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05/04/06 - WAGNER ‘HITS THE ROAD’ BETWEEN SPORT PILOT TOUR STOPS
EAA’s Sport Pilot Tour, fresh off last week’s successful Atlanta-area stop, will be in Smyrna/Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday, May 6, to introduce aviation enthusiasts to the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft revolution.
Meanwhile, EAA Manager of Field Operations and Sport Pilot Tour Director Ron Wagner hit the road to visit several fixed-base operators and flight schools between the two cities to further explain instructional opportunities to owner/operators.
“I essentially gave a series of mini-forums to explain the initiative and how FBOs and flight schools could add sport pilot to their businesses,” he said. “Without question, everyone I’ve talked with has expressed an interest in light-sport aircraft. For the most part, people realize sport pilot is out there, that it’s creating more and more attention, and they seem genuinely interested in learning more about it.”
As SP/LSA continues to grow, the sheer demand for services like flight instruction and aircraft rental will make aircraft purchase decisions easier for FBOs and flight schools, Wagner said. He has also talked with a number of aircraft brokers who report some movement by their customers from larger aircraft to LSA.
Wagner and Charlie Becker, EAA sport pilot manager, head EAA’s team of sport pilot experts who will be at the Smyrna Airport (MQY) Saturday. The event, hosted by EAA Chapter 162, begins at 8 a.m. and features forum presentations throughout the day; aircraft on display by several LSA manufacturers; opportunities for demonstration flights (weather permitting); and free issued sport pilot student pilot certificates for EAA members.
For more information, visit the EAA sport pilot website.