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27 May 2022
Splog: Welcome to Affordable Aviation!
The Shows Are ON!
It’s April 2023, kicking off two great affordable aviation events: Sun ‘n Fun and Aero Friedrichshafen 2023.
Splog: Sun ‘n Fun 2023, Day 2 — Newest Special LSA Is Actually the Oldest: Junkers A50 Junior
In a splendid professional presentation, Waco Aircraft unveiled their newest vintage-style aircraft.
Splog: Mosaic-Ready Powerplant… BRP-Rotax Surprises Sun ‘n Fun with a Powerful New Announcement
Sun ‘n Fun 2023 — Day 1
During 2023, in only three months, I’ve lost count how many airframe producers have told me a story that goes something like this…
“We (some manufacturer) offer two 100-horsepower choices: a Rotax 912ULS (carbureted) and 912iS (fuel injected), plus the new 141-horsepower 915iS (fuel injected, intercooled).
Splog: Sun ‘n Fun 2023 Day 0 — M-Squared Upgrades Breese 2 in a Major Way
M-Squared Aircraft is one of the light sector’s pioneering airframe producers.
Splog: George Jetson Flying Machine — Now a Reality and a Qualifying Part 103 Ultralight?
Air taxis — eVTOLs — UAVs — UASs — UAMs. I like “multicopters,” but the name game continues.
Splog: He Wrote the “Bible” — Now He’s Offering the Premium Training Option for Powered Parachutes
Recreational aviation can be hugely rewarding in many ways, but creating a well-functioning and useful business in this sector of flying has challenges.
Splog: A Tale of Two CTLSs — AeroJones Reaches a New Benchmark for LSA
Sun ‘n Fun 2023 means spring and helps kick off a season of recreational flying.
Splog: It’s Almost Here! — Sun ‘n Fun 2023 Theme “The Magic of Aviation” and “The Island”
Whoo, Hoo! It’s almost showtime! April 2023 seems destined to finally overcome all the Covid baggage as attendees sign up in droves for Sun ‘n Fun.
Splog: “Ultra Petrel?” How Do You Make Super Petrel Even Better? Add Power And Call It “XP”
I have followed Super Petrel since before it went to Brazil* more than 20 years ago.
Splog: How’s This for Affordable? …FREE! You Could Win One of Two Premium Special LSA!
I regularly say this website follows aircraft you can afford. Whenever I write that word, I know someone will object saying that (fill-in-the-price) is too expensive.
Splog: It’s Winter, So Let’s Talk Seaplanes — Aero Adventure’s Affordable Amphibious Aircraft
It’s cold up north. So, time for a winter boat show?
Splog: Stealing the STOL Show — Zenith Wins Again in New Zealand (Where It’s Summertime)
A winning airshow attraction over the last few years has been STOL competitions.
Splog: 6 Mosaic High Wing Light-Sport Aircraft — FAA’s Coming Rule Will Create “mLSA” Sector
Darkest before dawn? I hear growing concern about FAA’s new Mosaic regulation and what it will or won’t do.
Splog: Affordable Aviation Will Star in EAA’s Jam-Packed Ultralight Webinar Series
Brrrr, it’s mighty cold in northern places like Oshkosh, Wisconsin, headquarters for EAA.
Splog: Should Your Out-Back, Off-Airport “Sky Jeep” Go Electric? Here’s One Answer…
Zenith’s headline read: “All-electric Zenith ‘Sky Jeep’ completes first flight, with plans to transport doctors and medical supplies in remote areas of the world.” Several aviation publishers jumped on the news* from light kit-built market leader, Zenith Aircraft.
Splog: Midwest LSA Expo 2023 to Hit a New Benchmark—15 Years—Matching Former Sebring Expo
When the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo launched back in 2004 — the same year the SP/LSA regulation was released — the central Florida location began serving a then-new aviation segment.
Splog: Follow the Skyleader 400 — Czech Producer Offers Wide Variety in Light Aircraft
When Light-Sport Aircraft arrived on the scene almost 20 years ago, one early model that caught my attention was Kappa KP-5.
Splog: 2022 In Review — How Did LSA and Sport Pilot Kit Aircraft Fare During a Turbulent Year?
The year started with hope. As 2022 arrived, America and most countries (China excepted) were emerging from two years of difficult lockdowns and Covid.
Splog: Invasion of the Part 103 Multicopters — Surveying 5 Entries, All “No Pilot License Required”
These new-millennia flying machines have inspired multiple names. While an eventual winner is determined, a common handle seems to be the rather awkward “eVTOL” — for electric vertical takeoff and landing.
Splog: It Was a Very Good Year — Icon Is Back on Heading with Their A5 LSA Seaplane
Some might say Icon Aircraft has experienced a rather turbulent flight.
Splog: Come Back… Cleanly! MySky Returns with Plans to Make Flying Friendlier
Once upon a time, I was able to report three or more new Special Light-Sport Aircraft every month.
Splog: JMB Aircraft Delivered #500 of their Blazing-Fast VL3 Light Aircraft + Evolution News
Fifteen years ago, in 2007, Guisset brothers Jean-Marie and Jean-Baptiste were dealers in France and Belgium for a company then known as Aveko.
Splog: Rebirth — LSA Market Leader Overcomes the Tragedy of War
Web stats showed a strong response to my article about Ukraine-based light aircraft builders continuing on even as the missiles fly and the bombs fall around them.
Splog: Jabiru Engines Approaching 8,000 Engines Produced — Plus, Our List Reporting Every LSA Engine
When I was a kid, I was a New York Yankees baseball fan.
Splog: Big, Beautiful, Powerful — The Highly Finished Montaer MC01 with Rotax 915iS
Pilots love airplanes (duh!). Pilots also love engines, especially when they are truly powerful.
Splog: Can a Minimal Aircraft Deliver Maximum Enjoyment …Affordably? Yes, North Wing Does It!
A Message of Thanks
on a Day of Thanksgiving
Does a “simple aircraft” seem a contradiction in modern aviation?
Splog: Globetrotting By Weight Shift Trike — Adventurers Fly 100,000 Miles In An Open Cockpit
Rotax’s 9-series engines have propelled several aircraft in round-the-world flights. One major user of the Austrian powerplants is The Airplane Factory in South Africa.
Splog: Cross Country Delivery of AeroJones CTLS Light-Sport Aircraft Represents a “First” in China
American and European pilots can plan a trip across the continent with surprising ease and with great support from air traffic controllers, airport operators, and businesses that serve aviation.
Splog: Aeroprakt and Aeros Continue Manufacturing Despite Senseless Destruction in Ukraine
The following story is one that moved me and might affect you similarly.
Splog: Made in America — The Affordable Ultralight Formerly Known As Zigolo Mg21
At airshows throughout 2022, I repeatedly spoke to pilots interested in ultralights, the true Part 103 variety.
Splog: Aero Showcase — Day Two: Was This the First Mosaic LSA Show?
As I departed DeLand airport on Saturday at the close of Aero Showcase 2022, I recalled multiple conversations with attendees regarding the airplanes on display.
Splog: Aero Showcase — Day One: Inaugural Event Starts Well with Sales Logged
I have long recognized that one of the toughest things a group can do is decide to launch and operate a new event.
Splog: First-Ever Montaer MC01 915iS to Debut at Season-Finale Aero Showcase This Weekend
When I asked “Mosaic LSA?” in the lead image of this article, was I simply being provocative?
Splog: Vickers LSA Seaplane Flew In Spring — By Fall, Wave Tested Its “Sea Legs”
One of the longest-awaited Light-Sport development projects has been Vickers Aircraft’s Wave, a sophisticated amphibious LSA seaplane.
Splog: Zenith Aircraft’s 30th Anniversary Homecoming Extravaganza; Company Leads Sector
Shortly after the Midwest LSA Expo each year, a nearby company hosts a homecoming for its builders.
Splog: Honoring Two Important Light Aviation Pioneers — Chuck Slusarczyk and John Ballantyne
UPDATE Note (10/15/22): I urge all readers to take special note of two comments below that greatly add to the respect I intended to show John Ballantyne and Chuck Slusarczyk.
Splog: WUFI… A Different Sort of Aviation Event — On October 8 & 9, Thousands of Ultralight Enthusiasts Take to the Sky
While those of us in Florida hangared our aircraft and hunkered down for Hurricane Ian, elsewhere in the world, many pilots were preparing their airplanes and gearing up for one of the biggest aviation events you’ll never see.
Splog: Midwest LSA Expo Wrap-Up — Metrics Reveal the Strength of These “Sector-Specific Shows”
Sun ‘n Fun does it. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh did it. Why not the smaller, sector-specific shows?
Splog: Midwest LSA Expo 2022 Presentation — What We Know about FAA’s Mosaic Regulation, with Q&A Session
I am honored that the room was full to standing room only capacity but even that gratifying turn-out at the Midwest LSA Expo 2022 represents a fraction of pilots keen to learn more about Mosaic.
Splog: Midwest LSA Expo; Day 3 — Flying Orlican’s M-8 Eagle… a Perfect Flight School LSA?
Problem: The fleet of aircraft trainers in the USA is getting old.
Splog: Midwest LSA Expo; Day 2 — DAR’s Solo Is An Affordable and Modern Part 103 Ultralight
Some kind of remarkable thing happened here in Mt. Vernon, Illinois where the Midwest LSA Expo is taking place.
Splog: Midwest LSA Expo; Day 1 — The Sleek, Affordable, Foldable, Trailerable Swan 103
While I have been familiar with AVI’s Swan for several years, having earlier seen it at the German Aero show, this was a first appearance for Swan in the United States.
Splog: Four Stroke Power for Light-Sport Aircraft Aircraft? YES! …a Modern Rotax 582 Replacement
A common question from affordable aviation enthusiasts asks about four stroke engines, either for genuine Part 103 ultralights (available but somewhat more challenging) or for very light aircraft.
Splog: It’s Almost Fall 2022 and It’s Time for Two Favorite Light-Sport Aircraft Aviation Events
As Labor Day approaches each year, pilots in the Midwest U.S.
Splog: While FAA Reworks Mosaic, Other Nations Are Moving Ahead — Is USA Falling Behind?
Capitalism and competition are one thing. Government policies and actions are quite another.
Splog: RV-15 High Wing Debuts to Crowds at Oshkosh 2022; Does Van’s Know Something You Don’t?
Is it an LSA or is it not an LSA? Is that the question?
Splog: Montaer Scores Major Flight School Order; Announces 915 Model for USA plus Electric Project
We leave the grounds of Oshkosh ghosted with images of planes that attracted major interest.
Splog: FAA’s Mosaic Rule — Delayed (a Year or More); Further Information about the New LSA Regulation
One of the most-read articles from my coverage of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022 was the news that FAA missed their deadline as originally projected and will be a year or more late with the Mosaic rule.
Splog: Oshkosh 2022 – Day 4… TAF’s Sling HW with Rotax 915 is a Big, Comfortable Lightplane
Somewhere, it seems like a group of light plane developers must have held a meeting and decided that low wing manufacturers needed to broaden their line to include high wings.
Splog: Oshkosh 2022 – Day 3… Build Your Own LSA-Sized Warbird, a Stunning Eye Catcher
EAA has reported that the Warbird displays (ground and flight) are the single biggest draw at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
Splog: Oshkosh 2022 – Day 2… Electric Helicopter from Composite FX is Lean, Green Machine
A year ago at Oshkosh, I became intrigued by the way Composite FX had developed the older Mosquito into their XE line; multiple models running from a legitimate Part 103 helicopter, their XEL model, to the turbine XET model.
Splog: Oshkosh 2022 – Day 1… FAA Mosaic Regulation Update; No NPRM Announcement; Changes Underway
Many of you have been asking about FAA and their Mosaic regulation.
Splog: Oshkosh 2022 – Day 0… T-Bird is Back; Two-Seat Aerolite; and More As the Show Prepares to Open
I write this on the eve of Oshkosh 2022. The big summer celebration of flight opens officially on Monday, July 25 running through next Sunday, July 31st.
Splog: It’s Almost Time! Oshkosh Launches An Airshow Summer and Fall 2022
Get ready for summer’s big celebration of flight. It starts Monday, July 25th for the week.
Splog: Maiden Flight of Dingo — An Affordable Part 103 Biplane Honoring Hovey’s Whing Ding
When I look at Dingo from Future Vehicles, I see a fascinating blend of designs combining the looks of Aviad’s Zigolo Mg21 and Mike Loehle’s former Easy Riser.
Splog: Let’s Fly to Oshkosh 2022 …One Pilot’s 48-State Adventure of a Lifetime!
“Time to spare? Go by air!” is a familiar humor line, speaking to weather uncertainties, mechanical delays, or relaxed cruise speeds that can slow or stall a cross-country flight in our fun, recreational aircraft.
Splog: Fantasy or Fantastic? Futuristic Retro? Junkers Introduces Distinctive A50 Junior
Talk about being ahead of its time, Junkers’ A50 Junior was designed to 600 kilograms / 1,320 pounds …93 years ago!
Splog: This July, Another Eagle Has Landed — Orlican’s New LSA Arrives in America
Fifty three years ago this month, Neil Armstrong made history when he declared first, “The Eagle has landed.” His words described a momentous occasion: humans about to set foot on the moon.
Splog: Affordable Aviation Includes Powered Parachutes — Welcome New Owner of Six Chuter!
Considering the company has always been a western U.S. manufacturer, a name that sounds like “six shooter” conjures a cowboy image, horse-riding westerners packing a pistol on their hip.
Splog: Aero 2022 Bonanza — Huge Aircraft Review from Europe’s Best Airshow
This year, 2022, saw a return to all the great airshows we have come to know and love.
Splog: Which Is More Important: Robots or Humans? Drones Want to Fly Beyond Visual Line of Sight
Airspace from ground level to 400 feet is about to get really crowded.
Splog: Speed Cruiser from B.O.T. Aircraft Now Available as Journey from Aero Affinity
The title of this article contains a lot of information. If you are a close observer of light aircraft, you may recognize B.O.T.’s Speed Cruiser but you didn’t get the rest right away, did you?
Splog: Coaxial Helicopter that Meets Part 103… and You Can Afford It!
In a time of great spectator enthusiasm for STOL competitions, wouldn’t a VTOL be even better?
Splog: Follow the Leader: Zenith Aircraft Demonstrates Cruise Power; Celebrates 30 Years!
For years, one company has led the fleet of light aircraft.
Splog: All-American and Affordable — North Wing Has an Expert History in Washington State
Let’s return to affordable aviation after two wonderful shows full of shiny new aircraft.
Splog: Aero Friedrichshafen 2022: Europe’s Aviation Hibernation Ended with a “Great Success!”
Our concluding report from Europe’s most interesting airshow (certainly for those interested in affordable aviation) speaks to the challenges for big event organizers in the restrictive atmosphere of Covid mandates.
Splog: Aero Friedrichshafen 2022: Take a Quick Tour of Six Innovations in Light Aviation
Sun ‘n Fun started the recreational flying season as it always does, taking place this year in the beginning of April.
Splog: First “Official” Aerobatic LSA Trainer: Magnus Fusion and ULPower Announcements
“Now, wait a minute,” I hear some object! “You can’t do aerobatics in a Light-Sport Aircraft.
Splog: Europe’s Passionate Need for Speed — JMB Enlists Turbine Power to Go Faster Yet
Over many years as an affordable aviation journalist I have learned two things.
Splog: Aero 2022 / Day 1: What’s the Buzz? Turbines on LSA + Bristell News
How about this? Among the loudest “buzz” at Aero Friedrichshafen 2022 was the introduction of turbine engines on Light-Sport Aircraft.
Splog: NEWS Update — Started at Sun ‘n Fun… Preparing for AirVenture Oshkosh 2022
My moment of truth is fast approaching. Will I succeed or fail to predict the future?
Splog: Flying the TL Sport Aircraft Stream — Tandem Speedster: Solid and Predictable
After Sun ‘n Fun 2022 ended, as pilots were flying home to bases across the USA, a couple aircraft stopped nearby at the DeLand Airport.
Splog: Three More Is a Wrap: ICP Savannah, Super Petrel 400, Supercharged Jabiru
As Sun ‘n Fun 2022 comes to a close, so does my daily reporting.
Splog: Producers of P-51 Mustang Replicas Collaborate; Refined Hiperlight; New Gyroplane
I have been working in this industry since, well… before it was an industry, so a long time.
Splog: After-Airshow Lightplane STOL Competitions — Monster STOL Is Built to Win
At Sun ‘n Fun, as with AirVenture Oshkosh, recent years have created a new attraction using the Lightplane airstrip at both the nation’s two largest airshows.
Splog: Do You Love Ultralights but Prefer a Four Stroke Engine? Find It at Sun ‘n Fun!
A year ago at Sun ‘n Fun 2021, I reported on a Rotax 503 replacement built in Russia.
Splog: PREVIEW: Sun ‘n Fun 2022 — What I’m Checking Out at the Season-Opening Airshow
When Sun ‘n Fun 2022 starts, a signal can be heard ’round the world.
Splog: Vickers Wave First Flight Accomplished Successfully
Long in development to incorporate a raft of distinctive ideas, Vickers Wave took its first flight last month, mere weeks before the launch of Sun ‘n Fun 2022, which kicks off a new flying season.
Splog: Savage Norden from Zlin is the Newest Special LSA in the U.S. Fleet (#157)
Welcome to the newest Special Light-Sport Aircraft in the fleet: Savage Norden.
Splog: Evektor is the LSA More Flight Schools Use — Now Jet Access Joins the Fleet
Did you read “Jet Access” and think this article was not for you?
Splog: Return to Ultralight Glory — A One-of-a-Kind CGS Hawk Receives a Special Honor
I can remember firsthand when one of aviation’s true characters — Chuck Slusaczyk, of Chuck’s Glider Supplies or CGS — brought his first Hawk to Sun ‘n Fun.
Splog: Flying Tecnam’s P2008 Turbo — Is a Used LSA Right for You?
Pilot, builder, owner Roger Jennings is singular in an uncommon way.
Splog: Single-Seat Surge Continues: Air Command’s New One-Place Gyroplane
I am longtime enthusiast of single place aircraft. Clearly, I am not alone.
Splog: What Do Russia and China Have to Do with Light-Sport Aircraft? Plenty!
Two wildly divergent events occurred in the last few days. They are completely unrelated yet they show the global interplay in modern light aviation.
Splog: Affordable Motorgliders? Yes, a Whole Family of Them You Can Build
Article Update — Photos of the designer’s own project… see at bottom.
Splog: Aviad’s Reimagined Zigolo Ultralight for 2022; Welcome to Mg21
Americans know Zigolo thanks to U.S. importer, Chip Erwin.
Splog: LSA-Sized eVTOL Takes a Different (Ducted) Approach — Reasonably Priced?
I promise I will not keep reporting futuristic eVTOLS or multicopters.
Splog: Are We Current Sport Pilots and Our Aircraft an Endangered Species?
By my study and reports from several other organizations, the world has somewhere north of 1,000,000 pilots.
Splog: Bat Hawk: Well-Established South African Aircraft Lands in America
It’s always exciting to welcome a new entry into recreational aviation.
Splog: What’s Affordable in 2022? A New “503,” Wheeled-Carriages, and Two-Place PPGs
For years — no, make that decades — numerous pilots of light aircraft have told me the Rotax 503 was their favorite two-stroke engine.
Splog: Coming to America — Avi Aircraft’s Swan Could Debut at Oshkosh 2022
In the early days of Light-Sport Aircraft, a veritable tsunami of flying machines crossed the Atlantic or Pacific to land on American shores.
Splog: LSA and Sport Pilot Kits Offer Aircraft Your Way: Factory-Built or Kit-Built
Barely after we rang in the new year, here’s a review of 2021 market shares and info regarding the state of the light, recreational aircraft industry.
Splog: Announcing: Launch of the Part 103 List, a One-of-a-Kind Resource in Affordable Aviation
To welcome a brand new year in affordable aviation, I am pleased to announce the launch of our Part 103 List.
Splog: A Multicopter for the Rest of Us? Part 103 eVTOL Hexa Is Preparing for a U.S. Tour
You can hardly follow any media without finding some article about the latest whizzbang electric propulsion multicopter project that “will transform urban transportation!” Or so they breathlessly exclaim.
Splog: Wrapping Up 2021 — News Bits and Expectations for the New Year Ahead
Now that 2021 is historical and following two years of Covid uncertainty and business interruptions, many readers can breathe a sigh of relief for an better 2022.
Splog: What I’m Flying — Pilot Report on Van’s RV-12
Over the years, curious pilots have asked me what aircraft I fly.
Splog: Seeking a Higher Altitude — Flight Design’s F2 and Icon’s A5 Go for Certification
Rather loudly and persistently I beat the drum about “affordable aircraft,” but readers also enjoy learning about other aircraft.
Splog: Ready to Buy in 2022? What About Factory Support …or Mechanics?
The last airshow of 2021 is over. The Christmas holidays are beginning to dominate everyone’s calendar.
Splog: Affordable Aviation — Can You Find a Budget-Meeting Aircraft for 2022?
This website regularly promotes affordable aviation. Can you genuinely find an aircraft you like that is affordable?
Splog: Thinking about 2022? — Check Out Skyleader 600, One Deluxe Light-Sport Aircraft
You’ve seen this airplane before but recreational flying enthusiasts with a good memory may ask, “Hmm, that looks a lot like an older LSA …what is it?”
Those LSA veterans may be recalling Kappa KP5, one of the earliest entries on our SLSA List (#9).
Splog: LSA Seaplanes — Sophisticated New Entries or Established, Proven, Affordable Aircraft?
UPDATE 11/28/21 — Vickers Aircraft sent fresh images and additional comments.
Splog: Ending 2021 — Beginning 2022… What’s Behind and What’s Ahead?
With the DeLand Showcase 2021 ended, we have officially wrapped up the airshow season for 2021.
Splog: FAA’s MOSAIC Regulation for LSA and More — Here’s the Latest End-of-2021 Update
At the season-ending DeLand Showcase 2021, I gave a keynote address on Saturday attended by airplane owners and sellers.
Splog: Ion Aircraft Takes Off — Twin-Boom Tail Tandem, Light-Sport Aircraft or Experimental
A few years back at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, I discovered a good-looking design but I did not see it each year.
Splog: Big Producer of Small Engines — Rotax Reaches a Major Production Benchmark
Two decades into the new millennia, few aviation companies can claim impressive growth.
Splog: Brazil’s Montaer MC01 Rises to a Need: Hand Controls to Let All Pilots Fly
Over many years, many people have done solid work to accommodate people who are physically challenged in one way or another.
Video review: Composite FX Light Helicopters
A company based in Trenton, Florida has taken the Mosquito helicopter designed by Canadian John Uptigrove and brought it into the modern age.
Splog: SW-51 is Shipping Quick-Build Kits — Create Your Ultimate Mustang with Incredible Detail
North American’s World War II-era P-51 Mustang has consistently won polls of pilots asking to identify their favorite aircraft.
Splog: Affordable and Familiar — Well-Established Excalibur Continues to Please Customers
Video Updated 10/25/21 — See at bottom for a video recorded at Sun ‘n Fun 2021… —DJ
Ever in search of recreational aircraft pilots can afford, I had a closer look at Excalibur’s display at Sun ‘n Fun 2021.
Splog: Let’s Get High… Really High, OK? Exploring the “Upper Atmosphere” in a Pipistrel Motorglider
Probably like a lot of you, I enjoy different kinds of flying but if asked to state one favorite, it’s an easy question to answer.
Splog: A Tale of Two Hawks; Proven & Affordable; One Makes Part 103
Since Chuck Slusarczyk’s first Hawk won Best New Design at Sun ‘n Fun in the spring of 1982 — the same year Part 103 was released — this affordable series of models has continued to increase its flock of smiling owners.
Splog: Affordable Aviation — How Can You Afford Your Own Aircraft? Here’s One Way.
Let’s keep a focus on aircraft affordability. Look, we love recreational aircraft.
Splog: Trouble Ahead? 5 Problems Appear While Aircraft Sales Remain Strong. What’s Happening?
Numerous reports involve rising inflation in the last year. What’s driving this?
Splog: Newest (SLSA-to-be) Hiperlight at 2005 Prices, Plus an Important Request from AOPA!
I consistently promote that this website focuses on “affordable” aircraft. I used quotes because affordable literally means something different to every single individual.
Splog: Midwest 2021 Day 3: Examining a Gleaming G1 STOL …plus FAA Update Video Now Online
On the final day of the Midwest LSA Expo 2021, winds came up as predicted and energy levels began to come down to Earth, but it was a fitting conclusion to what appeared to be a very successful show.
Splog: Midwest 2021 Day 2: Update about FAA’s MOSAIC Regulation, then Flying the Fusion & Chasing the Fox
Midwest LSA Expo‘s forum organizers called it a “record crowd” that turned out to hear my talk about coming changes in FAA’s latest regulation.
Splog: Midwest 2021 Day 1: Magnus Fusion Boasts Aerobatics for Upset Recovery Training
One area of light aircraft flight — LSA, kits, or ultralights — that gets less attention is aerobatics.
Splog: Midwest 2021 Day 0: Aircraft Arriving and Weather Looks Perfect; Come Join Us!
Many readers know I love this event, the Midwest LSA Expo at Mt.
Splog: A Genuine Part 103 Helicopter plus a Turbine-Powered Model — Both Priced Fairly
A month ago as EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021 ended, the most popular article from my week of reporting from the big show focused on Composite FX.
Splog: Airshow Time (Again)! Get Ready for Midwest LSA Expo, the Best Little Airshow on the Circuit
Sun ‘n Fun kicked off the 2021 season but also restarted the idea of returning to airshows.
Splog: Video Bonanza! Despite Covid and Distance, Fresh Light Aircraft Videos Continue to Arrive
For 18 months, the world has been under assault from a bug so small you can’t see it without a big microscope.
Splog: Beyond AirVenture — Light Aviation Globally and Circumnavigating the Globe by Shark (LSA)
For a week last month, the center of the aviation universe was headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin — population around 50,000 until AirVenture brings in five times that many on the biggest days.
Splog: AirVenture Aftermath: Light Aircraft Sales Are Strong — FAA Listens but Major Problems Persist
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021 is one for the history books. Initial reporting from the big member organization suggests 2021 was a return to normal attendance and exhibitors were not far behind.
Splog: AirVenture Day 5: Complying Part 103 Helicopter? …Not a Gyroplane? YES! …and Well Priced
As EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021 winds down to a conclusion, a chance conversation brought the handsome aircraft below into clearer focus.
Splog: AirVenture Day 4: Generation 3 Ultralight Electrics — Where Electric Propulsion Works Today
A mid-week demonstration featured Europe’s Volocopter and America’s Opener BlackFly. The two (three actually, a pair of BlackFlys flew) demonstrated their eVTOL flying capability.
Splog: AirVenture Day 3: Whoa! Major Course Change for FAA on MOSAIC; It’s All Great!
As you readers must know, I prefer to focus mainly on the airplanes, on light aircraft.
Splog: AirVenture Day 2: LSA Sales Backlogged • Fun Fly Zone Relocation
Day 2 AirVenture began with “rain that went sideways,” according to one vendor.
Splog: AirVenture Day 1: Welcome Back, Oshkosh! TODAY: Affordable Airplanes in the “Fun Fly Zone”
WOW! It’s great to be back at a major airshow. I imagine every single person on that immense stretch of show grounds (way past a mile north to south!) felt largely the same way I did.
Splog: AirVenture Day 0: Say Good-Bye to Rotax Two-Stroke Aircraft Engines
As AirVenture Oshkosh 2021 starts, we have arrived at a long-awaited beginning to the world’s biggest airshow.
Splog: LSA Update: Pre-AirVenture Oshkosh 2021 — Aircraft, Products, Dealers, Achievements
Well, FINALLY, AirVenture Oshkosh is barely a week away. It seems like forever, doesn’t it?
Splog: Streaking through the Sky — JMB Aircraft’s VL3 Gets Clean and Goes Fast
The age of Light Personal Aircraft is not far off in the future but is that where “fast-glass” LSA are headed?
Splog: Newest SLSA in the Fleet: Flight Design’s F2 (also a Precursor to Mosaic?)
Taking a welcome break from FAA news, let’s check out our favorite topic: cool new airplanes.
Splog: FAA’s Big Stumble — While the Debate Rages, Students Don’t Get Trained
UPDATE 7/8/21 — BREAKING NEWS:
EAA issued a report today saying FAA took some steps to resolve this matter, but it is far from an elegant solution and does not fully address the problem.
Splog: A Threat? Yes, Possibly! Density Altitude Commands Your Respect
Normally, this website focuses tightly on airplanes and the equipment and services needed to keep them flying.
Splog: Electric Record UPDATE — Record Set, Trek Continues…
“WE DID IT!” boasted the team from down under!
“We are thrilled to announce that this afternoon we achieved a World Endurance Record for an electric aircraft, breaking the previous mark set in Germany last year.” (Note: Official recognition always takes more time.)
Pipistrel distributor Michael Coates, wrote, “South Australian-based Eyre to There Aviation … Flying a Pipistrel Alpha Electro plane, arrived in Port Augusta late yesterday (Friday June 25) after breaking the previous mark of 750 kilometers on the leg between Shoalwater Point Station and Whyalla.”
Lead by Eyre to There Aviation Managing Director, Barrie Rogers, the team will continue to Adelaide aiming to fly 1,350 kilometers by the end of the journey.
Splog: Warp Speed! — Designer Alberto Porto Says, “Make It So” with Risen SuperVeloce
Most of us would be mighty pleased to sit comfortably and gaze upon our pace-setting aircraft.
Splog: Going the Distance on Battery Power — Record Attempt Reveals the State of Art in Electric Propulsion
Does Alpha have the tiny little motor that could?
Article updated 6/22/21 —DJ
That sounds like an old childhood story (“The Little Engine that Could…”) but here we are in the new millennia with electric cars, huge wind farms, vast solar collector projects, biofuels, and more.
Splog: Rotax 915iS Proves a Winner — “Best Powertrain Concept in the Light-Sport Aviation Industry”
How does modern-day Rotax relate to the Wright Brothers? Here’s a trivia test for light aviation enthusiasts.
Splog: Family Flying Adventure… AirCam Enthusiasts Flock to Gorgeous Jekyll Island, Georgia.
“Winds are going to be rather sporty,” observed AirCam developer, Phil Lockwood, as he and Robert Meyer and the AirCam team finalized arrangements for another fly-out, this one to Jekyll Island (09J).
Splog: LSA Update — Finland’s ATOL Avion… Ekolot Topaz Wins Another… Fresh SW-51 Video… New FAA Reg Update Video
Summer is fast approaching and for much of the northern hemisphere, that means seaplane flying.
Splog: Flight Design Introduces CTLS GT with Rotax 914 Turbo Power
Recently I interacted with a reader, someone considering a light aircraft for purchase.
Splog: Airborne at Last — Scalewings’ Intricate and Spectacular SW-51 Achieves First Flight
This flying dream has been years in the making. Admittedly, it’s a big project, but so authentic is this 70%-scale P-51 Mustang lookalike that I think I see you already starting to drool.
Splog: Faster and Faster — Porto Aviation’s Risen Eclipses the 400 Kilometer per Hour Barrier
The appeal is obvious. What pilot doesn’t like the idea of flying faster?
Splog: Wave Theory — After Years of Thoughtful, Thorough Development, First Flight Is Getting Closer
Down under, heads are down and wrenches are wrenching. A team in New Zealand has been working for years on what might be the most sophisticated new aircraft to emerge …well, anywhere among Light-Sport Aircraft but certainly in LSA seaplanes.
Splog: Better News on Proposed LSA Regulation — Clearing the Air on FAA’s Latest Information
In about one year, FAA may announce their new regulation for Light-Sport Aircraft.
Splog: Youth In Aviation — Is Aviation in Trouble? Or, Are Kids Finding their Way into the Sky?
I don’t believe the line about young people ignoring aviation. Maybe we older pilots don’t see enough action at flight schools, but not all flying happens at major flight centers.
Splog: Sun ‘n Fun 2021 / Reflections 2.0… Powrachute, Gyro Technic, Stick-On Autopilot, Duc Props
We continue with further coverage from the first major airshow in almost two years… THANKS to Sun ‘n Fun 2021 for helping present these interesting aircraft and more.
Splog: Sun ‘n Fun 2021 / Reflections… Skyleader, Luscombe, Rev XS Winner
Continuing news from Sun ‘n Fun 2021 is rolling in from across the country.
Splog: Sun ‘n Fun 2021 / Wrap Up — More Airplane News Will Follow, but How Was this Year’s Event?
Everyone has returned home from the first major airshow in too long (other than the wonderful sector-specific event called Midwest LSA Expo).
Splog: Sun ‘n Fun 2021 / Day 4 — Still Great 30 Years Later: Titan Aircraft’s Tornado Comes in Four Flavors
Usually, aviation journalists attending airshows seek the latest and greatest in aircraft.
Splog: Sun ‘n Fun 2021 / Day 3 — The Brazilian Invasion Continues; Montaer MC01 Has Arrived
Perhaps you knew years ago that Brazil was an aviation beehive of activity.
Splog: Sun ‘n Fun 2021 / Day 2 — Europe’s Speed Demons; Experimental Today But LSA in 2023?
Think about this: A Rotax-powered aircraft capable of high-speed cruising at 185 miles an hour?
Splog: Sun ‘n Fun 2021 / Day 1 — Charged with Excitement …Battery Electric Aerolite 103 Is Flying Now!
For years I’ve said that of all aircraft to succeed with battery electric flight, the first truly usable, enjoyable aircraft would be a Part 103 ultralight.
Splog: Sun ‘n Fun 2021 / Day 0 — Putting On the Shine, Ready for Pilots of All Interests
Pilots heading to Sun ‘n Fun 2021 had no real idea what to expect.
Splog: Almost Time for the First Airshow in Too Long — Welcome to Sun ‘n Fun 2021!
Can aviation lead us back toward normal? Globally, governments have ordered their citizens to stay at home and all the rest, as you’ve heard ad naseum.
Splog: Flying Germany’s Longtime Leader, the Affordable Comco Ikarus C42
Americans have seen Comco Ikarus‘ C42 before. At least three different importers have represented C42 versions to the U.S.
Splog: Ready for Sun ‘n Fun 2021 — Welcome the Newest SLSA: Affordable Aventura Amphibian
Affordable is a word I often hear as I explore the ever-expanding world of light aircraft.
Splog: DARling Light Plane (Part 103 Capable) — Coming to America 2?
Bulgarian designer Tony Ilieff is on a mission to find new representatives for his handsome light aircraft after concluding earlier representation in Canada.
Splog: Skyranger Nynja: Economical, Proven, Agile, Tough, Simple — Now from UK
“Nynja lifts off after a ridiculously short ground roll and soars skyward at a precipitously steep angle.
Splog: Going, Going… Faster than Ever; Arion’s Sleek Lightning Is Ready for Blast-Off
You’ve heard some pilot say: “That airplane is so sleek it looks fast even when sitting parked on the ramp.” This is one of those airplanes.
Splog: Affordable Aircraft Kits with Genuine Vintage Appeal; that’s Airdrome Aeroplanes
Recently I wrote about an American classic, Luscombe’s Model 8 LSA.
Splog: Special Light-Sport Aircraft #154 — Welcome to Montaer’s MC01 from Brazil
Welcome our newest entry to the Special LSA fleet: Montaer’s MC01.
Splog: Much-Loved Luscombe Has Returned — Again, Crossing the Continent
Of all the airplanes earning rave reviews over the years, one model stands out above most others in the distinction of handling quality.
Splog: New or Old? … Deluxe or Simple? … Quicksilver or Smithsilver? — Here Is Tri-State’s Falcon 503
One of the most successful airplane designs of all time is the Quicksilver.
Splog: When Help Comes to the Rescue… FAST! Magnum Parachutes Could Save Your Life
Aviation preaches safety long and loud. This dedication within the aviation community has made flying safer than driving despite what landlubbers believe is a risky way to travel.
Splog: Does Affordable Aviation Interest You? Then You Should Learn About Affordaplane
This website promotes a focus on affordable aviation, but the word “affordable” means different things to different people at different times.
Splog: 2020 Is History — How Did Light Aircraft Fare in this Year of Fear?
Everyone knows 2020 was arguably the most unusual year in anyone’s recollection.
Splog: Airshow 2021 Calendar Changes — Aero Friedrichshafen Reschedules …Again
After nearly a year of precious few such events, trying to plan for airshows you wish to attend in 2021 remains complicated by a variety of factors.
Splog: Wood to Composite — Sensenich Leads the Way in Recreational Aircraft (and More)
In the early 1930s, Sensenich began making propellers …from wood.
Splog: Modernized Part 103 Ultralights; Here Is Aeroplanes Dar Solo UL and More
Excitement surrounding Part 103 Ultralights continues. Considering what a nightmare of a year the entire world has experienced, many find it incredible that 103s are not only surviving, but thriving.
Splog: Airshows in 2021: Better News on the Horizon but Some Early-Event Cancellations
UPDATE 1/14/21 — Regretfully, I must announce that DeLand has cancelled its Flyway to Highway event “due to Covid-19.” —DJ
After a year of great uncertainty, the earliest airshows of 2021 are feeling the pressure.
Splog: A New Year and Part 103 Aircraft Keep Coming — Here’s Viera and Desire
As work on my Part 103 List continues, I have reached out to producers of the lightest, most affordable airplanes you can buy.
Splog: Quantum Development… Brazilian Part 103 Ultralight Entry Explained by Designer
Welcome to a New Year! …and to a new airplane, a new Part 103 entry to be specific.
Splog: Direct Fly Alto LSA — It’s Back with All its Sweet-Flying Qualities (Ghostbuster Optional)
Back when Light-Sport Aircraft were still youngsters in aviation (LSA are teenagers now), Ron Corbi imported the Direct Fly Alto 100.
Splog: Not Just Any Ultralight — Introducing Top Rudder’s Solo 103 and Ruckus
When I first reported about — and did videos about — Just Aircraft’s Part 103 entry back in 2017 and 2018, lots of readers got excited.
Splog: Whisper Quietly Sneaks into the USA — A Composite RV-like Speedster from South Africa
Priced between an RV-7 and RV-14, Whisper is clearly a very similar aircraft but sleekly built of all carbon fiber composites.
Splog: Year-End Holiday Festival at Sun ‘n Fun — What Did Visitors See?
On an overcast day with mild temperatures, my wife Randee and I hopped in an RV-12 and zipped from Daytona to Lakeland, Florida, home of the famous Sun ‘n Fun campus situated on the south side of the municipal airport.
Splog: The New Part 103 List — Current Draft List Shows MORE Producers …Surprised?
UPDATED (again!) 12/11/20: Still refining the list. —DJ
A great many of you read the article about the new Part 103 List.
Splog: “Affordable” Aviation and One Company’s Effort to Help Pilots Own a New Aircraft
As regular readers know, I promote ByDanJohnson.com as the home of “affordable aviation.” I even own the domain name AffordableAviation.com.
Splog: Canada’s Chinook — Relocated to Texas and Upgraded; Now, “Made in the USA”
In the 1990s, a pair of Canadian aircraft dominated the light aviation market in America’s neighbor to the north.
Splog: Uh, Oh! The First Show of 2021 Is Canceled — But Some Good News Follows
As 2020 nears its end, I have news about the first airshow of the new year.
Splog: “Made in the USA” Now Includes Seamax Light-Sport Aircraft Seaplane from Brazil
In the earliest Light-Sport Aircraft days, nearly 70% of available models came from Europe.
Splog: How To Account for Growing Part 103 Ultralight Sales? Here’s My Plan (But Please Help!)
Pilots around the world are aware of Part 103 Ultralights but many have a blurry view of the industry that produces these aircraft.
Splog: Third Generation Flight Design — Flying the New F2 at Midwest LSA Expo 2020
➡️ Update 11/3/20 — A new video interview with Flight Design USA importer Tom Peghiny appears at the bottom of this article.
Splog: Weighing and Flying Aeromarine-LSA’s Part 103 Merlin Lite — Does It Make Weight?
The most popular article of this crazy year — when people have been visiting in record numbers — was about Aeromarine-LSA‘s Merlin Lite.
Splog: SilverLight Shines Brightly Among Modern Gyroplanes — All American, Available, and Modestly Priced
After thousands of articles, I’ve have heard over and over about two common ingredients sought by pilots who visit this website: Affordability and Availability.
Splog: All Revved Up — Succeeding Brilliantly in 2020; Flying for Fun Defies Covid-19
You can see market numbers for the last quarter in this article — or review all LSA and Sport Pilot kit market info in this dedicated area.
Splog: Up or Down? How Flies the Light Aircraft Industry in this Strange Year?
By any measure 2020 has been an unusual year. While millions were thrown out of work by lockdowns to prevent the virus from spreading, we all read or hear that plenty of other workers can work from home or have businesses that cannot be restricted by government decrees.
Splog: Flying Vashon Ranger Light-Sport Aircraft at Midwest LSA Expo 2020
Thank goodness for the Midwest LSA Expo. As the one and only airshow (other than some small local gatherings) since Copperstate/Buckeye back in February, Midwest 2020 was a breath of fresh air… literally for those of us who attended (quite a few did).
Splog: Welcome Hybird — New Four-Stroke Engine for Light Aircraft; Replaces HKS
A new engine was debuted at Midwest LSA Expo 2020 for light aircraft from Aeromarine-LSA.
Splog: Did It Work? Midwest Light-Sport Expo 2020 — the Year’s Final Airshow
Lots of doubters expressed their opinions in the weeks and days before Mt.
Splog: No Detail Overlooked — Beautifully Machined Gyroplane from Gyro Technic of Minnesota
On the last day of the last airshow of the year — unbelievable as that sounds — I examined a superbly-finished gyroplane that Powered Sport Flying‘s Vickie Betts saw at the Mentone PRA fly-in earlier this year.
Splog: Tri-State Kites — Midwestern America Developer of the Smithsilver Ultralight Aircraft
If you know light, recreational aviation, you simply must know the Quicksilver brand.
Splog: Midwest 2020 Open — What Caught My Eye on Day 1: Hawk Tundra from CGS
I saw a lot of smiles at Midwest LSA Expo 2020.
Splog: Merlin Lite… New, All-Metal, Fully-Enclosed, “Deluxe” Part 103 Ultralight
Are you looking for an affordably-priced airplane? On this website, you can find many choices of aircraft that qualify, with something to fit the budget of almost any pilot.
Splog: Midwest Light-Sport Aircraft Expo — What to See at 2020’s Last Airshow
I hope you can attend 2020’s Midwest LSA Expo — the last airshow in 2020.
Splog: SHOWTIME! — Airshows in 2021 Return Hope to the New Year (+ 3 Videos)
OK, let me admit right up front that I am something of an “airshow junkie.” I just gotta go.
Splog: Texas Aircraft and the Colt — Expanding the Light-Sport Aircraft in Several Directions
I always enjoy when a new airplane company arrives on the market and sets plans in motion to expand and improve their flying machine.
Splog: Staring At Goat — Wild Sky’s Brutus Off-Field, Outback Weight Shift Trike Light-Sport Aircraft
If you flew better than 9,000 hours solely to give trike instruction, you would tend to develop ideas about how an aircraft can better fit the type of flying lessons you want to give.
Splog: One On, One Off… Or, At Least Delayed — DeLand Reschedules for Two Months
Well, now we know what 2020 holds for airshows. I count three that did or will happen this year, but one of them — the much-anticipated November event, DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase, or DSAS — has now officially been delayed by action of the city leadership, which controls the DeLand airport.
Splog: It’s ON!!! — Midwest Light-Sport Aircraft Expo WILL Open September 10th
Many years ago — back in February 2020 — I attended my last airshow.
Splog: Air Tours Continue — Blackwing Heads Out to Demo their Speedster LSA
What a weird season, or non-season, if we think about all the airshows we should be attending …but are not!
Splog: Flight Design’s F2 Light-Sport Aircraft on Tour — Bringing the “Airshow” to the People
Although a mirror reflection of the greater global economy, many pilots are stunned that airshow after airshow has fallen to the virus.
Splog: FAA’s New Light-Sport Aircraft Regulation — Progress Update for July 2020
The end is near! Or, is it?
The reference is to the long-running effort to revise the FAA regulation affecting Light-Sport Aircraft.
Splog: UltraChoppers — Exploring Two Light Rotary-Winged Aircraft: 1 Helo + 1 Gyro
➡️ This article was UPDATED on July 31, 2020 with additional information — see after video…
Some pilots love to whirl their wings over their heads.
Splog: All Carbon Fiber (Structure) Part 103 Ultralight Aircraft — Corsair is Coming to America
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.
Splog: Try and Fly TriFly — Kolb’s Wonderful Single Seat Light Aircraft Goes Both Ways
Some pilots are wary of taildraggers. This is hardly surprising since only tricycle-gear aircraft have been used in primary flight instruction dating back into the 1970s.
Splog: Swan Producer Adds Two-Seat Version to Popular 103-Compliant Ultralight Aircraft
We live in an age of sophisticated two seaters, a large flock of wonderful aircraft of every description.
Splog: Wanna-Be Oshkosh Week — Dynon at 20 Offers Sessions During Would-Be AirVenture
Perhaps it’s too bad the airplane sellers can’t do something similar, but avionics developers have found a way to be Almost-at-Oshkosh and they invite you to join them.
Splog: Garmin Announces Remote Learning As Offset to a Summer Without EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Garmin is going to Oshkosh 2020! No, wait, that can’t be.
Splog: Vintage Light Kit Aircraft Heaven — Checking out ScaleBirds’ Curtis P-36 with 5-Cylinder Engine
ScaleBirds is not your run-of-the-mill kit aircraft company. In truth, all kit builders are amazing to me.
Splog: Kit Aircraft Are Up; New Sales Are Off — Recreational Aviation Copes with Covid
Our fastest-with-the-mostest partner tracks the health and performance of the light aircraft industry and is once again punctual.
Splog: Back to the Future… Let’s Go to Oshkosh (OK, from last year) for a Full Tour of Light Aircraft
It’s almost July and any active pilot knows what that means: Oshkosh!
Splog: American Ranger AR1 Gyroplane Embraces Rotax 915iS Power
You can call modern gyroplanes “wanna-be” helicopters if you want but that might miss a few important points.
Splog: A Special Light-Sport Aircraft Seaplane for the Rest of Us: Aventura SLSA 912
If you pay any attention to LSA seaplanes, you should already know about Aventura.
Splog: WHAT?! A Cub Dragging its Nose Rather than its Tail? CubCrafters’ Newest Entry…
What on Earth is the world coming to…?! A Cub with a nose wheel?
Splog: One More Part 103 Ultralight Aircraft: UltraCruiser by Hummel Aviation
In April, lots of readers were clearly pleased with the “Vintage Ultralights” series.
Splog: Racing Risen — A “Pandora’s Box” (and Lesson) About Speed Records in Light Aircraft
In our strongest month ever, April 2020, our biggest story was about the Swedish Blackwing “Speed Monster.” Pilots almost universally admire a beautiful and fast aircraft.
Splog: Building Your Own Airplane… Seem Hard? How About with Experienced, Professional Help?
Let me be honest. I’ve built one aircraft in my life.
Splog: What’s Enough Power? Always More? Maybe Not, as Bill Canino Explains Zlin’s Shock Ultra
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.
Splog: Continental’s New “Jet-A” Engine Sets a New Course for the Big Powerplant Producer
Although airframes may present the look and offer the performance that stimulates an aircraft purchase, engines have long driven development of new airframes.
Splog: Why Are Aircraft Insurance Rates Increasing? Here’s What the Experts Say.
After a number of years with relatively modest rates for aircraft insurance — at least for the more easily insured aircraft and operations — rates have increased, even for experienced pilots with good records.
Splog: Affordable Aviation and Low Interest Rates Combine to Get Pilots Aloft
This website stresses affordable aviation and that sometimes generates questions or complaints about the cost of modern Light-Sport Aircraft.
Splog: Rare & Beautiful — Ekolot’s Elf Single Seat Motorglider Earns Special Light-Sport Aircraft
Welcome to the newest Special Light-Sport Aircraft …except that it isn’t so new(1).
Splog: Amphibian Light-Sport Aircraft Seamax Continues to Log Deliveries, Now for IFR
Special LSA seaplane maker, Seamax Aircraft, announced, “This week [we] delivered the first Seamax M-22 aircraft designed with IFR (Instrument Flying Rules) capability.
Splog: Jabiru USA Adds Kits to their Light-Sport Aircraft Line: Trainer, Cruiser, & Four Seater
Although Special LSA plus Experimental LSA run neck-and-neck with Sport Pilot eligible kit-built aircraft in U.S.
Splog: Light-Sport Aircraft In Space? OK, Not Quite but Private Ventures Are Advancing Quickly
Don’t hate me… I know this short article is not about Light-Sport Aircraft.
Splog: High Value Mission — Flight Training that Meets Special Requirements in Light-Sport Aircraft
American are very gracious with their donations to good causes. Charitable giving in the USA exceeded $400 billion in 2018 alone.
Splog: Shock Report: As Oshkosh 2020 Folds Its Tents, We Look to Fall Aviation Trade Shows
Can you believe it? No, I am not writing about Oshkosh cancelling their big summer celebration of flight.
Splog: Go-Fast Mania Spreads to USA — BRM Aero’s Bristell “Speedster” with 915iS Fixed Pitch Prop
The need for speed is hard wired into humans, it seems.
Splog: More Details on Swedish Light-Sport Aircraft “Speed Monster” Record Attempt
Our most-read story of 2020 was this breaking report on Blackwing’s assault on the world speed record for the Microlight category.
Splog: Light-Sport Aircraft News: Oshkosh? E-Fan Ends! 1Q20 Numbers, Sling Academy, Refreshed EMS
In the rush of coverage of Vintage Ultralights and other late-breaking stories such as the Blackwing speed record, I had to set aside a few news items.
Splog: Return of An Old Favorite — Carlson Sparrow May Appear at Oshkosh 2020
Having celebrated the inventiveness of ultralight designer Wayne Ison in the last post, it seems quite appropriate to recognize another, Ernie Carlson.
Splog: Ultralight April 2020 — Tenth in the Vintage Series: Team Mini-Max
The grand finale to this series on Vintage Ultralights during the month of April 2020 focuses on an airplane that can be very inexpensive if bought used.
Splog: Swedish “Speed Monster” — Blackwing Plus Rotax 915iS Claims New Speed Record
Five years back at my favorite airshow in Europe — Aero Friedrichshafen — I could not pass the supersleek blue and black low wing from Sweden, my father’s ancestral home.
Splog: Ultralight April 2020 — Ninth in the Vintage Series: Rans S-4/5
This first year I ever saw Randy Schlitter fly one his models at an airshow seems a hundred years ago.
Splog: Ultralight April 2020 — Eighth in the Vintage Series: Quicksilver MX
Ah, the Quicksilver! Where to start with this veritable icon of the ultralight sector?
Splog: Update from Vickers Aircraft and their Wave Light-Sport Aircraft Amphibian
The Coronavirus madness is far from being a U.S. problem. Naturally, we tend to focus on our own part of the world …as we must.
Splog: Ultralight April 2020 — Seventh in the Vintage Series: Ultralight Flight Phantom
When the Phantom was introduced to the ultralight market at Sun ‘n Fun in 1982, it won the Best New Design award, not only for good looks and strong performance but for its structural integrity!
Splog: Ultralight April 2020 — Sixth in the Vintage Series: UltraFlight Lazair
The first time I ever saw Lazair fly — a fly-in at the Tullahoma Airport, as I recall — a then-young Peter Corley flew the lightweight aircraft as though he was the pilot of a military fighter of the day.
Splog: Virtual Sun ‘n Fun 2020 — 5 Light Aircraft You Might Have Seen in Lakeland
While I continue to worry about the cash crunch faced by two of my favorite shows, I am still driven to provide content as if those shows had occurred this year and not been postponed to 2021.
Splog: Ultralight April 2020 — Fifth in the Vintage Series: Kolb Firestar
Amazingly enough, here in 2020, we have noticeably returned to our roots in very light aircraft.
Splog: Ultralight April 2020 — Fourth in the Vintage Series: Hiperlight SNS 8 Biplane
As we continue with this fourth in a series of ten about very affordable light aircraft from earlier times, we stress again that all the aircraft presented in this series still have some essential qualities that warranted their inclusion.
Splog: Virtual Press Conference — Flight Design Has a Fresh News on CT2020, F2, & More
As everyone on the planet knows by now, aviation has nary an airshow in sight.
Splog: Ultralight April 2020 — Third in the Vintage Series: Fisher FP-202 Koala
When Fisher was still located where it began, in North Dakota, I paid a visit to the factory.
Splog: Ultralight April 2020 — Second in the Vintage Series: CGS Hawk
Way back when, long before the birth of the Light-Sport Aircraft segment (in 2004), lots of us flew ultralights.
Splog: FAA’s Proposed Regulation (MOSAIC) — LAMA’s Spring 2020 Update Report
In recent months many light aviation enthusiasts have been asking about progress on FAA’s proposed rewrite of the Light-Sport Aircraft regulations.
Splog: Ultralight April 2020 — First in the Vintage Series: Buccaneer XA
A frequent comment I hear is that the price of recreational aircraft are too high.
Splog: Virtual Aero Friedrichshafen — Zlin Aviation’s New Norden Sportplane
Had not both shows been cancelled or postponed, I would be gearing up for Sun ‘n Fun and Aero Friedrichshafen.
Splog: Mechanically-Minded — Rainbow Starts Light-Sport Repairman Training in Missouri
Coronavirus or not, departures from the Golden State of California continue unabated.
Splog: Thinking Positively About A Post-Coronavirus 2020 — Pilots Still Want to Fly
“This, too, shall pass…” said my neighbor, Bill Chernish, who flies for Southwest Airlines.
Splog: Aero Friedrichshafen Postpones Europe’s Best Show Until 2021
Delay, postpone, or cancel — that seems to be the question organizers of events faced in the current pandemic scare.
Splog: Sun ‘n Fun 2020 Has Been Rescheduled in Wake of Coronavirus Mess
Update: April 2020 — Faced with a difficult decision and under enormous pressure, Sun ‘n Fun organizers changed plans and have now rescheduled the event for April 13-18, 2021.
Splog: Coronavirus Claims Another Victim: Aero Freidrichshafen 2020 is “Postponed”
That was several hours of my life I will never get back — booking airline, rental car, and a series of hotel rooms… and then cancelling all of them!
Splog: Flight Design’s “Secret Weapon” in the USA: Tom & Tom Gutmann and Airtime Aviation
How does one LSA brand rise and stay above others?
Many reasons can be introduced; all possibly valid.
Splog: Special and Experimental Light-Sport & Sport Pilot Kits Compared to General Aviation
If you like airplane statistics and facts, this article may interest you.
Splog: 900-Mile-Flight to Copperstate in the Open Cockpit TEAM AirBike. Well done!
Update 2/17/20 — From a commenter whose handle is “Concerned Citizen” on Videoman Dave’s YouTube channel comes this update on Mike’s flight home: “Mike left Copperstate Sunday morning and made three legs, stopping in Blythe, Bermuda Dunes, then Banning due to severe winds and rain.
Splog: Tucano 915 Kit Aircraft: Serious Engine, Serious Airframe, …Seriously Fun!
Copperstate is proving to be as valuable for the collection of Video Pilot Reports as Midwest and DeLand.
Splog: Kicking Back in Gair-Planes’ Mule — A Short Sample of this Fun Flying Kit Aircraft
One of the reasons why Videoman Dave and I attend smaller events is because we can do a particular kind of work while visiting: Video Pilot Reports.
Splog: Copperstate 2020 — Flying, and Building, Arion Aircraft’s Lightning Classic
Copperstate is officially the show that starts off the new aviation year these days.
Splog: Centennial Anniversary — 100 Years of Rotax Engines
It started with a seemingly simple product. Since long before recreational aircraft arrived, the invention that launched the Rotax brand was a “rotary axle,” a freewheeling hub that advanced the then-state-of-the-art in bicycles.
Splog: Full Flight Review of Scout from The Light Aircraft Company
Welcome to the two-seat Sherwood Scout. We previously presented Sherwood’s single-place Kub.
Splog: Full-2019 Market Share Report for Light-Sport Aircraft and Sport Pilot Kit Aircraft
We have a new year upon us. With our new reporting capabilities for LSA and SP kit market shares, we can now quickly report results from 2019.
Splog: Texas Aircraft in 2020 — Logs First Customer Delivery of Colt Light-Sport Aircraft
How about this for a great way to start off the new year — a brand-new airplane?
Splog: Start the Countdown: Four Years Will Bring Huge Changes to Light-Sport Aircraft
As we kick off a new year and a new decade, it feels like the starter’s timer has just been clicked into action.
Splog: Vickers Wave Settles Engine Debate — Rotax’s 915iS is the Winner
The last airshow (DeLand) is over. Recreational aircraft across the snow belt are secured in their hangars.
Splog: Smarter Stocking Stuffer for Christmas; a Whisper in Your Future?
In case I don’t get another post up before (gosh, this is a busy time of year, isn’t it?)… let me wish all visitors and viewers a very warm and wonderful holiday.
Splog: DeLand Finale; Tecnam Success; and… End of Kitty Hawk’s Flyer (Battery Problems, Fires)
As we rush toward the Christmas holiday period and get excited about a new season of flying (after a few more weeks of snow and ice), we have some news to report.
Splog: TQ Takes to the Air — In Your Instrument Panel and into the Blue Sky
When your product fits a small space in the instrument panel, how do you show off such a small product in a more visible way at airshows.
Splog: Duc Propellers for Light-Sport Aircraft in the USA — Introducing 4-Blade Flash 2 Prop
“The DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase (DSAS), conducted from November 14-16, 2019 at the DeLand Municipal Airport in Florida, has completed a careful look at ticket sales, gate receipts, exhibitor numbers and other data… and is happy to report that the 2019 Showcase eclipsed the 2018 attendance by over 20%,” reported lead organizer, Jana Filip.
Splog: Seamax Offers Rotax 912iS and Garmin G3X; Enjoys a Strong DeLand Show for their LSA Seaplane
Saturday was the final day of the last airshow of 2019.
Splog: DeLand Day 2 — Safety First, Right? Here Are Two Ideas that Can Make Light-Sport Aircraft Safer
As readers of ByDanJohnson.com know, we enjoy keeping a tight (though not exclusive) focus on the aircraft we love to fly.
Splog: DeLand Day One — SunDancer Motorglider from Distar; Cruise Cross Country or Power Down and Soar
Opening day at DeLand Showcase 2019 got off to a solid start.
Splog: DeLand 2019 Preview — Too Cold at Home? Come Fly Light-Sport Aircraft and More
As snow swirls in the air and piles up on the ground in the northern latitudes, perhaps it’s a good time to think of Florida… specifically, DeLand, Florida.
Splog: DeLand Showcase 2019 — Ending the Airshow Year for Light-Sport Aircraft and SP Kit Aircraft
In about one week, it all ends. Before then, DeLand Showcase 2019 is set to begin!
Splog: The Amazon of Aviation — Aircraft Spruce is Busy All Over the USA; 300 Employees Strong
You know Aircraft Spruce. So do all your flying buddies.
Splog: Open Cockpit or Enclosed, SilverLight’s AR-1 Impresses — SLSA Gyroplanes Are Coming!
For years, more than a decade, the U.S. gyroplane producer community tried to persuade FAA to allow fully built Special Light-Sport Aircraft gyroplanes into the USA.
Splog: The Changing Face of Light-Sport Aircraft — Speed and Safety Behind Single Lever Control
In mid-October, FAA provided another update to the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association.
Splog: What’s Happening in Light-Sport Aircraft and Sport Pilot Kits? Here’s Our 3Q19 Update.
This website seeks to offer a reliable source of market information for Light-Sport Aircraft and Sport Pilot kit aircraft as a service to the light aircraft sector.
Splog: The Shockingly-Super Cub — Meet Shock Ultra from Zlin and SportairUSA
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.
Splog: Texas Aircraft Wins FAA Acceptance as a Special Light-Sport Aircraft; Number 151 On Our List
Welcome to the newest Special Light-Sport Aircraft, the recently unveiled (at Oshkosh 2019) Texas Aircraft Manufacturing Colt 100.
Splog: Vickers Wave Light-Sport Seaplane Gets a Weight Increase from FAA; First Flight Approaches
It’s big. It’s bold. It’s beautiful. It’s loaded with snazzy custom features.
Video review: Texas Aircraft Colt 100 (0919)
Colt 100 from Texas Aircraft Manufacturing based in Hondo, Texas is a Brazilian Light-Sport Aircraft design.
Splog: Midwest LSA Expo 2019 — Day 2: Flying the Texas Aircraft Colt Light-Sport Aircraft
You know you have a great job when… you get to fly a brand new Light-Sport Aircraft on a bright, beautiful, blue sky day at a Sport Pilot-friendly airport.
Splog: Midwest LSA Expo — Decade 2, Day 1: Video Pilot Reports on CTSS, Shock Ultra, and Colt
What a great day to start off the Midwest LSA Expo!
Splog: Revving Ever Higher — Evolution Trikes’ RevX Fills a Gap for Ultralight Aircraft Enthusiasts
Evolution Trikes celebrated their 10th anniversary at Sun ‘n Fun 2019.
Splog: Sherwood’s Kub — Fun, Light Recreational Aircraft from Across the “Pond”
While occupied on some travel, I am pleased to provide a pilot report on a Part 103-type from across the Atlantic in the United Kingdom.
Splog: Back to the Future Sky Arrow — Light-Sport Aircraft (and More) Ready for Tomorrow Today
One of our most popular articles of 2019 involves FAA’s plans for refreshed regulation.
Splog: One-Five-Oh! — Newest Special Light-Sport Aircraft: InnovAviation’s FX1, SLSA #150
If you are an ultralight enthusiast (as I certainly am!), then you are probably celebrating with me as FX1 joins the Special LSA fleet — which it does as Number 150 on our popular SLSA List.
Splog: Oshkosh 2019… All Done! More Great Light-Sport Aircraft Stories (and Video)
The weeklong celebration of flight known around the planet as “Oshkosh” is now history.
Splog: Great News for Gyroplanes Such as Magni Gyro + a Video Pilot Report (at Midwest LSA Expo)
For more than 15 years one class of Light-Sport Aircraft has been held down in America even while it has been burgeoning in other parts of the world.
Splog: Newest Special Light-Sport Aircraft: Sunward Aurora …First Chinese Aircraft to Win FAA Approval
Welcome to the newest Special Light-Sport Aircraft, entering our popular SLSA List at number 149.
Splog: Badland Aircraft — Kitfox Lite, A True Part 103 Ultralight Aircraft, Returns to the Market
Once we had Avid Flyer. It begat Kitfox, which begat many models before returning to the starting point by creating a Part 103 ultralight vehicle* called Kitfox Lite …what else?
Splog: 4th Generation Italian Beauty: InnovAviation’s FX1 Light-Sport Aircraft
After impressing European pilots at the big German show called Aero Friedrichshafen, producer InnovAviation brought their sleek and sexy FX1 for Americans to see at Oshkosh 2019.
Splog: Old Becomes New — Van’s Brought a Light Aircraft Surprise to Oshkosh 2019
Cruising the grounds at Oshkosh, looking for aircraft to report, I looked around the all-new Homebuilt Area.
Splog: Vashon Ranger — Making Waves Among Light-Sport Aircraft; Questions Answered
Sometimes a new Light-Sport Aircraft producer bursts on the scene in dramatic ways.
Splog: Latest Update on FAA’s Plan to Change Light-Sport Aircraft Regulations — July 2019
Many have asked about progress on FAA’s proposed rewrite of the Light-Sport Aircraft regulations.
Splog: Flying Into Oshkosh — An Eye-Opener, but What If You Were Really Young, and in an Ultralight Aircraft?
Happening right now as this is written …a young pilot, with impressive support from his father and sister, is flying to Oshkosh.
Splog: “Unbeatable Warranty” — Jabiru’s Rare Airshow Special for its Light-Sport Aircraft and More
Price matters. While pilots enjoy a huge range in aircraft types, capabilities, descriptions, and price points, the fact remains that some aircraft will always be too expensive for some buyers.
Splog: Everybody Loves a Hero — How about One from Sector Aircraft …the Brazilian Invasion Continues
From Brazil comes a new Hero, an aircraft most Americans have never seen.
Splog: Look Out, Legacies! Light-Sport Aircraft in Flight Schools Operated by the Aircraft Representative
For years, I have been interviewing suppliers of Light-Sport Aircraft about how functional and durable their SLSA are for flight training.
Splog: Industry Pros Nominate a Deserving Individual for LAMA President’s Award
Every year, the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association asks industry professionals to nominate a deserving person to receive the LAMA President’s Award.
Splog: Super Affordability: U-Fly-It’s Aerolite 103 Ultralight Aircraft Will Be a One-Week Super Wonder
Super affordability. Super Wonder. “Super?“ — surely, I exaggerate, right? Hmmm, I don’t think so.
Splog: Charging Back into the Lead — Flight Design ga’s F2 and F2e Light-Sport Aircraft (Gasoline or Electric)
Once upon a time in the then-new world of Light-Sport Aircraft Flight Design lead the pack for airplanes delivered and registered.
Splog: Light-Sport Aircraft and Sport Pilot Kit Market Shares in 2019
A funny thing happened on our way to quarterly reporting of LSA and Sport Pilot kit market shares.
Splog: Lightning LS and XS — Arion Aircraft’s Sleek and Fast “Built in America” Speedsters
Most pilots love a fast-looking aircraft that looks as good on the ramp as it does in the air?
Splog: Sebring Expo Shutdown Part 2 — “Why Did They Make This Decision?” Here’s Some Answers.
News about Sebring Expo’s shutdown captivated readers of this website. Other media outlets also picked up on the news.
Splog: Sebring Expo Is Shutting Down After 15 Years of Promoting the Central Florida Airport
“It’s a wrap” as the iconic LSA show called Sebring Expo (full name Sebring U.S.
Splog: Simply Gorgeous! — Tecnam Completely Refreshed their Best-Selling Light-Sport Aircraft
I regularly attend Aero Friedrichshafen every April certain I will see aircraft I’ve never seen before — but also because I will see upgrades to existing popular models.
Splog: Do Light-Sport Aircraft Make Good Trainers …or Do They Not? That Is the Question.
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.
Splog: What’s Coming to Light-Sport Aircraft and Sport Pilot Kit Aircraft in 2020 (or so)?
Could 2020 bring a new description of aircraft under the LSA banner?
Splog: Celebrating 15 Years of Reporting Light-Sport Aircraft, Sport Pilot Kits, and Ultralight Aircraft
After the rush of daily reporting from Sun ‘n Fun 2019 and Aero Friedrichshafen 2019 and after a short break following these wonderful, if intensely busy, shows — it’s slightly past due to wish this website a Happy 15th Anniversary!
Splog: Aero Friedrichshafen Day 4…Wrap — BlackWing 600, JMB Aircraft, FlySynthesis Synchro, ScaleWings P-51 Replica
Aero Friedrichshafen is over. At the beginning, show organizers said it was their biggest yet, measured by the number of exhibitors.
Splog: Aero Friedrichshafen Day 3: ELECTRIC, Hybrid on Tecnam and Comco – Battery on Horten and Bristell
More from Aero as Day 3 closes. Because of the number on display — and because several readers asked — this post will focus on electric propulsion in two distinct forms.
Splog: Aero Friedrichshafen Day 2: Tecnam Mk II, SkyArrow, Corsair Delivering, Delta Cruiser Floatplane
Aero Friedrichshafen continues, delivering a broad preview of new aircraft projects plus a glimpse into light aviation in Europe.
Splog: Aero Friedrichshafen Day 1 Aircraft Highlights: Zlin Ultra 915, Flight Design F-Series, Belmont
Jetting straight from Sun ‘n Fun, we were able to arrive at Aero Friedrichshafen by noon on opening day.
Splog: Sun ‘n Fun Day 5 …Wrap Up — Cub and Mother; Sopwith Camel Replica, Father of Ultralight Aircraft
Sun ‘n Fun is over. While staff, tent vendors and more have plenty of work to do, customers and vendors have all vacated the area, scattering off across the USA as they return to base.
Splog: Sun ‘n Fun Day 4 — Rans Outbound Tricycle, Amphibious Trikes, Electric Powered Paraglider
Sun ‘n Fun streaks on with Blue Angels and Stearmans cracking the air.
Splog: Sun ‘n Fun Day 3 — Lightning Fast Kit Aircraft, LSA Regulation Questions, and a Tribute
You wanna go fast? Of course you do. What pilot doesn’t want to go fast?
Splog: Sun ‘n Fun Day 2 — As Summertime Approaches, Light-Sport Seaplanes Draw Interest
Seaplane flying is a specialty within aviation but it is one that has steady appeal and develops passionate aviators.
Splog: Sun ‘n Fun Day 1 — Affordable Aircraft: CGS Hawk Ultra, Evolution RevX, Kolb Trifly, Thatcher CX5
Videoman Dave and I never left Paradise City’s exhibits in our first day of video interviews.
Splog: Sun ‘n Fun 2019 …About to Open — Here’s a Sneak Peek of Two Creations
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.
Splog: The Little Light-Sport Aircraft Seaplane that Could, and Does… and Will
Most Americans know the childhood story about the “Little Engine that Could,” a tale of determination, working against long odds and succeeding despite them.
Splog: Breaking News — Sling TSi Will Fly Non-Stop from California to Sun ‘n Fun 2019!
This Just In!
Follow the Sling TSi LIVE tomorrow, Sunday March 31st, 2019, as the new model flies this route: KTOA – KLAL (Coast to Coast) • Torrance, California to Lakeland, Florida, a distance of 1,900 nautical miles
Intended Departure: Sunday at 4 AM Pacific • Landing Florida before 7 PM Eastern in a flight forecast to take “under 12 hours” at a predicted speed of 160 knots (184 mph), at altitude.
Splog: Lockwood Aircraft’s AirCam “Gen-3” — More Seats, More Power, More Fun
Let me admit right up front: I am a big fan of AirCam.
Splog: Continental Motors Becomes Continental Aerospace Technologies — Much is New
A few years ago, I visited Continental Motors in Mobile Alabama on the Gulf coast of the southern U.S.
Splog: Ready for Sun ‘n Fun 2019 — Airplanes and Engines on Display in LSA Mall
This year celebrates 15 years of Light-Sport Aircraft and its companion pilot certificate, Sport Pilot.
Splog: Texas Aircraft Unveils All-New Colt 100 Light-Sport Aircraft
In late February, Texas Aircraft invited me to an unveiling ceremony.
Splog: Modern Horten Wing Aircraft Excitement as Aero 2019 Approaches
Something old. Something new. Hang glider pilots I know are very familiar with Horten designs, a form of validation for modern hang gliders …flying wings, aircraft with no tail or fuselage structures.
Splog: BRS Logs Save Number 400 — Using Airframe Parachutes Definitely Saves Lives
“You just saved my life!” It’s not often anyone, even a medical doctor, hears those words.
Splog: Enabling Pilots with Light-Sport Aircraft, Able Flight Partners with Sun ‘n Fun
Light-Sport Aircraft have accomplished much in the 15 years this new class of aircraft have existed: • Lower purchase cost — with choices spread over a wide variety of aircraft.
Splog: Flying SD Planes’ SD-1 Highly Affordable Single Seat Aircraft
We again have the pleasure of a flight review from British aviation journalist, Dave Unwin.
Splog: Mule from Gair-Planes Has a Solid History and Can Save You Money
“We are Arizona’s newest aircraft manufacturer,” said Garrett Komm when we finally located him and his bright blue and silver aircraft.
Splog: AeroJones Unveils Their Six-Axis Full-Motion Flight Simulator for CTLS
At a major show in China called Zhuhai visitors saw something: a new 6-axis LSA flight simulator.
Splog: Copperstate Day 3 — Going Aloft in the Flying Legend Tucano Replica Light-Kit Aircraft
On Day 3 of Copperstate at the Buckeye Air Fair, crowds were again strong and the skies gradually cleared for another day of flying in the smoothest air I’ve felt in some time.
Splog: Copperstate Day 2 — Big Crowds Plus Flying Sling TSi with Rotax 915 Power: Superb!
I have to admit my pleasant surprise. This tie-up of Copperstate and Buckeye Air Fair might be exactly what is needed to generate a major show in the Southwestern USA.
Splog: Copperstate Day 1 — Wild Sky’s Goat, a Special Light-Sport Aircraft Trike Built to Last
The Copperstate airshow is on in Arizona! Put on by a new combination of Copperstate leadership in cooperation with the town of Buckeye Arizona — which has been hosting its own Buckeye Air Fair — the new event is off and running in its new time slot of early February.
Splog: Eurofly Minifox — Light, Low-Cost, Single-Place Aircraft …Oh, and Fun!
“I knew we had all the pictures we needed but I was having a blast and just wanted to keep flying Minifox,” wrote British aviation writer, Dave Unwin.
Splog: 2018 Light Aircraft Market Share Numbers — Now Optimized for Smartphones
At the recently concluded Sebring Sport Aviation Expo, I heard from a number of pilots and vendors about this website publishing fresh market share data.
Video review: Insurance for Light-Sport Aircraft and Kits
Aircraft Insurance is one of those things pilots need. You want to protect yourself, your aircraft investment, and anyone who may be affected by the operation of your aircraft.
Video review: Aviation Insurance Resources’ Gregg Ellsworth
You own an airplane — or you are considering buying one.
Splog: Sebring Day 4 — 2 Video Pilot Reports, a Surprise Arrival, and a Wrap-Up Interview
The final day of the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo brought good flying conditions until mid-afternoon when light precipitation returned.
Splog: Sebring Day 3 — A Welcome Return of Blue Skies Brought Droves of Pilot Shoppers
As Day Three arrived, blue skies returned to Sebring after a damp start on Day Two and with them came the best crowds of pilots and companions of any day so far …by far.
Splog: Sebring Day 2— Evolving Market for Light-Sport Aircraft …New or Used
“Duck and cover” was a phrase to describe the morning on Thursday, Day Two at Sebring.
Splog: Sebring Day 1 — Blue Skies and Handsome Aircraft Draw Receptive Crowds
Sebring Day One was true to form for the 15th running of this grandaddy of Light-Sport and Sport Pilot Kit shows.
Splog: Setting Up Sebring 2019 — Heaven for Light-Sport Aircraft and Sport Pilot-Eligible Kit Aircraft
Sebring Sport Aviation Expo 2019 — I’m here. Where are you?
Splog: Twin Accomplishments for Flight Design and their CT series of Light-Sport Aircraft
As a new season of flying is upon us (even while northern pilots may still be still shoveling snow), one company continues their vigorous comeback.
Splog: MORE Light Aircraft Now Included in Our Count of Fun Flying Machines
Update 1/15/19: Thanks to reader feedback — a resource we value very highly — we have updated our statistics to correct another naming challenging.
Splog: LSA Market Info 2.0 is Here! — Broader Survey, More Aircraft Types, User Controls
If you like Light-Sport Aircraft and if you like statistics, you are going to love this article.* Our wholly refreshed look at aircraft registrations marks the return of our popular market share rankings and now includes much more information.
Splog: Brave New Year — Will Aviation Finally See the Biggest Change Since Orville and Wilbur?
Throughout the 115 years since the Wrights took their Flyer into the skies for the first time, aviation has enjoyed remarkable progress.
Splog: Merry Christmas to All! — Celebrating Another Great Year of Light Aircraft
As pilots clear the skies so Santa and his flying reindeer can go about their mission, it seems fitting to offer a word of thanks to all of you who have frequently visited this website.
Splog: Does Flying Around the Globe Sound Challenging? How About with a Chair?
UPDATE 30 Dec 2018 — Sad news about a crash of one of the Handiflight aircraft with the loss of one of the pilots.
Splog: Hit the Books! Too Cold to Fly? How About a Good Read? Here’s Two Choices…
UPDATE 12/20/18 — Video added regarding the second book below. See at bottom of post…
Unlike most aviation outlets, I’ve refrained from putting out a Christmas gift guide for pilots.
Splog: Speedy Sling TSi Powered by Rotax 915 — News from The Airplane Factory USA
When Rotax debuted their new 915iS engine at an Oshkosh press conference, Sling designer Mike Blyth raced forward at the end of the conference to closely examine the new power plant.
Splog: Liaoning is a Chinese Aviation Name That Flying Enthusiasts Should Learn
One year ago, I was touring around China thanks to my good friends at AeroJones, the China-based manufacturer of the popular CTLS for the Asia-Pacific region.
Splog: Continental Motors Powers Top Cub — First China-Built Kit
Continental Motors, part of China’s Avic International Holding, announced recently that they have entered a strategic partnership with Liaoning Cub Aircraft Corp to be the engine provider for the Top Cub, which the company said is the first kit aircraft built in China, for the Chinese market.
Splog: Hmmm? How Can Duc Hélices Sell More Props? Hey, I Got It! …Multicopters!
Imagine you are in charge of marketing for French propeller manufacturer, Duc Hélices.
Splog: They’re Back! — Our Very Popular Market Share Statistics Are Returning
Since shortly after ByDanJohnson.com went live (on April Fool’s Day 2004, just a few months before the LSA rule was released), one regular website feature has earned positive reviews.
Splog: DeLand Showcase 2018 Final Results — and Dates for 2019 Announced
Splog: Flight Design Update — Sales in USA and Round-the-World Flight
At the season ending DeLand Showcase show, Flight Design was ably represented by John Hurst.
Splog: DeLand Showcase 2018 …a Wrap after a Strong Third Day with Plenty of Flying
DeLand Showcase 2018 is over, which signals the airshow season is over for this calendar year.
Splog: DeLand Showcase 2018 — Day Two …the Good Times Continue
At a reception ending Day Two, DeLand Showcase Director Jana Filip reported that front gate receipts were greater on Thursday than either Thursday of the two prior years of the Showcase.
Splog: DeLand Showcase 2018 Off to a Good Start; Industry Players Generally Upbeat as Year Closes
Day One of the third running of DeLand Showcase is complete.
Splog: Everything You Need to Know About Titan Engines and Much More at the DeLand Showcase 2018
The end of the year is approaching. We just wrapped Halloween and now begin the headlong rush into the holiday season.
Splog: Aero Adventure, Offering Affordable Seaplane Fun at DeLand (FL) Airport
In mere days now, DeLand Showcase starts. The new event closes out the year’s shows.
Splog: The Little Airplane That Could …Merlin Can, and It Will Not Cost Much, Either
A popular American childhood story called “The Little Engine that Could” relates to this article.
Splog: Tecnam Aircraft — Here, There, and Everywhere, It Seems
This week kicks off the truly gigantic trade show known by its sponsoring organization’s abbreviation: NBAA, or in common lingo, “Enn, Bee, Double A.” While not taking up the extensive terra firms of Oshkosh, NBAA actually has more paying exhibitors.
Splog: Weekend News Firestorm (about LSA weight) Continues to Blaze
An article from last weekend’s news about a massive jump in LSA weight propelled this website to an all-time record as light aviation enthusiasts from around the nation and the globe signed on to make comments and shared the article with their friends.
Splog: Wait! What’s All This About a Weight Increase for Light-Sport Aircraft?
This weekend a firestorm erupted out of the blue. A wave of questions is ringing my phone, piling up text messages, and populating my social media accounts.
Splog: Icon A5 Crosses America — Company Debuts a New (more affordable) Way to Own
Have you noticed how much LSA seaplanes pop up on this website and all over the web and print world?
Splog: Flying Motorcycle Scorpion Earns “Approval” from FAA
So far, at least three entries* in the multicopter sweepstakes qualify themselves as Part 103 ultralight vehicles.
Splog: First Lighter-than-Air Light-Sport Aircraft — FlyDoo with VTU
FAA’s Light-Sport Aircraft category involves quite the intriguing mixture of aircraft.
Splog: Gyroplanes Are Big Overseas — First Market Share Info for the USA
Updated September 26, 2018 — This article has been updated to include more producers.
Splog: Equator Light-Sport Aircraft Seaplane Secures Crowd Funding; Makes First Flight
This article has been updated with a new image; a minor correction was made.
Splog: Clamar Floats Moving to Brunswick, Maine; Joining Other Light-Sport Aircraft Companies
While weather starts to cool in the northern USA, in the sub-tropical south, it is still warm enough to enjoy float flying.
Splog: Hansen Brothers’ Airport Donation / 2 More Video Pilot Reports
This article was updated with additional photos; see at bottom.
Midwest LSA Expo held a special ceremony to honor two men in their donation of a beautiful LSA-like aircraft now permanently displayed on an striking pedestal near the airport entrance.
Splog: Flying Aeroprakt’s New A32 Vixxen at Midwest LSA Expo in Mt. Vernon
Many pilots expect the first appearance of a new model at the biggest airshows, but here’s one of those times when the sector-specific shows win.
Splog: Light-Sport Aircraft, Light Kit Aircraft, and Ultralight — Show Season Starts Now
The biggest airshows in recreational aviation are history for 2018. I refer to Sun ‘n Fun, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and Europe’s Aero Friedrichshafen.
Splog: Van’s Aircraft To Bring RV-12 Manufacturing Fully In-House; Here’s the Q&A…
Building kits for homebuilders and assembling fully built aircraft are two very distinct business models.
Splog: Legal Eagle Is An Exceptionally Low-Cost Ultralight Aircraft for Kit Builders
Perhaps not every pilot needs for aircraft to be affordable but a great many do.
Splog: Affordable and Proven, Challenger Aircraft Celebrates 35 Years in Operation
One essential visit at AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 was to the Quad City booth in the Fun Fly Zone.
Splog: New Opportunities Coming for Light-Sport Aircraft — LAMA’s Advocacy Report
Things are looking up for Light-Sport Aircraft, rather fantastically so in my admittedly biased opinion.
Splog: Gorgeous Ryan ST in 95% Replica Form — Vintage Aircraft Lovers’ Delight
One aircraft at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh really caught my eye. OK, truth be told, dozens of aircraft caught my eye but this shiny example seemed to be looking back at me.
Splog: SeaMax “Rebrands” Itself; Well Established SLSA Seaplane Ready to Launch
The LSA seaplane sector is one of the most intriguing areas of the diverse Light-Sport space.
Splog: First Vashon Rangers Delivered to Owners After Successful Oshkosh Debut
UPDATE: Video on Ranger at bottom…
Often at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh we see improved models among vast displays of showplanes.
Splog: Twin-Electric-Motor Biplane Made Mostly from Foam …and, Yes, a Human Flies It!
For your enjoyment, here is arguably the most unique airplane I found on the grounds of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 …and with around 3,000 show planes, that is truly saying something.
Splog: From First-World Airshow to Emerging (Aviation) Market Fly-In… the Future?
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 is now history. You will be reading and seeing lots more about the big summer celebration of flight — it appeared very strong to most observers — and you will see lots more from OSH ’18 here and on Videoman Dave’s popular YouTube channel.
Splog: Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft (ELSA); Personalize Your Aircraft
You have more privileges than you may know with your Light-Sport Aircraft.
Splog: Kolb Firefly Ultralight Aircraft on Puddle Jumper Floats: Close to Perfection
Maybe you never flew a floatplane or seaplane (the latter implying a hull).
Splog: Magnus Aircraft Fusion 212 Logs Special Light-Sport Aircraft Number 146
A new-to-Americans Light-Sport Aircraft made its debut showing at AirVenture 2018.
Splog: Hawk (Part 103) Ultralights Making a New Comeback; Interest Appears Strong
CGS Hawk is one of our most storied brands of ultralight and light aircraft.
Splog: Cruising EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 Hours Before the Big Airshow Begins
On my first day on Wittman Field here in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, we took the privilege to drive around the grounds and capture video scenes as hundreds of exhibitors arrive and set up their displays.
Splog: TQ is New to You — AirVenture Oshkosh Debut of German Radio Supplier
This article has been updated…
Technology company TQ Group established a reputation for high quality engineering and precision products.
Splog: Infotech Meets (Part 103) Ultralight Aircraft. Big Deal! Or, So What?
This article again delves into the changing face of aviation and in this case within the Part 103 Ultralight Vehicle sector.
Splog: Light-Sport Aircraft Seaplane Drama; One Up, One Down, Both Continuing
In the fascinating LSA seaplane sector-within-a-sector, we find both good news and bad news today, though the latter can be overcome.
Splog: Pipistrel Update — 900 Virus, “House Organ,” and Oshkosh Splash
In the world of Light-Sport Aircraft, we have more than 90 manufacturers and 145 Special LSA (see our whole list) accepted* by FAA.
Splog: Zlin’s Shock Goes “Ultra” — Further Expanding Appeal of Bush Aircraft Configuration
After Aero 2016, we enthusiastically reported on the Zlin Shock Outback (as it is known to Americans; Shock Cub to other countries).
Splog: Get Your Walter Mitty On — SW51 Coming At You Soon!
Many pilots who first set eyes on the SW51, a precisely faithful 70%-scale imitation of the famous North American Aviation P-51 Mustang managed to utter a single word: “WOW!”
Can you blame them?
Splog: Something Completey Different …Perhaps Super Helpful to Pilots: Just 3 Words
At the Rotax event for journalists allowing reporters like me to fly their new 915 engine (more about that and a 915 review here), I met Guy Leitch, publisher of SA (South Africa) Flyer aviation magazine.
Splog: Stunning Upgrade to 1990s-Era Aircraft; FX1 Is a Carbon Beauty
Years ago, back in the late 1990s, I flew an aircraft called JetFox 97.
Splog: High-Five and Thanks to Sonex Founder, John Monnett — What’s Next?
Early in June, John Monnett spoke about stepping down from Sonex Aircraft, the kit manufacturer he founded and has lead for decades.
Splog: Tecnam the Magnificent — from Light-Sport Aircraft to Well Beyond
The big Italian company that LSA enthusiasts know very well through models such as P92, Sierra, and P2008 has a large and growing presence in global aviation.
Splog: Does It Work to Combine Sleek and Speedy with Tundra Tires? Yes… Beautifully!
BRM Aero boss and chief design, Milan Bristela, has convincingly proven his visionary credentials.
Splog: Shhhhhh… Could a Whisper Be In Your Future? Are You Sure About That?
UPDATE (5/28/18): Since this article was published, we’ve added our video interview from Aero 2018.
Video review: Updated Lightning Bug — Affordable Homebuilt (2018)
Brian Austein did it again! He drew big crowds and head-shakes of amazement at what he has created for — get this — a mere $3,000.
Splog: Spaceship or Ultralight Aircraft? Brian Austein’s Amazingly Affordable Project
For the second year in a row, I was blown away with Lightning Bug.
Splog: Swan Ultralight — “Big Little Airplane” in a Tiny Box (Trailer)
For three years at Aero Friedrichshafen, the wonderful April show in the south of Germany, I have admired one genuine ultralight called Swan.
Splog: Pooches on the Plane — Americans Love to Travel with their Pets
Dogs in the Cockpit? A few years ago, various stories began to pop in mainstream media discussing the car industry’s newest focus …no, not only on how many cup holders they could install in your new ride — but instead on accommodations for pets, mainly dogs.
Splog: A Gathering of Waterbirds — LSA Seaplanes at Spruce Creek Fly-In
Sun ‘n Fun 2018 ended a great event on Sunday.
Splog: Weird? Or, Wonderful? More Companies Move Toward eVTOL …Will Sport Pilots?
What on Earth is going on in Airplane DesignerLand? Are we headed for a bifurcation, a parting of the ways among those engineering the next generation of aircraft?
Splog: Hottest Part 103 Ultralight Yet? Possibly, and Coming to America!
Two years ago at my favorite European airshow, Aero Friedrichshafen, Bill Canino of Sportair USA urged me to go look at a cool Part 103 project.
Splog: Flying the Rotax 915iS Aircraft Engine — Comparing to 912iS
April has been busy… starting with a week of Sun ‘n Fun; then a gathering of LSA seaplanes at my home airport the day after; followed by three days of Aero Friedrichshafen in Germany (it runs four days but I had to miss the first); concluding with a journalists-only event at Rotax Aircraft Engines.
Video review: Searey Equipped with Single Lever Control
Yes, yes, I know — in-flight adjustable props are not permitted on U.S.
Splog: Aero 2018: SD Planes Debuts New SD-2 SportMaster, a Low-Cost Two Seater
Immediately following Sun ‘n Fun 2018 is Aero 2018.
Splog: Sun ‘n Fun 2018: Records Set, Sales Made, Customers Smiling
Sun ‘n Fun 2018 is done. The show actually closed early at about 1 PM due to forecasts of severe weather.
Splog: Importing to America — Another Way; Two Light-Sport Aircraft to be Built in USA
When most pilots think of imports, they assume a foreign manufacturer builds an aircraft in another country, finds a U.S.
Splog: Sun ‘n Fun Day 3: STOLs Will Fly Florida to Alaska (Does that Read Oddly?)
On a single day of recording several videos at Sun ‘n Fun 2018, Videoman Dave and I came across two light kit aircraft designs operating as STOL — Short Take Off and Landing — aircraft.
Splog: Sun ‘n Fun Day 2 — Just Aircraft Solo 103, LSA Mall, and DeLand’s Reception
After a damp opening day, the sun returned on day #2 at Sun ‘n Fun 2018.
Splog: Day One of Rain ‘n Fun …but the Sun Is Coming
Day One of Sun ‘n Fun got off to a solid start even if a number of light aircraft arrivals are still pending.
Splog: Jabiru Aircraft Engines Enters New Generation of U.S. Representation
After earlier news about the change of representation for Jabiru aircraft, a fresh announcement was made as Sun ‘n Fun 2018 was about to start.
Splog: Pipistrel Wins Biggest Flight School Order for Alpha Trainers
One bone of contention among LSA sellers is that legacy flight schools — the sort that typically uses Cessna or Piper trainers — sometimes disregard LSA as trainer aircraft.
Splog: Shark in Florida! …No, the Good Kind — at Sun ‘n Fun 2018
Let me be clear. I have no issue with sharks in the sea.
Splog: Rotorvox C2A Gyroplane Lands in USA; Will Debut at Sun ‘n Fun 2018
Besides LSA seaplanes, one area of furious development (and sales) is gyroplanes, the term modern industry prefers to “gyrocopter,” which was actually a branded name used since the days of Igor Benson.
Splog: April Foolin’? Are You Ready for Hoverbiking on Scorpion 3?
After you finish Easter Sunday dinner with the family, how about going out for a spin on your new Scorpion 3 Hoverbike?
Splog: Newest SLSA (#145) Is Evolution Trikes’ Revolt
The newest SLSA on our List is a weight-shift control aircraft from Evolution Trikes, the folks who put the trike world on a pedestal with their remarkably deluxe and superbly finished Revo (see our Video Pilot Report of Revo and Part 2).
Splog: New from Aero Adventure: Powerful Aventura S-17 (Still a Bargain)
Today I got a good look at the new Aventura S-17 built in DeLand, Florida — also home of the Aerolite 103 and the DeLand Showcase …plus a large volume of sky diving.
Splog: Guest Editorial: Why Consider Buying a Light-Sport Aircraft?
Scott Severen is an old friend and a longtime veteran of the light aircraft business.
Splog: Aviation Future Shock? Questions & Answers with a Australian Editor
Recently I had an exchange with Australian Flying magazine editor, Steve Hitchen.
Splog: Rans Celebrates 35 Years Since Coyote I with a Video Collection
Since I saw what had to be Randy Schlitter’s first appearance at Sun ‘n Fun, and since he is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the first flight of his S3 single-place Coyote I …well, we’ve been in this game for a good amount of time.
Splog: CTLS Flying High in Asia-Pacific as AeroJones Gains Full Approval
For most years of Light-Sport Aircraft one aircraft model convincingly lead the parade.
Splog: Approach of the Drones — Is an Airspace Clash or Cooperation Coming?
The aviation industry — led by a flock of alphabet member organizations — is clinking champagne glasses over the “defeat” of ATC Privatization.
Splog: Happy Birthday, Sonex (20 Years!) — They Have a Gift …for You!
Because we promote this website as focused on “affordable aviation,” one of our favorite companies is Sonex.
Splog: First Rotax 915iS Engines Arrive in USA; Shipped to Customers
As the 2018 flying season launches, a long-awaited powerplant from Rotax Aircraft Engines is beginning to arrive in the USA and to be shipped on to customers for installation.
Splog: Newest Light-Sport Aircraft to Join the Fleet: Vashon Ranger R7
From Washington State arrives a fresh, new airplane created from scratch to enter the Special LSA space.
Splog: Evektor Approvals in Europe (EASA) and China (CAAC)
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.
Splog: “Gentlemen (Pilots), Start Your Engines” — 2018 Sun ‘n Fun Time Trials
The great spring airshow everyone knows as Sun ‘n Fun starts in about six weeks.
Splog: Battle of the Giants — Boeing and Airbus Developing Small Aircraft (Even Single Seaters)
While I doubt airliner behemoths Boeing or Airbus are aiming to create aircraft you might buy, their work along with other developers, may nonetheless lead to something new in the future for recreational aircraft pilots and buyers.
Splog: What’s in a Word? A Tale of Two Countries Involving Light-Sport Aircraft
One word can make a huge difference. This unassailable logic was recently put forth by Michael Coates of Australia regarding the LSA regulation.
Splog: Parting Views of Sebring 2018 — Our Popular “Race Around” Video Series
We started a few shows back doing a drive-by shooting (except in a good way).
Splog: Will Aviation’s Big Money Create Fun Flying Machines …for the Rest of Us?
Let’s be clear. Boeing, Airbus, Google, Amazon, and other immensely deep pockets are not seeking to build fun flying machines for you and me.
Splog: Sling 2 Light-Sport Aircraft or Sling 4 light aircraft kits — Buy and Save Now
Special deals are unusual in aviation, an industry of hand-built flying machines sold in modest quantities.
Splog: Jumping Off the Ground F-A-S-T and Landing Super Short — Fun!
Sebastien Heintz of Zenith Aircraft in Mexico, Missouri is one of the more vigorous promoters in light aviation.
Splog: Strange Aviation Bedfellows? …Airbus, BRS Parachutes, Boeing and Batteries
Is your aviation horizon is getting confused by quadcopters, electric aircraft, and airliners?
Splog: Weekend Wrap-Up — Video Travel Report & Social Media
After a busy week at Sebring — a show that exceeded my expectations …and probably also for several vendors who logged sales to kick off the year in a great way — I have a couple alternative messages for readers.
Splog: Sebring 2018 Is a Wrap; Numerous Sales = Broad Smiles
The fourteenth running of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo is history and if this is how the rest of the year goes, I predict a stronger year for LSA sales.
Splog: Sebring 2018 Day Two — Aeroprakt, Zenith, AutoGyro, Titan, and a Ford
Day two of the year’s first show, Sebring was a bit cooler and windier but still a fine day as the photos show.
Splog: Sebring 2018 — Day One… “How was the first day?”
For all who could not attend, our title forms a common question.
Splog: Four-Stroke Merlin Performs Well in First Flights — See It at Sebring!
Along with many others, I’m sure, I’m presently en route from Daytona Beach to Sebring, Florida as the 2018 or 14th running of the U.S.
Splog: Light-Sport Aircraft Leader, Flight Design, Is Back on the Show Circuit
Two years ago, Flight Design was the number one producer of Light-Sport Aircraft in the USA backed by strong sales in other countries.
Splog: Video Pilot Report; Examining Aeropilot USA’s L600 Light-Sport Aircraft
This website was born in 2004 after a few years of laboriously uploading a large number of written pilot reports that had appeared in aviation print magazines over the years before.
Splog: Electric Experimentation Grows; LSA and Ultralights Will Succeed First
As the world appears to shift into overdrive about electric cars, planes, and drones, what is happening in this dynamic, unfolding sector in aviation?
Splog: Vessel’s KLA-100 Wins Approval from South Korean Aviation Authorities
In December 2017, South Korea’s Vessel Co. won what was described as “safety certification” from the Transport Ministry for their new two-seat light aircraft called KLA-100.
Splog: Holy Batcopter! …to the Rescue? No, But How About to Sebring 2018?
Amazingly, “Holy Batcopter!” was not one of the 368 different “Holy…” exclamations uttered by the Robin character in the 1960s TV series.
Splog: How Did Massive Hurricane Maria Affect Sport Flying in Puerto Rico?
Here in Florida, home to ByDanJohnson.com, we take hurricanes very seriously.
Splog: Awesome New Year Gift: Saved by the Parachute (Thanks, BRS!)
When I first saw this news story I thought it was one we reported earlier involving a similar aircraft and parachute.
Splog: Remember this name: Levil — Offering Multiple Solutions for Pilots of EAB and LSA
I don’t really know when the Leon family sleeps. They must, of course, but their steady output of high-quality, reasonably-priced products that pilots need must make for many long workdays.
Splog: Why Should You Care About Sport Flying in China?
My guess is most readers do not care particularly about recreational aviation or sport flying in China.
Splog: After Winning Certification… Here Comes Rotax Aircraft Engines’ 915iS
What a great Christmas present for the Rotax Aircraft Engine team members (lower photo).
Splog: Continental Motors Named “Manufacturer of the Year”
Continental Motors powerplants are manufactured in Mobile, Alabama, which is now also home to an assembly plant for Airbus airlines.
Splog: US Sport Planes Takes Over North American Sales of Jabiru Light-Sport Aircraft
For many years the brand name Jabiru — both airframes and engines — has been associated with Pete Krotje and his family and other team members, doing business as Jabiru North America.
Splog: Major Benchmarks for Manufacturers Serving the Light Aircraft Community
Recently, a couple major benchmarks were reached by some of our important brand names.
Splog: Flying for You … Video Pilot Reports
Sometimes I am told I have the best job in the world.
Splog: SeaMax LSA Seaplane from Brazil Now Delivering in America
Years ago, back in the early days of the Light-Sport Aircraft sector exploding into the world of aviation, of affordable aviation, one of the early entries was SeaMax, from a Brazilian-based company called AirMax.
Splog: Rotax iS Lane-Light Problems? HDX to the Rescue!
When Rotax moved their 912 iS Sport project from engineering to production, the big Austrian engine manufacturer elevated their already-immensely-popular 9-series engines to a higher level.
Splog: Race Around DeLand Showcase 2017 …Video Views of Most Aircraft
If you did not get to DeLand Showcase 2017, the second running of this new LSA, light kit aircraft, and ultralight show, we’ve given coverage with more to follow, but you might really like the quick view of most aircraft on exhibit at the event just concluded.
Splog: DeLand Showcase 2017 Records Growth — Customers Flew & Bought — Vendors Smiled
The second year of the DeLand Showcase is over.
Splog: The Triumph of LSA — Helping the Entire World of Aviation (that’s no exaggeration!)
[from a talk given at DeLand Showcase 2017…]
After more than 13 years of LSA, I believe the industry can stand tall and proud…
Even with more than 140 attractive, innovative, and roomy LSA of every description, much of what makes LSA a strong and worthy addition to aviation is less obvious to many.
Splog: DeLand 2017 Day One is History; Flying the Evektor Harmony LSA (Video)
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.
Splog: DeLand is Approaching… Video Deluge Brings Attention to Exhibitors You Will See
My video partner must be working around the clock as he prepared a blizzard of videos for release starting November 1st.
Splog: Do You Avoid Taildraggers …and therefore Kolb Aircraft? This Proven Company Offers Options.
In the world of kit aircraft a few companies stand out for having delivered many kits that have launched into the air.
Splog: AviNation …More than a Clever Name, Effort Aims at Inspiring Young Pilots
Every pilot I know… every aviation organization… every aviation government official… all acknowledge the same requirement for the future of aviation.
Splog: You Love YouTube Videos. We Love YouTube Videos. See a Batch as DeLand 2017 Arrives!
Are you a YouTube fan? I don’t mean the company or its owner Google/Alphabet (which has removed videos for reasons only a YouTube censor could comprehend).
Splog: DeLand Showcase #2 Coming in Early November… What to See
Given a successful Midwest LSA Expo, you could say the “LSA show season” is underway.
Splog: Secret Success of Light-Sport Aircraft
A good friend in aviation journalism and Editor-in-Chief of Plane & Pilot magazine is Robert Goyer.
Splog: Midwest Light-Sport Aircraft Expo 2017 — Another Success!
It’s over …yet it’s just begun. I refer to the Midwest LSA Expo, which, you might say, kicks off the LSA show season including light kits and ultralights in addition to LSA.
Splog: Tecnam’s Shapely P2008 Is Now a Canadian Advanced Ultralight Aircraft
America’s neighbor to the north is USA’s largest trading partner …yes, bigger than China, or any other single country.
Splog: PlaneFinder 2.0 is Working! Find the Best Light-Sport Aircraft for You.
When I started this website back in 2004, even before Light-Sport Aircraft officially arrived on the aviation scene, I began by uploading hundreds of pilot reports that had appeared in various aviation magazines.
Splog: Pipistrel’s Alpha Light Aircraft “Plugs In” at New Charge Station; Fuel by Electrons
Article Updated: 9/18/17 (see below)
Electric airplanes continue to catch the headlines… but don’t impact the market much (yet).
Splog: The Airplane Factory USA’s Sling Flying Machine Continues to Climb
“Oshkosh is all about airplanes, right?” asked The Airplane Factory USA‘s Jean d’Assonville.
Splog: Breezer Aircraft Debuted New “Sport” Model Light-Sport Aircraft
In a eNewsletter to what they call “Breezerians,” the German company with the same name as their model reported a festive debut to their newest model called Breezer Sport.
Splog: Midwest Light-Sport Aircraft Expo 2017 Opens Today
Stuck as I am in Florida preparing for the onslaught of Hurricane Irma… with great regret, I am missing for the first time the Midwest LSA Expo in Mount Vernon, Illinois (about an hour east of St.
Splog: Belite’s Chipper Two-Seat Light Kit Aircraft Proves Itself
Belite entrepreneur James Weibe has successfully used his tech industry background to raise interest for his latest project, this time his first two seater called Chipper.
Video review: Lightning Bug — Fun One-Off Design (2017)
“What on Earth is that?” asked plenty of people at Sun ‘n Fun 2017.
Splog: Rainbow Aviation Offers Owners a Light-Sport Aircraft Repairman National Map
As we work on PlaneFinder 2.0, our one-of-a-kind method to help pilots find the best Light-Sport Aircraft — watch for it in a few more days — we have another list-in-waiting.
Splog: BRM Aero, Maker of Bristell Light-Sport Aircraft Models, Rolls Out 300th Unit
I believe you should applaud Milan Bristela. Now a veteran of the Light-Sport Aircraft sector, he has steadily built a successful aircraft manufacturing enterprise — BRM Aero — that recently rolled out Bristell #300.
Video review: Aeropilot USA — L600
L600 — known as Legend 540 or 600 in Europe — is a new arrival in America, although this high wing LSA is known in Europe for a few years.
Splog: Italy’s JetFox Redux — InnovAviation FX1 Moving toward SLSA Acceptance
We reported on FX1 shortly after it began flight trials in the hands of American light aviation expert John Hunter.
Splog: Intriguing Light Aircraft Views from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017
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.
Splog: Atol Light-Sport Aircraft Amphibian — Design and Production Update
“Coming to America” is a common refrain from light aircraft producers in some countries.
Splog: Skonkwerks …an Ultralight Aircraft Tribute to an Aviation Pioneer
Update 8/17/17: See our video interview at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 on this aircraft (at bottom).
Splog: Icon Updates: Crash Cause …yet Onward with Deliveries
Icon Aircraft CEO Kirk Hawkins shared a computer depiction of events leading to the crash of an A5 flown by factory chief pilot, Jon Karkow.
Splog: Big to Small, Just Aircraft Pleases; Now, Check Out their Part 103 Ultralight Aircraft
If you know the Part 103 category of the FAA regulations, you know these are the lightest aircraft in aviation (that is, man-carrying aircraft; drones excepted).* After years of disappearing, Part 103 entries have come back more recently and at AirVenture Oshkosh 2017, we saw another.
Splog: Update: Flight Design and its Popular CTLS Light-Sport Aircraft
After more than a year, a resolution was reached for the airplane that topped the charts in the LSA space since Day One.
Splog: Vickers Oshkosh Forum to Describe Progress toward Wave Light-Sport Aircraft Seaplane
Now that we are in the middle of winter, activity is brisk.
Splog: Sonex Homecoming 2017 and Lots of New Products for Kit Aircraft Builders
If you seek affordable aircraft (like most readers), then you already know Sonex Aircraft.
Video review: Sonex Aircraft — Video Tour of Factory (2016)
Join Dan Johnson as he takes a factory tour of Sonex Aircraft with General Manager Mark Schaible.
Splog: Kitfox Is Bringing 2017 Speedster to EAA AirVenture
One of the stalwarts of the light aircraft sector is Kitfox, a brand known widely around the globe.
Splog: Workhorse Dragonfly Rancher Takes on Heavier Duties — Aerial Work LSA?
You may not know this Dragonfly airplane but I do. Very well.
Splog: Sexy Arion Lightning Taildragger; a Beautifully-Done Homebuilder Project
I readily admit I find Arion’s Lightning LS-1 (the Special LSA model designation) one of the most handsome in the Light-Sport fleet …which is saying something as we enjoy dozens and dozens of quite beautiful aircraft in this sector.
Splog: Summertime is Float Flying Time; Legend Cub Has the Gear
When summer rolls around and the sweat rolls off, it’s a perfect time to think about float flying.
Splog: Affordable Merlin PSA Quick Build Kit Saves Time
A key phrase for this website is “Affordable Aviation” (in fact, we bought AffordableAviation.com for future use).
Splog: SeaMax LSA Seaplane Builder, AirMax, Partners with Embry Riddle Aero U
Seamax will join Embry-Riddle Research Park’s Customized Business Acceleration Program, the aeronautical university based in Daytona Beach announced on July 3rd, 2017.
Splog: China’s Geely, Owner of Volvo, Acquires Terrafugia’s Light-Sport Aircraft Transition
In a familiar theme, a Chinese company has acquired an American aircraft company.
Splog: Magnum Whole-Airplane Parachutes to the Rescue …Literally!
Let’s say you are flying on a wonderful cross country trip.
Splog: The Aero Adventure Continues — Aventura Light Seaplane Kit
Let’s make an important point right up front. Seaplanes cost more than land planes.
Video review: Aircraft Spruce — Wires Your Panel for You
For many homebuilders, the process goes like this: You get and assemble the airframe and its control surfaces.
Splog: Big Boy Tires (and More) for One of the Most Popular Light-Sport Aircraft
Aerotrek has steadily risen from an unknown brand to the #9 position in the all-time-fleet market share.
Splog: Beringer Conquers the “Last Frontier” — Putting the Brakes on Alaska
Beringer Aero USA announced an expansion of the French company’s U.S.
Splog: Your “Light-Sport” Quad Awaits, and It’s Affordable (kinda, sorta)
Update: Unknown at the time this article was posted, Viking Aircraft Engines reports it provides the powerplant for SureFly.
Splog: Get Ready to Party with DUC Props Like It’s 2017!
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.
Splog: SeaMax Light-Sport Aircraft Seaplane Returns to American Market—Pilot Report
SeaMax from Brazil has been somewhat absent in recent years.
Splog: China Embracing LSA and Light Aircraft with Help from ASA
One of the big hopes of the global aviation community — besides the shared wish for more young people to take up flying — is that Chinese interest in aviation grows.
Splog: Sonex’s Xenos Motorglider Kit Aircraft Upgraded to B Model
Sonex made a splash earlier when they announced their “B Models” for the Sonex and Waiex.
Splog: Progressive Aerodyne’s CEO Adam Yang Resigns
Adam Yang, the CEO of Progressive Aerodyne, resigned from the CEO position on May 18, 2017 and is handing the position to his successor, Geoff Nicholson.
Splog: Cuban Invasion (by Light Aircraft) Continues
Flying light aircraft to Cuba seems to be a kind of new normal.
Splog: Back from Cuba! — First Light Aircraft Flights to the Island
This article has been modified since originally posted. —DJ
These days you can go to Cuba.
Splog: Just Aircraft …No “Just” About It. SuperSTOL Leaps Aloft.
CubCrafters now leads the field for Special LSA (see this report to learn more) thanks significantly to their early installation of the 180 horsepower Titan engine.
Video review: Just Aircraft — SuperSTOL with 180-hp Titan (2016)
Just Aircraft turns heads everywhere when they first introduced the SuperSTOL (STOL stands for short takeoff and landing).
Splog: 45th Spectacular — A Fun Tradition in Kitty Hawk
Wind blows across the dunes here in Nags Head in a way that first drew the Wright Brothers 114 years ago.
Splog: Sleek, Sexy Electric Light-Sport Seaplane
AirMax SeaMax — Icon A5 — Vickers Wave — MVP — Lisa Akoya… you only need look at the best promoted brands to see that arguably the most innovative ideas in light aircraft are coming from the LSA seaplane sector.
Splog: Information on Icon A5 Incidents; Preliminary Details
Normally we elect not to delve into accidents on ByDanJohnson.com but where it can be instructive and when readers are keen to learn more — and when we have direct information — discussing such matters can be useful.
Splog: You Like Aircraft Spruce — They Thank Customers
Does any aviator in the country not know the name Aircraft Spruce?
Splog: US Flight Expo Wraps First Year Event in Arizona
The Marana Regional Airport, in Marana Arizona was the site of the first annual U.S.
Splog: 450 Remos Light Aircraft Delivered in 20 Years
In the late ’90s, an earlier iteration of Remos Aircraft delivered their first aircraft, a G-3 Mirage, originally designed by the very talented Lorenz Kreitmeyer.
Splog: Rotax 915 iS Light Aircraft Engine: Testing & Award
Surely all readers know that Rotax-brand engines dominate the light aircraft landscape.
Splog: Light-Sport Aircraft Market Shares for Fleet and 2016
A dozen years after FAA created aviation’s newest sector, we have a new leader among manufacturers of fully built Light-Sport Aircraft.
Splog: USA Steadily Gained Light-Sport Aircraft Manufacturer Share
April 2017 logged 12 years of Light-Sport Aircraft. The FAA regulation creating the category was introduced in 2004 but it was at Sun ‘n Fun 2005 that the agency presented Evektor SportStar and the Flight Design CT the first and second Special Airworthiness certificates.
Splog: Google’s Larry Page Building an Ultralight? Yes!
Mainstream media outfits exploded with news of Google’s flying car. Although such news outlets rarely seem to notice recreational aviation other than when an accident occurs, the reports I read did a respectable job of covering flying car projects we already knew about (reported here and here earlier; some projects have advanced, some have dropped out, and others have arrived).
Splog: Vessel of South Korea and Flight Design Offer KLA-100
Recently, Vessel Co., Ltd., and Flight Design made a joint announcement after debuting their new KLA-100 low-wing, light aircraft at Aero Friedrichshafen 2017.
Splog: Remos Light-Sport Aircraft Has a New Owner: Stemme
On April 13, 2017, only briefly after the Aero Friedrichshafen show ended, LSA manufacturer Remos has a major announcement.
Splog: Swan Ultralight Goes Both Ways: Electric & Gas
In my views of Swan at previous Aero Friedrichshafen shows, the design caught my eye as it was (a) a single seater, (b) light enough to qualify as a Part 103 ultralight or its European equivalents, and (c) as it was an all-composite, nicely designed aircraft.
Splog: Here Comes FX1 Light Aircraft from Italy
In the late 1990s, the Italian JetFox 97 flew as an evolved ultralight.
Splog: Electric Propulsion Innovations at Aero 2017
Electric aircraft may still have minuscule market share but innovations could change that in the near future.
Splog: Searey Kit Aircraft Gets More Push… Simply!
Could Light-Sport Aircraft, light kit aircraft, and even ultralights benefit from in-flight adjustable propellers?
Splog: 25th Aero Friedrichshafen Enjoys Record Participation
The German aviation trade fair or show is Aero Friedrichshafen.
Splog: Sun ‘n Fun Set an All-Time Record, Announced at Volunteer Dinner
John “Lites” Leenhouts announced to a largest-ever gathering of volunteers that the event had set all-time records for attendance at the 2017.
Splog: See Light-Sport Aircraft and Light Kits at US Flight Expo
Sun ‘n Fun is not even over; a final day remains (Sunday, April 9th).
Splog: Coolest Light Aircraft at Sun ‘n Fun 2017?
Videoman Dave first pulled me aside to look at an unusual ultralight aircraft nestled in the homebuilt area hidden behind a row of porta-potties.
Splog: Affordable Sportster Single Seater Aircraft Coming to USA
Here’s another quick update from new friend, Mike Friend, who is covering Aero along with Roy Beisswenger.
Splog: Flight Design Updates Journalists; Introduces KLA-100
People here at Sun ‘n Fun have been asking questions about Flight Design as the company has no exhibitor presence.
Splog: Electric Aerobatic Aircraft. Really? At Aero 2017…Yes!
The grand show called Aero in Friedrichshafen, Germany (that I’m not at… darn!) is happening at the same time as Sun ‘n Fun.
Splog: Full LSA Mall and Engines of Light Aircraft
Here at the Sun ‘n Fun 2017 airshow LAMA’s LSA Mall is full and strong with 13 aircraft gathered from some of the leading brands.
Splog: Light-Sport, Light Kit Aircraft and Ultralights at Sun ‘n Fun 2017
The big show at Lakeland, Florida is open and happening. Today (Tuesday April 4th) is opening day; the event runs through Sunday, April 9th.
Splog: Finally, HERE IT IS! …the All-New Look-and-Feel
You could call it thirteen years in the making. More pragmatically, ByDanJohnson.com has now caught up with the mobile revolution.
Splog: Rotax Training at Dueling Airshows
How is it that Rotax so dominates the supply of engines to light aircraft?
Video review: BRM Aero — Bristell IFR (0117)
“You cannot fly IFR in a Light-Sport Aircraft!” Is that what you think?
Splog: Instrument Flying in Light-Sport Aircraft
“It cannot be done,” is the quick dismissal from many in aviation, referring to instrument flying in a LSA.
Splog: He Built and Test Flew Airplanes for You!
We lost one of the good ones recently. You may not have met or even know this man, but you certainly know — and may absolutely love — the airplanes he created.
Splog: A Short Biography of Dan Johnson
DAN JOHNSON has been called “the leading reviewer of recreational aircraft” after writing hundreds of pilot reports.
Video review: Quicksilver — Bever Borne of Air-Tech (04/16)
If you want to know any and everything about Quicksilver, one man knows it all.
Splog: Quick Update on Quicksilver… Parts Are Shipping!
One of the major stumbles in the light aircraft world was the closure of Quicksilver Aeronautic’s southern California factory in Temecula.
Splog: Aero 2017 Approaches; Remos GXiS & More
We are fast approaching an important time of year… only this year I am a bit conflicted.
Splog: Watch for a Whole New Look… Very Soon!
For thirteen years, ByDanJohnson.com has served the light aircraft community, covering Light-Sport Aircraft, light kit-built aircraft, and ultralight aircraft.
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.
Splog: Shock Treatment for Real Get-Up and Go
Once upon a time, the producer of a yellow LSA taildragger installed the industry’s most powerful engine resulting in a performance leader.
Splog: The Future of Flying… Could It Happen?
Two forms of flying are racing at us at increasing speed.
Splog: Hawk is Finally Back and Looking Good
At Sebring 2017, another long-awaited aircraft emerged… or re-emerged. After wandering for a few years since original Hawk developer Chuck Slusarczyk retired and sold his company, the once-popular design has a new home in central Florida.
Splog: Video — BushCat Is Fun and a Bargain!
Are Light-Sport Aircraft too expensive? With yellow taildraggers from some companies exceeding $200,000, it certainly sounds so.
Video review: SkyReach (Aerosport) — BushCat
If you’ve been saying that Light-Sport Aircraft are too expensive, here is an airplane that may force you to readjust your thinking.
Video review: Jabiru — J-230D (9/16)
Here’s a flight review of the latest version of the J-230, the D model.
Splog: Video—Jabiru J-230D Reviewed at Midwest LSA
Splog: Video—Race Around Sebring 2017…a Quick Tour
At last November’s DeLand Showcase, I tried something new.
Video review: Race Around Sebring 2017
Following the good reception to the earlier “Race Around DeLand 2016” video, I repeated for the Sebring U.S.
Splog: Announcement…Major Upgrade for ByDanJohnson.com!
Once upon a time, the world was without Internet, static and boring.
Video review: Vickers Aircraft — Wave LSA seaplane
Among all Light-Sport Aircraft, some of the most intriguing new design qualities are emerging from LSA seaplanes.
Video review: American Legend — on Legend Floats (Video Pilot Report)
American Legend is one of the first entries in the Special Light-Sport Aircraft space and it remains and industry leader with a full line of models and variations including multiple power plants.
Video review: Dynon Avionics — SkyView HDX
Dynon Avionics has become the leading seller of glass screen instruments in Lihgt-Sport Aircraft and light kit-built airplanes.
Video review: Triton America — Skytrek (pilot report) 2016
SkyTrek is a new design from Thomas Hsueh, a longtime aeronautical engineer with impressive credentials (he is also now the owner of the Adam Aircraft twin engine, six-seater).
Video review: Murphy Aircraft — Radical (07/16)
You know the name Murphy Aircraft, from models such as their biplane Renegade or their all-metal Rebel.
Video review: AirCam — Twin Engine Kit Aircraft
This unusual looking aircraft is a twin engine taildragger. While fascinating, those two characteristics might make you wonder if you can handle it.
Video review: Evektor — Harmony LSA
First on the market way back in 2005 was the Evektor SportStar.
Video review: Guardian Avionics — iPads mounts & more
Guardian Avionics made a name for themselves with carbon monoxide (CO) detectors to.
Splog: Video—BasicMed LSA…Sebring 2017…More
News from Sebring Expo 2017…
The thirteenth annual running of the Sebring Expo is history concluding on Saturday, January 28th.
Splog: Sebring…Meet Elf, a LSA Motorglider from Ekolot
News from Sebring Expo 2017…
“We had a lot of interest in Elf,” said Don Reece, the man behind Apogee A.C.E.
Splog: Legend Cub Continues to (Slowly) Tear Up the Skies
At last fall’s inaugural DeLand Showcase event, I got a chance to fly Legend Cub on their own Legend Floats.
Splog: Vickers’ Wave Is Gearing Up Quickly for 2017
Pilots not closely following Light-Sport aviation can be excused for thinking only one LSA seaplane is available.
Splog: Duc Hélices’ New Factory Hosts Engineer Students
In my experience, pilot love learning about engines. Yet without a prop, that engine may run fine, but nothing happens to the airplane other than converting a tank of fuel into noise.
Splog: Guardian Adds More Cockpit Power for iPad Users
If you own an iPad, iPhone, or its Android equivalents — wait a minute, have we any pilots who don’t own one or more of these handy gizmos?
Splog: California Power System Announces Rotax Classes
Rotax Maintenance Classes — If you are a professional or wanna-be pro in the maintenance or overhaul of Rotax engines, you must take factory-approved training.
Splog: What Effect Will “BasicMed” Have on Light-Sport?
Are excited general aviation pilots kidding themselves about BasicMed? At least one prominent light aviation expert thinks so and judging from comments I’ve received, I am inclined to say this is much more common than some want to believe.
Splog: Levil Aviation Makes iLevil 3 Do Even More
Splog: Paul Poberezny’s Home Like You’ve Never Seen It
Have you ever flown the ultralight area pattern at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh?
Splog: What Are Pilots’ “Most Important Issues?”
Update 12/6/16 — According to AOPA Online, “The Federal Aviation Administration has reviewed the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s aeromedical online course and confirmed that it meets the third class medical reform requirements that Congress created last summer.
Splog: Sky Writing 2.0 — Flight Tracks in the Sky
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.
Splog: Aeropilot Legend 600 Is Newest Special LSA (#143)
Splog: Glasair’s Merlin LSA Coming to Sun ‘n Fun 2017
Splog: Icon Aircraft Advances Work of A5 Production
Splog: Cessna Literally Scraps Remaining Skycatchers
Splog: Continental Launches Fresh Website; Supports STEM
Continental Motors is known worldwide for its aircraft engines.
Splog: Sonex B, Now Available In Red!
Pardon a little fun in the title. I recalled the line long ago attributed to Henry Ford, “You can have any color [Model T] you want as long as it’s black.”
Sonex Aircraft had so regularly brought bright yellow airplanes to airshows, folks could be excused for thinking that was the only color available.
Splog: VIDEO — Dreams Come True with Harmony
Splog: Tecnam Upgrades Popular Sierra, Now Called Mark 2
Fourteen years ago, light aviation leader Tecnam brought their only low wing, the Sierra, to market.
Splog: Shark Flies in American Skies
When you look at the photos of this new-to-Americans aircraft, you might have a vague recollection of one or more aircraft that looked something like Shark.
Splog: Airplanes in the Creek; Beringer’s Calendar
This last week, I trekked to FAA headquarters in Washington DC, an action that consumed three days of my time.
Splog: Guardian Makes iPad in the Cockpit User-Friendly
Since 2000 Guardian Avionics has built a respected name for reliable and accurate carbon monoxide detectors for certified aircraft, LSA, or homebuilt airplanes.
Splog: GA Deliveries Decline Yet Tecnam Performs Well
Every quarter, like clockwork, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), issues its delivery report.
Splog: DeLand Showcase 2016 a Success in Inaugural Event
The first-ever DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase finished on a high note with a sold-out flock of vendors giving kudos to event director Jana Filip and her team.
Splog: AeroJones Shows CTLS at New DeLand Showcase Event
One company making a splash at the brand-new DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase event that opened today was AeroJones, occupying the first two spaces inside the entrance.
Splog: Remos Announces New Dealer as Network Builds
Splog: Big Airplane Companies and Autonomous Air Taxi
Splog: Avionics (Instruments) for Big and Little Guys
I guess I’m still old fashioned. I still call those things in front of the pilot “instruments,” although the preferred term for a panelful of them shifted to “avionics.” At least most people and I have stopped using “gauges.” Choose the term that works for you, but mail order giant Aircraft Spruce just sent offerings to builders, whether at home or in a factory.
Splog: Sightseeing by Ultralight… in North Korea
The stories we hear about North Korea are usually bad. OK, I’ve rarely heard anything good so I guess the news is just about all bad.
Splog: An Excellent Bargain in a Composite LSA
Splog: Matthew Mayhem … First All-Mexican Light-Sport
First a personal tale and then something completely different…
In the last week, I encountered something brand new to me, although old as the ocean.
Splog: A Lightning Bolt You Can Catch: LS1
Splog: Ultralights Darken the Sky! …and More
Splog: LSA News: DeLand, Icon Deliveries, Dynon Deal
Splog: World Ultralight Fly-In 2016; Hundreds Will Fly
Splog: Happy 12th Birthday, Light-Sport Aircraft!
Splog: Newest SLSA Developed & Fabricated In China
The newest owner of a SLSA Special Airworthiness certificate is Triton AeroMarine for their Skytrek.
Splog: Aircraft Spruce—WideBody FK9—Icon in Tijuana
Article Updated 9/7/15 — See new information at the bottom of this article.
Splog: Excellent Bargain / Good Flyer — Aeroprakt A22
Splog: Torture Testing… Let Freedom Wing!
Most pilots never probably have witnessed the testing a wing endures before designers and regulators will sign off on it, signaling that it has been adequately stressed so that pilots can depend on it.
Splog: Continental Motors Absorbs Titan X-340 Production
Video review: Dual Electronics — XGPS190 (GPS, weather, traffic)
Dual Electronics has been a leader in the panel-top devices that supply valuable information to iPads and other tablets that have become so popular in cockpits.
Video review: Airsport (Melody Aircraft) — Song motorglider 2014
We’ve seen the Song but as the ULS, a pure-electric version of the same airplane as substantially modified by Randall Fishman’s Electric Aircraft Corporation.
Video review: Glasair Aviation — Merlin LSA (2014)
Glasair is the well-known company behind models of a similar name but now they have something very news.
Video review: Van’s Aircraft — RV-12 (Video Pilot Report 2015 — Part 1 of 2)
Video Pilot Reports are some of the most popular of our hundreds of videos.
Video review: Van’s Aircraft — RV-12 (Video Pilot Report 2015 — Part 2 of 2)
Here’s Part 2 of our Video Pilot Report on Van’s Aircraft’s very poplar RV-12 is presented in two parts.
Video review: Bulldog — Autogyro
One of the most eye-catching aircraft I saw in the immense halls of Aero was the Bulldog Autogyro, a superbly finished prototype almost too good to fly.
Video review: Superior Air Parts — Gemini Diesel Engine (0415)
The first major introduction of a diesel engine that will enter production, perhaps in 2015, came from Superior Air Parts at Sun ‘n Fun 2015.
Video review: Quicksilver Aeronautics — Sprint / Max 103 (2015)
Quicksilver’s Sprint has long been a great little airplane. Versions of it have sold many, many thousands of units and they consistently deliver good flying qualities with an excellent safety record.
Video review: Evolution Trikes — Rev 1 of 2 (2015)
The people behind the very impressive two seat deluxe trike called Revo introduced their first single seater called Rev.
Video review: Evolution Trikes — Rev 2 of 2 (2015)
If you saw Part 1 on the Evolution Trikes Rev, you saw it assembled from trailer form to flight form in a few minutes.
Video review: SkyReach — BushCat with higher gross (2015)
BushCat has long be both a very interesting design with features you will not find on other aircraft and it has a price point that most can consider.
Video review: Electric Power — Chip Erwin’s new development (4/15)
Electric aircraft are a major buzz with even aviation gian Airbus working on their eFan.
Video review: Bristell (USA) — Bristell Shares (fractional ownership) 2015
Light-Sport Aircraft are awesome. Many pilots want one but not all can afford one.
Video review: Rotax Aircraft Engines — Award at Aero 2015
Convincingly the most prolific and successful aircraft engine producer for the light, recreational aircraft segment, Rotax wins awards from readers of magazines that vote on the best powerplant.
Video review: Flying Aviation Expo — Interview with Robert Goyer
For the second year, Flying magazine is the main sponsor of the Flying Aviation Expo.
Video review: Rotax Aircraft Engines — New 915 Engine (135 hp!)
At AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, Rotax Aircraft Engines made a special announcement … that of their new 135 horsepower 915 engine.
Video review: DirectFly (Corbi Air) — Alto 100 with air conditioning
The very first Light-Sport Aircraft to adopt air conditioning was the Corbi Air Alto 100 from DirectFly.
Video review: DirectFly (Corbi Air) — Alto 100 (2014)
Some folks believe Light-Sport Aircraft cannot function well in a flight school environment.
Video review: Sea-Avio — Risen (high performing Swiss microlight)
One of the most eye-catching microlights at Aero 2015 was the Sea-Avio Risen.
Video review: Pipistrel — Sinus
Many of us who enjoy soaring flight love the Pipistrel Sinus as it offers some wonderful gliding capability.
Video review: Superior Air Parts — Gemini Diesel on Legend (0715)
Only a few months earlier, at Sun ‘n Fun 2015, we got our first glimpse of the Superior Gemini Diesel engines aimed at the Light-Sport Aircraft space.
Video review: Icon Aircraft — A5 (Video Pilot Report)
Finally! I got to fly Icon’s long-awaited A5 LSA seaplane. In a word: superb.
Video review: Paradise Aircraft — P1NG (01/15)
Welcome back to Paradise, that is, welcome to Brazilian producer Paradise Aircraft to the tropical paradise of Florida where the southern hemisphere builder has set up a remote manufacturing operation.
Video review: Continental (ECi) — Titan engine
CubCrafters made the Titan engine well known to Light-Sport Aircraft enthusiasts when it added the 180-horsepower engine to their line of Cub-like airplanes.
Video review: Pipistrel — Elektro (04/15)
We first knew of this project as WATTsUP. That name was fun but as the project came to production, it was renamed Electro … basically their Alpha but with electric propulsion.
Video review: Pipistrel — Electro (04/15)
We first knew of this project as WATTsUP. That name was fun but as the project came to production, it was renamed Electro … basically their Alpha but with electric propulsion.
Video review: Quicksilver Aeronautics — GT 500 Restore (0715)
In this video, we think you will see something unusual. This is a 1991 Quicksilver GT500 that looks as though it just rolled off the assembly line.
Video review: SkyRunner — MK 3.2 Powered Parachute & Recreational Vechicle
A few years back the folks at I-TEC introduced their Maverick, a powered parachute but with such a substantial carriage that they drove if from Florida to Oshkosh.
Video review: Women in Aviation — Amy Saunders
Videoman Dave and I decided we need to do several videos in support of increasing the number of women involved with flying.
Video review: Duc Hélices — Carbon Props, Hubs, & more
Duc Hélices, a French company, has specialized in the creation of all-carbon fiber propellers in various configurations, to fit engines of different sizes and airplanes of differing performance.
Video review: TruTrak with Levil — ECO Autopilot & AEP
You’ve probably heard of TruTrak, the leading autopilot maker for light aircraft of many descriptions.
Video review: Just Aircraft SuperSTOL — Big Sky Aviation Builder Assist
Building a kit is part of the American aviation dream but it isn’t for everyone.
Video review: David Clark — Headset Line Review
Easily one of the most recognized headset brands in all of aviation is David Clark.
Video review: Evolution Trikes — Revo VPR (Part 1 – in flight)
Come on along as we fly the most deluxe trike you can buy.
Video review: Evolution Trikes — Revo VPR (Part 2 – details)
In this somewhat shorter video, Part 2 of 2 for our Evolution Trikes Revo Video Pilot Report (VPR), Dan shows you many of the well-considered details for their most deluxe trike.
Video review: Sportair USA — TL-3000 Sirius (full length pilot report 2 of 2)
This video continues from our full-length video pilot report on the TL Ultralights TL-3000 Sirius.
Video review: Tapanee Aviation — Pagazair (2013)
We don’t often talk to pilots of plans-built aircraft but here’s a winner.
Video review: SkyCraft Airplanes — SD1 Minisport
The SkyCraft Airplanes SD1 Minisport grabbed plenty of attention at Oshkosh 2012 but really took off the next year when the company announced a fully-built version that will later qualify as a Special LSA.
Video review: Quicksilver Aeronautics — Sport 2S as SLSA (2013)
Quicksilver has now completed all the flight testing for the most popular kit to qualify it for Special Light-Sport Aircraft acceptance by FAA.
Video review: Belite Aircraft — SeaLite Floatplane (2013)
Belite Aircraft has maintained a singular focus on single seat aircraft, many of which can meet Part 103 (meaning no license, medical, or N-numbers needed).
Video review: Solar Flight — Sunseeker Duo
Electric power rivets the attention of many pilots even while the development of this power to propel airplanes continues to progress.
Video review: AutoGyro VPR — Calidus tandem gyro (2014)
In our first VPR (Video Pilot Report) on a gyroplane, we go aloft with Robert Snyder in the biggest selling brand, AutoGyro, flying their two place tandem Calidus.
Video review: Rans — S-20 Raven (01/14)
Rans designer and leader Randy Schlitter brought his complete and flying S-20 Raven to Sebring and we spoke with him updating our earlier video from last summer when the airplane was in “bare bones” mode.
Video review: ITEC-Maverick (2014)
Not many people have gotten to fly the ITEC Maverick, the flying car candidate that has arrived on the market.
Video review: Bede Corp — BD-17 kit aircraft (2014)
Doesn’t everyone know about the miniature BD-5 airplane including the jet-powered version many have seen at airshows?
Video review: Continental Motors — O-200D LSA engine (2014)
Continental is one of the most familiar brand names in all of aviation.
Video review: B.O.T. Hand-Controlled LSA — Wounded Warrior Project
Soldiers in our country’s service too often sustain combat injuries that cost them the use of their limbs.
Video review: TruTrak — Autopilots & more for LSA
Many Light-Sport Aircraft use autopilots these days because such controllers have dropped rather fantastically in cost from the days when only turbines and larger had such equipment.
Video review: D Motor — LF39 LSA engine
You already know very well Rotax, Jabiru, Continental, and Lycoming plus a couple others including UL Power and Viking.
Video review: Nando Groppo — Trail (2014)
We’ve looked at Nando Groppo’s Trail aircraft earlier, both in the USA and over at Aero in Germany.
Video review: FK Lightplanes — Fk9 ELA
Germany’s popular Fk9 from FK lightplanes is one of that country’s most popular models, often flown in flight schools and by hundreds of recreational pilots.
Video review: MVP.aero — MVP (Most Versatile Plane)
One of the biggest splashes at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 came with the debut of the MVP.aero’s new offering, their MVP that stands for Most Versatile Plane.
Video review: Adventure Aircraft — Electric Motor Glider
Adventure Aircraft may be a new name but you may know the man behind it.
Video review: Aerotrek — A240 & trailer (0414)
Aerotrek supplies a popular and well-priced everything but, you know, having a nice airplane isn’t enough.
Video review: Garmin — G3X Touch EFIS (0414)
Garmin is one of the most familiar brand names in Light-Sport Aircraft.
Video review: Ekolot — Topax (0414)
Kris Siuba has represented the handsome Light-Sport Aircraft Topaz from Ekolot for several years but he wasn’t a solo pilot until just before his 9-hour flight to Sun ‘n Fun 2014.
Video review: Flight Design — CTLS (Illinois dealer-0414)
At the Midwest LSA Expo, we had a chance to speak with one of market leader Flight Design’s midwestern dealer, Tom Baker.
Video review: Jabiru — J230 (dealer Eric Evans)
When people visit the Midwest LSA Expo, a popular LSA-oriented show in early September, those visitors will likely run into an expert airplane broker, Eric Evans.
Video review: Levil Tech — Tablet Avionics & AeroGlass (0714)
Our video with Levil’s Joe Marszal starts out with something absolutely new at AirVenture 2014.
Video review: Jabiru Engine — 3300 Upgrade (0914)
At the Midwest LSA Expo in 2014, we spoke with Jabiru USA owner Pete Krotje about some significant changes made to one of the popular powerplants in the light aircraft space.
Video review: Jabiru Aircraft — Lower Prices! (0714)
Jabiru Aircraft has long done well with their line of affordable, speedy, and U.S.-assembled aircraft.
Video review: Larry Burke Interview — LAMA Founder (0414)
Larry Burke founded the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association back in the early 1980s when ultralight aircraft were zooming around the skies of shows like Sun ‘n Fun.
Video review: Zenith Aircraft — One Week Wonder (CH-750)
At AirVenture 2014, EAA hosted Zenith Aircraft in a major project in which 2,500 people gave some assistance to a central team that built an entire CH-750 from shipping container to FAA sign-off and test fly during the seven days of the show in Oshkosh.
Video review: Vertical Power — Electronic Circuit Breakers Explained-0714
Vertical Power makes some of the useful products about which most of us don’t know enough.
Video review: Zlin — Savage Cub-S (2014)
Cub-S, as it is known in 2014, is a very powerful Cub-like airplane.
Video review: Aviad — Zigolo MG12 (electric motoglider 2014)
How about an electric airplane you can buy for less than $20,000?
Video review: Rans — Raven S-20 PILOT REPORT (2014)
In our continuing series of Video Pilot Reports (VPRs), we review the latest Rans, designer Randy Schlitter’s S-20 Raven.
Video review: Zenith Aircraft — CH-750 Cruzer PILOT REPORT (0914)
Zenith has found a very ripe market with lots of buyers of their kit-only CH-701 or CH-750 models that some refer to as a “Sky Jeep.” These are STOL models with short takeoff and landing.
Video review: Czech Sport Aircraft — SportCruiser PILOT REPORT (0913)
Here we go again with another of our series of Video Pilot Reports or VPRs, this time in the Czech Sport Aircraft SportCruiser.
Video review: DJI Quadcopter — Our first look at drones
Lately the loud buzz in aviation is drones. Called UAVs, UASs, RPVs or other names, we’ll just use “drone.” Not our usual fare of reports on man-flown aircraft, we are just as intrigued as tens of thousands of others with this camera-carrying airplanes.
Video review: Aeromomentum — Suzuki Auto Engine Conversion
Most pilots seem to love engines. Well, no surprise as (except for gliders) it is a powerplant that allows us to go aloft and see the world from our unique perspective.
Video review: Renegade LSA — Lil’ Rascal project
As we spoke with Doc’ Bailey at Sun ‘n Fun 2013, we first hear about his new 71,000 square foot hangar at Fort Pierce airport.
Video review: Midwest LSA Expo — 2013 preview & dates
Sebring kicks off the year with the granddaddy of LSA Expo events.
Video review: The Airplane Factory — Sling
You should already know the Sling. The South African design set a new benchmark by coming off design and initial development to take an east-to-west trip around the globe.
Video review: U-Fly-It — Aerolite 103 (2013)
For years Aerolite 103 has been a charmer of the Part 103 class of aircaft.
Video review: Aero 2013 — Quick Tour Part 1
Do you wish you could have gone to Aero like we did?
Video review: Edra Aeronautica — Super Petrel LS (2013)
The Petrel is back now as the Super Petrel LS. A Brazilian-manufactured seaplane, the LSA candidate is represented by Florida Light Sport Aviation.
Video review: SkyReach (formerly Rainbow) — Bush Cat (2013)
If you’re looking for a Light-Sport Aircraft that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, you need look no further than the SkyReach Bush Cat.
Video review: CubCrafters SportCub with Mead Amphib Floats
If you’ve ever tried float flying, you probably love it. If you haven’t tried it, do so … soon!
Video review: Belite Aircraft — Amphibious Float System
Jim Weibe is the brains behind the Belite aircraft, some of which meet Part 103 parameters.
Video review: Mosquito Ultralight Helicopter
We don’t have a lot of ultralight helicopter coverage here on ByDanJohnson.com because not many exist.
Video review: Fisher Flying Products — Whole Line Review (04/13)
If you’re looking for an airplane that carries a modest cost, you search can be challenging.
Video review: Golden Avio — F30 (04/13)
Get an update on the very handsome F30 from Golden Avio, the very last design from aviation design legend Stelio Frati.
Video review: Nando Groppo — Trail SLSA (04/13)
We first looked at the Nando Groppo Trail from Italy at Sebring 2013.
Video review: Aerotrek — A220 and A240 (04/13)
Aerotrek and their dual models — the A220 taildragger and the A240 trigear — have been an impressive performer in the market share race, steadily moving up our chart.
Video review: Kolb Aircraft — Firefly Ready-to-Fly (0413)
When you want the final word, it’s often best to go right to the top, to the boss.
Video review: Pipistrel — Interview with boss Ivo Boscarol
Describing the Pipistrel is interesting in three ways: the company name (a story by itself), the LSA industry’s broadest line of composite airplanes; and Pipistrel’s success winning three NASA efficiency contests.
Video review: FlyCool Air Conditioning — in Flight Design CTLS
We’ve seen AMT’s FlyCool light weight, low power draw air conditioning system before in other Light-Sport Aircraft but it had not yet been done in the CTLS.
Video review: FlyCool Air Conditioning — in SportCruiser
Air Management Technology makes the FlyCool, a lightweight, low power draw, surprisingly effective air conditioning system for Light-Sport Aircraft or light kit aircraft.
Video review: Quicksilver Aeronautics — Sport 2S on Puddle Jumper amphib floats
Quicksilver is an iconic brand, having sold more than 15,000 aircraft in its history.
Video review: Valley Engineering — Backyard Flyer with 110-hp
All-too regularly I hear people lament the high cost of Light-Sport Aircraft.
Video review: Zenith Aircraft — CH-750 Cruzer
When you think a company has wrung all it could from a design, think again and then once more.
Video review: Belite Aircraft — UltraCub 4-Stroke (2013)
Belite Aircraft rarely sits still. This company,. operated by a man former in the computer industry, knows that constant development of an idea stimulates interest.
Video review: Beringer — Brakes and Wheels
Beringer is a family company that has been deeply involved with wheels and brakes in the automotive and motorcycle world.
Video review: Aviation Access Project — Fractional Ownership
We all like the idea of owning an airplane, one we call our own and one we are used to flying.
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: CGS Aviation — Hawk with HKS Power
One of the more successful “ultralights” is the CGS Aviation Hawk.
Video review: Sport Performance Aviation — Panther (aerobatic)
At Oshkosh 2013, we discovered the Panther, a single place aerobatic-capable LSA candidate.
Video review: SkyLeader (Jihlavan) — SkyLeader 600
Do you feel like you never heard of SkyLeader? Well, actually you have but you probably know it better as the Kappa KP-5.
Video review: Flight Design — CTLS in Flight School Use
At Sebring 2013, we made the rounds speaking to sellers of various Light-Sport Aircraft.
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: Arion Aircraft — Lightning Kit with 160-hp (7/13)
Arion Aircraft is well known for its very smooth and handsome LS1 that qualifies as a SLSA, ELSA, or Experimental Amateur Built kit.
Video review: Tecnam — SeaSky amphibian (7/13)
Tecnam has likely built more variations on their Light-Sport Aircraft theme than any other company.
Video review: Rans — S-20 Raven (07/13)
The 20th design from Rans, one of the light aircraft industry’s most prolific innovators, is basically a side-by-side version of the company’s very popular S-7 Courier.
Video review: Van’s Aircraft — RV-12 SLSA (07/13)
Van’s Aircraft needs no introduction to most aviators. The company has more than 8,000 aircraft flying.
Video review: Sportair USA — TL-3000 Sirius (full length pilot report 1 of 2)
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: Lycoming — Aerobatic O-233
In the works for many months, the Sebring 2013 event saw the finished installation of the Lycoming AEIO-233 aerobatic-capable powerplant installed on the nose of the FK12 Comet (which itself can handle up to 9 Gs of positive loading).
Video review: Powrachute — AirWolf 912 SLSA
How about a deluxe, ready-to-fly Special Light-Sport Aircraft that can carry more than 700 pounds of payload, climb at 700-1,200 feet per minute, yet sell for less than $40,000?
Video review: A Top-20+ LSA Review (2013)
We cover the Top-20 LSA in the USA and more in this video adaptation of Jim Lawrence’s article appearing in the LSA-friendly Plane & Pilot magazine.
Video review: Light Sport America — Rally (Storm)
You may think you know the Rally but what you probably don’t know is the ambitious plans of Phil McCoy who “bought the company” he says.
Video review: Viking’s 110-hp Engine
One of the difficult things to do in aviation is to introduce a new engine.
Video review: Kitfox — 912 iS engine & durable airframe
We spoke with John McBean of Kitfox Aircraft to hear first about his new installation of the Rotax 912 iS engine on a Kitfox flown from Idaho to Florida.
Video review: Aero Adventure — New owners of Aventura amphibians
We all know the Aventura line of formerly ultralight-based amphibious light aircraft, dating back 20 years.