LSA Industry Reaches 100 Certified Models in Five Years
September 10, 2009 — An important milestone has been reached in the fledgling light-sport aircraft (LSA) industry this summer as the Van’s RV-12 became the 100th LSA model to be approved, according to the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA). With several models, such as the Cessna SkyCatcher still working toward certification, Dan Johnson, LAMA president says, “Are we done yet? By no means.” Johnson adds that the “achievement in such a short amount of time, with a relatively good safety record is impressive for just one manufacturer, let alone an entire industry.”
EAA Vice President of Government and Industry Relations Earl Lawrence says that the LSA rules have allowed the movement and industry to thrive. “One of the great outcomes of this new set of regulations is that it has inspired people to spread this idea of a new recreational-based set of regulations throughout the world,” Lawrence added. According to Johnson, there is only one model of the first 100 that is no longer in production (CH-601 produced by Czech Aircraft Works) and production on several other models has been halted due to financial problems. The list of currently certified models is available online from both EAA and LAMA.