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NAFI Conducts Sport Pilot Symposium

EAA’s commitment to educate members and others nationwide about the new Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft rule took an important step with the first EAA Sport Pilot Tour stop at the Golden West EAA Regional Fly-In last weekend, June 3-5. EAA Senior Vice President Bob Warner and staffers Katrina Bradshaw, Ron Wagner, and Dan Johnson gave forums, answered questions, and helped coordinate sport pilot activities on the grounds at Yuba County, California, Airport. Meanwhile, the National Association of Flight Instructors held another in its series of informative Sport Pilot Symposiums.

Eleven light-sport aircraft manufacturers had aircraft on display, most of which offered demonstration rides to potential customers. Over the weekend, more than 100 demo flights were provided.

“We couldn’t have picked a better event to launch the tour,” Wagner said. “The reception was very positive, and we were able to help dozens of people get the answers to their sport pilot questions.” More than 100 people took part in a sport pilot forum featuring a very well received presentation by Warner on aviation for newcomers.

Ron Wagner addresses Sport Pilot Tour
attendees at Marysville, California.

NAFI Symposium

An enthusiastic and energetic gathering describes the NAFI Sport Pilot Symposium, held in concert with EAA’s Sport Pilot Tour. “The rapidly developing world of sport pilot aviation will bring the enjoyment of flight to many more enthusiasts, because it significantly lowers barriers to becoming a pilot.” said NAFI Executive Director Rusty Sachs. “That means this new realm of recreational aviation creates a promising business opportunity for flight instructors who are prepared for this influx of new participants,” Sachs said.

Mark Aldridge of FAA’s Sport Pilot Branch gave presentations on duties and responsibilities and the other on practical test standards for sport pilot ratings.

Renowned recreational pilot trainer Paul Hamilton presented information on the broad variety of LSA that can be flown under the sport pilot rule, featuring his incredible video images.

Flight instructor and businessman Jack Vandeventer provided a compelling presentation on how to market and build a successful flight-instruction business. "Adopting Jack Vandeventer's ideas will add ten grand a year to an instructor's income." (From a symposium participant.)

Also, a Falcon Insurance Agency representative discussed coverage through the NAFI Insurance Plan.

More to come

The EAA Sport Pilot Tour heads back out on the road during the next two weeks. This weekend, June 10-11, EAA Chapter 32 welcomes the tour to St. Louis, Missouri, at the Aviation Resource Center, St. Charles County Airport, Smart Field (SET).

The following week, June 17-18,Chapters 161 and 988 host an event at the Venage Regional Airport (FKL) in Franklin, Pennsylvania. For more information on the Sport Pilot Tour, visit

The NAFI Symposium will also be present in Franklin June 17-18, and appear in Louisville, Kentucky, September 10-11. For more information, visit the
NAFI website.

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