Last year, when I first noticed the new Light Sport Aircraft, I was pretty underwhelmed. They looked like a rag-tag collection of antiques and overweight ultralights, and I predicted that they wouldn't be successful, at least not to the degree that they would have a positive impact in attracting new pilots to General Aviation. Well, that was last year. This year's crop of new LSAs has made me far more optimistic that these new planes can make a significant difference to the health of GA. They are state-of-the-art, and the certification standards allow for the use of newer equipment normally allowed only in experimentals. With the addition of composite construction, affordable glass panels (Dynon in particular), and more owner-friendly maintenance options, the LSAs are poised to make a real contribution. Plus, they're darn nice looking!
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