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Another well-attended EAA Sport Pilot Tour event took place on Saturday, September 9, at the Lawrence Municipal Airport in Massachusetts, about 30 miles north of Boston. An estimated 400 aviation enthusiasts came to attend seminars, speak to sport pilot experts, and most of all, see the airplanes that can be flown under the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rules.

There were 12 aircraft on display, and every single vendor expressed satisfaction regarding the interest and activity levels they experienced throughout the day. Aircraft exhibitors included Flight Design CT; Jabiru USA Sport Aircraft; JIHLAVAN Airplanes; Evektor; Fantasy Air; TL Ultralight; and Czech Aircraft Works.

EAA also welcomed FAA’s Light-Sport Aircraft Branch Manager Larry Clymer and Aviation Safety Inspector Edsel Ford, who visited from the branch office in Oklahoma City

EAA Chapter 106, headed by Penny Bowman, organized local support and promoting the event to airports all over the area, as well as volunteering to help run the event. The airport itself provided its maintenance hangar to conduct the several forums held throughout the day.

Along with traditional presentations by EAA’s Ron Wagner (Sport Pilot: Now You Can Fly!) and consultant Dan Johnson (What Aircraft Are Here?), attendees flocked to renowned Rotax expert Phil Lockwood’s signature forum on Rotax 9-series engine maintenance. Jack Keenan of the Boston FSDO also presented an FAA Wings Safety program.

Other forums presented focused on sport pilot eligible aircraft & maintenance requirements; medical issues, and information for flight schools.

EAA sponsored the issuance of 24 sport pilot student pilot certificates to EAA members. Since EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005, EAA has provided nearly 1,200 free certificates for members.

EAA hosted a Chapter Leaders Gathering on Friday evening, with about 20 representatives from several area chapters meeting EAA staff members.

EAA has two more sport pilot tour stops remaining this year, December 2 at Flabob Airport in Riverside, California (hosted by EAA Chapter 1), and December 9 at Brown Field in San Diego (Chapter 14).

FAA Light Sport Aviation Branch manager,
Larry Clymer, seated in Rob Albright’s
AirBorne XT trike.

Attendees gather around an Evektor Sportstar.

A dozen LSA were on diplay at Lawrence.

CAW’s Sport Cruiser draws a crowd.

EAA’s Tammy Nowland works the
EAA membership table at the
Lawrence Sport Pilot Tour stop.

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