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EAA Sport Pilot Tour Rolls Into Nashville Area, Setting the Stage for Fun and Flying

 

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (May 1, 2006) — The new, exciting way to get involved in flying with less time and expense is coming to the Nashville/Smyrna area this month! The Experimental Aircraft Association's "Sport Pilot Tour" rolls into to the Smyrna Airport beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, ready to introduce people to the possibilities within the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft revolution.

EAA's Sport Pilot Tour, hosted locally by EAA Chapter 162, arrives with the information and tools needed to seize and enjoy this recreational-aviation opportunity, for both experienced pilots and new fliers. That includes some of the brand-new, ready-to-fly light-sport aircraft and informative talk sessions to help people get started in this new facet of personal flight.

The Tour has already made successful stops in other major cities over the past year, including Dallas, Phoenix, Atlanta, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. Each stop shows people how they can get into the sky as a pilot with less time and expense than they ever thought possible.

"Now is the time for the many, many people who have dreamed of learning to fly or getting back into aviation at an affordable level," said Ron Wagner, EAA manager of field relations. "Sport pilot was introduced to reduce the time and cost traditionally associated with flying and the infrastructure for your success is rapidly taking shape. The EAA Sport Pilot Tour opens the possibilities of personal flight to individuals and lets them know how to get started. There are light-sport aircraft on-site that can provide demonstration flights and open exciting ways to take to the sky."

Among the activities at the Sport Pilot Tour stop, which is based at the new Smyrna Air Center at 621 Fitzhugh Boulevard, next to the airport terminal building in Smyrna, are:

  • Forums that explain what you need to begin realizing your own dream of flight;
  • Flight instructors who will answer your questions on how to get started;
  • Aircraft that are available right now for fun flying, at less than half the cost of a traditional small aircraft;
  • Representatives from EAA and its local chapters, who can show you the fun, flying and friendship waiting for you in the world's largest recreational aviation organization.

EAA worked with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for more than a decade to create a category of pilots and aircraft that meets the needs of those who fly purely for recreation. Sport pilots can be new entrants to aviation, experienced aviators looking for a simple, back-to-basics way to enjoy flying, or those who want to start building their flying skills and eventually pursue more advanced piloting.

"We'll be showing our members, other aviators, and the public that this is an exciting time for recreational aviation, which is rapidly moving to the fore as an affordable outdoor-adventure pastime," said Wagner, who has met and talked with thousands of aviation enthusiasts about sport pilot during the past 18 months.

FAA will participate with EAA during these tour stops, giving credit for "Wings" safety seminar attendance for participating in Sport Pilot Tour safety programs related to light-sport aviation. Other tour highlights include sport pilot forums, education for flight instructors, plus light-sport aircraft manufacturer displays and demonstrations.

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. EAA AirVenture information is also available through the World Wide Web at www.airventure.org.

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