Check out the lighter side of aviation at Summit

Tecnam EagletMore than 2,000 sport pilot certificates have been issued since the rules were issued in 2004. If you’re thinking about joining the ranks of this growing segment of the pilot population, find out more at AOPA Aviation Summit, Nov. 5 through 7, in Tampa, Fla.

With the wide variety of light sport aircraft on the market, sport pilot certification can open up a world of opportunities. EAA Vice President of Industry and Regulatory Affairs Earl Lawrence will moderate a panel of light sport and sport pilot experts at Summit to answer your questions about sport pilot certification and finding an aircraft to fit the way you fly.

Sport pilot rules provide options for students looking for a less expensive way to get a pilot certificate, and for private pilots who choose not to renew their medical certificates. Find out how to become a sport pilot, how to take advantage of your sport pilot privileges, and what to consider if you’re thinking about buying a light sport aircraft.

Dan Johnston, president of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association; Richard Michaels, FAA Sport Pilot Office principal operations inspector; and Terry Chasteen, FAA light sport aircraft program manager, will talk about the possibilities of becoming a sport pilot and owning an LSA. Also on the panel is Jill Tallman, associate editor of AOPA Pilot and AOPA Flight Training magazines. Tallman flew and reported on the Tecnam Eaglet for the June 2009 AOPA Pilot.

Attend this forum to learn what’s new in the LSA and sport pilot arena. Sign up for AOPA Aviation Summit today!

September 14, 2009