...With Lots More Coming Soon

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Tom Peghiny, president of Flightstar Sportplanes, took his turn at the microphone Friday and listed about a dozen aircraft that are in the works for certification and should be finished by Oshkosh, coming up in late July. Those soon-to-be S-LSAs include the Legend Cub, Rans Coyote and Courier, the ZennAir CH601, a couple of Quicksilver models, and more. Peghiny said he is ready to take orders on the Flight Design CT, which sells for about $85,000, and you can pick it up in about six weeks. Lots of aircraft were on the field ready to sell now as Experimental LSAs, which are far from the traditional homebuilt project -- one manufacturer said you can buy the "kit" 99 percent complete and be flying 24 hours later. The Experimental category saves the manufacturer from some liability, but the buyer may find insurance is pricier. Also, the E-LSA can't be used for rental or instruction, as the S-LSAs can.