Posts Tagged ‘LSAs; Light Sport Aircraft; sport pilot’

More LSA fun in the Midwest

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

If you didn’t make it to Sebring, Florida, last week for the US Sport Expo, fear not: More LSA fun can be had in September. Simply point your airplane or car toward Southern Illinois. The Midwest LSA Expo will be held Sept. 23-25 at Mount Vernon Outland Airport (KMVN).

Airport Director Chris Collins came up to the 2010 Fun to Fly display at Sebring, and he told me plans are under way to make the Midwest event bigger and better than last year’s, which was the inaugural expo. Chris brims with enthusiasm when he talks about the expo, which, he admitted, had somewhat spotty attendance last year because of rain. But organizers got a lot of support from the community and those who did make it in were well pleased with the variety of LSAs on display. He says organizers are trying to meet everyone’s needs, from scheduling evening activities like movie screenings to making sure there are prompt shuttle buses from KMVN to the hotels that are located a few miles from the airport. Find out more at the Web site, or call 618-242-7016. For lodging information, call 800-252-5464.

There’s an airplane in my mall, part two

Friday, January 8th, 2010

We saw a mini-wave of light sport aircraft popping up in malls around the country this past holiday season. Chesapeake Sport Pilot in Maryland put a Tecnam in an Annapolis mall; Air Orlando positioned a Remos inside a Florida mall, and US Aviation in Texas put their Remos at a Lewisville mall  for an entire month. It’s a savvy marketing technique that capitalizes on the smaller size of the LSAs. While all of the flight schools said the response was good, US Aviation came back with numbers: They sold 170 introductory flights and gots dozens of sales and partnership contacts.

It’s a variation on the theme of “If Mohammed won’t come to the mountain…” That is, if we can’t get folks to our airports, then we need to look for opportunities to bring our airplanes to them. And it shows no signs of stopping.

LSA North, a flight school near Minneapolis, said this week it will position a Flight Design CT at Mall of America on Sunday, Jan. 10. They’re there to support the Boy Scouts of America, who are hosting an “Extreme Day” at the Mall. The event is to raise funds for Project Extreme, a nonprofit that provides innovative services and programming for teens at risk and their families.

“Airplanes have a high profile and bringing one inside the shopping mall can spark discussions and offer a path to flying that should appeal to youth,” said LSA North’s Scott Caverly.