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09/27/05 - NAFI’S SEBRING SYMPOSIUM TO FEATURE FLIGHT SCHOOL EXPERTS

Arlynn McMahon, Chief Instructor at Aero-Tech Aviation, will join the faculty for NAFI’s Sport Pilot Symposium in Sebring, Florida in October. Marty Weaver, chief of the FAA’s Light-Sport Aviation Branch, will also teach at the symposium. McMahon and Weaver will join aviation marketing guru Jack Vandeventer, Falcon Insurance representative Bob Mackey, and NAFI Executive Director Rusty Sachs at the October 29 seminar at the Chateau Elan on Sebring Regional Airport (SEF), Florida.

The NAFI Sport Pilot Symposium, conducted at various sites throughout the year, will mark its first anniversary at Sebring, site of the inaugural session last year. This symposium takes place during the second U.S. Sport Pilot Expo, with more than 100 aircraft manufacturers, distributors, and exhibitors convening at the airfield.

“We’re very excited about this year’s symposium,” said Sachs earlier this week. “Last year’s success convinced us to return, and the sport pilot world has moved far forward in the intervening time. This year’s symposium offers information to flight instructors unavailable a year ago—such as how to make a profit by putting a light-sport aircraft on the flight line.”

A new feature planned at Sebring explores the long-term cost to a flight school of operating light-sport aircraft for instruction. Ms. McMahon has developed a spreadsheet to use in analyzing the profit margins of such aircraft.

“A year ago there were no certificated light-sport aircraft available in the country,” Sachs remarked. “Today there are nearly a dozen, and most are marketed in ways unfamiliar to American flight schools. This symposium will help folks determine the best way to maximize their profits as they enter this growing field.”

The daylong symposium costs $99 for NAFI members, who may register on line at www.nafinet.org


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