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Editorial Staff

As ByDanJohnson.com expanded from an archive of hundreds of pilot reports and thousand of photos to a near-daily Light-Sport Aircraft news outlet, the number of editorial contributors has grown.

Originally, everything was written by Dan Johnson (hence the website name) but today several others persons contribute.

Dan Johnson... is a longtime aviation writer publishing in several magazines before online news began to augment print publications. More about Dan can be found at his bio. Most (but not all) pilot reports on the website are written by Dan and many news items in SPLOG are his work. Dan also appears in most of the videos appearing on this website.

James Lawrence... is a multi-talented individual who once starred on TV's "Swat" and the major motion picture film, "The Final Countdown." He has directed more than 600 air-to-air photo missions and is a popular photographer whose work has appeared in aviation magazine cover photos, and pilot report photos. James' camera work has often appeared in Outdoor Photographer, a magazine he edited for several years and he has published four nature photography books.

For five years, Lawrence was the LSA editor for Plane & Pilot magazine and he formerly edited Ultralight Aircraft magazine. James now blogs about LSA and showcases some of his excellent LSA photos on his new website.

Ultralight News... publishes several websites and operates a highly successful YouTube video channel. The publisher's experience goes back to the beginning of ultralight aircraft. Several websites are maintained, lead by their flagship UltralightNews.com. They produce a weekly videomagazine and write articles in titles such as Light Sport and Ultralight Flying magazine.

Ultralight News is the producer of all the videos appearing on this website and hundreds more found through his websites. Dan Johnson says of his video partner, "While I get to be the 'on-camera talent,' it is their work behind the scenes that makes these videos fun and fast-paced. They literally would not be possible without the man on the other side of the camera."

Randee Laskewitz... is the official list keeper for ByDanJohnson.com including the popular FIRM List of Flight Schools, Rentals, and Maintenance for Light-Sport Aircraft. As the premiere list in Light-Sport aviation the FIRM List is highly sought after and Randee keeps it current, a difficult task as businesses change.

FIRM List had a goal of hitting 300 entries by Sebring 2009 and achieved that level months ahead of schedule thanks to Randee's consistent efforts. She is a pilot and additionally handles numerous office functions essential to maintaining this website.

Dave Unwin... Formerly the editor of England's Today's Pilot magazine, Dave Unwin is currently Pilot magazine's Flight Test editor. He has been flying for 26 years, and has around 4,300 hours in about 250 different types, ranging from antique gliders and vintage biplanes via seaplanes, skiplanes and sailplanes to modern turboprops and jet fighters.

ByDanJohnson.com is proud and pleased to have a talented aviator like Dave join our group. We're sure you'll enjoy and learn from reading his experiences in light aviation. See more on Dave's website.

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Roy Beisswenger... At AirVenture 2011 Roy received the Bax Seat Trophy from Flying Magazine, given annually to a journalist who communicates the excitement and romance of grassroots aviation. After 10 years of the Powered Sport Flying Radio Show, several years as the publisher of a magazine with a similar title, and even more experience teaching folks to fly powered parachutes, Roy certainly understands grassroots aviation.

Through the lens of his media enterprise he has an unparalleled view of the genuine recreational aircraft community. Besides his own publishing operation, Beisswenger has written for many other magazines and now joins ByDanJohnson.com as a contributor. See more of his work.

Summiting Burkhalter Gap

Dan Barker... proprietor of VisionComm Software & Services, is the webmaster for ByDanJohnson.com and is a major participant in the editorial process. He is also a very experienced pilot.

The website looks and functions as well as it does thanks significantly to Dan and though he may not consider himself a journalist, the written word and graphic images are made more professional through his efforts.




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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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