Midwest LSA Expo, 2010 Midwest Light Sport Aircraft Show at the Mt. Vernon Illinois Airport, Light Sport Aircraft Pilot News newsmagazine.

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Light Sport Aircraft featured at the 2010 Midwest LSA Expo

It is getting fairly costly to attend U.S. aviation shows, a week away from home with transportation to and from the event, food, rental car and accommodations usually runs over $2000.00 for the week.

So, I am having to pick which shows are worth the money. But one show, the Midwest LSA Expo in Mt. Vernon, Illinois is one that I just haven't been able to scratch off my list.

While not one of the bigger shows, it is focused  on light sport aircraft, and is well attended by dealers, manufacturers, and vendors.

The show is held at the Mount Vernon Outland airport which is located on 1100 acres of land with a 6500 foot paved runway and features a full-service FBO, flight instruction, aircraft sales, and hangar facilities. It also has an air rescue firefighting station as well as an Air Evac Lifeteam base.

The success of the show can be attributed to the support of area businesses, including the Mount Vernon Airport Authority, the Jefferson County development Corporation, the Mount Vernon convention and visitors Bureau, and the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce who have worked with the Midwest Light Sport Expo to make the show such a success.

According to Chris Collins airport manager the show came about when his group was approached by some local light sport aircraft manufacturers with the idea of putting on a show fashioned after U.S. Sport Aviation Expo held in Sebring Florida.

This year seven new aircraft manufacturers were present at the show, with over 50 models of lightsport aircraft on display. Including for the first time in the U.S. the introduction of a new lightsport aircraft called the Ekolot Topaz KR 030. The plane arrived from Poland on Tuesday and was trucked down and set up at the show two days later.

The exhibitors hall was also packed with aviation supply firms like SuperFlight, Falcon Gauges, Leading Edge Air Foils, Dynon, Wicks, and Garmin.

Like anything else in life, your choice of a lightsport aircraft involves a decision on what type of aircraft you are looking for, what price range, high wing, low wing, midwing, composite, tube and fabric, side by side seating, front and back the list goes on and on.

So lets group some of the planes that attended the Midwest LSA Show 2010 and have a look at them.

Chris Collins - Midwest LSA Show

1 The Cheetah lightsport aircraft and the X-Air lsa two of the most affordable light sport aircraft.
2 4 low wing, all metal, lightsport aircraft, the Breezer II,  Evektor SportStar, the RANS S19, the RV 12
3 5 high wing, all composite light sport aircraft, the Jabiru J230, Navigator 600, Sirius TL3000, FK 9 MK IV, and the CTLS
4 Ekolot Topaz KR 030 unveiled for the first time in the U.S. at the Midwest LSA Expo
5 6 lightsport aircraft taildraggers, Carbon Cub, RANS S7, Just Aircraft Highlander, i Cub, Legend Cub, Aerotrek A220

Rachel Lynn Marr - picking out the tires for her mother's new L'il Hustler ultralight in Canada.

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