SportairUSA has a history of bringing interesting recreational aircraft to the U.S market. The latest is the dynamic Savage Nomad Shock Ultra, designed and built for the STOL market. (See full-length article.)
In addition to new aircraft sales and resales, SportairUSA has evolved into a mid-America service center for Part 23 and LSA aircraft, authorized to provide the full range of inspection, maintenance and repair of airframes, engines and propellers for small aircraft, and installation/repair of avionics.
The Nomad Shock Ultra combines the evolved design of the Savage Nomad LSA with the bush capabilities of it’s big brother, the Savage Outback Shock. More specifically, the Shock Ultra is an updated Nomad incorporating oversized outboard shock absorbers into the forward landing gear, inspired by the famous Fieseler Fi156 Storch of the WWII era, along with a new hyper-STOL wing profile, double-slotted Fowler flaps, optional leading-edge wing slats, and re-engineered suspension geometry for better landing control.
The results speak for themselves. Minimum flight speed is 17 mph solo, and 21 mph at MTOW. The landing flare is flattened, yielding good visibility of the landing site throughout the landing sequence. Custom-designed undercarriage and suspension tame even STOL landings with little to no touchdown rebound. It’s fascinating to watch the Shock Ultra in short landing field trials, as it almost hovers to a touchdown and then stays down. The fuselage squats on the shocks but the tires, once down, don’t leave the ground.
The standard engine in the Shock Ultra is the capable 100 horsepower ROTAX 912ULS, and the STOL performance with this power source is at the top of its class. The forward airframe is engineered for more than 140 horsepower, easily handling engine upgrades such as the turbocharged ROTAX 914 and the new ROTAX 915, and anticipating further developments in light aircraft engines.
In 2018 SportairUSA introduced Z~Floats, a new line of amphibious floats engineered for LSA and light recreational aircraft.
The company is also coordinating the introduction of a rotary-engined reproduction of the WW-II vintage Chance-Vought F4U Corsair fighter plane. And this one is a ready-to-fly factory finished Part 103 Ultralight! (See article.)
SportairUSA began operation in the 1990s as a dealer/builder for the Searey line of amphibians. In 2004 the firm became a pioneering distributor of Light Sport Aircraft and has continued to innovate and grow in the field. The company recently determined not to renew its distributorship agreement with TL-Ultralight, s.r.o., in order to focus on distributing the Savage line from Zlin Aviation, s.r.o. Sportair is also the U.S. distributor for the new “vintage” Part 103 ultralight Corsair 103, and for Z~Floats — amphibious floats for light recreational aircraft.
SportairUSA has become a premier maintenance, repair and avionics center for LSAs and all FAA Part 23 small aircraft, operating out of its 25,000 square foot facility at KORK North Little Rock, Arkansas, Municipal Airport. It is an FAA certificated repair station under 14 CFR Part 145.
Phone: (501) 228-7777North Little Rock, AR 72118
Most ultralight aircraft (officially: “ultralight vehicles”) are rather simple constructions. They must be to stay within the tight constraints of a 254-pound maximum empty weight.*
That’s not a negative comment about them.
In the last couple months as we’ve all been struggling under the lockdowns happening across the country (and around the world), some of our best-read articles have been about going fast using the most powerful engines.
Sustained interest in Cub-types has long amazed many of us. About the only airplane that routinely seems to inspire even more passion may be the North American P-51 Mustang.
What’s new at Sun ‘n Fun 2019? Again, as I’ve observed for previous airshows, it appears impossible for all exhibitors to be ready by gates-open tomorrow, Tuesday April 2nd, 2019.
After Aero 2016, we enthusiastically reported on the Zlin Shock Outback (as it is known to Americans; Shock Cub to other countries).
If you live in France or are traveling to the country (soon!), you might want to join the party… the DUC Propellers party, that is.
Video review: Zlin Aviation — Outback Shock (Sportair USA)
Here’s an airplane almost certain to grab your attention. It has huge power (180 horse Titan X340); a “hyper”STOL wing; double Fowler flaps; tremendous shock absorption, including on the tailwheel; and enormous tires.
Once upon a time, the producer of a yellow LSA taildragger installed the industry’s most powerful engine resulting in a performance leader.
This video continues from our full-length video pilot report on the TL Ultralights TL-3000 Sirius.
Video review: Zlin — Savage Cub-S (2014)
Cub-S, as it is known in 2014, is a very powerful Cub-like airplane.
Another in our series of full-length video pilot reports focuses on the TL Ultralights TL-3000 Sirius, represented in America by Sportair USA.
Video review: Sportair USA — Line of TL Ultralight LSA
At Aero 2013 in Germany, we ran into American Bill Canino owner of Sportair USA, the U.S.
Video review: Tecnam — Snap (aerobatic LSA 2013)
In early 2013 Tecnam acquired the design rights and tooling to produce Snap, the first aircraft in the LSA space aimed specifically at aerobatic flying.
Video review: TL Ultralights — Sting S4 (2013)
Bill Canino has imported the TL Ultralights line of Light-Sport Aircraft for many years.
Video review: SportairUSA — Broad line of LSA
We spoke with SportairUSA founder, Bill Canino, who represents a broad and varied line of Light-Sport Aircraft… all of which just happen to begin with the letter “S.” We wanted to inform you about all these quality airplanes but we also wanted to ask Bill about all SportUSA’s activities including their Arkansas FBO and a flock of interesting accessories items, some of which are available for other brands.
Video review: 5 LSA Taildraggers
Video viewers like collections of LSA where we look at several different models and review their differences.
Video review: Zlin — iCub (Savage)
You may know the Zlin Savage, now distributed in America by SportairUSA (the same folks that bring you the Sting, Sirius, and other cool light airplane gear).
Video review: TL Ultralight — Sirius TL-3000
From the one company with both low and high wing all-composite Light-Sport Aircraft comes the new high wing Sirius from American importer SportairUSA.
Video review: 5 LSA Brands — High Wing Composite
At the Midwest LSA Expo 2010, we started something new using multiple aircraft and offering their differences and similarities.
Video review: TL Ultralight — Sting S3
In its next generation model, the Sting S3 brings new sophistication to a Light-Sport Aircraft that was already one of the sleekest and best equipped models available.
When this website went live a few months before the Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft rule was announced at Oshkosh 2004, it began life as an archive of several hundred pilot reports I had written for a number of print magazines in aviation.
Thanks to powerful Cubalike airplanes — those vintage yellow taildraggers types with huge engines up front to make them perform more energetically — 2014 saw increased attention to the Savage Cub S.
The sixth annual Midwest LSA Expo just concluded. These LSA-only events offer a more intimate setting where you can speak at length with an aircraft or other product representative.
It was cool but abundant sunshine provided good conditions for an excellent event at the tenth Sebring.
The go-up-faster competition in Light-Sport aviation just got more boisterous. SportairUSA loves their S-planes and they just announced a new one: Cub-S.
Snap! Crackle! Pop! It’s not just for breakfast anymore. Among the vast array of light aircraft I am only aware of a few other single seat models … Here’s a U.S.
We were busy at Aero Friedrichshafen 2013, knocking out more than 30 videos for your viewing information and entertainment.
Plenty of folks think LSA are mainly carbon fiber speedsters with autopilots and huge computer screen instrumentation.
It’s a great thing when a plan comes together. Consider an extension of the LSA Tour that debuted after Sebring 2011.
Every now and then the marketing geniuses in Light-Sport aviation have an exceptionally good idea.
Splog: iPad Comes To The Cockpit!
If you want to have a rocking good time without ever leaving your seat, check out this video clip of an upcoming film titled, “No Second Chances.” Billed as “an Alaskan bush adventure on steroids” if this teaser is any indication, ho shee mama, this ought to be some flick! *** The bigger news, as Dan Johnson covered earlier with some interesting historical perspective, is the announcement by SportairUSA of the Bush iCub.
SportairUSA, run by proprietor Bill Canino, has long been an innovator in the LSA business.
Not a company to rest on their laurels, TL Ultralight — represented in America since the beginning of LSA by Sportair USA — debuted their Sting S4 at the German Aero show in April.
Most folks following the Light-Sport Aircraft development know the Sting, refreshed for the U.S.
Given how she flies, I really don’t know why the Zlin developers settled on the name Savage.
Triplet LSA Cubs entering the market show the popularity of this venerable design.
Recently I visited Cirrus Design. I saw progress on the Cirrus Vision jet and the new Garmin Perspective panel for the SR22.
You might say it’s Sirius when TL-3000 takes to the air for the first time.
Lots of folks are wondering about, or complaining about, the seemingly high prices of Light-Sport Aircraft.
SEBRING 2008 UPDATE — Through the first three years of LSA sales StingSport from TL Ultralights has earned the #7 rank equaling an estimated 5% of the U.S.
The customer is king…even before becoming a customer. StingSport seller SportairUSA has launched an online survey to find out what you think.
Most pilots know AOPA, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, has been fighting the user fee battle…and they’ve been doing well resisting the might of the U.S.
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.
You can hardly doubt the headline. A cruise through our SLSA List will show almost a quarter of all (12 of 50) designs that have won certification are from the Czech Republic.
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.
At the second EAA Sport Pilot Tour SportAir USA and their local rep, Wicks Aircraft, brough a pair of their sharp Sting aircraft.