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EAA Chapter 1 and its beautiful facilities at historic Flabob airport, Riverside, California, hosted one of the most successful and well-attended Sport Pilot Tour stops last Saturday, December 2. More than 600 aviation enthusiasts learned the latest information about fun recreational flying provided by sport pilot/light-sport aircraft. They also had a chance to inspect a record 17 registered aircraft on display.

“It was a very successful event by any measure,” remarked Ron Wagner, manager of field operations and tour coordinator. “Our host Chapter, EAA 1, has an outstanding facility. Their members showed great pride in hosting this great event.” Wagner made sport pilot presentations throughout the day to capacity audiences assembled in the forum tent.

EAAers signed up for a total of 22 EAA-sponsored sport pilot student pilot certificates, Wagner said, and EAA membership services reported brisk activity at the registration booth.

About the only disappointment came when it was learned that EAA President Tom Poberezny would be unable to attend as planned because of canceled flights caused by the Midwest’s first blizzard of the season

However, there were some notable surprise visitors. John and Martha King, who operate the King Schools and have developed a popular sport pilot checkride course, stopped in to meet with aviation enthusiasts at Flabob.

This coming Saturday, December 9, the sport pilot tour will make its final stop of the year at Brown Field in San Diego. Chapter 14, one of EAA’s most active, will serve as hosts. Between now and then, Wagner will visit with a number of area EAA chapter members. On Sunday evening, he joined Chapter 14 for their annual awards dinner.

For more information on the Brown Field event, visit EAA’s sport pilot website.

People line up to inspect the latest
offerings in light-sport aviation.

Visitors look at the cockpit
of a Tecnam Sierra.

Registrants enter Flabob Airport
and the Sport Pilot Tour Saturday.

Ron Wagner tells the audience to
possibilities that come with SP/LSA.

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Phone: 920/426.4800

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