February 2011 Issue
Paradise P1 Lexus in Waiting?
Designed as a heavier airplane, the P1 flies like one, too. Its interior is a cut above much of the competition.
Buyers of light sport airplanes say they want cheap, basic models, but when the check is to be written, what they really buy are upscale airframes with glass panels and whatever creature comforts can be gotten into the airplane. Thatís why the top LSA sellers arenít the lowest priced models, but nearer the highest. The Paradise P1 fits this mold, more or less living up to what the companyís sales manager, Chris Regis, calls the Lexus of LSAs. Heís not far off the mark, given the airplaneís detailing, price point and the degree to which you can customize the panel. But we would make another comparison: Itís a modern Cessna 150. Weíll get to why in a moment.
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