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SkyCraft expects September certification for SD-1 LSA

Article | Aug 02, 2013

SkyCraft Airplanes, a company working to bring an affordable, single-seat light sport aircraft to market, said at EAA AirVenture that it is compliant with ASTM standards and expects certification in September.

eSpyders hit the market

Article | Aug 02, 2013

GreenWing International, an arm of Chinese electric airplane design firm Yuneec International, is now offering its eSpyder 280 for sale as an experimental-category, amateur-built kit in the United States.

Pilot Briefing: One fast cat

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

On a recent visit to Spokane, Washington’s Felts Field, AOPA Pilot got a first look at Northwest Turbine’s latest conversion undergoing certification. The Cougar Baron is a Beechcraft 58P outfitted with a pair of 500-shaft-horsepower Pratt & Whitney PT6A-21 turboprops. Rocket Engineering is doing the certification legwork for partner company Northwest Turbine LLC, which also markets the Royal Turbine conversion of the Beechcraft Duke.

Foundation Focus: Donating your aircraft

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

There may come a day when your trusty airplane, the one that took you on so many memory-making journeys, just isn’t such a big part of your life anymore. Once upon a time, you both spent hours together—visiting new places, making new friends, visiting old ones, and seeing the world from new heights. But now, for one reason or another, you simply aren’t putting her to good use, and so there she sits gathering dust in the hangar. Not only is this a nonproductive asset, it’s deteriorating! Aircraft, like people, like to be engaged. So, what to do?

Efficiency: Perfect pitch

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Unmanned aircraft and airboats would seem to have little to offer general aviation, but growth in the two industries is spurring advancements in propeller design and other technologies—with positive implications for aircraft owners and pilots.

Ownership: You are not alone

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Buying piston aircraft by the slice remains a boutique option available in a limited number of locations, although that may change with new players jumping into the market. Some are downright evangelical about leveraging the buying power of many pilots to refresh an aging general aviation fleet with brand-new aircraft, or expanding—dramatically—access to aircraft at the lowest possible cost.

Quicksilver takes aim at LSA market

Article | Jul 31, 2013

Quicksilver Aeronautics announced pricing at EAA AirVenture for one of two models being adapted for the special light sport aircraft market.

LSA Mall moves indoors, goes virtual

Article | Jul 31, 2013

The LSA Mall at EAA AirVenture has become a virtual exhibit for the 2013 show, displaying holographic aircraft at the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) display in Hangar D.

Experimental avionics maker Dynon buys Advanced Flight Systems

Article | Jul 25, 2013

The expiremental avionics market has experienced some consolidation in recent years, and this week Dynon added to that trend when it acquired Advanced Flight Systems.

Lindbergh flies, praises eSpyder electric ultralight

Article | Jul 24, 2013

GreenWing International has landed a high-profile, post-flight endorsement from Erik Lindbergh for its single-seat, all-electric eSpyder.

Competitor to Icon emerges

Article | Jul 09, 2013

After several years, Independent Aircraft has begun producion engineering on a design of light sport amphibious aircraft that looks similar to the Icon A5.

Sporty’s sweepstakes winner claims LSA prize

Article | Jul 08, 2013

A private pilot from Arcara, Calif., has claimed his prize as winner of Sporty's 2013 Aircraft Sweepstakes.

Ownership: Opening the rental skies

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

You're vacationing in a sunny place--let's say the Florida Keys--and you can't help but dream about how nice it would be to fly along the coast. But you have no airplane on this trip, and your schedule doesn't really allow for the half-day it likely would take to get checked out at the local FBO.

President’s Position: Regulatory delays

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

During most AOPA Town Hall gatherings, I remind participating members that AOPA's founders created our organization in 1939 largely because they feared that a government about to enter a world war just might regulate general aviation out of existence. Nearly 75 years later, our mission is grounded in similar concerns--raised not by the prospect of war but by the growing power of regulatory agencies, many of which operate with increasing autonomy and minimal oversight.

Plane spotter: An injection of technology

Article | Jun 28, 2013

Take another look at that LSA. It’s a Flight Design CTLSi, the new, fuel-efficient iteration of the CTLS series from Germany.

Icon raises $60 million to produce A5

Article | Jun 20, 2013

Icon Aircraft announced that $60 million has been raised to support regulatory compliance and production of the new A5. The FAA has yet to rule on Icon’s request for an exemption to light sport aircraft weight limits the company sought citing safety benefits.

Quicksilver forges partnership to put eyes in the sky

Article | Jun 13, 2013

Quicksilver Aeronautics and IDENT, LLC announced June 11 a partnership to deploy the next generation of GT 500 light aircraft with surveillance capabilities.

Sparrow Flying Club offers light sport aircraft rental

Article | Jun 06, 2013

Sparrow Flying Club uses a unique for-profit business model to keep flying costs low for members.

Cool Stuff: Terrafugia begins studies on hybrid electric flying car able to take off, land vertically

Article | Jun 01, 2013

The Transition isn't yet certified as an airplane and automobile, but already its parent company, Terrafugia, Inc., is looking to the future.

Skycraft's $60,000 LSA enters market

Article | May 29, 2013

ASTM approval is expected in August for the single-seat $54,850 Skycraft Airplanes SD-1 Minisport light sport aircraft.

Icon seeks FAA answer by May 31

Article | May 23, 2013

Kirk Hawkins, CEO and founder of Icon Aircraft, has asked the FAA to issue a final decision by May 31 on his exemption request to increase the weight of his Icon A5 amphibious LSA by 250 pounds.