Light Sport Aircraft Sales Continue To Grow

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Almost twice as many light sport aircraft were sold in 2007 as in 2006, according to numbers compiled by Dan Johnson at bydanjohnson.com. By year's end, 565 new fixed-wing LSAs had been registered, bringing the total fleet to 1,118 airplanes. Johnson said he expects the numbers to continue to grow. "I've forecast 1,000 units in 2008 and doubling that again in another year or two," said Johnson. "If I'm right, LSA may someday meet or exceed all other single engine pistons in the USA." FlightDesign is holding on to the top spot, with 226 aircraft registered -- that's 20 percent of the fleet. The Legend Cub comes in second with 120 copies, and another 20 manufacturers that have each sold more than 10 aircraft. The LSA fleet also includes another 277 aircraft in the weight shift, powered parachute, and glider categories.