AOPA Holds Hands-On LSA Day
There was a get-acquainted session of sorts at AOPA headquarters in Frederick, Md., earlier this week and those who shook hands and traded business cards hope that GA will be stronger because of it. Airplanes that are, or will soon be, registered as Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) were flown to Frederick so that AOPA staffers could meet the people, kick the tires and fly the airplanes that some say will revolutionize (and revitalize) GA. The event was coordinated in cooperation with the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association. LSA airplanes can be flown by those who qualify for a Sport Pilot certificate, which only requires a driver's license as proof of medical fitness for those who have not been denied medicals in the past. AOPA President Phil Boyer said the current GA world and the emerging light aircraft sector have a lot in common -- and a lot of reasons to cooperate. "It's clear that pilots who fly light sport aircraft have critical interests in common with every other GA pilot, like access to airports, airspace and air traffic services," Boyer said.