Light-Sport Expo Planned Next October

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The airplane classification hasn't been formally created but already the first convention of light-sport aircraft (LSA) manufacturers and suppliers is being organized. The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo will be held at Sebring Airport in Florida Oct. 28-31, 2004. "We are extremely excited about the advent of the light-sport aircraft category and the new sport pilot certificate and we look forward to this opportunity to display these aircraft and other products ..." said Expo Chairman Bob Wood. The new aircraft and certificate rules continue to grind through the approval process at the Department of Transportation. There's no firm estimate of when they will be finally enacted. Hard-surface commercial display sites will be available at the expo, as will camping and other amenities. In addition to the product displays, there will be educational forums on the new aircraft and certificate standards. EAA staff familiar with the rules will do the presentations. Sebring Airport hopes the expo will attract new business to the field. "We hope to create a cluster of light-sport aircraft activity that will benefit the economy of our community," said airport Executive Director Mike Willingham.