Matt Sloane writes that he had wanted to learn how to fly since he was a boy, but it was always out of his reach. Now he's finally found the opportunity to fly, and recently earned his light sport pilot's license in just 12 days. "It was the eve of day seven, and I could barely sleep. Tomorrow would be the first real test of the knowledge I had gained in the last week -- the solo flight," Sloane writes.
Icon Aircraft recently completed its first production A5 amphibious light sport aircraft. The company plans to fly it this month and expects to begin deliveries in June after receiving final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Glasair Aviation completed the first in-flight test of its Merlin composite light sport airplane this week in Washington state. The high-wing, tricycle-gear airplane debuted last year at Sun 'n Fun, and it is expected to be on display at this year's show, too.
Emirates, a Dubai-based airline, has recently unveiled a two-seater light sport aircraft. The company says the RV 12 is the result of a dedicated group of Emirates' engineering trainees who completed the project during their free time. "Constructing this aircraft from scratch is a tremendous achievement for our trainees whose knowledge and hands on technical experience have now been significantly enhanced," said Emirates EVP and CEO Adel Al-Redha.
Blogger Connie Sue White enjoyed her first flight for a weekend trip in light sport aircraft. White flew a Remos from Florida to North Carolina in a formation, along with several other members of her flight school. "Not only did we sport pilots gain a ton of new knowledge and experience, we also were able to enjoy a long weekend at a fun destination that normally would have been a 10-hour drive by car with less than a 5-hour flight by LSA," writes White.