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Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Variety of Light Sport Aircraft Displayed at Plane & Pilot Midwest LSA Expo Part 1

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil, Fred Harl, Leo Cachat
The recent Plane & Pilot Midwest LSA Expo, held at Mount Vernon Outland Airport in central Illinois, featured a variety of light sport aircraft representing the major manufacturers from around the world.  The aircraft were accompanied by representatives from the regional dealerships who flew them to Mount Vernon.  Visitors were welcome to check out the aircraft, get inside the cockpit, and discuss the merits of each offering with all the dealers on the ramp.  Many of the aircraft were in the air during the Expo, giving flight demonstrations to prospective buyers and getting the attention on curious bystanders.  The Aero Experience team was at Mount Vernon Outland Airport Saturday, and here we present Part 1 of a review of the light sport aircraft types available, along with the visiting aircraft that flew in support the Expo and plane wash fundraiser.  Special thanks to Airport Manager Chris Collins and the staff and volunteers who made this another successful event.

Saturday morning dawned with the light sport aircraft ready for viewing:

Arion LS-1 Lightning Kit is equipped with 120hp Jabiru engine:

Cessna Skycatcher features a 100hp Continental 0-200D engine:

Cub Crafters CC11-160 Carbon Cub offers performance and agility:

Czech Sport Cruiser is powered by a 100hp Rotax 912:

Direct Fly SRO ALTO is another Czech design with Rotax 912 engine:

Evektor Harmony is another Czech design using the Rotax 912

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