History of Airon Aircraft, LLC and the Lightning Sport Aircraft
The Airon Aircraft Corporation was founded in early 2004 by Nick Otterbak, Ben Krotje and Pete Krotjie. The aircraft is built of fiberglass components made in Wisconsin by Custom Fiberglass Molding Inc.
The Lightning design as a kit uses production wings that are fitted to an aircraft kit called the Esqual. Because of this hybrid structure, the nickname for the kit became “Frankensqual". The initial fitting and flight testing started during the summer of 2005 on this unique wing profile and sleek looking airplane.
Later in 2005, the other components for the prototype aircraft came out of initial load testing and assembly began March 2006. The first aircraft, N233AL, began the test flights for the newly designed aircraft. The first test flight included flutter test above 270 miles per hour TAS and other intense flight readiness tests. The first test flights also included a bird strike with a turkey buzzard striking the propeller causing an unscheduled glide test proving the air worthiness of this kit plane.
With its debut at Sun N’ Fun in 2006, Airon Aircraft, LLC and the Lightning made an impression on the sport aviation community. With over 120 aircraft delivered to more than 5 different countries, nearly 50% have been built and flown by customers.
Airon Aircraft was granted and certified a Special Light Sport Aircraft certification during the spring of 2009 after testing beyond the minimum limits of the Light Sport Aircraft certification process. Offering both the kit version (Lightning EAB) and the Lightning (LSA), Airon Aircraft, LLC is located in Shelbyville, Tennessee.
With high standards and quality assurance with each build, the Airon Aircraft provides customization of the Lightning aircraft providing dozens of options and state of the art cockpits for Light Sport Aircraft.