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01/04/07 - PREPARATIONS BEING MADE FOR NEXT WEEK’S SEBRING EXPO

Anyone seeking the latest information on virtually any aspect of sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) will want to head to Sebring, Florida, next week, January 11-14, for the third annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo at the Sebring Regional Airport.

Nearly 120 exhibitors from throughout the world are scheduled to appear at this growing event, including all the prominent LSA manufacturers. Included in the mix are some new aircraft, says event chairman Bob Wood. Cessna will have its new Cessna Sport proof-of-concept aircraft on display and a new category entry is expected from Maule .Meanwhile, IndUS Aviation, Inc., will offer a sneak preview of some of the new components from LoPresti Speed Merchants included on its Thorpedo LP, a new model light-sport aircraft to be unveiled at Sun ‘n Fun 2007.

EAA has coordinated a full slate of informational forums, covering all aspects of SP/LSA, from the basics rule itself to questions you’ll want to ask before purchasing an LSA.

“It’s a different type of environment than EAA AirVenture Oshkosh or Sun ’n Fun,” remarked EAA’s Ron Wagner, Expo forums coordinator. “It’s focused solely on sport pilot-light-sport aircraft, and feels more like a large EAA sport pilot tour stop.”

Representatives from the FAA’s Light-Sport Aviation Branch in Oklahoma City will be present and will conduct a series of forums and answer questions. EAA will also be providing free sport pilot student pilot certificates with an FAA designated pilot examiner from 10 a.m-2 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.

Mary Jones, editor of EAA Sport Pilot & Light Sport Aircraft magazine, and EAA Chief Photographer Jim Koepnick will attend. EAA Membership Services staff will be on hand to help current and prospective EAA members join or renew, answer questions about EAA membership, its advantages, features, and benefits. Also slated to appear are representatives from Falcon Insurance Agency, administrators of the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan, and AirFleet Capital for the EAA Aircraft Financing Program.

Apart from the myriad aircraft manufacturers and dealers, exhibits will feature engines, avionics, propellers, coatings, and other aircraft components. There’s also much on the grounds slated for instructors and maintenance people.

Grounds are open at 7:30 a.m., with exhibits open from 8:30 a.m-5 p.m. (3 p.m. on Sunday). Demonstration flights are also scheduled throughout the Expo. For more information, visit www.sport-aviation-expo.com.


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