Archives: Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying

Honor Paul: Join The Sport Aviation Association & Support Grassroots, Affordable Flying!

by Ed Leineweber I guess I wasn’t paying attention, but somehow I missed until just recently the emergence of the Sport Aviation Association (SAA) on the grassroots aviation scene. Maybe you’ve missed it too, and don’t know that this “little … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Columns, December 2013/January 2014, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Making A Difference… Doc Mosher Receives Navy League’s Aviation Excellence Award

by Ed Leineweber EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is often the venue for “firsts,” as well as a place to honor tradition and decades-long service. The 3rd Annual Aviation Celebration staged by several Midwest chapters of the U.S. Navy League captured both … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Columns, EAA & AirVenture, October/November 2013, People, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flight Testing & Transition Training… Getting Familiar With Our “Newest” Aeronautical Treasures

by Ed Leineweber So many airplanes; so little time!”  That’s my motto. Maybe it’s just a bad case of Hyper Airplane Acquisition Disorder (HAAD). If so, I have given up on achieving a cure. I really enjoy finding, learning about, … Continue reading

Posted in April/May 2013, Columns, Columns, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Antique Aircraft Restoration Within Everyone’s Reach & Well Worth The Effort!

by Dan Wegmueller It is the little things, like the limited forward view. I won’t be able to see properly until we gather enough speed to lift the tail. Then, there is P-factor. I must remember to compensate with the … Continue reading

Posted in All Features, Features, February/March 2013, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Back to the Future: New Focus for the New Year

by Ed Leineweber A New Year brings the opportunity for new beginnings. So it will be with my regular Midwest Flyer Magazine column, which will henceforth broaden its focus beyond Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft to encompass all of grassroots, recreational flying. … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Columns, February/March 2013, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Safety Directives & Other Unsafe Conditions In Special Light Sport Aircraft… Tracking Airworthiness Problems In S-LSA Under The Current System

by Doug Hereford, A&P/IA In the world of Special Light Sport Aircraft (S-LSA), it is FAR Section 91.327 that requires periodic inspections, and like any inspection in aviation, the purpose is to uncover unsafe conditions. How does one go about … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Columns, June/July 2012, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

More New FAA Legal Interpretations Roil S-LSA Community

by Ed Leineweber Sometimes revolutionary innovation takes awhile to take hold, and then only after a series of fits and starts. So it might be with the system envisioned in the Light Sport Aircraft ASTM industry consensus standards. Interpretations of … Continue reading

Posted in April/May 2012, Columns, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SP/LSA Movement At The Crossroads: Assessing The Impact of The EAA/AOPA Joint Petition For 3rd Class Medical Certificate Exemption

by Ed Leineweber It seems like the Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft movement just can’t catch a break. The Federal Aviation Regulations, creating the new pilot certificate and new category of aircraft, finally went officially on the books in September, 2004, … Continue reading

Posted in February/March 2012, Sections, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Once Again, It’s A “Sport Cruiser!”

by Ed Leineweber When I wrote about Piper’s entry into the Special Light Sport Aircraft (S-LSA) market in my column last fall (Oct/Nov 2010 Midwest Flyer Magazine), I commented upon the speed with which the deal was struck between Piper … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Oct/Nov 2011, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Leave a comment

Rotax 912 Series Engine Operation & Maintenance Concerns: An Interview With Brian Meyerhofer of Leading Edge Air Foils

by Ed Leineweber For longtime Lycoming and Continental aircraft engine flyers like me, one of the most surprising stories to come out of the Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft movement is the dominance of Rotax engines in factory-built Special Light Sport … Continue reading

Posted in Aug/Sept 2011, Columns, Products & Services, Sport Pilot/Grassroot/Recreational Flying | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment