Thanks to Jim Lawrence for keeping SPLOG full of fun-to-read info while I was massively occupied with a move of the ByDanJohnson.com and LAMA offices from Minnesota to a new home in Florida… Spruce Creek Fly-in near Daytona Beach to be precise. As I return to SPLOG, I have a few interesting tidbits involving LSA or ...
When can't a Sport Pilot Certified Flight Instructor provide all of the training required for a student wanting to become a sport pilot? That is when a sport pilot is wanting to learn to fly an airplane with a Vh greater than 87 knots. David Oord joins us to talk about what the FAA says a sport pilot CFI can't do for a student sport pilot.
Followers of these exciting pioneering days of electric-powered aircraft will be happy to know the all-electric Waiex just made its maiden flight at Wittman Field, home of Oshkosh Airventure — and Sonex Aircraft. John Monnett, head honcho of Sonex, which built the proof-of-concept version of its Waiex kit aircraft as part of its E-Flight Initiative, ...
Last week the Sonex E-Flight Initiative electric-powered aircraft took its first flight at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. John Monnett, the team leader and pilot of the aircraft, joins us to talk about the work that went into the first hop for the electric Waiex and explains what the next steps will be.
James Wiebe joins us to catch up with details at Belite. Their instruments are starting to show up in other ultralight aircraft and they are offering more options with their own Belite series of airplanes.
Brian Carpenter shows how to test the Dacron sailcloth used on ultralight and light sport airplanes and weight shift control trikes. He talks about where UV damage occurs abd which fabric colors are more susceptible to UV damage. He demonstrates how to use a $30 testing tool to check the fabric.
Brian Carpenter presents a video explaining how to do weight and balance on a light airplane. He covers aircraft preparation, equipment, instructions, documentation, and how to do the actual weight and balance measurements.
Dan Johnson’s periodic LSA market share report(compiled by Jan Fridrich of the Czech LAA) reveals some interesting trends. *** For those who haven’t seen these snapshots of the U.S. LSA market before, Dan focuses on FAA registrations, not sales quotes from manufacturers. While this indicator may lag sales figures, over time it gives a more accurate view of ...
Tom Peghiny gives us updates on the Flight Design CT with a focus on the effort that has gone into designing and testing their new float planes. We also talk about electric flight with improvements to the Yuneec E-Spyder.
Jim Sweeney talks about take-offs. Taking off is one of the higher risk activities when flying that requires planning, execution, and a familiarity with emergency procedures. Jim covers it all.