown in flight schools and by hundreds of recreational pilots. Around since the 1990s, the Fk9 has been continuously updated. In fact, this would be the Mark 5 version had not the company renamed it the Fk9 ELA, for European Light Aircaft. In the USA, FK Lightplanes is well represented by Hansen Air Group. Come on along as we look throughout this new version of a well proven light aircraft.We've looked at Nando Groppo's Trail aircraft earlier, both in the USA and over at Aero in Germany. The aircraft remains an interesting modestly priced machine (mid-$80,000s in early 2014, subject to change) with folding wings and bush capability. Now the Trail has a new representative. Steve Bensinger has a long, illustrious history with the CGS Hawk ultralight and now offers the Trail. Get up to date on the airplane and Steve's business in this video.You already know very well Rotax, Jabiru, Continental, and Lycoming plus a couple others including UL Power and Viking. Now, come have a look and listen to Doc Bailey telling us about the D-motor, a flat head engine. D Motor is a direct drive, horizontally opposed, gasoline engine with what Dac' said is only 35 moving parts. Here's 95 horsepower weighing only 124 pounds with a high torque, 250 newton meters' worth. Created by former race car drivers specifically for aircraft, D Motor has many of the features pilots want.

TruTrak -- Autopilots & more for LSA

B.O.T. Hand-Controlled LSA -- Wounded Warrior Project

Continental Motors -- O-200D LSA engine (2014)

Many Light-Sport Aircraft use autopilots these days because such controllers have dropped rather fantastically in cost from the days when only turbines and larger had such equipment. One reason for this proliferation is due to TruTrak, which made the Digify autopilot. The company is now owned by a 14-year employee, Andrew Barker, and he shows us around the latest in autopilot capabilitySoldiers in our country's service too often sustain combat injuries that cost them the use of their limbs. What if they still want to learn to fly. Able Flight is one resource for such aspiring pilots. Another national project is Wounded Warriors and Renegade Light Sport Aircraft has worked with European LSA manufacturers B.O.T. Aircraft to create a hand controlled airplane for use in training such students. We interview Tommy Counihan about his experience in flying the B.O.T.Continental is one of the most familiar brand names in all of aviation. The company's engines have powered more airplanes than most pilots could possibly name and their experience over 100 years (80 in aviation) is legendary. Pilots and mechanics around the world know Continental Motors and you can get service at virtually any airport. We speak with Ron Humphreys who gives us the details of the LSA-specific O-200D engine. We even touch on Continental's diesel engine.

Bede Corp -- BD-17 kit aircraft (2014)

ITEC-Maverick (2014)

Rans -- S-20 Raven (01/14)

Doesn't everyone know about the miniature BD-5 airplane including the jet-powered version many have seen at airshows? That was the beginning of a long and productive design career for famous designer, Jim Bede. At Sebring 2014, we spoke with engineer Tim Becker who gave us plenty of information about the Sport Pilot-eligible BD-17, a single seat design that meets all parameters of a LSA. BD-17 is one of the very economical choices to help you get in the air.Not many people have gotten to fly the ITEC Maverick, the flying car candidate that has arrived on the market. We interviewed Roy Beisswenger, publisher of Powered Sport Flying magazine, an expert powered parachute pilot, about his experience at going aloft in Maverick. His perspective is special and he tells us how the vehicle drives and more about how it flies and how these experiences are different from a conventional powered parachute.Rans designer and leader Randy Schlitter brought his complete and flying S-20 Raven to Sebring and we spoke with him updating our earlier video from last summer when the airplane was in "bare bones" mode. Randy describes what they learned as they finished Raven and what elements on this interesting design meld the popular S-7 Courier with the best selling S-6. He notes that he and his team really answered the requests of customers over recent years.

AutoGyro VPR -- Calidus tandem gyro (2014)

Solar Flight -- Sunseeker Duo

Belite Aircraft -- SeaLite Floatplane (2013)

In our first VPR (Video Pilot Report) on a gyroplane, we go aloft with Robert Snyder in the biggest selling brand, AutoGyro, flying their two place tandem Calidus. If you've ever thought about gyroplane flying, this video may answer some questions you always wanted to ask. Multiple in-flight cameras give you a good feel of being in the cockpit; Robert and I describe all aspects of flying a gyroplane. Come on along an enjoy. (TRT: 22 minutes)Electric power rivets the attention of many pilots even while the development of this power to propel airplanes continues to progress. If one uses solar cells, a designer need not necessarily rely on batteries. Eric Raymond, an American soaring and hang glider pilot, has been exploring solar-powered flight for some years. In this video we look at his newest project, the high-span Sunseeker Duo in which he and his wife plan to fly across and around Europe.Belite Aircraft has maintained a singular focus on single seat aircraft, many of which can meet Part 103 (meaning no license, medical, or N-numbers needed). Entrepreneur James Wiebe has been tireless in his quest to constantly update the design. To wit, he scrapped an aluminum float project and created the carbon fiber amphibious floats to squeeze even more weight out of them. At the time this video was made, he had not yet flown, but in December 2013, that benchmark was achieved.

Quicksilver Aeronautics -- Sport 2S as SLSA (2013)

Tapanee Aviation -- Pagazair (2013)

Sportair USA -- TL-3000 Sirius (full length pilot report 2 of 2)

Quicksilver has now completed all the flight testing for the most popular kit to qualify it for Special Light-Sport Aircraft acceptance by FAA. In this summer 2013 video, we speak with Daniel Perez, the Chief Operating Officer for Quicksilver about the challenges in taking an already-successful airplane through the ASTM standards. Daniel gives a review of what all they did and why. This will be one of the most affordable aircraft in the SLSA space and the Quick 2S may meet the need.We don't often talk to pilots of plans-built aircraft but here's a winner. Also available as a kit from the Canadian producer, we speak in this video with two builders -- one plans-built and the other kit-built -- about what are the marvelous capabilities of this STOL airplane. Each pilot speaks of his terrific experiences. We had fun interviewing the builder pilots and think you'll enjoying hearing their stories.This video continues from our full-length video pilot report on the TL Ultralights TL-3000 Sirius. In this second of two videos we go aloft and let you see for yourself some of the flight characteristics of the high wing entry from the Czech producer. Both videos were shot at the 2013 Midwest LSA Expo, an ideal place for such video pilot reports. For background on this Sirius pilot report, see the similarly titled video "1 of 2."

Sportair USA -- TL-3000 Sirius (full length pilot report 1 of 2)

Van's Aircraft -- RV-12 SLSA (07/13)

Rans -- S-20 Raven (07/13)

Another in our series of full-length video pilot reports focuses on the TL Ultralights TL-3000 Sirius, represented in America by Sportair USA. We provide background on the airplane in this first of two videos; later we'll take it up for a video in flight session and talk more about flight qualities. The Midwest LSA Expo is an ideal place for these video pilot reports and we did several of them. For more on this Sirius pilot report, see the similarly titled video "2 of 2."Van's Aircraft needs no introduction to most aviators. The company has more than 8,000 aircraft flying. One of these is their RV-12 LSA models. Mostly that design, like all their models, has been built as a kit. Van's wasn't sure they'd make ready-to-fly models when they started. However, through a nearby company, Van's made arrangements to offer the RV-12 as a factory-built Special LSA. Here company rep' Gus Funnel updates us on the latest information about this popular airplane.The 20th design from Rans, one of the light aircraft industry's most prolific innovators, is basically a side-by-side version of the company's very popular S-7 Courier. As designers and company owner Randy Schlitter explains, their newest model is a combination of several of their models including the highly successful S-6. One of LSA's most interesting folks, you'll want to hear Randy talk about the design goals for the new S-20.

Tecnam -- SeaSky amphibian (7/13)

Arion Aircraft -- Lightning Kit with 160-hp (7/13)

Evektor -- EPOS Electric SportStar (2013)

Tecnam has likely built more variations on their Light-Sport Aircraft theme than any other company. One of the latest to show was the SeaSky, an amphibious float-equipped version of the P92 Echo Classic that has more than a 20-year history with the company. The floats are also a Tecnam product, a product of the Italian company acquiring a Spanish company with composite technology and equipment. Company rep Tristan Rabb shows us around the new model.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.Evektor's SportStar was the very first to win Special LSA approval and the company since established a long tradition of constantly updating the design (see all our coverage to follow this). The latest, which company designers thought was just a demonstration project, is EPOS, an electric powered version of SportStar. The idea was so well received, they sold 10 at the Aero 2013 show. Here you can see our interview about the details of the electric installation.

Flight Design -- CTLS in Flight School Use

SkyLeader (Jihlavan) -- SkyLeader 600

At Sebring 2013, we made the rounds speaking to sellers of various Light-Sport Aircraft. We asked how their aircraft holds up in flight school instruction use. Some aviation journalists and some general aviation pilots believe LSA cannot withstand the rigors of training. Flight Design USA sales manager John Gilmore assures us the CTLS does very well in flight schools and one has accumulated more than 13,000 landings! Here the rest of the story in this video.Do you feel like you never heard of SkyLeader? Well, actually you have but you probably know it better as the Kappa KP-5. After losing their early distributor some years ago, the airframe fell off the U.S. radar. Now, with a new distributor in the Jacksonville, Florida area, Americans can once again consider the design. Over those years of absence, the model has been greatly enhanced. Check out the appearance in this video
 

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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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.


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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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