Archives: Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying

Rotax 912 Series Engine Operation & Maintenance Concerns: An Interview With Brian Meyerhofer of Leading Edge Air Foils

by Ed Leineweber For longtime Lycoming and Continental aircraft engine flyers like me, one of the most surprising stories to come out of the Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft movement is the dominance of Rotax engines in factory-built Special Light Sport … Continue reading

Posted in Aug/Sept 2011, Columns, Products & Services, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mr. Pietenpol: Bill Rewey Famed Aircamper Homebuilder Turns A Page

by Ed Leineweber Maybe you noticed the ad on the bulletin board of your local airport: For Sale ’94 Pietenpol Aircamper NX17WR. Whether you realized it or not, if you saw that ad, you were looking at a small piece … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, June/July 2011, People, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Light Sport Aviation Accidents Grow In Six Categories… Pilot Presentations To Focus On LSA Safety

by Ed Leineweber According to the FAA, although the accident/incident rate for sport pilots remains very close to the overall rate for general aviation operations under Part 91, incident and accident reports for sport pilots and light sport aircraft show … Continue reading

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

New FAA Interpretation On Rotax Factory Training Generates Heated Controversy Over S-LSA Maintenance

by Carol Carpenter, Rainbow Aviation Services As expected, the adoption of the Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft Rule in 2004, and the FAA interpretation requiring, in some cases, “Manufacturer’s Factory Approved Training” to provide service and line maintenance to Special Light … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Feb/March 2011, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying, Technology | Leave a comment

Midwest LSA Expo Remains Very Accessible To Buyers

MT. VERNON, ILL. – A common complaint among prospective aircraft buyers shopping at trade shows is the lack of accessibility to demo aircraft. Such was not the case at the “Second Annual Midwest LSA Expo,” September 23-25, 2010 at Mt. … Continue reading

Posted in All Headlines, Dec 2010/Jan 2011, Headlines, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Leave a comment

Wicks & Remos To Assist Combs In Finale

CORINTH, TEXAS – It is 49 down and one to go in the Michael Combs Odyssey. Combs’ venture, to become the first Sport Pilot to visit all 50 states in a Light Sport Aircraft, has already covered 23,800 miles, logged … Continue reading

Posted in All Headlines, Dec 2010/Jan 2011, Headlines, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Leave a comment

Use of Ultralight E-LSA For Training Activities…

Heated Controversy Has Good Arguments On Each Side Don’t Sell Your Old E-LSA Just Yet! by Ed Leineweber The poet Robert Burns famously wrote that the best laid schemes of mice and men often go astray. And so it seems, … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Dec 2010/Jan 2011, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Leave a comment

Piper’s Special Light Sport Aircraft Entry Arrives In The Midwest… North Iowa Air Service Named Piper Sport Distributor

Sport Pilot & Light Sport Aircraft – by Ed Leineweber Wow! That happened fast! While airplanes are fast-moving machines, developments in the aviation world usually do not set speed records. (Take the 10-year development of the Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Oct/Nov 2010, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Leave a comment

Sport Pilot Rule Changes Finally Take Effect… Generally Positive Results Are Good News!

Ed Leineweber

Five and a half years after the Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft rules went into effect, giving birth to a new movement in general aviation, the first changes to these rules took effect on April 2, 2010. Taken together, the rule-making … Continue reading

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The Light Sport Repairman: A Story of Alchemy & The Peanut

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Since the advent of the Light Sport rules in 2004, many have benefited from its versatility. Sadly, others believe it is limited by a lack of commercial opportunity, but to quote George Washington Carver, “Fall in love with the peanut … Continue reading

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