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The latest offerings in general aviation’s highest-growth segment were on display in the Land of 10,000 Lakes on Saturday, August 19, during EAA’s Sport Pilot Tour stop. About 500 enthusiasts came to AirLake, Minnesota, Airport where they saw a tour record number of LSA-eligible aircraft in display and participated in one of the best tour stops yet.

“We’re just delighted,” said Dan Johnson, one of the event organizers. “This ended up being one of our strongest events so far. The people really seemed to like it.” As did those with airplanes on display; several exhibitors reported taking orders for aircraft and numerous sales leads were generated.

Nine special LSA (S-LSA) were on display along with eight other LSA-eligible airplanes, providing a wide variety of aircraft for visitors to check out. Were it not for poor en route weather, at least four S-LSA would have showed up as well.

Fifty-seven EAA members seized the opportunity to receive a free sport pilot student pilot certificate courtesy of EAA. Area EAA chapters 25 (Minneapolis) and 237 (Anoka) hosted the event. On Friday evening, about 20 Minnesota chapter leaders met with EAA representatives, including Senior Vice President Bob Warner, to discuss future direction of EAA programming, as well as EAA’s chapter recruitment efforts.

LSA North, a successful flight school specializing in SP/LSA, held the tour stop at its Aircraft Resource Center facilities.

All the informational forums were well attended, said EAA’s Ron Wagner, manager of field relations and sport pilot expert who spoke several times throughout the day.

Nearly 60 EAAers signed up for free sport pilot student pilot certificates.


People check out the Evektor LSA Saturday near Minneapolis

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