Something Old, Something New…Light Sport Aircraft
Tecnam P92 and the Piper J-3 Cub – brothers from different mothers
There are plenty of articles that talk about the very specific niche that is the Light Sport Aircraft (LSA), but I thought it would be fun to discuss it from a little different perspective.
- Cost: This is the first major difference. I found a 2008 Tecnam for $108K and generally you can pick up a nice used ’46 Cub for $40K. I know it’s apples to oranges to compare a 4-year-old airplane to a 67-year-old one, but my wallet doesn’t care.
- Paperwork: The flight manual is 65 pages on the Tecnam and 16 pages with the Cub – ok it was simpler times.
- Construction: The Tecnam line employs a more modern monocoque tail cone section with the forward fuselage using sheet aluminum over steel tubing. Our Cub is just tube and fabric with wooden floorboards.
|Rate of Climb||1200||450|
|Estimated Used Price||$108,000||$49,000|
I’m all about the cool factor so it’s J-3 Cub all the way for me. But if you are in the market for an LSA, the choice to go with modern or vintage is completely up to you and you can’t go wrong either way.
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