Sport Pilot Infrastructure

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The EAA Sport Pilot Tour will continue in 2006 with nine more stops, the next one Feb. 18 in Phoenix, Ariz., Johnson said. EAA's Ron Wagner expressed enthusiastic support for the tour, saying that manufacturers sold about one airplane apiece at each of the six events last year. The rest of this year's stops will be announced later this month, Johnson said. It's also getting easier to find sport-pilot training. Last week, EAA reported that there are now more than 320 flight instructors in the U.S. ready to take on sport pilot students, and you can find one near you via their online database. The list also includes those who can instruct in amateur-built aircraft, powered parachutes and other less-common types. "In less than 18 months since the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule became effective, we are seeing the infrastructure blossom to make it successful," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president. "Savvy flight instructors understand that sport pilot means more business for them, with more people enjoying the wonderful world of flight." Johnson noted that despite the "cold" weather, January might be a better time for the event into the future, avoiding the dicey October hurricane season altogether. So stay tuned.