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EAA’s Sport Pilot Tour made its second stop—and first as a standalone event—at St. Charles County Airport - Smartt Field (SET) in suburban St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, June 11. More that 260 people turned out to learn more about the new flying category, plus see and receive flight demonstrations in several certificated light-sport aircraft. On hand for EAA were Rick Larsen, vice president of marketing, Ron Wagner, and Katrina Bradshaw, along with marketing consultant Dan Johnson. SP/LSA presentations were all well attended.

Thanks to EAA Chapter 32, which served as host and provided its terrific Chapter Hangar as event headquarters.

“This was a successful event and a terrific way to kick off our stand-alone tour stops,” Wagner said. “These events can stand on their own – we brought out well over 250 people in so-so weather who wanted to learn more about this exciting new flying opportunity.”

That weather prevented some of the manufacturers from bringing their aircraft. Planes that appeared included the Indus SkyScooter; American Legend Cub; SportAir USA StingSport; Zenith Zenair 601XLS; and Flight Designs CT2K. Piper Cub fractional ownership company TimePieces and Ballistic Recovery Systems also exhibited.

Prior to the event on Friday, EAA representatives hosted a Chapter leaders ice cream social attended by about 18 people from Chapters throughout the St. Louis area.

“We’re looking forward to moving on to Franklin, Pennsylvania’s Venago Regional Airport (FKL) next week,” Wagner added. “We have more than a dozen manufacturers signed up to attend, so I invite everyone to fly in or drive to Franklin and discover this new and exciting kind of recreational flying.”

Gates open at 8 a.m. and forums begin at 9. Host EAA Chapters 161 and 988 will serve a pancake breakfast and lunch will also be available. There is no admission charge.

SportAir USA's Sting Sport rolling down the ramp.

EAA's Ron Wagner addresses a full hangar
during his sport pilot forum.

IndUs' Sky Scooter on display at Smartt Field.

Host EAA Chapter 32 provided its hangar facilities
and hospiltality for the Sport Pilot Tour stop.

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