Discover frugal flight at
Affordable Flying Center
pilot Phil Simon tends to detailing his $30,000 Sonex LSA —
the first LSA to fly to all 48 contiguous states — in
preparation for his presentations this week in the new
Affordable Flying Center. Photo by Dave Higdon
Rising fuel prices,
maintenance expenses, hangar fees, the cost of an aircraft; pursuing a
passion for aviation may appear beyond reach for a
lot of people. But EAA has always been about finding a better way to do
things, primarily through pooling and sharing knowledge and information.
That’s essentially what’s behind an attraction set to debut at EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, the Affordable Flying Center.
"The EAA Affordable
Flying Center will focus on ways our members can achieve and maintain
their dream of flight, even on a limited budget," said EAA’s Ron
Wagner, who is leading efforts to organize the new feature attraction.
"EAAers have lots of creative ways to get the most bang for their
aviation bucks, and the idea is to collect and make them available to
share with each other."
Located in the former
NASA building (north of the old control tower adjacent to the Honda
Forums Plaza), the Affordable Flying Center will feature a mini forum
area, indoor displays, and examples of standard category aircraft like
the Taylorcraft, Piper Colt/Tri-Pacer, etc. that can provide an
economical pathway to flight. EAA’s staff of experts and volunteers
will be on hand to answer questions and provide information to those
seeking a less expensive way to pursue their aviation passion.
Some of the areas they’ll
be ready to discuss include:
- Partnerships and
- Plans-building, where
the builder’s time and sweat equity substitute for money to create
one of the most cost-effective ways to own a low-cost aircraft.
pilot/light-sport aircraft and how this growing category can help
enthusiasts pursue their passion for flight for less cost.
During this week, folks
with their own ideas are welcome to stop by to share their stories and
ideas about innovative ways to affordably own, build, buy, maintain, or
fly an aircraft.