Justin Phillipson has been in the professional pilot industry since 2004. He has instructed for years in everything from private, seaplane, tailwheel to high performer and aerobatics. After 7500 hours of instruction it was time for a change and he now flies a Embraer Regional jet for a west coast operation. He has been racing Formula One at Reno since 2012 and has built two racers with his brother with a third currently in the works.
When new aircraft from two very different designers, in this case Randy Schlitter and Richard VanGrunsven, surface with considerable similarities, consensus about basic design tenets must be blowing in the wind. Certainly Light Sport regs do constrain performance considerations, but human factors are more up for grabs, and thats where one or another design can truly shine; by Marc Cook.