Photos: Popular LSA Models | Flying Magazine

Photos: Popular LSA Models

Here's a broad sampling of some of the light-sport aircraft industry's bestsellers.

In a recent feature, we outlined some of the reasons light-sport aircraft are experiencing a resurgence in the general aviation industry — and why now is a good time to look into LSA ownership.

Whether you're in the market for an LSA or just enjoy looking at interesting airplanes, the aircraft below will give you a good idea of the many options that are out there, with specs to help you decide which might be best for you.

Tecnam Astore

Tecnam Astore

Engine: Rotax 914 Turbo (115 hp)

Cruise speed: 118 kias

Useful load: 511 pounds

Base price: $200,900


CubCrafters Carbon Cub

CubCrafters Carbon Cub SS

Engine: Titan 340 cc (80 hp; 180 hp for five minutes)

Cruise speed: 104 kias

Useful load: 424 pounds

Base price: $189,990

Courtesy CubCrafters

Vans RV 12

Van’s RV-12

Engine: Rotax 912 ULS (100 hp)

Cruise speed: 113 kias

Useful load: 580 pounds

Base price: $115,000

Adam Burch

Jabiru J230

Jabiru J230

Engine: Jabiru 3300 (120 hp)

Cruise speed: 120 kias

Useful load: 470 pounds

Base price: $119,900

Courtesy Jabiru

Glasair Merlin

Glasair Merlin

Engine: Rotax 912 iS (100 hp)

Cruise speed: 105 kias

Useful load: 470 pounds

Base price: $149,000

Courtesy Glasair

Flight Design CTLS

Flight Design CTLS

Engine: Rotax 912 ULS (100 hp)

Cruise speed: 112 kias

Useful load: 550 pounds

Base price: $147,900

Courtesy Flight Design USA

American Legend Cub

American Legend Legend Cub

Engine: Continental O-200-D (100 hp)

Cruise speed: 84 kias

Useful load: 500 pounds

Base price: $136,900

Ed Hicks