Win This Gobosh 700 Light Sport Aircraft LSA | AT-4

April 18, 2011


Come along on a quick flight in a Light Sport Aircraft and see how much fun this new category of aircraft offers. In the Denver area, visit www.skyraideraviation.com to learn more. Enter to win a Gobosh just like this one at http The music in the video is Viva La Vida by Coldplay… www.reggiepaulk.com www.reggiepaulk.com

First Flight in Remos GX Light Sport Aircraft

December 19, 2010


Michael Combs goes on his first of many, many flights as “The Flight for the Human Spirit” is progressing toward a flight that will be over 18400 miles in all fifty states. Michael describes how he never EVER gave up on his dream of flying, even when faced with an illness and a condition that would have left most people feeling hopeless. This is the discovery flight offered as part of the flight training from USSportPlanes.com. www.itsneverEVERtoolate.com

Atlanta Sport Flight – SportCruiser aircraft landing pattern

September 10, 2010


A trip around the landing pattern in Atlanta Sport Flight SportCruiser aircraft.

Sport Pilot Training at First Landings Aviation

August 30, 2010


Sport Pilot – www.FirstLandings.com Experience your first landing at First Landings Aviation! Imagine a world with no borders or boundaries, where the only limit is your imagination. Take flight and experience the adventure with First Landings Aviation. Discovery Flights are $99 and include a DVD of your flying experience. Sport Pilot Program: 2 Weeks Passenger to Pilot $2995!!

US Sport Aviation Expo 2009: Cessna 162 SkyCatcher Update

June 24, 2010


“Kitplanes” Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook talks with Neal Willford, Cessna Aircraft’s project engineer on the 162 SkyCatcher. Neal was kind enough to share the inside scoop on the SkyCatcher’s journey to market.

Cessna 162 SkyCatcher, Rose Pelton, US Sport Aviation Expo

May 9, 2010


Cessna 162 SkyCatcher, Rose Pelton, US Sport Aviation Expo 2010. Free weekly webcasts on ultralight and lightsport aircraft PLUS FREE CLASSIFIED ADS at www.lightsportaircraft.ca, http www.bydanjohnson.com

Senior Pilots Drawn to Light Sport Aircraft

March 13, 2010

Copyright (c) 2008 Dan Pimentel

A good friend returned from EAA’s 2007 Airventure Oshkosh Airshow holding delivery position #426 on a new Cessna Model 162 Skycatcher. I’d been trying to track down a C162 buyer for a while, so this is great timing as I want to find out what is drawing current, licensed private pilots to the Skycatcher. What I found did not really surprise me.

At 78.5 years young, Fresno pilot John Pugliese has amassed 7,000 hours in a pilot career that has included ownership of a Fairchild PT-23, a Cessna 120 and his current bird, a 1952 Cessna 170. After a heart attack in the early ’90s, Pugliese must now undergo additional scrutiny each time he is re-issued a third-class medical card. And while he has good health today to flies with an FAA medical card, he knows that may not be the case forever. “I’m hoping that Cessna can deliver my Skycatcher before the day comes when the medical card cannot be re-issued.”

I’m certain Pugliese is not the only “senior” private pilot who is looking at Light Sport aircraft as a sort of “workaround” to current FAA medical rules. And as a refresher, let me pass along what the FAA says about the subject of Sport Pilot medicals.

Sport Pilot licensing rules require either a third-class FAA medical certificate or a current and valid U.S. driver’s license as evidence of medical eligibility (provided the individual’s most recent application for an FAA medical certificate was not denied, revoked, suspended or withdrawn). So as long as a pilot can move into an LSA before he/she is denied, all is well and good. However, once FAA takes that card away, those denied pilots cannot use a driver’s license in lieu of the medical card.

As an experienced aviator, Pugliese picked the Skycatcher for a number of reasons. “The main thing was the hydraulic brakes” he said. “I’m an old taildragger driver from way back, and sometimes you have to almost lock up one wheel to keep things straight. And nothing against Rotax, but I like that Cessna is putting Continentals in the Skycatcher, since it will be easy to find service coast-to-coast on that engine. I also like that I will be able to get parts through an established Cessna dealer network. And at just over five feet tall, I’m happy the Skycatcher’s rudder pedals are adjustable. The plane fits me fine, and is really a great looking airplane!”

As a successful businessman, Pugliese knows that the $109,000 base price will climb before delivery day. A clause in the Cessna contract allows for cost of living increases and with California sales tax that he says is a staggering nine percent, John expects the Skycatcher to come in at around $140,000 without wheel pants or a ballistic chute. He expects that by the time Cessna delivers the 162, the Garmin G300 panel will change for the better, as avionics always do.

Bottom line: John Pugliese is one of those older pilots we all love…nice as can be, true to his fellow pilots, and always willing to take a young kid flying to spark their internal fires. When he gets the Skycatcher, it’ll make a perfect platform to serve his mission profile, which is to poke holes in the sky while converting fossilized dinosaurs into altitude to chase down the elusive airport hamburger.

Nike Sport Bundle for the ipod nano – Includes: Case, Armband & Flight Headphones

March 12, 2010

  • Case: Padded divider to fit iPod nano, sensor, and receiver, Clear plastic card sleeve on back of divider, Cargo net storage pocket, Spool to keep headphones organized, Zipper enclosure, Water resistant.
  • Armband: Protects your iPod nano from sweat while you’re working out. Designed for iPod Nano 1st and 2nd Gen but also fits 4th Gen. Stretches for a secure fit, Lightweight Nike Pro Compression fabric is cool, comfortable and washable.
  • Headphones: Behind the head design with rear cable exit improves stability while running, Soft, sweat resistant, urethane earpieces, Small enough for optimum wearing comfort and big enough to deliver crisp, non-distorted sound, the 15 mm speaker driver is an ideal size for listening enjoyment, Comfortable & lightweight.

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Be ready for action with the Nike+ Sport Kit Carrying Case. This specially designed, water-resistant polyurethane case will keep all of your Nike+ accessories organized and ready to go. A padded divider holds your iPod Nano, sensor, and receiver, and a spool keeps your headphones tangle free. This lightweight case also features a clear plastic card sleeve on back of divider, a cargo net storage pocket, and a zipper pocket for small valuables. Also included is a Nike… More >>

Nike Sport Bundle for the ipod nano – Includes: Case, Armband & Flight Headphones

A Rare Blend of Opportunity and Timing: the Light Sport Aviation Mechanic

February 27, 2010

Someone once said, “Someday your whole life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.”  

Along the same lines, I read somewhere that about half of all people don’t really like their jobs. And I thought, “What a waste of a life that is to get up every morning and do something that you really don’t like.” So it is exciting to work with people who sign up for the 3 week long- 120 hour Light Sport Repairman Maintenance Course to start their own business, usually as a second career.

There are few occasions when a great opportunity crosses our path, and it is rarely when the timing is just right. So with great enthusiasm that both timing and opportunity were merging,  Ted Finck signed up for Rainbow Aviation’s Light Sport  Repairman Course offered in November 2008.  

While the course itself is an incredible opportunity, Ted capitalized on the initial investment by adding the Powered Parachute and Weight shift modules. “These two modules just added a week to my trip, for a total of four weeks. But with the added ratings, I have tripled my customer base.”

But Ted went one step further, taking advantage of the opportunity to earn his Powered Parachute Instructor’s certificate at the same time. “It was a great opportunity. Morris Yoder and Lee Woodriff  were also taking the repairman course at the same time and are both powered parachute instructors. So we would train in the morning before class, in the evenings after class and on weekends. I took my practical exam with Morris Yoder on the last week of the course and left with not only my Repairman Maintenance Certificate for  airplane, weight shift and powered parachute and my Rotax repairman service level certification, but also my powered parachute instructor certificate.

Course participants comprise an incredible, diverse community, attending the course for a variety of reasons. Some owners take the course to maintain and inspect their own SLSA aircraft, some participants are already airframe and powerplant mechanics, others are aircraft manufacturers, and some are instructors who want to perform their own 100 hour inspections, but most, like Ted, are interested in starting their own full time or even part time business. And after participants earn their LSRM certificate their businesses comprise yet again an incredible, diverse community.

For example, Clyde Poser owner of Rule Aviation Services in Buckeye, WA is a retired airline captain. Clyde used the LSRM certificate as a stepping stone to earn his DAR authorization (designated aircraft representative), he then used his LSRM and DAR certificates to qualify to become a contract instructor for the 2 day Repairman courses. He also offers both powered parachute and weight shift flight instruction, so he gave flight lessons while attending the three week course in California. “There’s almost an advantage in some respects to waiting until mid-life to make a significant career change because often times,” Clyde explains,  “the experience you had in your previous career can be utilized and can benefit the next chapter in your life.”

As you might have guessed most participants have high expectations for their businesses.  Mike Zidziunas ( known as Mike Z.) is no different. Mike is a sport pilot instructor and realized early on that light sport was going to be the future of aviation so he earned his LSRM in August of 2006. “I was not prepared, however, for the incredible opportunities the certificate would offer.” And Mike is taking full advantage of those opportunities. He has opened a  Rotax Service Center, he works with manufacturers assembling SLSA aircraft and he plans to expand his business by becoming an  A & P mechanic. Maintenance is Mike’s primary focus and he will soon be able to include Amateur-Built aircraft inspections to the list of services he offers.

On the other hand, Aldo Sibi, who earned his LSRM in May of 2006, works full time for Indus Aircraft. He is the Manager and Director of Production and the head of Research and Development. He has made over 56 modifications to the Thorpedo design and has protyped and built the first Thorpedo Diesel engine/airframe combo. Like mIke, Alod is also in the process of becoming an A & P mechanic.

Roger Lee is retired from the Tucson Fire Department  has a business in Arizona , Roger’s LSA Service & Repair. Roger works on  all LSA aircraft, but he specializes on the Flight Design CT aircraft and the Rotax engines.  Roger works as a LSRM out of his truck. He also takes his mechanical skills on the road performing maintenance and inspections  at his customer’s location. “I didn’t want to go back to work full time, but there is enough work there to keep me plenty busy.”  Roger comments. Roger is able to keep his overhead down and his customers appreciate the lower rates. “This (work) is quite a bit different than being a firefighter because I haven’t had to do CPR on an engine, start an IV in the fuel line or defibrillator a carb.”

The FAA has created an incredible opportunity with the Light Sport Repairman Maintenance Course for an individual to start a new career or a homebased, low-cost business that is rewarding- not just financially- but personally.  Additionally, an individual can earn the certificate quickly- in just three weeks. This is incredible when you compare that to the 1900 hour requirement for an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic. This powerful three week course is what entrepreneurship is all about: success.

Cessna Skycatcher

June 27, 2009

A Short Promotional Video About the Cessna Skycatcher. From www.cessna.com

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