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A researcher at Popular Mechanics magazine, which recently featured a cover story on Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft (SP/LSA), earned his sport pilot certificate in eight days at Mid-Atlantic Sports Planes (MASPL), Sky Bryce Airport, Basye, Virginia. The effort is chronicled in a weblog on the magazine’s website. Davin Coburn, 26, achieved the feat in just eight days after stepping into an Zenith Zodiac 601XL LSA.

Devin Coburn, left, and Flight Examiner
Michael Price.

“He was intensely focused, highly motivated and a quick study,” noted Nathan Mayers, Coburn’s flight instructor. “He’s aware that he’s going to have to apply those skills soon so he doesn’t lose them, but I don’t think that’s going to be a problem. What he’s shown us all is that the Sport Pilot license is within reach of just about everyone.”

Coburn logged a total of 22 hours during the week, learning, practicing and reviewing the required maneuvers prior to being signed off by flight examiner Michael Price for his qualifying flight. He had passed his written exam before traveling to Virginia.

“This was a working vacation,” Coburn said. “It’s one I’ll remember for the rest of my life, but at no time did it involve lounge chairs or drinks that come with umbrellas. I flew when I could, and generally studied when I couldn’t.

“The harder you work beforehand, the less your instructor will have to dwell on the basics.”

To read the full weblog, visit www.popularmechanics.com/blog/outdoors/2073502.html. To learn more about the sport pilot flight-training program at MASPL, contact Jim Pellien at 703/851-9375 or visit www.MASPL.com.

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