DAN JOHNSON has been called “the leading reviewer of recreational aircraft” after writing hundreds of pilot reports. A 6,000-hour Commercial, Instrument, Multiengine Pilot and former Certified Flight Instructor, Dan’s focus today is on Light-Sport Aircraft, ultralight aircraft, and kit-built aircraft that Sport Pilots may fly. He has flown and evaluated more than 400 different aircraft models and has created articles or videos about all of them. These can be found here on ByDanJohnson.com plus numerous print magazines have featured Dan’s articles over many years. In addition to writing more than 2,000 articles, Dan Johnson began work with the Light Sport and Ultralight Flyer YouTube channel in 2008. He has since appeared in around 1,000 videos and hosts a whole library of videos on Light-Sport Aircraft and other recreational aircraft Sport Pilots enjoy flying. Promoting aviation over several decades, he is president of Dan Johnson Media Corp and publisher of ByDanJohnson.com (also AffordableAviation.com).
The newest owner of a SLSA Special Airworthiness certificate is Triton AeroMarine for their Skytrek. First seen at Oshkosh six weeks ago, boss Thomas Hsueh said he would have approval shortly and he was true to his word. The proof came at the just concluded Midwest LSA Expo 2016 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois where Thomas and his young team brought the first SLSA version of Skytrek Yes, I know Skycatcher was the first designed-in-the-USA, made-in-China Special LSA. The two approaches differ in two ways, however, as Triton did their work and test flying in China where Cessna did all their development in Wichita, Kansas and merely sublet the production work to Shenyang (a large state-owned aircraft producer). Triton, a private non-state company, has a corporate base in Washington State. Its factory is in Zhuhai, China, home to a well establish airshow. The other difference is that Skytrek also has Type Design Approval in China so it has passed inspection by two sets of aviation authorities.