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Light-Sport Flight School First to Exceed 10,000 Flight Hours

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Helen Woods, chief flight instructor at the Chesapeake Sport Pilot flight school in Stevensville, Maryland, announced that Chesapeake is the first light-sport flight school in the nation to exceed 10,000 flight hours on its fleet of light-sport aircraft. Started in early 2007 as a one-plane operation, Chesapeake Sport Pilot has grown to seven airplanes, with more than a dozen highly qualified instructors, and approximately 60 students in training at any given time.

"When we started CSP, we didn't know what to expect,” said CSP owner Tim Adelman. “Thinking back to January 2007, we didn't expect to become this big. We are excited that our passion for aviation is shared so enthusiastically by all those involved, including our staff, instructors, students, and renters.” Many of the CSP instructors are retired airline or military pilots. “When you have Naval and Air Force aviators, captains of Boeing 777s, and a staff averaging nearly 10,000 hours each, the level of aviation expertise at CSP is truly remarkable," Tim explained.

During the past four years, CSP has also promoted the aviation community through a variety of community service activities. CSP is an official squadron of the Youth Aviation Adventure – Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts program and frequently hosts EAA Young Eagles rallies and FAA Wings seminars. These events are organized by staff and customer volunteers. “It is our mission as a school not only to produce well-trained pilots, but to produce active and involved aviation citizens,” said Helen.

In 2008, CSP, under the guidance of Rotax-certified, 22-year IA mechanic Jamie Shimer, opened a full-service light-sport, experimental, and traditional aircraft maintenance facility housed in its new 6,000-square-foot hangar at Bay Bridge Airport. In 2009, CSP became a dealer for the SeaRey amphibian, and this year it became the U.S. distributor for the AutoGyro gyroplane. For more information, please call 410-604-1717, e-mail helen@chesapeakesportpilot.com, or visit  www.ChesapeakeSportPilot.com.

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