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Barry Hull shared his considerable knowledge today at the 9:30am Expo Forum. “It's common knowledge among aviators that the number one killer of pilots (within aviation) is pilot error. Pilot error is most often caused by bad decisions made through poor judgment.”   Learn more: Attend the seminar Saturday at 9:30 or stop by his booth: H105  ...

SEBRING, FL: Aeromarine-LSA announces the first USA flight of the new Zigolo SSDR concept motor-glider. The Zigolo is a FAR Part 103-compliant Single Seat De-Regulated (SSDR) aircraft which means it does not require any pilot’s license, medical, registration, or certification to fly it. The Zigolo is powered by a 25-hp gasoline engine; an electric-powered option is close to completion. The electric power will provide self-launching capability for gliding or quiet and smooth dawn patrols and evening flights and still met the SSDR criteria. The Zigolo is available in a classic kit for only $14,500. This price includes the engine, propeller, and a complete aircraft rescue parachute system. The build time is only 100 hours. An even better option is the Almost-Ready-To-Fly aircraft: a finished Zigolo disassembled, and packed in one easy-to-ship crate. “Some Assembly required” means a pictogram assembly manual and an afternoon ...

Photographs courtesy of Jim Koepnick: jimkoepnick@mac.com...

Join CDR Barry W. Hull, USNR (Retired), at the 10th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo where he will be speaking each morning at 9:30 AM. Seminar attendees will qualify for FAA Wings credit. Find out more here: http://www.pilotjudgment.com/ or email airmail@pilotjudgment.com...

Published on Dec 26, 2013 http://www.sportaviationmagazine.com All the way from Brazil comes a sharp little airplane called the Quasar, which will remind some visitors of an earlier American design of a similar name. Designers are creating carbon surfaces to replace dope & fabric coverings and will then complete their SLSA approval. Powered by the HKS four-stroke engine, Quasar Lite feels like a sports car. Dan Johnson takes us on a tour of the Quasar Lite, experimental, amateur-built, light sport aircraft from Quasar Aircraft. This video was shot during the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in January of 2013....

http://www.sportaviationmagazine.com -  Tim Lohrey gives us a quick look at the Vj 24 SunFun, ultralight aircraft from Volmer Jensen Aircraft during the E.A.A. Airventure Convention held at Wittman Airfield in Oshkosh Wisconsin The Volmer VJ-24W SunFun is a high-wing, strut-braced, single-seat, ultralight aircraft that was designed by Volmer Jensen and provided as plans for amateurbuilt construction from Volmer Aircraft of Glendale, California.   The SunFun started as a foot-launched glider design, the VJ-24, and was developed into a wheeled undercarriage motor glider, the VJ-24W. The VJ-24 was derived from the earlier Volmer VJ-23 Swingwing and differed from that design by replacing the wooden structure with metal and employing a constant chord, strut-braced wing in place of the VJ-23's cantilever, tapered wing. The aircraft is built from aluminium tubing covered with aircraft fabric. The 36.5 ft (11.1...

The Special Light-Sport Aircraft version of Quicksilver Aeronautics' popular Sport 2 model is completing efforts to gain FAA acceptance. An FAA audit is scheduled in December and the company announced it has completed the entire flight test regimen required to comply with ASTM industry consensus standards. A recent update to the standard now demands that a company must accumulate 100 hours of flight testing. Homebuilders expend some time to log the 40 hours required for an Experimental Amateur Built kit; this is two and half times as much. "We completed an entire ASTM Design & Performance standard test matrix," said Daniel Perez, Chief Operations Officer for the California company. He also noted that those 100 flight hours involved 236 takeoffs and landings. These results follow a long period of other detailed testing and significant document preparation plus establishing the factory for repeatable, quality-controlled product...

Dan Johnson gives us a quick look at the Tecnam P2008, light sport aircraft from Tecnam Aircraft during the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, Sebring Regional Airport Sebring Florida. ...

Bristell is a new Light-Sport Aircraft name and a handsome bird it is. Our video will take you through some of the many carefully considered details but it's worthwhile to know that this is a fifth-generation design. Creator Milan Bristela was deeply involved with the SportCruiser/PiperSport and after leaving that company worked on other similar designs. Bristell USA represents the BRM Aero Bristell NG5 in the United States. This well evolved, next-generation LSA has been carefully engineered for luxury comfort, excellent stability and safety while being fun, fast, and easy to fly....

http://www.sportaviationmagazine.com - Dan Johnson takes us for a tour of a few of the light sport aircraft that you can expect to see at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo this coming January. This is the 10 anniversary of our  show which is held at the Sebring Regional Airport in Sebring Florida. The event features light sport aircraft, kit aircraft, powered parachutes, flying cars, amphibious aircraft, aircraft accessories, and much more! ...