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More than 250 people visited Smyrna Airport (MQY) in the Nashville, Tennessee, area Saturday, May 6, as EAA Chapter 162 hosted the eighth EAA Sport Pilot Tour stop. Following the success of the previous stops, the Smyrna tour stop presented local aviation enthusiasts with complete information about how to get involved in the new recreational aviation category.

That included several well-attended informational forums held throughout the day, plus numerous questions and answers, and several new special light-sport aircraft on display with manufacturer’s representatives on hand.

EAA’s Charlie Becker, sport pilot program manager, and Ron Wagner, manager of EAA field relations and sport pilot expert, were on hand along with the chapter volunteers and manufacturers. Throughout the day nearly 30 sport pilot student pilot certificates were issued by the FAA and provided by EAA, allowing dozens more future sport pilots to begin their LSA flight training.

Aircraft on display included the Jabiru USA Sport Aircraft J170-SP/J250-SP; Czech Aircraft Works Sport Cruiser; American Legend AL3C-100 Cub; Indus Aviation T211 Thorpedo; Iniziative Industriali Italiane Sky Arrow 600 Sport; Airborne Windsports Edge XT-912-B; Flight Design CT; Remos Aircraft G-3; and the TL Ultralight Sting Sport.

“The event continued EAA’s efforts to bring sport pilot out to several locations throughout the nation, allowing people to get the information they need,” Wagner said. “We were pleased to do that, and thank Chapter 162 for providing their great Southern Hospitality as the event hosts.”

The next tour stop in scheduled to take place on June 17 at Lewis University Airport (LOT), Romeoville, Illinois. Host will be EAA Chapter 15.

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