Posted: 4/18/2011 21:17:12
Modified: 4/21/2011 10:50:41
I am finishing up a US Light Aircraft Hornet, most recently know as a Sport Hornet by the company that purchased US Light Aircraft. They were in Oklahoma and their web page is still partly functioning, but I have not been able to contact anyone at their phone number or email address. The owner was very helpful when I needed some parts and would like to know if they are gone, temporarily suspended because of the depression or what. Does anyone have information about the company?
Posted: 4/22/2011 07:13:09
I know a little about this subject, because a friend of mine is having a Sport Hornet SLSA finished up by the company. The company moved from California to the Blackwell-Tonkawa Airport in Blackwell, Oklahoma perhaps three or four years ago. However, with the general downturn in the national economy, they ran on hard times. The owner of the company moved back to California perhaps 1-1/2 or 2 years ago to get a job, leaving a skeleton crew there to finish up a couple of projects. Even that effort has been difficult--my friend has been waiting about a year for his airplane to be finished.
My belief is that when (if) his airplane gets finished, it will probably be the company's last gasp.
G. Michael Huffman
SportAviationSpecialties dot com
Posted: 4/22/2011 23:37:26
That is what I suspected. It is too bad, bacause these are such a tough little airplane. I hope the owner is able to sell the rights and parts to someone else. If you hear anything more about how they can be contacted, please let me know.
Michael Thille email@example.com
Posted: 4/23/2011 07:26:36
The website byDanJohnson http://www.bydanjohnson.com/index.cfm?b=7
keeps as list of all S-LSA and shows the Hornet simply as, "No Longer In Production"
I believe that Dan Johnson is head of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA), so maybe he can help.
Posted: 5/17/2011 23:12:09
My DAR passed my Hornet in the final inspection and we did the paperwork. I now have a Special Airworthiness Certificate present in the plane. Now I have to start flying it..... The weather here in the northwest has not been very cooperative lately. maybe this weekend.
Posted: 5/29/2011 00:31:24
The final checks have been completed and now it is time to fly the Hornet. The weather has been crap here in Oregon and I am hoping to have a nice Monday morning to fly.
Are there any other Hornet or Sport Hornet owners out there that would like to persue the wherebouts of the parts, jigs and other stuff from the prevous manufacturers of the Hornet? I would be interested in finding out where all that stuff is and cutting a deal on it. This is a good plane and I would like to have access to number and suppliers for parts in the future.
Posted: 6/1/2011 11:51:06
The first flight was completed on Monday. Everything went well, though I have not flown anything that light for about 20 years. Take off and landing were non-eventful, but it appears to have more adverse yaw than I have experienced for a long time. Flying with the feet was necessary! It was like the T-Crafts I learned on. Now to take it through the FAA prescribed testing procedures. Lots of early morning, no wind flights for the near future.