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Sport Pilot Training at the CGS Hawk Factory


CGS Hawk Arrow
CGS Hawk Arrow E-LSA at U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2010 in Sebring, Florida.

CGS Aviation has announced plans to offer full-immersion sport pilot training at the CGS facilities in Grand Bay, Alabama. Accommodations will be available for students who wish to train daily in the factory’s Hawk Arrow special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA), with the goal of returning home with their sport pilot certificate. An abbreviated version of this course will be available for pilots who intend to fly under FAR Part 103 ultralight rules. Anyone purchasing a new Hawk from CGS will receive a substantial discount on this program.

Company President Danny Dezauche reports CGS is currently building the aircraft that will be used in the training program. It’s powered by the 80-hp Rotax 912 and is only the second Hawk Arrow built with 912 power. The experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) versions of the Hawk Arrow have typically been powered by the 65-hp Rotax 582. Danny says the 912 version has all the power you’ll ever need. The new 80-hp, fuel-injected, turbocharged HKS 700T engine is also being considered for future development.

The new Hawk Arrow 912 S-LSA will have the U.S. Coast Guard color scheme. Danny thinks it will appeal to the retired naval instructor pilots from nearby Mobile, Alabama, that he hopes to recruit for the school. Flight instructors in the area willing to schedule lessons at CGS should contact the company by April 2011 when they expect to begin flying.

Flight instructors anywhere around the United States that are willing to travel to Alabama for full-immersion flight training are also welcome. CGS Aviation has an excellent sod runway right outside the factory door on its farm at 8970 Hunter Road, Grand Bay, Alabama 36541-5210. Contact CGS at 251-957-HAWK and check the CGS Aviation website for the latest news and information.


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