July 31, 2012
By Ian J. Twombly
Flight Design added a number of new Flight Design Pilot Centers in recent weeks, the light sport aircraft manufacturer said recently.
The new centers are North Coast Air in Santa Rosa, Calif., Southwestern Aviation in Benson, Ariz., and the Hampton Airfield in North Hampton, N.H. The three new locations bring the total number of pilot centers to 31.
Each Flight Design Pilot Center offers a Flight Design aircraft for instruction toward a light sport or private pilot certificate. The curriculum was designed especially for Flight Design by Gleim Publications.
According to www.bydanjohnson.com, Flight Design remains the LSA industry leader in terms of aircraft on the FAA registry, with more than 15 percent of the market, as of the end of last year. Although primarily an LSA manufacturer, Flight Design is working on a four-place certificated airplane called the C4.
Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
Light Sport Aircraft,
Pilot Training and Certification
AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.
The FAA on Feb. 23 issued a special airworthiness information bulletin recommending preflight inspection of Robinson R44 and R44 II main rotors.
New legislation in both houses of Congress would allow thousands of pilots to fly without a third class medical and offer new protections for GA pilots.
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