LSA Manufacturers Expand Production

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With Sun 'n Fun coming up soon, the first year of Special-Light Sport Aircraft manufacturing is about to wrap, and the new industry is making plans to expand. "I'm only guessing here, while we wait for federal N-number registrations to catch up," says Dan Johnson, EAA's LSA marketing consultant, in his sport-plane blog, "but I'd say deliveries of SLSA may have numbered 500 aircraft in 2005." Johnson says he expects to see at least twice that many deliveries in 2006. TL Sport Aircraft plans to quadruple production of the popular StingSport, and Flight Design has announced plans to double output of the CT next year. New Era Aviation, at Massey Ranch Airpark in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., has been named the StingSport dealer for Florida and the Northeast. Legend Aircraft is building a new plant in Texas to increase production, and Fly Italia-AveoUSA has a factory expansion in the works with plans to hire 150 additional workers to build its SportRider. A big LSA presence is expected at Sun ' Fun, April 4-10 in Lakeland, Fla., and AVweb will be there to report on all the new developments.