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    US Sport Aviation Expo: LSA Conversations 2009

    Aero-TV Network

    by Aero-TV Network

    Three Questions For LSA Fans Recently, we started featuring some of the people, planes and products of the just-concluded 2009 US Sport Aviation Expo. During this event, we chatted up a number of the attendees to seek their insights on the what interested them, the plight of the economic malaise as it relates to the LSA game, and other topics. We found a number of highly engaged folks, with a great deal of interest in the LSA business who had a number of concerns, as well as opinions about the industry and its viability. Here are just a few of the many remarks we recorded last month. As previously noted, we're pleased to say that the interest in the LSA market remains high and that there does seem to be some buying activity, restricted as it is, by the times we live in. To many, the LSA movement means an affordable opportunity to do SOME flying and get a leg up on aircraft ownership at prices far less than the average GA single... and despite the few limitations placed on this market segment, that seems to be just fine with a number of would-be pilots and aircraft owners. Of course, it helped that this year's volunteer-staffed event boasted spectacular weather and the kind of positive vibe that is missing from most other fly-ins these days... While some events are obviously on the decline, the newer and more progressive offerings of the LSA business do seem to be able to attract interest where the "same old thing" plainly does not have the drawing power it used to. Sebring's boosters describe the event in this way: "The US Sport Aviation Expo is a new and unique event. It is totally focused on Light Sport Aircraft and the Sport Pilot certificate. It is a business-type event, set up to enable people who are interested in this new category of planes to conduct business. That is, they can buy and sell planes, set up business relationships and seek a location at which they want to do business. We totally depend on volunteers to enable us to conduct the event. At this event a person can learn about LSA, ...