That sounds great Connie. And where was that maze, by the way. I think it deserves a visit on the ground.
The last time I checked into a Remos here in Ocala, it was renting for $110+/hour. Not exactly a bargain. Especially not so for one who learned to fly in a J-3 for $7/hr. or a C-150 for $10/hr. Granted, that was slightly farther back than yesterday, or even yesteryear, but $110?
I' ve been flying LSA for 4 years now, and enjoying it. My Sportstar is a great plane to fly, as I usually keep my trips under 2 hours one way. I also only use 4 to 5 gallons per hour as well, which is way better than the 172 I used to take, and even in that plane I rarely had more than 1 passenger.
Speaking as a CFI who's been at it for a good long while, who's been flying and providing training in LSA since long before they magically morphed into LSA, I have to admit to more than a bit of skepticism (if not quite cynicism) on the subject. Nothing to do with LSA, per se, but the notion that 20 hours of training (even if the required proficiency could be achieved--not bloody likely IMHO) is adequate to routinely produce safe pilots is ludicrous on its face--sounds like happy sales talk to me. 35-hour Part 141 courses are a little better, but not much, and even 40 hours is a nearly impossible goal for most. The national average for Private Pilot training completion is something like 70 hours, to say nothing of the huge percentage who never finish. Could it be that a major reason for the high dropout rate is unreasonable expectations fostered by bait and switch advertising? The proficiency requirements aren't that different, PP vs LSP.
So, inquiring CFI's (me anyway) want to know: how long did it take you to solo; how long to complete your training; did you feel like you got the training you needed to be a safe and comfortable pilot; have you sought additional training now that you've completed the LSA course--and if yes, what kind and why?
FWIW, I have more to say on the subject at http://mysite.ncnetwork.net/ressxbx3/id29.html
BTW, whatever happened to Recreational Pilots?
Chuck and Alan, the econmy isn't hurting the sport pilot cert OR LSA awareness, is it?!
Burr, the maze is near Zellwood, called Scott's Corn Maze longandscottfarms.com. And you can fine a Remos or piper sport rentals in the area for $100 wet. And if part of a flying club for even a little less. LSA are more affordable to go in on for group ownership. I'm even entertaining. Heck, buying a used champ or cub would be even more affordable.
Jerry, I spent 25 hours in the Remos before soloing. I had 15 prior to that in a Piper Cadetq when I was training in Vero quntil I realized it would take me forever to finish my private training if I kept having to commute. When I brought my training home I decided to do sport pilot certificate. And now I plan on working toward my private cert by this time next year. But first I'm going to enjoy my sport pilot license for a bit. And get my taildragger endorsement and the seaplane rating... in LSA.
Until there is better governing in the LSA communitiy, I will stay on the sidelines. http://www.velozia.com/?p=1387
The only benefit I can see for Flying LSA is that a medical is not required for flight in low-performance aircraft. An older 2-place aircraft like a Cub or Ercoupe that qualifies will let someone of dubious health continue to fly when it is questionable if he/she might not be able to pass a future medical. Also, the additional curriculum required for a private pilot's license is information that could prove vital to the safe continuation of a flight. JMHO.