Midwest LSA Expo This Week

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The Midwest LSA Expo, which launched for the first time just last year, is back for a second time. This version features more exhibitors and it's scheduled a week earlier in hopes of catching nice early-fall weather. The event runs Thursday through Saturday this week at Mt. Vernon Outland Airport (MVN) in Illinois, about an hour's drive south of St. Louis. The organizers say hotel rooms and restaurants are plentiful in the area, and even those without advance reservations should have no trouble finding a place to stay. The airport will provide free shuttle service for those who fly in. About three dozen exhibitors will be on hand, ready to show off their LSAs to potential buyers, and a full slate of forums will cover topics such as how to form an aircraft partnership, how to navigate with GPS, and how to care for your airplane's engine.

Midwest LSA Expo Inc. created the event to promote the sale of LSAs and to educate aviators about the LSA industry, including the different types of aircraft types, available engines, and LSA performance. Entrance fees are $8 per day, free for kids under 16 accompanied by an adult. Parking for aircraft or anything on wheels is free, as are all the shuttle services. Hotel rooms in the area are available for rates as low as $30 to $90 per night, and camping on the airport is free (though there are only two showers to be shared among those who choose this option). The organizers are promoting the event as affordable, easygoing and fun, featuring even an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for $7.99.