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11/09/05 - TEXAS WELCOMES EAA SPORT PILOT TOUR THIS WEEKEND
The fall/winter 2005-06 leg of EAA’s Sport Pilot Tour kicks off this Saturday, November 12, at McKinney, Texas’ Collin County Regional Airport (TKI). Aviation enthusiasts young and old are invited to learn all about sport pilot/light-sport aircraft, the new, exciting way to get involved in flying with lower cost and time barriers.
This event, which is free and open to the public, features seven different forum presentations for new and experienced aviation enthusiasts. Several manufacturers will have their light-sport aircraft on display and may offer demonstration flights.
“For the many, many people who have dreamed of learning to fly or getting back into aviation at an affordable level, now is the time,” said Ron Wagner, EAA manager of field relations. “The EAA Sport Pilot Tour opens the possibilities of personal flight to individuals and lets them know how to get started. There are light-sport aircraft on-site that can provide demonstration flights and open exciting ways to take to the sky.”
Flying will begin immediately after the 8 a.m. pilot briefing and continue throughout the day, weather permitting. Some other presentation subjects include medical issues for FAA-licensed pilots; eligible aircraft and maintenance requirements; how to buy an LSA; flight school issues, and much more.
“We’ll be showing our members, other aviators, and the public that this is an exciting time for recreational aviation, which is rapidly moving to the fore as an affordable outdoor-adventure pastime,” said Wagner, who has met and talked with thousands of aviation enthusiasts about sport pilot during the past year.
Pilots attending the tour stop can get credit for an FAA Wings Safety Program. WingsPoint Aviation Services will host the tour stop.
Another EAA Sport Pilot Tour Stop takes place on December 3 in Camarillo, California, Additional locations for 2006 will be announced soon. In addition, EAA will bring many of the tour’s informational and demonstration elements to the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo at Sebring, Fla., on Jan. 12-15. Detailed information is available at EAA’s www.sportpilot.org website.