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Midwest LSA Expo set for September

Article | Aug 27, 2015

The seventh annual Plane & Pilot Midwest LSA Expo will take place Sept. 10 through 12 at Mount Vernon Airport in Mount Vernon, Illinois.

Deaf pilots connect at Colorado Springs

Article | Aug 20, 2015

Neil Anthony Thomas said he earned his pilot certificate without having met another deaf pilot. In the year or so since he met Todd Barker at Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, he's connected to a community.

AME urges his senators to back medical reform

Advocacy | Aug 18, 2015

An aviation medical examiner and pilot who leads the Minnesota Pilots Association has called on his state's two U.S. senators to support third-class medical reform.

Just Aircraft explains accident

Article | Aug 13, 2015

ust Aircraft issued a statement Aug. 8 attributing co-founder Troy Woodland’s Aug. 2 crash landing to engine failure caused by water in the fuel.

Bristell offers share program for new aircraft

Article | Jul 21, 2015

Light sport aircraft manufacturer Bristell is betting that while you will rent a 40-year-old Cessna 172, what you really want is a new airplane.

Gemini diesel to fly on American Legend Cub

Article | Jul 20, 2015

Superior Air Parts will launch its 100-horsepower Gemini diesel engine on the light sport American Legend Cub; the engine will be a factory option for the entire line of American Legend Aircraft.

Top Cub certificate sold to Chinese

Article | Jul 20, 2015

CubCrafters has sold the type certificate for its Top Cub to Liaoning Cub Aircraft Corp. of Yingkou, China, but will continue to manufacture the model for non-China markets.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Jul 19, 2015

For clubs looking for an affordable, tricycle-gear LSA to train new pilots or transition existing ones to Sport Pilot, the Ercoupe may be just what you’re looking for. The twin-tail and bubble canopy will attract your eye, but the linked rudder and ailerons and design to prevent stalls are what make it noteworthy. It has proved a popular plane for the Green Castle Aero Club in Oxford, Iowa, and Chief Instructor Terry Koehn shares the club’s experience with the airplane that was far ahead of its time.

Garmin offers ADS-B component for noncertified market

Article | Jul 16, 2015

Garmin is offering the GPS 20A, an ADS-B Out compliant WAAS GPS position source for experimental amateur-built and light sport aircraft.

Buried in a boneyard

Pilot Magazine | Jul 06, 2015

'That’s All, Brother' navigated through intense German fire and low clouds to drop the first Allied troops to land in Normandy, France, on D-Day, commencing Operation Overlord.

Icon's A5 is for real

Article | Jun 18, 2015

After flying the first fully conforming Icon A5 on June 17 in California's Napa Valley and landing on both water and a hard-surface runway, AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Dave Hirschman says the amphibious LSA more than lives up to its high expectations.

Icon gets go-ahead to produce A5

Article | Jun 17, 2015

Icon Aircraft has completed an FAA audit that gives the company the green light to start producing its long-awaited special light sport amphibious airplanes.

Pilot Briefing: 'Ultimate paradise’

Pilot Magazine | Jun 09, 2015

Joe Nall Week, which ran from May 9 through 16 at the aerodrome in Woodruff, South Carolina, is the largest radio control fly-in in the world, attracting about 1,700 RC pilots from all 50 states and 11 countries—and more than 10,000 spectators.

Sonex CEO Jeremy Monnett killed in aircraft accident

Article | Jun 03, 2015

Sonex Aircraft CEO Jeremy Monnett and assembly mechanic Mike Clark were killed June 2 in an aircraft accident near the company’s headquarters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

New pilot wins Sporty’s RV-12 Sweeps airplane

Article | May 16, 2015

A new airplane for a new private pilot: Sporty’s surprised Rick Okikawa of California May 16 with the news that he had won the Sporty’s 2015 RV-12 Sweepstakes airplane.

LSA-Engines ready to enter light sport market

Article | May 15, 2015

LSA-Engines is a small German firm, at the moment, basing its light sport aircraft engine on a design from a big company.

11-year-old launches business to fund Embry-Riddle dream

Article | May 13, 2015

Trevor Simoneau is a kid with a plan. The 11-year-old aspiring pilot wants to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and launched a business selling custom-printed T-shirts to pay for fuel for flight training.

Icon A5 nears delivery

Article | May 11, 2015

Icon Aircraft announced May 7 the successful test flight of the first customer A5 aircraft, with delivery expected to follow this summer.

P&E: Technique

Pilot Magazine | May 11, 2015

Not done correctly, transitioning to a larger aircraft can and has contributed to accidents.

Pilot Briefing: They did it!

Pilot Magazine | May 06, 2015

With only a week’s worth of experience in their logbooks, One Week Ready to Solo participants Sherry Rosenkranz, Chris Graves, and Nik Oekerman demonstrated their newfound skills with unassisted flights April 25 in Lakeland, Florida.

Welcome to America, P2010

Article | Apr 23, 2015

Tecnam is still viewed by many as a light sport aircraft company, despite having certified a twin-engine airplane (the P2006T) for the U.S. market. The single-engine P2010 should change that.

Super Legend Cub boasts 180 hp

Article | Apr 22, 2015

American Legend won approval two years ago to put a 180-horsepower engine on the Super Legend Cub, and now they've done it.

Superior introduces diesel

Article | Apr 21, 2015

Superior Aviation joined the diesel engine fray with its acquisition of the Powerplant Developments engine now called Gemini. Superior plans to bring the 100-horsepower engine to market in early 2016.

National Bushwheel Awareness Week: Quirky gathering in the Idaho wilderness

Pilot Magazine | Apr 06, 2015

Turbulent plumes of swirling mountain air jostle our pair of Carbon Cubs as we approach Johnson Creek Airport (3U2) for the start of National Bushwheel Awareness Week, a quirky annual gathering that attracts more than 100 backcountry airplanes and the STOL fanatics who fly them.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

For a relatively small group of aircraft owners, especially those who routinely fly in places like the Gulf of Mexico or Alaska—where the benefits of ADS-B are evident—the decision to equip for the FAA’s January 1, 2020, ADS-B Out mandate was a simple one.

Able Flight announces 2015 scholarship recipients

Article | Mar 13, 2015

Seven individuals with disabilities will earn pilot certificates or receive advanced training in 2015 thanks to Able Flight’s scholarship program.

FAA urges light sport makers to move on ADS-B, angle of attack

Advocacy | Mar 11, 2015

The FAA is urging the manufacturers of special light sport aircraft (SLSAs) to establish pathways for the installation of ADS-B Out equipment and angle of attack indicators in their aircraft.

Pilot Briefing: Budget Buy

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

Funky is the best term to describe an Aeronca Champ.

AOPA supports LSA status for road-worthy airplane

Advocacy | Jan 20, 2015

AOPA is asking the FAA to grant weight and stall-speed exemptions needed to certify the Terrafugia Transition as a light sport aircraft.

Pilot Briefing: 2015 Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

The “Reimagined” AOPA 2015 Sweepstakes 152 was built on an overly optimistic forecast.

Pilot Briefing: AOPA Fly-Ins

Pilot Magazine | Jan 08, 2015

Let’s do this again was the resounding decision after AOPA hosted seven successful fly-ins across the country in 2014.

Terrafugia requests weight, stall speed increase

Article | Jan 07, 2015

Boston-based Terrafugia has asked the FAA for a weight increase to 1,800 pounds and a 9-knot increase in stall speed for its Transition flying car.

GA pilots bring cheer to island residents

Article | Dec 16, 2014

Christmas will be a bit more festive for the 460 residents of Tangier Island, a remote fishing village on a tiny spit of land in the Chesapeake Bay, thanks to a group of general aviation pilots.

Light sport pylon air racing planned

Article | Dec 11, 2014

A Deland, Florida, light sport aircraft manufacturer is planning the first light sport pylon air race April 1 based on the Red Bull model.

Expo expands focus

Article | Dec 09, 2014

The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo is expanding in 2015 with new exhibitors and a dedicated area for used aircraft sales by private owners.

High hopes

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

The headline on the press release caught my eye for two reasons: “Textron Aviation Independence facility delivers 10,000th single-engine aircraft.”

Bearhawk shows quick-build LSA

Article | Aug 13, 2014

Bearhawk Aircraft owner Mark Goldberg flew the company’s first quick-build light sport kitplane to EAA AirVenture, a 9.7-hour journey from Texas.