The Smoky Mountain Flying Club has purchased a Light Sport Aircraft for use by its members and new student pilots.
It is a 2007 Evektor sport aircraft which seats two pilots in a bubble canopy with the latest electronic instrument panel. This is a new FAA category of aircraft which does not require the stringent FAA medical. Licensed private pilots who are current can qualify by taking the ground school that will be offered by the club and take a check ride on the aircraft. Student pilots need 20 hours of training (15 hours with instructor and 5 hours solo) and can fly it on a valid U.S. driver’s license as evidence of medical eligibility.
The new LSA category has some limitations. It can only carry one passenger and it must be flown in visual flight conditions at a maximum speed of 138 m.p.h.
The Macon County Flying Club is based at Macon and Jackson county airports. The club is seeking an investor who will open a flying service rental business out of Jackson County airport. The aircraft will be displayed at the next meeting of the club which will be at Jackson County airport on Saturday, April 6, at 1 p.m. Pilots and new student pilots and aviation enthusiasts are welcome to attend the meeting.