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Light Sport Aircraft enableAffordable, Achievable and Fun

In 2004, the FAA created sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) regulations. The most significant change in FAA regulations in 50 years, it allows easier and lower-cost access for those wishing to participate in the joy of flight. For the past half century, EAA has been a leader in providing people with more opportunities to take to the sky, and for the past 10 years has worked with the FAA on the development of SP/LSA. Because of EAA’s efforts, flying has become less expensive and easier than ever before. You can become a sport pilot with as little as 20 hours of flight instruction. You can fly a one- or two-seat aircraft capable of speeds up to 138 mph. And in most cases, you can pass the medical requirements just by showing your driver’s license. 

For General Aviation Aircraft: http://www.gama.aero/

From the site of Dan Johnson: www.bydanjohnson.com some recent statistics:

First Half 2012 LSA Registration Update
September 5, 2012
We've been getting requests for market share information and I am happy to provide an update, thanks to my European associate Jan Fridrich who does the hard work of sifting through FAA's database. I remind you that his efforts are not merely tallying whatever FAA publishes. In fairness, Jan has to evaluate many pieces of information and judge accuracy of the entries.

This isn't because FAA's registrars are bumbling fools that cannot enter data accurately. The challenges come from sheer number of brands (90) and models (127) over a mere seven years... unprecedented in aviation history. To that add the variations of Experimental Amateur Built (EAB), Special Light-Sport Aircraft (SLSA), Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft kits (ELSA) and converted two-place ultralights to LSA status.

Then factor in that some standard category or homebuilt aircraft meet the LSA parameters of weight and speed and such so some people consider them "LSA," when in fact they mean they can be flown by some possessing a Sport Pilot certificate. My onetime EAA associate Ron Wagner coined the phrase "Sport Pilot eligible" to describe these aircraft.

So now we come to the first half of 2012Cessna appears the clear and away winner of the registration sweepstakes with an impressive 71 registered aircraft logged in six months (11.8/month).

BRM Aero's Bristell appears to be an up-and-comer.
Jan reports a good number of these are registered in Cessna's corporate name so they do not equate to deliveries though they are newly hatched LSA. In all of 2011 Cessna registered 11.2/month so Shenyang Aircraft in China is finding a steady pace of production.

Following well behind but still leading the rest of the pack is CubCrafters with 28 more registrations in the first half (4.7/month), a faster pace than their 2011 performance of 36 (3.0/month), indeed greater than 50% more production than last year when they also came in second after Cessna.

American Legend managed to slightly up their 2011 pace to register seven new LSA in the first six months of 2012, trailed by Flight Designwith six, followed by a tie between Jabiru U.S. and SportCruiser at five each.

Jim Lee has quietly been logging a slew of orders for his smooth motorglider.

One surprise isPhoenix, the sleek motorglider builder, whose U.S. importer registered four in 2012 but reports having sold 20. "We cannot keep up with orders from customers," Jim Lee reports, "even though the production rate has increased."

Bristell registered three and was followed by a chain of companies registering two apiece: Arion and their Lightning, Renegade and their Falcon, World Aircraft and their Spirit, and Canadian Light Aircraft and their Bush Caddy. Quite a few more companies at least got on the log and I think it's fair to say the first half of 2012 represents an improvement over 2011. That's great and we'll hope for more progress in the Light-Sport Aircraft sector.

Update 9/5/12 — Shortly after we released the nearby chart, we heard from Aerotrek that we had undercounted their registrations.

Aerotrek continues to be a solid selling aircraft, and offers one of the lower price points among LSA.
Besides our regrets — we do strive for accuracy — we repeat the comment that FAA's database can be a confusing place. Aerotrek's Rob Rollison sent detailed information to support his registration of six new LSA (the earlier report was for two) in the first half of 2012. He reported three each of the A240 tricycle gear models and A220 taildragger models were registered.

Aerotrek continues to enjoy positive developments. In defending his registrations, Rob wrote, "Every plane I receive from [manufacturer] Aeropro is already sold — we are sold-out eight months in advance at the present time (and it's been this way for over a year)." Contratulations to Aerotrek and Aeropro. We looked into the data more deeply and corrected the chart.

DISCLAIMER: As always we remind readers that the information presented in the text above and in the nearby graph is derived from registrations as logged by FAA Registration Branch. Figures are not sales or deliveries though over time, these values will tend to be very close. Also, the registration database used for this report may no longer include aircraft that were removed from the registry, slightly altering the numbers. Such removals can occur when an aircraft is shipped out of the USA, is destroyed by an accident, or is taken from Special LSA category to another category like Experimental LSA. Every effort has been made to report the most accurate information available.

Flutter issues according to NTSB report on CH-601XL 6 crashes with 10 fatalities

posted Apr 17, 2009, 1:56 AM by Naresh Sharma

NTSB Asks FAA To Immediately Ground Zodiac CH-601XL Aircraft

In an unusual move on Tuesday, the NTSB issued an "urgent safety recommendation" asking the FAA to prohibit further flight of the Zodiac CH-601XL, which has been involved in six in-flight structural breakups since 2006. The board cited four accidents in the U.S. and two in Europe in which a CH-601XL broke up in flight, killing a total of 10 people. According to the NTSB, there is a problem with the airplane design that makes it susceptible to aerodynamic flutter -- a phenomenon in which the control surfaces of the airplane can suddenly vibrate, and if unmitigated, can lead to catastrophic structural failure. The NTSB wants the U.S. fleet grounded until the FAA can determine that the problem has been solved. "The NTSB does not often recommend that all airplanes of a particular type be prohibited from further flight," said NTSB Acting Chairman Mark Rosenker. "In this case, we believe such action will save lives. Unless the safety issues with this particular Zodiac model are addressed, we are likely to see more accidents in which pilots and passengers are killed in airplanes that they believed were safe to fly."

The NTSB also found the stick force gradient was not uniform, and was lesser at high Gs, which could make the airplane susceptible to over-control by the pilot, which could lead to over-stressing the design limits and result in in-flight structural failure. The board also made several requests of ASTM International, the entity that provides the design standards for light sport aircraft. The NTSB says ASTM should add requirements to ensure the standards for LSAs reduce the potential for aerodynamic flutter to occur, develop standards on stick-force characteristics that minimize the possibility inadvertent over-controlling by the pilot, and ensure standards for LSAs result in accurate airspeed indications and appropriate documentation in new airplane pilot operating handbooks. For more details, click here for the full text of the NTSB's safety recommendation letter (PDF) and click here for the NTSB letter to the ASTM (PDF).

FAA And Industry Respond To NTSB Zodiac Concerns

The FAA is already looking into concerns about all versions of the Zodiac CH-601XL aircraft, which were raised at an industry meeting back in February, FAA spokeswoman Laura J. Brown told AVweb on Tuesday, but she added that the agency has no immediate plans to call for the airplanes to be grounded. "The manufacturer already has told owners to check the aileron control cable tensions," she said. The FAA has formed a special review team with members from the FAA and the industry to investigate the problem. Brown added that the FAA has told the ASTM that it should conduct a review of its LSA standards regarding aerodynamic flutter. The CH-601XL airplane is sold in a kit version by Zenith Aircraft, which is run by Sebastian Heintz, and is also sold as an S-LSA by AMD (Aircraft Manufacturing & Design), which is run by Matthew Heintz. The CH-601XL was certified as an S-LSA in 2005. In the six accidents cited by the NTSB, two of the aircraft were experimental amateur-built (one in California and one in Utah), one in California was an S-LSA manufactured by AMD, and one in Florida was an S-LSA built by the Czech Aircraft Works. The other two crashes were in the Netherlands and in Spain, and it is not clear what version of the aircraft was involved.

On Wednesday, Zenith Aircraft posted a notice online stating that the company first learned of the NTSB's safety recommendation on Tuesday, when the press release was issued. "We continue to believe wing flutter will not occur if the control cables are adjusted properly," the notice reads. "Nonetheless, we are carefully considering the points raised in the memo, including whether the Zodiac CH-601XL is susceptible to wing flutter. Each accident discussed in the NTSB memo occurred under different circumstances. Some of the accidents are still being investigated and what caused those accidents has not been determined. Zenith Aircraft will communicate with the FAA about the issues raised in the NTSB memo. We will provide more information after we thoroughly consider the issues raised in the NTSB memo and we have spoken with the FAA about those issues." Matthew Heintz told EAA the company is in the process of evaluating the NTSB report, but expressed confidence in the aircraft's design. "We absolutely do have confidence in the aircraft ... If there is something wrong with the design, we want to fix it," he said. He added the NTSB's report on the California accident involving an AMD S-LSA did not cite aerodynamic flutter as a cause of the accident. Company-issued service bulletins have instructed owners to inspect all control cables and adjust as necessary so that they are within the prescribed parameters, EAA said.

Economy, 'fat cat' label hit corporate jet makers hard

posted Mar 4, 2009, 2:48 AM by Naresh Sharma   [ updated Mar 4, 2009, 2:53 AM ]

Article in USAToday, due to copyright we cannot reproduce the article, but click here to read it in its entirety.

Take a look at the image carefully, since it shows how the Hawker 4000 business jet is made today: with a wooden mallet and handtools, well perhaps a bit exaggerated, but this is reality.

LSA's in China

posted Feb 2, 2009, 3:28 AM by Naresh Sharma

 AvWeb reports the following

There we go: endorsement from the world market!!

LSA Made In China

A project titled "the development and industrialization of light aircraft" in China has successfully developed and flown a two-seat light aircraft based on independent research and self-owned intellectual property. The Hunan Sunward Science and Technology Co Ltd. built the aircraft, which is built of composite parts pulled from molds and tooling that allows the company to build all components in-house. General aviation in China is in its budding stages and the production of high-performance manned light aircraft is a step ahead of the industry's current state. The two-seat "LSA" is part of a larger $60 million program that will include 15 UAVs, 70 flying boats and 15 of the newly flight-tested two-seat light aircraft.

Hunan Sunward hopes through development of these aircraft to "completely master the key technologies of design and construction" of light aircraft, and create a blueprint for the design and manufacture of light aircraft subsystems.

Expect to pay $300,000 on an average for a good 4 seat aircraft

posted Jan 30, 2009, 6:06 AM by Naresh Sharma   [ updated Jan 30, 2009, 7:14 AM ]

If you’re looking to purchase a four-seat single, then you’ve got no shortage of models to select from. Aside from price range, the models encompass a wide variety of performance capabilities and equipment. 68% of Cessna 172 owners rate their aircraft a perfect 10.
The Hottest Four Seaters
The four-seat, fixed-gear single market is unquestionably the most popular segment of general aviation. That’s perhaps the main reason there are so many of the type available. In fact, there are more than a dozen variations of eight separate models in competition for the four-place dollar. 

Which one you choose is dependent upon far more than the size of your bank account. Base prices range from $183,020 for the entry-level Maule MX-7-180 taildragger to $620,000 for the top-of-the-line, turbocharged Cessna 400. Such a tremendous price range suggests a huge difference in capability, basic equipment and performance. The Maule is a truly simple machine, whereas the turbocharged Cessna 400 comes standard with a Garmin G1000/GFC 700 and cruises at nearly double the speed of the basic Maule MX-7. 

It’s important, however, to consider all the other factors that go into a buying decision. Price and cruise speed aren’t the only parameters that buyers consider when evaluating an airplane. Payload, climb rate and resale value are also major concerns, and lately, fuel burn has become an ever more important consideration. 

Perhaps the first question is whether you really need four seats. Obviously, many pilots feel they do, or there wouldn’t be so many four-place machines available (and no reason to write this article). If your kids have long since moved away, and your partner doesn’t like to fly, a two-seater such as a Diamond DA20, Liberty XL2 or an American Champion Super Decathlon could work well, as there are currently no production single-seaters available. The ranks of production, two-seat models are truly limited, perhaps a half-dozen aircraft, so think long and hard about how you’ll use your airplane before making a buying decision.

If you fly with two people and plenty of baggage much of the time, however, the short answer may be “yes.” No reasonable pilot expects a four-place airplane to carry four full-sized folks and full fuel, and sure enough, only one of the airplanes surveyed does. 

We surveyed aircraft owners to break down demographics by aircraft type. Figures are averages based on survey responses

Age (yrs.)IncomeTotal Hours FlownTotal Hours Flown Last Year 
Typical Flight Distance From Home Base (nm)
Cessna 17251$288,158831148143
Cessna 350/40054$586,6071,064154303
Cirrus SR2250$556,522905148312
Diamond DA4050$386,363636130246
Piper PA2856$221,4291,12598171

Figures are averages based on survey responses.

Hangar Rental 
(per month)
Tiedown Fee 
(per month)
Annual Inspection 
(per year)
Cessna 172$370$122$1,411
Cessna 350/400$346$175$2,492
Cirrus SR22$386$100$2,076
Diamond DA40$356$120$1,784
Piper PA28$265$106$1,552

NCAM estimates 25,000 LSA's till 2017

posted Jan 30, 2009, 5:49 AM by Naresh Sharma   [ updated Jan 30, 2009, 7:14 AM ]

EAA’s AirVenture at Oshkosh continues lives up to its cachet as the spirit and mover of American aviation. It also remains a global leader for General Aviation (GA) users especially travel, personal, recreational and sport aviation. Under Tom Poberezny’s leadership and vision EAA’s AirVenture is a unique venue where aviation customers and manufactures interact in an environment that draw in non-aviation Middle America public who visit AirVenture in increasing numbers. US Government agencies (FAA, FAA, etc.) similarly recognize this public and commercial value and come here for public and business policy and service interactions. This public and market awareness base is vital for the aviation business world, thereby making AirVenture a premier place to announce new products for apt impact.


Industry, small airport developers & authorities as well as the aviation user community are taking the SATS vision forward, these developments are amply highlighted this year at AirVenture. Currently the most rapidly growing (by volume) product sectors of General Aviation are the Very Light Jets (VLJ), the new Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) category and traveler and user services developments at small airports. The emerging VLJ and LSA sectors are enjoying rapid annual growth rates that exceed 25% with product entries by traditional as well as new aviation manufacturers. Industry and FAA projections state that over 10,000 VLJs can sell in the next decade serving both individual owners and the emerging air taxi operators markets. NCAM estimates are that the LSA market could pull in over 25,000 aircraft from a variety of manufacturers over the next decade. While the LSAs serve the recreational aviation users they are also a key element to slaking the pent up entry level demands of the general public’s under 30 strata for affordable entry level aviation. Some of these will graduate and permeate into the ranks of pilot candidates and traditional training aircraft after they gain aviation ambiance familiarity with LSA aircraft. The 3rd sector that is growing is the small airport users and travelers service providers. The 2006 – 2007 state and county funding allocations as well as business growth data indicate that the short to middle distance travel potential of small airports is spawning development of traveler services such as new terminal buildings, airport cafes, restaurants, ground transportation services and other creative services that plan to serve the emerging air taxi services.


For Original Article go to: http://ncam-sats.org/Oshkosh07-NCAM.htm

LSA fleet continued to expand in 2008, with a net increase of 36%

posted Jan 30, 2009, 5:31 AM by Naresh Sharma   [ updated Jan 30, 2009, 7:14 AM ]

Enroute to Sebring! Leaving 2008, Arriving 2009
January 19, 2009
Shifting market shares -- Evektor slipped a notch; Tecnam moved up one; Jabiru is up as are Remos and Czech Aircraft Works. Interplane and Fantasy Air dropped several positions though did well enough early on to remain in the top 12. The 80/20 rule applies as 20% of all LSA producer companies make 80% of aircraft sales. Compare to all-2007 results.

For the Original Reference go to: http://www.bydanjohnson.com/index.cfm?b=6&m=1
Agreement is widespread welcoming a new year; 2008 was hard on almost everybody...around the world. The new year may bring continued turbulence, but a feeling that things are starting to change is prevalent, based on my conversations with dozens of LSA professionals in preparation for this year's Fifth Annual Sebring LSA Expo. From various locations around the country, vehicles and airplanes are headed to Florida -- where, by the way, 60-degree temperatures are expected to warm those from the deeply cold north. *** In this SPLOG, I present year-end information which completes the report posted earlier. We hope for a better 2009 and a much-improved 2010; nonetheless, the LSA fleet continued to expand in 2008, with a net increase of 36% (though growth slowed sharply from the 98% pace achieved in 2007 -- as the fleet enlarges, it becomes harder to maintain the high percentage growth). Positions #1 and #2 stayed steady, but lower down, several market shares changed (see chart legend) *** LAMA will host its Third Annual LAMA Dinner for members and industry professionals serving the LSA marketplace. About 300 are expected to the largest gathering of LSA professionals in America. Several other press announcements are planned; SPLOG will keep you informed.

LSA's defy the economic downturn

posted Jan 30, 2009, 5:28 AM by Naresh Sharma   [ updated Jan 30, 2009, 7:15 AM ]

January 27, 2009

Light Sport in Sebring: Bucking the Tide

By Paul Bertorelli

I arrived at Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida last week, I didn’t know quite what to expect. Given the seemingly unending river of discouraging economic news, all of us were concerned that the show would take a serious hit. It may have suffered some but, as with Oshkosh last July, I can’t say I saw it in an attendance drop off.

In fact, Bob Wood, the event organizer, just told me attendance at Expo may have in fact increased a bit over last year’s numbers. The final count isn’t in, but he said it could be as high at 11,500. If that’s true, it confirms what many of us think about the LSA segment. It’s gaining traction at every turn. I asked Wood if he’s given any consideration to moving Expo back a month, toward the end of February, when the cold fronts sinking into Florida are both milder and drier. (It was as cold as 29 degrees on Thursday morning.)

But Wood says shifting the show dates isn’t an option. By February, the Sebring race season is getting underway and between the racing noise and the competition for hotel rooms, moving the show is a non-starter. (Not that I much mind the full-throat scream of the Indy cars that see test laps at Sebring.)

This year, there were more fly-in attendees in all sorts of airplanes, but fewer arriving by car. I was a little surprised to see a number of people I know who own serious airplanes—serious meaning four seats and IFR-capable—who are more than casually looking at LSAs, either as replacements or second, fun-flyer sport aircraft.

Some of these buyers are doing what I’m doing: Wondering if any of LSAs are practical for modest cross-country trips. The short answer to that is that they are, as long as you’re not in a hurry or trying to keep to a schedule. In the next issue of Aviation Consumer, we’ll be examining that very topic. Jeff Van West borrowed a Remos and used for it for a trip of moderate length in Louisiana and Texas. So if we’re doing stuff like that, you can believe other would-be buyers are, too.

On the other hand, even if you just use an LSA for tooling around your local county or for the $63.56 hamburger (fuel price drop), that’s reason enough to own one.

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