In the past the AOPA ramp was dominated by the big players, the major manufacturers, during the annual June AOPA Fly-In. But today is different, and light sport aircraft manufacturers and flight schools are all over the very crowded ramp. Chesapeake Sport Pilot is a light sport flying school and rental business at Bay Bridge Airport across the Bay Bridge from Annapolis, Md. They had six light sport airplanes in their inventory today, but tomorrow, make that seven. They are getting a new Tecnam model to join several models in the fleet and already have some Sky Arrow aircraft. They have 55 students and 40 renters and are nice people to do business with if you live in the Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Annapolis area. Remos is here along with Fantasy Air, Jabiru, the Zodiac CH601, and Flight Design that makes the CT, the German-based best-selling light sport aircraft in the United States. That’s not to say they overshadow the big companies. Piper is here in force with a 6X and a Malibu Matrix. Cessna has several of its most popular GA models here and lots of representatives to handle the crowd. And Beechcraft has a Baron G58, a Bonanza A36 like the one AOPA owns except it is decades newer, and a King Air C90 GTi. Companies on the move include Liberty with an XL2 on the AOPA ramp and Quartz Mountain Aerospace with a QMA 11E (think Luscombe with a nosewheel). The gang’s all here–with important new members.
Tags: Al Marsh