On Day 1 of Aero 2012, Dave Unwin reported hearing many comments about EASA’s halting move toward acceptance of the concept of Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft, which was invented in the USA. The European Union, with an equally proud heritage of aviation, is showing familiar reluctance to embrace what another country has achieved, even when aircraft builders in the EU seek a one-for-one alignment of the rules so that aircraft certified in one country can be sold in another, as happens now with (most) European airplanes being accepted in the USA.
For some planes, it’s the (air)frame, not the name, that sells it.
Such is the case with the Polish-built AT-4, an airframe that was introduced to the American market a few years back as the Gobosh 700. Gobosh, which stands for Go Big Or Stay Home, went out of business in 2009, but the AT-4 has returned to America, marketed by Aero AT-USA, based at Northampton Airport (7B2) in Massachusetts.
Flight Design officials are pretty happy after Sun ’n Fun, reporting several sales, including a trend that could suggest anew avenue of growth for Light-Sport Aircraft.
Whew! It’s over. Sun ’n Fun can be the busiest six days of one’s life — until the next one. I wanted to skim the very top of what I found interesting at the recently concluded show. Today I’ll cover airframe manufacturers and follow up this week with more.
The Sky Arrow is back in production. Magnaghi Aeronautica, one of the largest Italian aerospace groups, has put the popular high-wing tandem seat LSA back into production. [Read more...]
For some aircraft it’s the (air)frame, not the name that sells it. Such is the case with the Polish-built AT-4, an airframe that was introduced to the American market a few years back as the GOBOSH (which stands for Go Big Or Stay Home) 700.
GOBOSH went out of business in 2009, but the AT-4 has returned to America, marketed by Aero AT-USA at Northampton Airport (7B2) in Northampton, Mass.