Aircraft Review

October 2010 Issue

X-Air LS - A No-Frills LSA

If you can forgo sweeping composite curves and accept Cub-like performance, the X-Air LS will reward you with a simple, reliable aircraft. But itís still not cheap.

Itís almost a law in aircraft sales that for each levelólight sport, piston singles, biz jetsóthe majority of buyers want the top of that class. LSAs are no different and every manufacturer we talked to over the years has found the same: deluxe models with all the trimmings outsell the budget offerings. Thatís why we see $150,000 LSAs out there with Italian leather seats and cockpit avionics rivaling new airliners. No problem for a pilot who managed to sell his Bonanza and has the cash, but wasnít the whole point behind light sport the creation of options for inexpensive flying?

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