Summertime…and the flying is easy

Summer is here, the rainy season is history in most parts of the country, and the flying is easy and fun. While aircraft used in transport have to soldier on through winter’s cold and other inclement weather, sport or recreational flying is done when it’s fun… naturally. And, of course, summer means EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is coming.

Slated for July 25-31 this year, the summer gathering of aviators is the world’s largest and Light-Sport Aircraft are firmly part of the action. For those just starting to investigate these shiny new airplanes with their far more modest price tags, the LSA Mall is a great place to get a sense of what’s available. The Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association again reports a full roster — in fact, the LSA Mall has been a sell-out every year, evidence of its appeal. This year’s flock will include all the major brands, plus a few surprises. Even if the airplane of your dreams isn’t participating, the folks in the LSA Mall will be happy to direct you to their location on the field. Take the paved road to the Northeast just inside the main gate for 500 paces and you’ll be at the 2011 LSA Mall at Oshkosh.

Electric airplanes will still be a major display destination at AirVenture 2011 even though EAA, perhaps wisely, chose to cancel a planned competition among them to allow developers more time to refine their entries. We all know rushing aviation is a bad idea, so taking more time to get it right can pay great dividends.

Here’s to a great Oshkosh…see you there!

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