Readers Respond to Moller LSA News Story
By Dan Grunloh, Editor - Light Plane World, EAA 173888
Light Plane World readers were quick to respond to a news story in the recent February/March 2012 issue. It summarized a news brief from Moller International Inc. stating the company had completed preliminary plans for two VTOL aircraft that, in its words, "may qualify for the light-sport aircraft (LSA) category." Our readers felt strongly that we failed to point out relevant information about the story and about the company.
EAA members naturally expect their member publications to be reliable sources of information. The editors of the individual specialty newsletters, however, have a lot of freedom and that includes the freedom to make mistakes of omission or to commit bits of less-than-perfect judgment. It works out fine most of the time, and thankfully we have readers who can quickly give feedback and bring facts to the story. Thanks for the comments, and please keep checking Light Plane World for its accuracy and completeness.
Our news story "Moller International Designs VTOL LSA" failed to mention the four-decade-long history of the company's inability to produce a flyable man-carrying aircraft. The claim of sport pilot eligibility is put into question by the fact the planes are designed for vertical takeoff, and there is no provision for that type of aircraft in the sport pilot and light-sport aircraft rules. These facts and more about the Moller Skycar story can be investigated here, and this editor sincerely apologizes for the omission.