LSA Fleet Nearing 1,000 Aircraft

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The number of light sport aircraft (LSA) in the FAA registry is now up to 930, showing growth of 46 percent since January, Dan Johnson of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association reported on Monday. "Eighteen months ago the LSA community had certified 16 new models, now we're at 50," he said. "More choice is great for consumers, but it's challenging for sellers." Those new owners should have no trouble finding instructors -- EAA's sport pilot instructor database now lists more than 600 flight instructors authorized to teach in light sport airplanes, weight-shift, powered parachutes, gliders and gyroplanes. "We've seen a tremendous growth in the number of people interested in receiving sport pilot instruction, and that is translating to increased activity for instructors willing to provide it," said Timm Bogenhagen of EAA Aviation Services. Qualified flight instructors can complete an online information form to be included in the EAA database.