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Dave Martin served as editor of this magazine for 17 years and began aviation journalism evaluating ultralights in the early ’80s. A former CFI (airplanes, gliders, instruments), he'd flown more than 160 aircraft types plus 60 ultralights (including a single-seat, no-basket hot air balloon). Dave passed away in June, 2021.

Understanding Experimental Light Sport Aircraft

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Dave Martin explains the different designations of factory-built and Experimental Light Sport Aircraft and how they continue to evolve.

Sebring at Seven

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Now in its seventh year, the Light Sport Aircraft Expo, which gathers enthusiasts together each spring in Sebring, Florida, is still going strong. By Dave Martin.

Dressing Up an RV-12

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Van’s RV-12 builder Dave Martin was inspired to add wheelpants to his airplane after seeing the company prototype with them.

Light Stuff

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What do you get when you combine the ambiance of a military fighter with the design constraints of a Light Sport Aircraft? The MySky MS-1. By Dave Martin.

Light Stuff

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Another European SLSA reaches American shores in the form of Tecnams high-wing, high-style, partially carbon-fiber Tecnam P2008. By Dave Martin.

Light Stuff

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Dave Martin samples one of the three PiperSport LSA models introduced at the Sebring Expo, and finds it to his liking.

Light Stuff

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Dave Martin makes the case for the FAA revisiting its policy on residential airparks so that they can remain a vital home location and useful national resource.

Light Stuff

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This years Sebring Expo was a harbinger of the future for Light Sport Aircraft, and it appears relatively steady. By Dave Martin.

Light Stuff

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The flight-test program for Experimental Light Sport Aircraft (ELSAs) is much different from the one Experimental/Amateur-Built kit builders would employ, but they both require a plan. By Dave Martin.

Light Stuff

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Having completed his Vans RV-12 ELSA, Dave Martin revisits a weekend Repairman Inspection course to prepare for his first annual condition inspection.

In Case You Missed it

Adequate Supply

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How to keep your engine happy.

Padded C-Clamps

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Often we have both hands busy holding a part and need two more hands...

Checkpoints

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Improving the safety record.

Kit Stuff

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Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.