FA04 Peregine light sport aircraft

The Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) and Sport Pilot initiatives by the FAA and Experimental Aircraft Association open up flying to a wider range of people who, until now, may have thought they could never fulfill their dream of learning to fly or owning a modern up-to-date aircraft.

At Hansen Air Group we offer sales, service, and rental for the light sport aircraft we feel provide the best value to help you experience the joy of flight.

Able Flight LSA Team Crosses U.S. In 17 Hoursin FA-04 Peregrine.

Jessica Scharle and instructor Matt Hansen
Purpose: to demonstrate LSA are a viable way to fly long distance, but also to publicize Able Flight's nonprofit flight training scholarship program for people with physical disabilities. Their Peregrine FA-04 is a factory-built SLSA that produced an average groundspeed of 110 knots. It carries 30 gallons of fuel.

Cross this big country east to west in a day? ...in a Light-Sport Aircraft? Yup! On June 8, pilots Matt Hansen and Jessica Scharle successfully completed a transcontinental flight in Peregrine FA-04, dashing 1,813.5 nautical miles from Florida to California. After making five stops along the way the duo touched down at Gillespie Field near San Diego at 10:22 PM, marking an elapsed time of 19 hours and 21 minutes, which includes time for fuel stops. Total flying time was just over 17 hours.

*** They may have accomplished the feat to help nonprofit Able Flight in its mission to assist disabled folks learn to fly, but I think these twentysomething pilots showed they have the right stuff. That's even more obvious when you hear Jessica Scharle courageously overcame a rare medical condition that fused almost every joint in her body. Nearly immobilized at one time, numerous surgeries, years of physical therapy, and personal determination helped Jessica become completely independent.

*** After all that, a flight across America must have seemed a lighthearted jaunt. Indeed, when Jessica Scharle and instructor Matt Hansen arrived and were asked about the toughest part of their flight, they said in unison, "Texas." Hansen, 23, is a flight instructor who trains people with disabilities to fly. Scharle is 24 and an Able Flight scholarship recipient who earned her Sport Pilot certificate at Hansen Air Group.