Archives: Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying

The Rotec Radial Engine – A Perfect Match For The Aerolab LoCamp

by Ed Leineweber It has been said that form follows function; that is, a machine looks the way it does as a result of what it is intended to do. Fair enough. But let’s face it – between the designer’s … Continue reading

Posted in All Features, Features, October/November 2015, Products & Services, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Honor Paul: Join The Sport Aviation Association & Support Grassroots, Affordable Flying!

by Ed Leineweber I guess I wasn’t paying attention, but somehow I missed until just recently the emergence of the Sport Aviation Association (SAA) on the grassroots aviation scene. Maybe you’ve missed it too, and don’t know that this “little … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Columns, December 2013/January 2014, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Making A Difference… Doc Mosher Receives Navy League’s Aviation Excellence Award

by Ed Leineweber EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is often the venue for “firsts,” as well as a place to honor tradition and decades-long service. The 3rd Annual Aviation Celebration staged by several Midwest chapters of the U.S. Navy League captured both … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Columns, EAA & AirVenture, October/November 2013, People, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flight Testing & Transition Training… Getting Familiar With Our “Newest” Aeronautical Treasures

by Ed Leineweber So many airplanes; so little time!”  That’s my motto. Maybe it’s just a bad case of Hyper Airplane Acquisition Disorder (HAAD). If so, I have given up on achieving a cure. I really enjoy finding, learning about, … Continue reading

Posted in April/May 2013, Columns, Columns, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Antique Aircraft Restoration Within Everyone’s Reach & Well Worth The Effort!

by Dan Wegmueller It is the little things, like the limited forward view. I won’t be able to see properly until we gather enough speed to lift the tail. Then, there is P-factor. I must remember to compensate with the … Continue reading

Posted in All Features, Features, February/March 2013, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Back to the Future: New Focus for the New Year

by Ed Leineweber A New Year brings the opportunity for new beginnings. So it will be with my regular Midwest Flyer Magazine column, which will henceforth broaden its focus beyond Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft to encompass all of grassroots, recreational flying. … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Columns, February/March 2013, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Safety Directives & Other Unsafe Conditions In Special Light Sport Aircraft… Tracking Airworthiness Problems In S-LSA Under The Current System

by Doug Hereford, A&P/IA In the world of Special Light Sport Aircraft (S-LSA), it is FAR Section 91.327 that requires periodic inspections, and like any inspection in aviation, the purpose is to uncover unsafe conditions. How does one go about … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Columns, June/July 2012, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

More New FAA Legal Interpretations Roil S-LSA Community

by Ed Leineweber Sometimes revolutionary innovation takes awhile to take hold, and then only after a series of fits and starts. So it might be with the system envisioned in the Light Sport Aircraft ASTM industry consensus standards. Interpretations of … Continue reading

Posted in April/May 2012, Columns, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SP/LSA Movement At The Crossroads: Assessing The Impact of The EAA/AOPA Joint Petition For 3rd Class Medical Certificate Exemption

by Ed Leineweber It seems like the Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft movement just can’t catch a break. The Federal Aviation Regulations, creating the new pilot certificate and new category of aircraft, finally went officially on the books in September, 2004, … Continue reading

Posted in February/March 2012, Sections, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Once Again, It’s A “Sport Cruiser!”

by Ed Leineweber When I wrote about Piper’s entry into the Special Light Sport Aircraft (S-LSA) market in my column last fall (Oct/Nov 2010 Midwest Flyer Magazine), I commented upon the speed with which the deal was struck between Piper … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Oct/Nov 2011, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Leave a comment