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Third Annual Midwest LSA Expo Draws Thousands

Comet
The only production LSA biplane, the German-designed FK 12 Comet.

Zenith
This Zenith CH650B is powered by a UL 350, the Belgian-made engine with FADEC.

September 15, 2011 –Despite some adverse weather at the start of last weekend’s third annual Midwest LSA Expo, thousands were able to attend the event held at Mount Vernon Airport (MVN) in Illinois. The sun poked through on Saturday afternoon, prompting a number of demo flights, and vendors reported decent activity levels with a number of sales.

“A really well-organized event, with plenty of volunteers and a decent number of planes attending,” said Dan Johnson, president of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA). He noted that unlike very large events, shows such as this one and Sebring allow for more one-on-one time between dealers and potential buyers, which the manufacturers appreciate.

“Indoor displays at the main hangar seem to be doing good business as well, and most left feeling pretty good about the event,” Johnson said.
Drawing from as far away as California, attendance was estimated to be between 3,000 and 4,000.

About 40 aircraft were on the field and there could have been more if not for the adverse weather to the east. Forums and workshops were well attended both days.

Interesting aircraft making it in included the German-designed FK 12 Comet, the only production LSA biplane; Cubcrafters’ Carbon Cub; a Backyard Flyer with the swing wing, a legal Part 103 ultralight with a four-stroke, electric start engine; and a Zenith CH650 powered by a UL 350, the Belgian-made engine with FADEC.

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