The years of metamorphosis for Sportstar resulted in a series of steadily refined aircraft leading to the new Harmony model of 2011. Although you likely know the brand you may not be aware of the many changes. These changes came subtly and in increments. Yet when you can contrast the differences you see the lines have become much smoother and refined even while the cockpit was enlarged. Now, six years after that Number One status was achieved, Evektor has a strong-than-ever product with solid U. S. dealers in place. One of those is Steve Minnich, proprietor of Dreams Come True (DCT) Aviation LLC.
Minnich runs Dreams Come True (DCT) with the slogan "Bringing Light-Sport Aviation to the Birthplace of Aviation." Operating from the Dayton Wright Brothers Airport (KMGY), Dreams Come True provides Evektor Aircraft Sales, stocks parts for support, and provides flight instruction and Evektor aircraft rental through Aviation Sales Inc. (ASI). DCT often works shows with other dealers like Art Torola of AB Flight.
Steve and the other dealers are backed by Evektor, a major engineering company in the Czech Republic. Located in the south of the country Evektor does work for the nation's auto industry among other major clients. I've visited their factory to see a professionally run operation fully able to reassure more than 1,000 owners around the world. Evektor appears here to stay.
The modern SportStar Max IFR or Harmony compare remarkably well to a top-flight GA airplane considering either may cost only one quarter of the heavier airplane. The comfortably wide cockpit with large instrument panel full of standard IFR gauges and big-screen digital instruments can satisfy someone used to a Bonanza or a Cirrus. Built lightly to stay within the LSA class, SportStar Max IFR and Harmony don't feel like lightweights. Handling is responsive yet thoroughly conventional. In-flight behavior is predictable and stability is excellent. Early on Evektor built a good reputation in flight schools. Some units have thousands of hours of instruction logged. Evektor's 2011 Harmony model brings a new look with optimized aerodynamics resulting in higher speed, enlarged ailerons & rudder, and extra leg room.
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One of the controversies surrounding Light-Sport Aircraft has to do with that first word: “light.” Early on, one aircraft importer lobbied to remove the word as it was negatively viewed, he believed.
Forever, Evektor will remain the very first Special Light-Sport Aircraft approved by the FAA, beating Flight Design’s CT series by a small margin.
Sometimes I am told I have the best job in the world.
We spent the first day of the second year of this event zooming around DeLand Showcase 2017 shooting several videos for you and I have a sample MiniVideo for you to view.
My video partner must be working around the clock as he prepared a blizzard of videos for release starting November 1st.
Video review: Evektor — Harmony LSA
First on the market way back in 2005 was the Evektor SportStar.
Almost every year at AirVenture Oshkosh, some pilot or team of pilots performs some sky writing, that is, trailing smoke while flying precisely enough that you can read what they are writing from the ground.
Video review: Evektor — EPOS Electric SportStar (2013)
Evektor’s SportStar was the very first to win Special LSA approval and the company since established a long tradition of constantly updating the design (see all our coverage to follow this).
Video review: Evektor — Harmony and Sportstar (2012)
Evektor is, was, and always will be the very first Special LSA to earn an FAA airworthiness certificate in the United States.
Video review: Evektor — Harmony LSA News (2012)
Evektor has adhered closely to a principle called CANI… Continuous and Never Ending Improvement.
Video review: Evektor — Harmony LSA
Evektor, the first ever Light-Sport Aircraft has been busy updating their Sportstar for years.
Video review: Evektor — Harmony LSA (Full Length Pilot Report)
FULL-LENGTH VIDEO PILOT REPORT — After well over 100 shorter-length video reports on Light-Sport Aircraft and other Sport Pilot-eligible flying machines, Dan Johnson and the Light Sport and Ultralight Flyer are pleased to offer our first full-length pilot report.
Video review: 4 LSA Brands — Low Wing All-Metal
At the 2010 Midwest LSA Expo we did something new. We picked several aircraft of a similar description and pointed out their similarities and differences.
Video review: Evektor — Sportstar Max
Without changing the model designation — it’s always been the Sportstar — Evektor has steadily evolved their all-metal low-wing aircraft.
Video review: Evektor — SportStar Plus
Evektor is the No. 1 brand in the LSA fleet, and it earns that title by being number one to earn SLSA approval back in April 2005.
American readers of ByDanJohnson.com may be surprised to hear that more than a third of all visitors are from outside the United States.
Much of what we hear and know about airplane populations is centered on America.
The very first aircraft ever to receive approval in the USA as a Light-Sport Aircraft is Evektor-Aerotechnik’s SportStar.
The Great Recession was the pits … for nearly all industries and most employees or small business owners.
The rush is on — hardly a surprise to anyone these days — regarding China’s emergence into general or recreational aviation.
This article follows up on an earlier one about Guy Reynolds.
On November 30th, Guy Reynolds will celebrate his 100th birthday by taking a flight in Light-Sport Aircraft.
Video info and entertainment is burgeoning these days. YouTube has become one of most-visited Internet websites; you can watch videos on subjects of every conceivable description (plus many you could not have conceived).
Evektor will always be First… that is, the Czech company gained the very first Special Light-Sport Aircraft approval back in April 2005 and no one can ever take that first-in-class title away from them.
Splog: ‘Net Surfin’ for LSA News
Knocking around the ‘Net looking for signs that Light Sport is alive and well… *** Michael Combs is nearing the end of his 19,000 mile odyssey — what a vision.
Evektor USA’s main man Jim Lee took me up for an enjoyable float above the clouds today in the SportStar Max, the top-line evolution of the SportStar which won the first ASTM SLSA designation back at the beginning of the category.
Evektor’s SportStar became the first-ever Special Light-Sport Aircraft a little over four years ago, a distinction no one can ever take away from the Czech company.
Within 24 hours of getting home from Sun ‘n Fun, several industry leaders including Evektor America’s Jeff Conrad, Flight Design USA’s Tom Peghiny, Jabiru USA’s Ed Ricks, and BRS parachute’s Gregg Ellsworth packed up and headed off to California.
In a year of facilitating independent audits for Special Light-Sport Aircraft, LAMA, the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, completed reviews of six companies: IndUS (Thorpedo); Jihlavan (Kappa KP-5); Aeropro (EuroFox); Flight Design (CT); Czech Aircraft Works (SportCruiser, Mermaid, & Parrot); and Evektor (SportStar).
At Oshkosh I took the chance to speak with several general aviation leaders — CEOs of top general aviation companies and presidents of leading membership organizations.
On the same field in the southeastern Czech Republic as used by Czech Aircraft Works is Evektor, builder of the #3-selling SportStar.
A month before Sun ‘n Fun helps to kick off the new year, I visited Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Daytona Beach as the big aero school hosted dozens of universities at the National Training Aircraft Symposium.
Evektor America requested their Czech supplier, Evektor Aerotechnik to perform an engineering study of the design.
Pilot report: Learning to fly in a SportStar
St. Charles Flying Service, based just outside the city of St.
Pilot report: A Sporty SportsStar: Leading the LSA Parade
Being first is often good in marketing, sports, or life in general, for that matter.
Pilot report: SportStar for American Pilots
They’re already lining up out front though the party isn’t sure to happen.