LoPresti to host Light Sport Aircraft Holiday

SEBASTIAN — LoPresti Aviation will host the first annual LSA (Light Sport Aircraft) Holiday June 4 to 6.  The City of Sebastian is home to this new recreational event that offers three days of aviation and local activities for light sport pilots and the community.

The weekend will kick off in LoPresti’s new hangar facility adjacent to the Sebastian Airport Administration Building.

Friday night, the group will gather to hear the colorful Movie/Stunt/Test pilot, J.W. “Corkey” Fornof tell his wild and crazy stories.

Saturday, early morning will begin with LSA flour bombing and other fun aviation competitions.  Opening the LoPresti First Saturday charity breakfast event, Skydive Sebastian will demonstrate their jumping skills to the beautiful backdrop of the Sebastian skies and the sound of steel drums playing. The charity breakfast donations of $8 per person will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County.

The speaking segment of the program will give you all the ins and outs of LSA.  LSA manufacturers that will have their aircraft on display include Piper, Remos, Paradise, Evektor, Jabru and SkyKits.

Nature seminars, fly-fishing demonstration, and even massages will be available for those wanting to indulge further. Continuing into the afternoon, attendees may choose from kayaking (night kayaking too), wave running, golfing, surfing, hot air balloon rides, fishing, boat tours, skeet shooting, skydiving, great restaurants, and an awards dinner overlooking the Indian River Lagoon.

On Sunday, coffee and bagels will accompany some great hangar talk and stories.

LSA is a new, fast-growing segment of affordable aviation.  With as little as 20 hours of instruction, an enthusiast can be granted a pilots license.  Even better, at over 135 mph these economical aircraft sip fuel so efficiently, that they are comparable to an economy car.

The LSA Holiday grew from the desire of LoPresti Aviation, the City of Sebastian, Sebastian Chamber of Commerce, and local businesses to bring recreational aviation to the Sebastian Airport and nearby areas.

Other local businesses involved in the event are Captain Hiram’s, Kayaks Etc., About Kayaks, City of Sebastian Golf Course, Skydive Sebastian, Mel Fisher Treasure Museum, Casual Cruisin, Marsh Landing, Positive Change Health Center and photographer Jerry Peterman.

Information:  Call LoPresti Aviation at 772-562-4757 or visit www.speedmods.com.

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