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05/08/03 - EAA ANNOUNCES SPORT PILOT & LIGHT-SPORT AIRCRAFT MAGAZINE
Increases Commitment to Sport Pilot Initiative
EAA President Tom Poberezny announced today that when FAA publishes the sport pilot and light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) final rules, EAA will launch EAA Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft magazine. He added that EAA will also roll out its training programs and other services being developed to assist persons interested in transitioning to or becoming sport pilots, including assistance for members wishing to transition their aircraft to light-sport aircraft (LSA) status.
“The sport pilot and light-sport rules will offer a great opportunity to revitalize personal recreational flying,” Poberezny said. “For 50 years, EAA’s focus has been on keeping aviation affordable. The SP/LSA rules will offer a simplified regulatory path that will remove the barriers of time and money that have prevented many people from earning a pilot certificate or continuing their flying activities. The new light-sport aircraft category will offer enthusiasts the opportunity to purchase more affordable ready-to-fly aircraft and aircraft kits that will require less building time. These new rules will benefit users and the entire industry, and we applaud FAA’s efforts in responding to the needs of this community.
“This magazine, along with programs and services that we’re developing, represent EAA’s continuing commitment to make flying for fun more accessible.”
Planned as a 64-page, all-color magazine, EAA Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft will be in the mail within three months of FAA’s announcement of the SP/LSA final rules. With the publication of the new magazine, EAA will retire Experimenter magazine. Its readers will receive EAA Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft.
Experimenter Editor Mary Jones will edit EAA Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft. Poberezny added that EAA Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft will continue to serve the interests and needs of those who enjoyed Experimenter magazine. “In addition to new editorial content, the aircraft and activities currently covered in Experimenter will continue be covered in EAA Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft magazine. It will encompass powered parachutes, trikes and fixed-wing ultralights, and homebuilt and kit aircraft that meet the LSA definition, including appropriate homebuilding ‘how to’ information specific to the LSA category. And, EAA Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft will reach out beyond the current Experimenter community to encourage more folks to become involved with recreational aviation.”
FAA Sport Pilot Team Manager Sue Gardner was delighted to hear the news. “FAA is very excited that there will be a new magazine specifically committed to the SP/LSA community. It shows the community’s commitment to the work FAA has done, and it assures FAA that it will have support from the community as the agency moves forward with implementation of the rules.
“Once again, EAA is showing its leadership role and its commitment to the industry and the community, and its willingness to work with FAA for the benefit of all.”