September 19, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
Remos has offered a lower-priced GXeLite, for $133,924, for VFR pilots who don’t want to pay for all the bells and whistles available in the cockpits of more advanced Remos light sport aircraft.
The aircraft can be ordered from Germany with a nine-week waiting time. They are used in daylight, visual conditions only, and have limited Dynon glass cockpit features as well as less expensive radios, compared to the higher-end Remos models that can cost up to $168,000. While they have anti-collision lights, position lights, and a landing light, they lack interior lighting needed for night flight, due to a reduced-cost electrical system.
Addition efforts to reduce cost include the elimination of an interior storage area and the use of only one coat of external paint. The airframe parachute becomes an option on the GXeLite, as do all Garmin-brand avionics.
Options may be added to this baseline model to provide additional capabilities. It is basically the same aircraft design as more expensive Remos models, with identical handling characteristics, a Remos statement said.
The FAA has asked the National Transportation Safety Board to review a judge’s ruling reversing a fine it levied in an unmanned-aircraft case.
The Tucson Soaring Club is trying to grow the sport by training the next generation of glider pilots.
Able Flight has received and $8,000 check from the AOPA Foundation.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.