The Legend continues
Light-Sport Aircraft receives FAA certification

Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

Tim Elliott, right, and Darin Hart of The Legend Airplane Company proudly point out the new designation of their Sulphur Springs-built Legend Cub as a "Light Sport" airplane. Federal Aviation Administration inspectors issued the certification Thursday after several days of exhaustive stress testing of the airplane. The certification will allow full production of the airplane to begin at the Sulphur Springs airport to fill orders already received for the airplane.
Photo courtesy of Legend Airplane Company

July 22, 2005 -- The Legend Cub was awarded airworthiness certification this week by the Federal Aviation Administration following an exhaustive series of stress tests of the airplane's frame.

With the FAA certification in hand, the company is now making preparations for delivery of the first airplane to the company's first customer.

The FAA, in its ruling said "aircraft holding this airworthiness certificate may be used for personal use and for compensation while conducting flight training, rental or towing of light sport gliders or unpowered ultralights."

American Legend Aircraft Company President Tim Elliott said the certification was the result of everyone involved with the new company.

"This is a momentous occasion for all of us at American Legend," Elliott said. "I am extremely grateful to all of those involved in making this day happen."

The Legend Cub is a two-place, single piston-engine powered aircraft designed to meet Light-Sport Aircraft category certification requirements approved last year by the FAA. The airplane has an empty weight of 850 pounds and is propelled by a 100-horsepower Continental O-200 engine.

With optional floats, the aircraft will also be capable of water takeoffs and landings.

Elliott and partner Darin Hart began planning for the Legend Cub one year ago, and in March introduced the first flying prototype airplane to Sulphur Springs and the aviation community worldwide.

The following month, the new company was the star of Florida's Fun-n-Sun aviation event, one of the premier aviation shows in the nation. By the end of that event, Elliott said enough orders were received for Legend Cubs to keep production lines busy for the rest of the year.

With feature stories about the company in every major aviation publication, Legend continues to receive orders and has begun planning for expanding and upgrading its production capabilities.

The city of Sulphur Springs recently completed a ramp from Lake Sulphur Springs to airport property to accommodate float planes. A second ramp with docking facilities for float planes is also being constructed at the airport.

The city and Legend have also entered into an agreement that will result in construction of additional buildings at the airport to house expanded production lines for the company.

The next event for the Sulphur Springs-based airplane manufacturer will be the annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in at Oshkosh, Wis. Several of the Legend Cubs will fly to the show, and Elliott said one of the airplanes will be delivered to its new owner.

For more information about the Legend Cub and Legend Aircraft Company, visit their Internet website:

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