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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 holds is approaching 500 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.

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Sam Aircraft -- Sam LS

Looks like a Yak; flies like a Light-Sport. In this video we speak to Thierry Zibi of Canada who has been working on this design for more than five years. At previous Sebring events he had a booth and collected design input but at the 2013 event, he shows a full-size aircraft. A unique all-metal creation that is unique in its appearance, we asked some of the questions you might have.

 

BRM Aero -- Bristell IFR (0117)

Quicksilver -- Bever Borne of Air-Tech (04/16)

Zlin Aviation -- Outback Shock (Sportair USA)

"You cannot fly IFR in a Light-Sport Aircraft!" Is that what you think? You might be wrong. In this video Bristell USA's John Rathmell and I discuss this situation. Indeed, a path does exist for IFR operation in a Bristell and we will provide some details. (More can be found elsewhere on this website in an article published March 19, 2017.) Beside discussing IFR capabilities, join us for a flight in the wonderful Bristell, an aircraft I loved from my first flight in it.If you want to know any and everything about Quicksilver, one man knows it all. He is even more knowledgeable about the aircraft than the company(ies) that have owned the brand as he's been associated with Quicksilver for 40 years, through every owner of the California company. His Lousiana company, Air-Tech, now possesses all inventory and tooling for every part the manufacturer made. He and his team can and will support all parts needed for any model... a great thing. Hear from this interesting fellow in this video.Here's an airplane almost certain to grab your attention. It has huge power (180 horse Titan X340); a "hyper"STOL wing; double Fowler flaps; tremendous shock absorption, including on the tailwheel; and enormous tires. It's also finished extremely well and has every little detail done just right. Outback Shock, the U.S. name for this model from longtime producer, Zlin, has entered a sub-sector of the LSA world with some stiff competition but Outback Shock meets the bet and raises the others one or two. Video shot at Aero 2016 at its debut.

SkyReach (Aerosport) -- BushCat

Jabiru -- J-230D (9/16)

Race Around Sebring 2017

If you've been saying that Light-Sport Aircraft are too expensive, here is an airplane that may force you to readjust your thinking. While some carbon fiber beauties are indeed rather costly, BushCat has always been one of the true bargains. True, it is simpler in construction but that also means it is lighter which helps it perform well. In early 2017, BushCat starts at just $65,000 ready-to-fly. By any measure that's a bargain. Find out more detail in this video from the Midwest LSA Expo 2016.Here's a flight review of the latest version of the J-230, the D model. This aircraft has been around for years but the Australian manufacturer upgrades the machine periodically. In this case the changes had to do with the shape of the tail and other subtleties but minor changes over enough time add up to a much better aircraft. Join Dan Johnson as you get exterior and interior views of the newest J230D at the Midwest LSA Expo in Mt. Vernon, Illinois in fall of 2016. (Run time is 9 minutes.)Following the good reception to the earlier "Race Around DeLand 2016" video, I repeated for the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2017. If you cannot attend these shows, this gives you a quick, basic view of what the layout and booth spaces look like. It's better if you can attend, of course, but if not, then... well, Race Around with me at these events. Perhaps more will follow. Meanwhile, I hope you can enjoy this 13:45-minute video. Thanks to Videoman Dave for the edit clean-up.

Vickers Aircraft -- Wave LSA seaplane

American Legend -- on Legend Floats (Video Pilot Report)

Dynon Avionics -- SkyView HDX

Among all Light-Sport Aircraft, some of the most intriguing new design qualities are emerging from LSA seaplanes. Icon's A5 has gained a ton of attention but here's a new entry from Vickers Aircraft of New Zealand. This aircraft is -not- yet flying (as of late 2016) but is such an innovative engineering exercise that we wanted to interview designer Paul Vickers when he was in the USA arranging aspects of Wave's debut in America. Stay tuned; we're sure to have more!American Legend is one of the first entries in the Special Light-Sport Aircraft space and it remains and industry leader with a full line of models and variations including multiple power plants. One of the additions the Sulphur Springs, Texas company made over the years is adding amphibious floats, now of their own construction. At the first-ever DeLand Showcase, we flew the Legend Amphib for this Video Pilot Report with in-flight footage including a water landing. Total Run Time: 19 minutesDynon Avionics has become the leading seller of glass screen instruments in Lihgt-Sport Aircraft and light kit-built airplanes. One way the company has kept their leadership position in a crowded field is by constant innovation, by always taking another step (often ahead of their competition). Now, here comes HDX, a new version of SkyView that makes operating this terrific instrument that much easier, especially in situation where the sky is delivering a few bumps. Get the update from Dynon guru, Kirk Kleinholz. (9 minutes)

Triton America -- Skytrek (pilot report) 2016

Murphy Aircraft -- Radical (07/16)

AirCam -- Twin Engine Kit Aircraft

SkyTrek is a new design from Thomas Hsueh, a longtime aeronautical engineer with impressive credentials (he is also now the owner of the Adam Aircraft twin engine, six-seater). Thomas applied his extensive background to an airplane you may think you recognize but he made numerous improvements to it, among them a steerable nosewheel (the others are castoring) and beefing the structure for flight school use. If you've loved this design shape but wanted improvements, this might be your bird. (Run time: about 14 minutes)You know the name Murphy Aircraft, from models such as their biplane Renegade or their all-metal Rebel. The Canadian company has built many variations on the theme over the years but they pulled away from the U.S. market when the Canadian dollar rose against the U.S. dollar, making their airplanes seem too expensive for Yankees. Now, they are back with their new Radical but also the other popular designs. In this video Dan interviews Darryl Murphy, the brains and boss behind this successful company.This unusual looking aircraft is a twin engine taildragger. While fascinating, those two characteristics might make you wonder if you can handle it. I believe anyone can, with proper training of course. Get by those uncertainties, I advise, because once you fly AirCam you may start thinking that any other aircraft simply won't do. For low level flying over interesting terrain or water, this is one of the safest aircaft ever. Flying the open cockpit aircraft is such a marvelous experience, I consider AirCam one of my all-time favorites. You might, too.

Evektor -- Harmony LSA

Guardian Avionics -- iPads mounts & more

Dual Electronics -- XGPS190 (GPS, weather, traffic)

First on the market way back in 2005 was the Evektor SportStar. This grundbreaking Czech design will always carry the distinction of being the first Light-Sport Aircraft to be accepted by FAA. In this video, Steve Minnick of Ohio-based family business, Dreams Come True, helps us better understand the newer, more advanced Harmony. This video was shot at the Midwest LSA Expo and promotes the DeLand Showcase, two great LSA-focused events.Guardian Avionics made a name for themselves with carbon monoxide (CO) detectors to. well... "guard" against this deadly gas getting into your cockpit. However, the company has expanded into iPad and iPhone mounts that are among the slickest I've seen. In this video, I visited with Ash Vij to get the details about their new offerings that include a mount and more for every product Apple makes. If you are like almost every pilot and use an iPad in the cockpit, you need to check this out.Dual Electronics has been a leader in the panel-top devices that supply valuable information to iPads and other tablets that have become so popular in cockpits. Because they are not mounted in the panel, certified aircraft can use these receivers immediately. Light-Sport Aircraft and light kit aircraft have also warmly received Dual's devices as have pilots in other countries (Dual supports the Russian satellite systems as well.) On this video, Dual's Joanna Lukins reviews the entire product line.

Evolution Trikes -- Revo VPR (Part 2 - details)

Evolution Trikes -- Revo VPR (Part 1 - in flight)

David Clark -- Headset Line Review

In this somewhat shorter video, Part 2 of 2 for our Evolution Trikes Revo Video Pilot Report (VPR), Dan shows you many of the well-considered details for their most deluxe trike. Evolution also makes a far lower cost, simpler trike called Rev (video also available here on ByDanJohnson.com). Besides Dan's comment we bring in developer Larry Mednick to explain Revo's very sophisticated in-flight pitch trim. We also review costs and various ways you can buy Revo. TRT: 16 minutesCome on along as we fly the most deluxe trike you can buy. This is the Evolution Trikes Revo and it is really something. Aloft with designer and trike pilot extraordinare, Larry Mednick, he offers instruction -- as we prefer so you experience what it might be like to fly an aircraft you may never have flown. "Trike" is a generic abbreviation for weight shift aircraft. This one is a Special LSA version and it can blaze along faster than 100 mph. Don't believe that? Join us as we prove the point. TRT: 29 minutes (Part 1 of 2)Easily one of the most recognized headset brands in all of aviation is David Clark. Their familiar shade of green ear cups are seen in movies and magazine photos around the world and have been for decades. This all-American company with design and production all happening in Worcester, Massachusetts has not only developed a full line of headset but they have better prices than other well-known brands. In this video Aviation Market Manager Dennis Buzzell gives us a tour through the whole line.

Just Aircraft SuperSTOL -- Big Sky Aviation Builder Assist

TruTrak with Levil -- ECO Autopilot & AEP

Duc Hélices -- Carbon Props, Hubs, & more

Building a kit is part of the American aviation dream but it isn't for everyone. However, it is something anyone can learn. In this video we interview a husband and wife team -- Hutch and wife Ann -- who went to Just Aircraft to build their SuperSTOL (they are seated in the airplane for this video). Now, for those of you who aren't sure you can dedicate the time, Big Sky has an answer for you: come visit them and they'll give you expert assistance.You've probably heard of TruTrak, the leading autopilot maker for light aircraft of many descriptions. You've probably heard of Levil, certainly so if you employ and iPad or other tablet to assist your flying. Now consider ECO a new autopilot that boasts some great qualities: lighter weight, easier installation, lower cost ... but that's not all. ECO also allows something called AP or Automatic Envelope Protection and that's where Levil enters the autopilot picture. This video will provide many more details on this cutting-edge technological development. Duc Hélices, a French company, has specialized in the creation of all-carbon fiber propellers in various configurations, to fit engines of different sizes and airplanes of differing performance. Not only are the props built of tough, long-lasting carbon fiber but this is only company we know that also makes carbon hubs. They also supply spinners and prop blade covers plus service. Based on comments from numerous users, Duc Hélices clearly provides impressive performance.

Women in Aviation -- Amy Saunders

SkyRunner -- MK 3.2 Powered Parachute & Recreational Vechicle

Videoman Dave and I decided we need to do several videos in support of increasing the number of women involved with flying. Amy is a darn impressive pilot. Her background included fixed wings but she made the jump to trikes flying the spectacular Evolution Trikes Revo. Join us as we start to interview more women pilots. You'll find Amy a fun interview and she's got both the enthusiasm and knowledge to be the good pilot she is.A few years back the folks at I-TEC introduced their Maverick, a powered parachute but with such a substantial carriage that they drove if from Florida to Oshkosh. SkyRunner might be regarded as a similar package but on steroids. This rig is a full-on macho pulse-pounder that catches the interest of people like Maverick did not. Indeed the SkyRunner team has set out to make this an impressive vehicle and you'll find out lots of details on this video.
 

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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.

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

Vickers Aircraft has created one of the most distinctive new LSA seaplanes yet to emerge. Powered by the 180-horsepower
Titan IO-340CC by Continental Motors, their Wave model is like no other seaplane ever introduced with multiple features to set it apart from the crowd.
Wave

Triton America started with a familiar-looking LSA model and significantly improved it, making it stronger while preserving the well-regarded flight characteristics. Welcome to a newcomer with lots of experience and their new Skytrek.



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 their new P2010 four seater, Tecnam offers these LSA: P-92 Eaglet, Astore, and P2008.

Many Light-Sport Aircraft & General Aviation models

Jabiru USA assembles the spacious and speedy J-230 with new, more attractive pricing making the model one of the best values in Light-Sport Aircraft.

The Shelbyville, Tennessee company also offers the Jabiru engine line with new 3310 and 2210 models in 2016.

J230-D & J170-D

Super Petrel LS, manufactured by Scoda Aeronautica in Brazil and built by Super Petrel USA, a branch of the Brazilian company in Ormond Beach, Florida, is a unique and highly effective LSA seaplane. This biplane flying boat is well established with more than 20 years of history.

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

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.


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.

Sonex Aircraft is one of aviation's best-known brands offering exciting performance, easy building, prices to match the budgets of most pilots, and you will do business with some fine people. Taking years of success to new heights, Sonex debuted the "B" models with numerous upgrades.

Evolution Trikes developed and continues to refine their Revo, an absolutely magnificent weight shift control aircraft (or trike). Rev is their new very affordable single place machine.

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.

Remos AG is the manufacturer of the next generation GXiS. This beautiful composite design built by German craftsmen offers excellent performance, light responsive handling, and a deluxe cockpit finish to please any aviator.

SilverLight Aviation created the first all-American gyroplane with modern sophistication and equipment, built by a proven expert. Gyroplanes like AR1 fly much like fixed wings but with real advantages.

Bristell USA distributes the highly-refined Bristell aircraft in North America. The Czech-built aircraft is a 5th generation design with excellent performance, wonderful handling, and a most appealing shape. Other airplanes may look similar but Bristell has gone far beyond.

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.

Aerolite 103 is a remarkably well priced (way below $20,000), well-equipped, Part 103 ultralight that flies beautifully. Several hundred are airborne and production has never been more solid. Here is an airplane every pilot can love and afford.

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.

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.

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.

Murphy Aircraft offers a wide range of highly capable aircraft from the light biplane RENEGADE to their newest RADICAL with many variations in between. Years of design and manufacturing experience combine with modern computer-based tooling to make solid, well performing aircraft kits.


American Legend has been in the LSA space since the beginning, offering their iconic yellow taildragger. The Texas company offers a full line of LSA and kit-built aircraft including the 180-horsepower Super Legend HP.

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?

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.

Aero Adventure offers what is likely the lowest cost boat-hull seaplane in the light aircraft space with a kit that, complete with engine, sells for less than $50,000. Add a long history to its credit and Aventura is a seaplane worthy of a close look.


Glasair Aviation became famous for their Glasair series. Today the Washington state company is focused on the newer Sportsman in several varieties and on Merlin LSA. Later in 2017, buyers can buy a Merlin in fully-ready-to-fly form from this much-admired company renown for its top-tier customer service.


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.

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.

Aeromarine-LSA represents economical aircraft like Merlin PSA, fully enclosed and all-metal for less than $35,000; or Part 103 ultralights like Zigolo, a dual-purpose ultralight and motorglider with prices starting at only $12,000.

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