Once upon a long time ago, X-Air was the Weedhopper, an early pioneer that saw immense success based on its absolute simplicity, and its low cost. Now only a distant relative to the ultralight, X-Air is more sophisticated and polished, but it retains both essential early qualities: elemental simplicity and a low price tag.
Starting as an American design today's X-Air was redesigned in France with a period of influence from Britain. Major components have long been produced in India by Raj Hamsa. After parts are shipped to Oregon, X-Air assembles the aircraft (about 60% of the task) giving the LS a "U.S. Built" definition. The circle is completed with American-led industry consensus rules used to certify to Special Light-Sport Aircraft.
Would you buy an airplane for a truly modest monthly payment? One of the most cost effective price tags in light-sport aviation puts X-Air's LS within reach of many budget-minded flyers and X-Air also can you finance the airplane for an affordable monthly expense. Put 20% down and with payments spread over 10 years, X-Air LS can be yours without biting you in the wallet. While some decry the high cost of Light-Sport Aircraft, X-Air is single-handedly brining down the sky-high figures. Plus, buyers get a design that has a track record measured in decades, albeit with steady innovation.
Fly X-Air's LS slowly (stall below 40 mph) or cruise 90 mph in a highly predictable aircraft. Keep it simple — an iCom radio and electronic engine management system come standard — or load it up with Garmin 496 and more to travel the country.
Before America becomes completely consumed with Eclipse Viewing Fever, you might want to pull your (solar filter-protected) eyes away from the soon-to-darken sky to catch a few glimpses of intriguing aircraft from EAA’s summer celebration of flight.
Video review: 2 LSA Brands — Very Low Cost
Price is important; no surprise. But you also want an aircraft that will deliver the enjoyment of flight.
Splog: X-Air Goes Factory Direct
Bend, Oregon’s LSA builder X-Air, makers of the completely American-made X-Air LS – lowest-priced LSA out there at under $60,000 – is finding creative ways to keep the overhead low by selling the airplane directly out of its factory.
After a tough winter in most parts of the USA, spring evidently arrived early with 80-degree temperatures as far north as Minnesota… all before Sun ‘n Fun.
In FAA’s official letter sent by John Colomy, Acting Manager of the Small Aircraft Directorate, the Federal Aviation Administration states, “The majority of facility assessments are now complete and the FAA is confident that LSA manufacturer’s compliance can match that of the commercial aviation manufacturers.” Colomy continues, “This will be a major accomplishment since using consensus standards and compliance self-declarations is a new way of doing business for the LSA industry.” Well, actually, this is the only way the LSA industry has done business.
Many pilots have complained about the high prices of Light-Sport Aircraft.
If that headline didn’t cause you to turn away in boredom, let me tell you why it’s important: American producers of LSA could find a golden opportunity.
Lots of folks are wondering about, or complaining about, the seemingly high prices of Light-Sport Aircraft.
Upon seeing modern LSA, many aviators say, “Oh, these aren’t ‘those ultralights’ at all.” Truth be told, even those ultralights aren’t ultralights any more.
Pilot report: New Look for Xair Import; Xair H
UPDATE 2008: The following article preceded the arrival of the X-Air LS offered by X-Air LSA, certified in 2008 as a Special Light-Sport Aircraft under ASTM standards.
Pilot report: Light Sport Aircraft – Sidebar 2
Pilot report: Europe Embraces Light-Sport Aircraft
Many excellent aircraft may be headed our way
Parlez-vous Française? Sprechen Sie Deutsche?
Pilot report: Xair Standard and F Models
he Xair hardly looks like a Weedhopper anymore. And its French-based producer, Randkar, may no longer care to associate with the pioneering design (though they surely wouldn’t mind selling 4,000 units like the Weedhopper). Indeed, the machine is now so different, the heritage barely reveals itself.