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That is exactly what Arion Aircraft did with its Lightning LS-1, an LSA that is finger-on-the trigger responsive in flight and among the fastest LSAs out there.The Lightning is one of the few LSAs that is not intended to be used as a primary trainer.If owning your own airplane increasingly sounds unaffordable, it’s much less so in a partnership to the point that the monthly cost can be well under even a modest car payment.There’s no pretending the capabilities are remotely similar, but if you want to fly or even own, there’s an affordable way to get there.September 17, 2013 There has long been a subset of pilots with a certain sense of adventure and the burning desire to own an aerobatic airplane.While most lust after an aerial hotrod such as one of the Extra 300 series or a Sukhoi Su-29, economic reality means putting something a little less impressive into the hangar.January 18, 2016 There are a lot of airplanes that are alleged to be good for backcountry operations by pilots who want to seriously recreate.In doing research for this article, we spent an extended period speaking with the proprietors of Backcountry Aviation in Nampa, Idaho, Kasey Lindsay and Bob Hannah and with Jeff Welch, who gives type-specific utility/STOL training, primarily in the Husky, in Alpena, Michigan. … September 17, 2013 Since 1968, the 36-series Bonanzas has steadily built a solid record for workmanship, performance, handling and comfort.

March 19, 2015 Utility airplanes occupy an interesting market niche.

January 18, 2016 A number of readers contacted us, attaching copies of the ad depicted below showing a Tundra tire-equipped Husky perched in the high country.

The readers either asked if the numbers were true or claimed they were what comes out of the south end of a northbound bovine.

They totaled only 15 percent of the accidents—for flat-engine airplanes, we’d expect to see at least that many accidents from engine stoppages alone.

We only saw seven engine stoppages in the 190 and 195.

But unlike most other airplanes, utility airplanes are optimized to use short, unimproved fields without drama or damage, carry lots of stuff, require little maintenance and be field-repairable, just a few of the features with which the typical tricycle-gear, all-metal single has trouble.

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