Best Light Sport Aircraft - Here's How To Find The BEST One Possible
The great thing about buying a Light Sport Aircraft is the fact that there are a lot of options and choices on the market right now. The problem is - there are a lot of options and planes to choose from! So it is a good thing and a bad thing all at the same time.
If you are buying your first Light Sport Aircraft you are going to want to make sure you get it right the first time. No one wants to buy the wrong airplane and then have to sell it, find and new one and go through the whole process all over again.
Not only that, you have to be careful when buying an LSA as there are so many newer manufactures. You don't want to get stuck with a lemon that you are going to lose your shirt on and never be able to sell.
2 Simple Secrets Every Pilot Should Know When Buying
A Light Sport Aircraft
First - Don't Violate The 200 Hour Rule (It could cost you a fortune)
What that means is you are going to want to make sure you think through what you will want out of your airplane when you have flown it for about 200 hours. By that time you should be very good at flying this airplane and know a lot more then you do right now.
You'll also have an increased skill level and confidence level as well. What this combination will do for you is allow you to do more things. You might realize that you want to do more cross country flying, or bush flying...
The Problem With Light Sport Aircrafts (Which is a good thing)
The biggest problem is they are so diversified in what they can do for you and what you can do with them. Because of all the advancements in technology and aviation engineering over the last number of years, you as a pilot are able to get airplanes that can do a lot of stuff.
Sure the LSA's are not going to go very fast as they have restrictions on the maximum speed, but you have a ton of options as far as things you can do.
You can buy ones that are for the bush, have floats, amphibious, have a great range, exc. There are a lot of options you can get, so you are going to want to really think through this issue and make sure you get one that you won't get bored with in 200 hours.
Not only that, don't just get sucked into buying the most marketed one that looks "sexy". You need one that is going to fit your flying needs and who you are.
So make sure you think this through before you buy your next LSA. That way you can buy the right one so you can grow into it verses having to sell it and buy something else.
Second - Don't Get Sucked Into Doing This One Thing
As time goes and as technology progresses, your starting to see that more and more LSA's have more and more gadgets and avionics. Sure they can help you fly better, but at the same time most manufactures know what they need to put in their LSA to keep it competitive and selling.
That said, don't fall in love with the avionics and GPS systems that the LSA you are buying has. You need to make sure you like the fundamentals FIRST and that you like the performance specs.
You can always add in a different GPS to the airplane you buy, but your not going to be able to add better performance specs to a bad airplane without spending a lot of money.
Not only that, you have to remember that if you are flying with a LSA permit and not a full pilots licence, you are restricted in a few areas. So it is not likely that you will be flying IFR with your Light Sport Aircraft.
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So make sure you fall in love with the deal verses the gadgets... You are going to want to have some extras like an autopilot (if possible) & the emergency parachute (if possible). But don't get carried away with other extras that you will never really use.
Find the right deal based on the fundamentals of price, a low total time & quality of the mechanical and structure of the LSA. Stick to the fundamentals and the core options. Once you have done that - then see if it makes sense to add in a few other toys to add to your flying fun.
If you keep these things in mind - you should really increase your chances of getting a better Light Sport Aircraft that you can fly for years to come.
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