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Factory Zenith STOL announced

Article | Apr 12, 2016

An Alabama builder of light sport aircraft has struck a deal with Zenair to produce factory-built Zenith STOL CH 750s, priced at $99,990.

LAMA reports LSA progress

Article | Apr 07, 2016

The Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association issued an upbeat report on its advocacy initiatives at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida.

Spanish gyrocopter makes US debut

Article | Apr 04, 2016

For $100,000 you can build your own gyrocopter from Spain and fly it under the experimental category. There is only one of these in the United States at the moment.

Glasair Merlin light sport wins approval

Article | Apr 01, 2016

Glasair, located in Arlington, Washington, got FAA light sport aircraft approval for its $150,000 Merlin aircraft. There are now 122 light sport airplanes to choose from.

Flight Design deliveries flow again

Article | Apr 01, 2016

Flight Design light sport aircraft deliveries have resumed, but from a new supplier in Taiwan following financial troubles of the German company that led to receivership in February.

Icon’s gambit

Article | Mar 31, 2016

Icon Aircraft will soon begin delivering the A5 amphibious light sport aircraft to customers willing to sign a purchase agreement that imposes many restrictions.

Remos GXiS to hit US market

Article | Mar 17, 2016

Remos AG, the German maker of light sport aircraft, has announced a new model, new management, and a new distribution center for North America.

Rans tailwheel airplane approved as light sport

Article | Mar 14, 2016

The FAA has granted approval of the $119,000 Rans S-20LS Raven as a light sport aircraft.

New Merlin LSA takes flight

Article | Feb 17, 2016

Chip W. Erwin has crafted a little kitplane dubbed Merlin that sports one seat and many features for $34,900, complete with basic instruments.

Flight Design reduces lead time

Article | Feb 02, 2016

Flight Design USA, producer of popular light sport aircraft, has inked a deal with AeroJones Aviation of Taiwan to produce aircraft for the U.S. market.

Innovator makes maiden flight

Article | Jan 21, 2016

A small team with a homegrown dream took to the skies over Cartersville, Georgia, having produced an aircraft as striking as it is unusual.

Zenith, Zenair buy SAM Aircraft

Article | Jan 19, 2016

Zenith Aircraft and Zenair announced Jan. 18 that the businesses had purchased SAM Aircraft, maker of the experimental SAM LS.

Two kit aircraft moving to market

Article | Dec 22, 2015

While the kitplane Merlin promises to drive new airplane costs as low as they can go, the LoCamp kit promises to make flying as fun as it can be.

Third class medical reform FAQs

Advocacy | Dec 09, 2015

Third class medical reform is closer than ever before, but it’s a complex issue and we know you have questions. Here are our answers to the most common questions we’re being asked about third class medical reform.

Closer than ever

Article | Nov 18, 2015

Third class medical reform is closer than ever. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the coming changes, updated Nov. 18 based on the latest developments.

Able Flight accepting scholarship applications for 2016

Article | Oct 23, 2015

Able Flight, the nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities learn to fly, is accepting scholarship applications for 2016.

Quicksilver dissolves, overall aviation outlook flat

Article | Oct 21, 2015

Quicksilver, an ultralight company with a long history and 15,000 aircraft flying, has dissolved, but one vendor intends to keep the parts flow going, and maybe build aircraft. Other sources indicate the company is not alone--2015 is turning into a flat year for aviation.

Sam aircraft selling assets

Article | Oct 19, 2015

It's been a six-year dream and four years spent developing a warbird-like light sport aircraft, but production funds proved a stumbling block and now all assets of Sam Aircraft are for sale in Canada.

Italy's Tecnam to produce aircraft in China

Article | Oct 17, 2015

Tecnam, builder of leading light sport aircraft and a certified four seater, has reached an agreement for three models to be produced in China, starting immediately.

Vickers seaplane to use Titan engine

Article | Oct 05, 2015

Vickers Aircraft of New Zealand has selected Continental's Titan engine for its two-seat light sport amphibian, a switch from a previous decision to use a Lycoming engine.