July 31, 2012
By Ian J. Twombly
Flight Design added a number of new Flight Design Pilot Centers in recent weeks, the light sport aircraft manufacturer said recently.
The new centers are North Coast Air in Santa Rosa, Calif., Southwestern Aviation in Benson, Ariz., and the Hampton Airfield in North Hampton, N.H. The three new locations bring the total number of pilot centers to 31.
Each Flight Design Pilot Center offers a Flight Design aircraft for instruction toward a light sport or private pilot certificate. The curriculum was designed especially for Flight Design by Gleim Publications.
According to www.bydanjohnson.com, Flight Design remains the LSA industry leader in terms of aircraft on the FAA registry, with more than 15 percent of the market, as of the end of last year. Although primarily an LSA manufacturer, Flight Design is working on a four-place certificated airplane called the C4.
Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
Light Sport Aircraft,
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MVP Aero is developing a $189,000 light sport amphibious seaplane that doubles as a camper and is expected to fly in 18 months, with deliveries in 2017.
AOPA is testing whether aircraft ownership can be more affordable than many people believe with the development of “Reimagined Aircraft.”
Dynon Avionics, the pioneering company that provides fully featured glass cockpits for light sport and experimental aircraft at half the cost of fully certified displays, adds more sophistication with video input, upgraded weather, and wide-angle synthetic vision.
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