Light Sport Aircraft, What's Out There

So you want a light sport aircraft. There are plenty of choices for you. All you have to do is find one for sale and pull out your unlimited checkbook and fly away in the aircraft of your dreams. Yeah, in your dreams...

So what can we do to help you make the choice of aircraft an easier one. First, don't make any preconceived assumptions about what you want to fly. I have the opportunity to fly airplanes that fit anywhere between the $10,000 to $100,000 range that fly from 85 to 200mph. What you think you want may not be really what you enjoy most. I would recommend you fly something in every range of flying so you can see what appeals to you.

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I have had many students and fellow pilots that make the comment that they want to fly fast. Ok, first why? Do you want to travel? Do you want to do aerobatics? Do you just feel the need for speed? Ask yourself these questions. At 3,000 feet agl, you can barely tell if you are going 85 or 185 mph. So if you are just going to cruise around for fun, maybe speed isn't as critical as you think it is.

Certain types of flying require larger engines to supply power. As previously stated, speed may involve a larger engine. Aerobatics can require a larger engine although there have been aerobatic pilots that, with a minimum of power, have done incredible stunts and shows without the need for big muscle. Larger engines also require larger amounts of gas which in turn equates to larger amounts of money to fly it.

Do you want to fly into small airstrips? You will find a great amount of aircraft that can get into and out of short strips. If you are going to fly into grass strips that are not well kept, you may want to consider a taildragger. Tricycle gear aircraft have a harder time on an unimproved or poorly kept field.

Since I have the opportunity to fly many aircraft of different kinds, I will write reviews of these planes as I fly them. Some of the aircraft may not qualify as true lsa (light sport aircraft) but are the type that are the gist of light sport. If you fly an aircraft, you don't have to own it, please submit a review for others to read and help them make a good decision regarding buying a light sport aircraft.

Aeronca Champ

Smith Miniplane

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