Industry News

September 2008 Issue

Top Five LSAs: Best Bets are the Refined Designs

We have yet to fl y the perfect LSA, but Flight Design, Gobosh, Jabiru, Remos and Tecnam all have winners in their lineups. The best choice for you depends on which features you value most and what you’re willing to forgo.

Let’s be clear right away as to our criteria here. We only looked at new aircraft, as classic LSAs were covered in our January 2008 issue. We also looked for aircraft that suited the fat part of the bell curve of pilot interest. Amphibious aircraft and open-cockpit breezers were put aside for now. We demanded predictable handling with positive stability. Points were awarded for comfort, crashworthiness, durability for training, ergonomics, baggage capacity, maintenance and our assessment of the company behind the aircraft. While your perfect bird might not be on this list, we’d wager that 80 percent of the folks searching for a new LSA would find one of these five aircraft the right LSA for them.

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