...As Infrastructure And Airplane Fleet Continue To Grow

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The RANS S-7 Courier is now nearing approval as an S-LSA, Dan Johnson reported last week in his Sport Pilot Blog. For $75,000, RANS will offer a factory-built S-7S with a Garmin GPS/COM and a transponder. Also, more flight schools around the country are offering sport pilot training. St. Charles Flying Service, in St. Louis, Mo., told AVweb last week they have just finished up their first two students. Both came from California and completed the training in less than two weeks, Dennis Bampton said. More students are scheduled and the school has ordered a second Evecktor Sport Star LSA to meet the demand. Meanwhile, FAA and EAA are working together to make it easier for aircraft owners to find designated airworthiness representatives to conduct inspections of Experimental and Special LSAs. To find an E-LSA or S-LSA DAR near you, visit www.sportpilot.org and click on the E-LSA DAR and S-LSA DAR links under the "Inspecting LSA" drop-down menu. The lists will be continuously updated. As soon as a DAR graduates from the FAA's initial LSA standardization course and is appointed, the DAR's name and location will be added to the list, EAA says. EAA is also building an online database of sport pilot instructors.