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Two S-LSAs Certified

"This is a day I sometimes thought would never come," EAA President Tom Poberezny said on Friday, under the Florida sun here in Lakeland. Together with a ream of manufacturers, FAA officials, and John and Martha King, Poberezny introduced the first two aircraft to receive their Special-Light Sport Aircraft certification -- the Evektor SportStar and the Flight Design CT. And he said that EAA is working to ensure there will be affordable insurance available for pilots eager to buy and fly. "The goal here is to break down the barriers to getting into flying," Poberezny said. Getting these airplanes approved is only one step along that road, but it's a major one that was a long time coming. The effort to create the new Light Sport Aircraft category took about 10 years. EAA's Sport Pilot Tour this summer will introduce the aircraft to people around the country. The SportStar is imported from the Czech Republic by Sport Aircraft International in Kerrville, Texas, and the Flight Design CT is imported from Germany by FlightStar Sportplanes in Ellington, Conn.