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Editorial Staff

As 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 has now retired from active writing but we are all the richer for his years of experience.

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 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 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. 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.

photo courtesy EAA

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 as a contributor. See more of his work.

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Dan Barker... proprietor of VisionComm Software & Services, is the webmaster for 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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