light plane

also light·plane  (līt′plān′)
A small, lightweight passenger airplane, often privately owned.
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a small lightweight aeroplane
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a lightweight passenger airplane with relatively limited performance capability.
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The airport here has been ordered closed pending investigation of the crash of a lightplane that killed 10 people on March 17, the airport manager said on Monday.
The LP3RS Lightplane luminaire from Architectural Lighting Works is claimed to be the smallest diameter suspended round fixture at 3-in.
(Temco), the firm that acquired rights to Globe Aircraft products, including the Swift lightplane. Temco used the Globe Swift Model GC-1B to create its two-seat primary trainer, known in company jargon as the TE-1.
No longer are the radical advances coming only from Beech, Cessna, and Piper - the Big Three lightplane airframe manufacturers - but from Cirrus Design, Stoddard-Hamilton, and Lancair, one-time makers of do-it-yourself experimental airplane kits for hobbyists.
Then there's the complexity of operating and navigating any high-performance lightplane, and the dangers posed by bad weather, mechanical problems, and inevitable pilot carelessness.
No wonder no major manufacturer has bothered to invest in and modernize the personal lightplane in any significant way.
Thunderstorms and airborne ice are a lightplane pilot's most serious weather threats.
FK Lightplanes' formula is a diminutive sport biplane it calls the FK12 Comet, which no one would ever mistake for an Evektor or a Remos at any distance.
FK Lightplanes is relatively unknown in the U.S., but has a larger presence in Europe, where the company has about 100 FK12s flying and several hundred FK9s, a highwing trainer similar to the Remos and Flight Design airplanes.
Wakefield is the author of two books on WWII liaison aircraft: Lightplanes at War: US Liaison Aircraft in Europe, 1942-1947 and Fighting Grasshoppers: US Liaison Aircraft Operations in Europe, 1943-1945.