LSA in the spotlight at AOPA

SPLOG By DAN JOHNSON

PlaneIn its first year as the AOPA Aviation Summit (versus Expo), the 70-year-old, 415,000-member organization made lots of changes, large and small. Among the most notable under capable new president Craig Fuller was much greater attention to LSA.

Here’s the fast-read update: AOPA announced its 2010 Sweepstakes airplane is a Remos GX (pictured above, with yours truly on the left, Remos’s Corvin Huber in the middle and AOPA’s Craig Fuller on the right); the company had multiple displays and aircraft. Cessna brought a SkyCatcher for selected reporters to fly. Fuller had Icon A5 developer Kirk Hawkins on the center-hall stage. EAA‘s Earl Lawrence led a LSA panel of FAA and industry experts (including yours truly). The Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) operated an LSA Mall area and had fruitful discussions with AOPA to advance goals of the LSA industry. SeaMax USA showed off its simulator seaplane running on MS Flight Sim. Tecnam North America, with several aircraft on display, announced new service centers for the popular Italian line of aircraft it now represents. Flight Design announced three new Pilot Centers. Dynon showed off its new SkyView in 7-inch and 10-inch screens. And, Garmin showed its new new “aera” touch-screen GPS.

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