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. More good news: After its coldest winter since the early 1980s Florida is extremely pleasant now, warm with low humidity. *** Indications are the economy continues bearing down on Light-Sport aviation. Confronted with cautious customers, some aircraft producers have tightened their costs and are offering sharply lower prices in time for Sun ‘n Fun. *** Flight Design announced its CTLS Lite, which makes two impressive accomplishments. By slightly trimming the equipment list and making other adjustments, the market leader was able to slice $20,000 off the price, coming in at $119,800. They also cut a most impressive 50 pounds from the empty weight. *** Jabiru USA offers two models discounted for a short time. Taking $11,000 off the price of their J-170 brings the base to $85,900. With some nice equipment, it remains less than $95,000. The company’s more spacious J-230 is being offered for $97,900 base and pretty well equipped for $105,000. *** All these numbers can be made more affordable through partnering or finance, both of which have good support. *** Other observed bargains: SeaMax, a well-equipped, performance amphibian for $140,000 range; Aerotrek, still holding a line below $70,000 for their handsome A220/A240; the RANS S-6LS is a value at $63,000; SeaRey kits offer the lowest amphib cost among LSA; and a low-price leader is the X-Air LS for $59,995. *** I’m also sure I left out someone deserving, so come to Sun ‘n Fun and find the deal for you. I’ve not seen a better time to buy an LSA.
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