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More than 500 registered attendees enjoyed the new certificated designs, the most up-to-date information, and beautiful Southern California weather during Saturday’s EAA Sport Pilot Tour stop at Camarillo Airport (CMA). EAA Chapter 723 hosted the event, which was described as the best yet out of five tour stops.

With 15 aircraft on display from 14 manufacturers, the ramp was full of everyone from curious onlookers to serious buyers. Meanwhile the EAA Chapter hangars were “standing room only” for presentations on SP/LSA by EAA’s Earl Lawrence and sport pilot marketing consultant Dan Johnson.

“From all accounts, this was a great event,” said Chapter 723 tour stop coordinator George Hurd. “We all were a little concerned on Friday with the (rainy) weather, but we awoke Saturday to severe clear skies and a spectacular day. Attendees and manufacturers were very complimentary about the event.”

Several attendees took the opportunity to apply for and receive free sport pilot student pilot certificates. Dozens waited patiently in the EAA Chapter room for the FAA representative to sign off on certificates and by the end of the day about 40 were issued.

Aircraft present included:

  • Zenith 601
  • Jabiru J250 & J200
  • Evektor Sportstar
  • Gryf Air Sport Rider
  • Fantasy Air Allegro
  • Legend Cub
  • Higher Class Super Hornet
  • Kappa KP-5
  • TL Sport Aircraft StingSport
  • Flight Design CT
  • Avia Design A-16 Sport Falcon
  • Czech Aircraft Works Parrot
  • Comco-Ikarus Breezer
  • RANS S-6

Many of the manufacturers scheduled Sunday demonstration flights with serious buyers. EAA chapters—and EAA itself—added to their membership rolls with impressed visitors who saw the benefits of belonging.

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, Florida, on January 12-15. For more information, visit www.sportpilot.org.

Visitors examine the Sting Sport.
(Photo by Jim Gallager)

People lined up for free sport pilot student pilot
certificates. (Photo by Jim Gallager)

The Breezer draws a crowd at Camarillo.
(Photo by Jim Gallager)

EAA’s Earl Lawrence talks to a packed hangar.
(Photo by Jim Gallager)

Future sport pilots? (Photo by Jim Gallager)

Dale Fox talks to some folks about the Breezer.
(Photo from EAA Chapter 723)

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