July 31, 2013
By Sarah Brown
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.
The indoor display features a slide series on reasons to buy a light sport aircraft as well as the holographic display supported by Flight Design and Magnaghi, maker of the Sky Arrow.
“It really grabs kids,” LAMA President Dan Johnson said at a press briefing July 29. Johnson gave an update on the LSA industry, which he said now comprises about a third of new aircraft registrations each year.
Johnson said 259 special light sport airplanes were registered in 2012, although not all were sold in the same year. He estimated the total number of light sport aircraft in service as around 8,000, including about 4,500 ultralights that were converted to LSA when the classification was created.
Johnson also reported progress on expanding checklists designed to help LSA manufacturers demonstrate compliance with the ASTM standards used for light sport certification. The recently certified SeaRey got its approval in record time and under budget, he said, and, “They said that the checklist was an important part of that to help them prepare.”
Also at the press briefing, Johnson presented LAMA’s President’s Award to Bill Canino of SportairUSA.
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AOPA President Mark Baker and AOPA Foundation Executive Director Jim Minow are challenging one another to see who can recruit the most Hat in the Ring Society members for the foundation before the end of the year.
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