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EAA Sport Pilot Instructor Database Expands To More Than 320 Flight Teachers Nationwide


EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (Jan. 11, 2006) —There are now more than 320 flight instructors throughout the country ready to welcome people who are pursuing their dreams of flight through the new sport pilot category, and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is making it easier than ever to connect aspiring pilots with flight teachers in their areas.

EAA’s sport pilot website (www.sportpilot.org) now lists the locations and contact information for this growing list of flight instructors. The list includes those who can give instruction in amateur-built aircraft, powered parachutes and other less-common types of aircraft.

There are thousands of people who have an interest in discovering recreational flight as a sport pilot, and EAA is meeting their needs by making it easy to find an instructor in their state, said Tom Poberezny, EAA president. In less than 18 months since the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule became effective, we are seeing the infrastructure blossom to make it successful. Savvy flight instructors understand that sport pilot means more business for them, with more people enjoying the wonderful world of flight.

Existing flight instructors are eligible to offer sport pilot instruction, and those who are current EAA members, or members of the EAA-affiliated National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), can also have their names listed by registering at www.sportpilot.org/instructors.

EAA is working with NAFI to provide flight instructors the information and resources they need to welcome sport pilot students, and encourages instructors to be included on this growing list. In addition, EAA continues to reach local flight schools during EAA's national Sport Pilot Tour and at special events, such as the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo at Sebring, Fla., on Jan. 13-15.

EAA, The Leader in Recreational Aviation, is an international association with 170,000 members and 1,000 local Chapters. To join EAA or for more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or go to www.eaa.org.

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