November 17, 2013
By Alton K. Marsh
Al Marsh checks out an amazing therapy tool that happens to have a stick and rudders.
American Legend Aircraft officials in Sulphur Springs, Texas, have waited a long time for approval of their new, more powerful Super Legend Cub, by FAA inspectors—seven weeks longer than expected, to be exact. Another side effect of the government shutdown in 2013 was to delay aircraft certification.
The website ByDanJohnson.com says the 115-horsepower Super Legend is the 133rd light sport aircraft to win ASTM approval, but 10 of those are either out of production or lack a U.S. importer. The vast majority of LSA aircraft are built by other countries.
Most of the new Super Legends are expected to go out the door, equipped with the typically requested options, at $174,000. The base price is $146,800. The light weight mandated for the light sport category of 1,320 pounds means the 115-horsepower engine can give the aircraft the performance of a fully certified Piper Super Cub. That performance is seen mostly in the 900 feet-per-minute climb rate, but it is also faster than the mainstay of the American Legend company, the Legend Cub.
A full report on the Super Legend will be in the January issue of AOPA Pilot. Look for it in your mailboxes starting mid-December. Digital subscribers will receive it earlier online.
FAA Information and Services,
Light Sport Aircraft,
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
A half-ton Dodge truck lines up on the centerline. As the pickup accelerates, the floatplane trailered behind it adds power, lifts off, banks left, and departs: just another floatplane launch by Joe Sprague of Cadillac Aircraft Services in Cadillac, Mich.
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