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Flight Design seeing influx of new pilots

Article | Apr 11, 2012

Flight Design USA officials report that 80 percent of new aircraft customers are new pilots, rather than existing pilots, a trend that, if it develops, could mean the light sport movement is attracting new pilots.

Custom content for the Apr. 06, 2012, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Apr 06, 2012

Training Tips: 'Beyond gliding distance'; Training Products: Noral three-inch seat cushion with back; Final Exam Question: What is the difference between an annual inspection and a 100-hour inspection?

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

How many Kitfox airplanes do you think are in customers’ hands, either built or still in the box? The total is 5,000 (worldwide), and 3,800 of those are out of the box and in the air. There are only seven factory-built Light Sport Kitfox aircraft in the fleet, but the factory is working off a year-long backlog.

AOPA, EAA file medical exemption petition

Advocacy | Mar 20, 2012

AOPA and EAA on March 20 filed a petition for exemption asking the FAA to extend to all pilots flying recreationally the freedom to fly, in certain circumstances, utilizing the knowledge gained by taking an annual education course to assist them with making an assessment of their fitness to fly in lieu of requiring a medical certificate.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

Is light-sport industry signaling a turnaround? Record-setting days took place at the eight-year-old Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo national showcase for Light Sport aircraft in January.

Easy Flyer

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

With its rounded lines and roly-poly looks, the Ercoupe looks like it would be right at home with a smiley face painted on its nose. And why not? The Ercoupe is one of the simplest, easiest, safest, and most fun airplanes you could want. It's also among the least expensive to buy and fly on the used market today and, despite its age, has a robust parts and owner support network.

Rally GA: Rights for Pilots?

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

The sight of flashing blue lights in the rear-view mirror causes every motorist to cringe--especially when they're driving at the posted speed limit. And although a driver who receives a ticket may not agree with it, he will know exactly what infraction he's been charged with, as well as the procedure for appealing the citation.

AOPA/EAA medical exemption request strong, steady

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2012

AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association are unwavering in their effort to open more aircraft to pilots using a driver's license and medical self-assessment despite the FAA's recent denial of a pilot's request to expand the driver's license medical to private pilots flying aircraft 6,000 pounds or less.

Pilot-run airport backs medical petition

Advocacy | Feb 23, 2012

The airport in Simsbury, Conn., is home to about 50 pilots who share the cost of maintaining their home field. There is strong support here for the petition about to be filed by AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association that will seek to extend to all pilots the ability to fly four-seat aircraft - with single engines up to 180 horsepower - without a third-class medical certificate.


Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

Mike Collins touched my heart with his article "Honoring the Tuskegee Airmen" (December 2011 AOPA Pilot). Lt. Col. William Holloman III of the famed 332nd Fighter Group was a dear friend and passed away in 2010. Bill was a national treasure. Prior to his passing, he was looking forward to climbing back into a Stearman.

LSA financing options abound for individuals

Article | Jan 25, 2012

For well-qualified individual buyers, financing a light sport aircraft purchase is no different from financing a certified aircraft, provided the light sport in question is one of the top-selling and established brands. But flight schools face financing challenges.

Gobosh LSA reborn as Aero AT-4

Article | Jan 24, 2012

Of the dozens of aircraft that converged on the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo Jan. 19 through 22, the Aero AT-4 had the most challenging journey. The Polish-made light sport aircraft was nearly grounded by U.S. Customs inspections, caught in a Catch-22: Inspectors sought an airworthiness certificate that could not be obtained until the aircraft cleared customs.

Sebring LSA Expo booms with traffic, sales

Article | Jan 23, 2012

Good weather, good attendance, and strong sales gave light sport aircraft manufacturers a lift at the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo. FAA officials logged 1,256 air operations Jan. 21, the busiest day of the show, including 200 in the first hour--a rate of arrivals and departures that rivaled the nation's busiest airports, and made Sebring Regional Airport the busiest airport in Florida.

EAA announces dramatic expansion of education programs

Article | Jan 20, 2012

For too many would-be pilots, the path to that first certificate diverts to a dead end. Eagle Flights, a new initiative outlined for light sport aircraft industry leaders by EAA President Rod Hightower on Jan. 19, is designed to address a critical shortcoming of pilot training: As many as eight in 10 pilots who start training never earn a certificate.

Sebring light sport expo launches 2012 season

Article | Jan 19, 2012

A flying car made for missionaries, lightweight aerobats, and two-seat autogyros turned more than a few heads Jan. 19 as light sport aviators shook off winter blues under clear skies in Sebring, Fla.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2012

How a hot air balloon looks from above and photographed from a Piper Super Cub. A hobby becomes a sideline Dave Tunge is, at age 66, moving into the “do what I want to do” portion of his life.

Aerotrek: Half price, full featured

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2012

Many of you have expressed your frustration that the $60,000 light sport aircraft you expected back in 2004 when the LSA movement was approved have not materialized. Today most of the models are more like $130,000 and even $180,000. Here’s an aircraft with a price tag about as close as you'll come to previous expectations. Out the door, a fully equipped Aerotrek from Aeropro in the Czech Republic with a 100-horsepower Rotax engine and a GPS moving map is $78,000. (Zlin Aviation claims a similar price for its Savage, a tailwheel LSA Cub lookalike.)

Keep flying: ‘Hoorah’

Advocacy | Dec 01, 2011

When it comes to medical certification and staying in the air, pilots want the best of both worlds. That's why AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association's request for an exemption to allow pilots to use their driver's license and medical self-certification to fly certain aircraft recreationally is resonating with members.

Rally GA: The doctor doesn't need to be in

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

Richard Fox has been flying since his teens, but—like thousands of U.S. pilots—he's considering shifting to the Light Sport aircraft category because of the potential burden posed by the third class medical examination.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

Every time you get behind the wheel of a car, you're making a judgment call. Are you fit to drive? Have you taken any medications that could impair your performance? Do you have a medical condition that would make you unsafe? Are you too tired to drive?