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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 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.

However, we have a lot of videos now ... almost 500, with 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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FK Lightplanes -- Fk12 Comet (mini review 09/11)

MINI REVIEW -- In what we expect to be the first of many more, we offer our first mini review of an aircraft. Longer reviews are available here on ByDanJohnson.com ...just click on the link above any video still image to see what content is available. Plus, we'll add more full-length video reports over time. Meanwhile, enjoy this short take on the much-admired Fk12 Comet biplane with aerobatic potential.

 

Dynon Avionics -- SkyView HDX

Triton America -- Skytrek (pilot report) 2016

Murphy Aircraft -- Radical (07/16)

Dynon 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)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.

AirCam -- Twin Engine Kit Aircraft

Evektor -- Harmony LSA

Guardian Avionics -- iPads mounts & more

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.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 -- XGPS190 (GPS, weather, traffic)

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

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

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.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)

David Clark -- Headset Line Review

Just Aircraft SuperSTOL -- Big Sky Aviation Builder Assist

TruTrak with Levil -- ECO Autopilot & AEP

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.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 -- Carbon Props, Hubs, & more

Women in Aviation -- Amy Saunders

SkyRunner -- MK 3.2 Powered Parachute & Recreational Vechicle

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.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.

Quicksilver Aeronautics -- GT 500 Restore (0715)

Pipistrel -- Electro (04/15)

Continental (ECi) -- Titan engine

In this video, we think you will see something unusual. This is a 1991 Quicksilver GT500 that looks as though it just rolled off the assembly line. That may be common in vintage aircraft but here's one you can afford and which nearly anyone can fly. Longtime Quicksilver expert, Todd Eleffson went through this particular GT500 from nose to tail beautifully restoring it. A friend who asked me about it bought the plane before AirVenture 2015 ended because it was an excellent value. More of this is coming as Quicksilver are common around the world.We first knew of this project as WATTsUP. That name was fun but as the project came to production, it was renamed Electro ... basically their Alpha but with electric propulsion. In this interview, Dan Johnson speaks with Light Sport and Ultralight Flying editor and longtime pro photographer, James Lawrence, about his upcoming visit to Pipistrel in Slovenia. James recently spoke to chief engineer Tine Tomazic who provided some operational details on matters like endurance, recharging, regenerative charging and more.CubCrafters made the Titan engine well known to Light-Sport Aircraft enthusiasts when it added the 180-horsepower engine to their line of Cub-like airplanes. It made a rather docile flying machine into a macho machine and that appears to have helped the company increase their sales. However, now you can also find this engine in the American Legend Cub-type airplanes as well as Sportair USA's Outback model manufactured by Zlin. All three models now boast this impressive performing engine, and more airframe users are coming.

Paradise Aircraft -- P1NG (01/15)

Icon Aircraft -- A5 (Video Pilot Report)

Superior Air Parts -- Gemini Diesel on Legend (0715)

Welcome back to Paradise, that is, welcome to Brazilian producer Paradise Aircraft to the tropical paradise of Florida where the southern hemisphere builder has set up a remote manufacturing operation. They also began bringing in the significantly-revised P1NG -- dubbed "Ping" -- although it actually refers to the Next Generation version of their P1 model we've seen in the U.S. for some years. In this video we hear about the company and the alterations in the model.Finally! I got to fly Icon's long-awaited A5 LSA seaplane. In a word: superb. Well done, Icon. In this 25-minute video join Icon Sales VP, Craig Bowers, and me as we run the highly-anticipated Light-Sport through its paces including a series of stalls that show the value of their hard work to create a spin resistant airframe. No airplane is perfect for every buyer but the California designer and manufacturer hit just about every correct note. We bet you'll really enjoy this one.Only a few months earlier, at Sun 'n Fun 2015, we got our first glimpse of the Superior Gemini Diesel engines aimed at the Light-Sport Aircraft space. At AirVenture Oshkosh 2105, we saw an installation of the engine on an American Legend airframe. This rapid pace is helped by the close proximity of Superior Air Parts and American Legend, just 80 miles apart in the state of Texas. In this video Legend boss Darin Hart and Superior VP Scott Hays tells us when we can expect to see it flying plus other details of the development.

Pipistrel -- Sinus

Many of us who enjoy soaring flight love the Pipistrel Sinus as it offers some wonderful gliding capability. Even the prop can "feather" to reduce drag. It works marvelously and can exceed 50 miles per gallon. U.S. representative Rand Vollmer shows us around the Sinus but then took us outside to see the "Flex" capability. Basically this refers to a variable wing span with extensions that remove in a matter of minutes. You'll want to watch the whole video to see this feature set.
 

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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.

MVP.aero turned many heads when introducing its one-of-a-kind entry to Light-Sport Aircraft seaplanes. MVP, for Most Versatile Plane, justifies that phrase by doing more than flying off water. Here’s one to examine much more closely!


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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

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

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


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

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

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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