Cessna’s in the hunt for flight schools, like everybody else. Word comes via a city blog that Orlando Flight Training is ramping up a Sport Pilot training program that will use four Cessna Skycatchers at its Kissimmee Gateway Airport facility. *** The piece claims OFT is the first to offer the C-162 in Florida, and plans to have them operational this summer. *** While we’re at it, let’s highlight a few more Sport Pilot ops in the Sunshine State: *** ^ Another Sport Pilot training program at Apopka is Grizzly Aviation Services. It also uses a Gobosh 700S, which rents out at $97/hr. *** ^ Yet another Orlando-area operation is Orlando-Gateway Sport Pilot Training LLC, which gets things done out of Kissimmee Airport with a Remos GX and a SportCruiser. *** ^ Mike Z. Sport Aviation, soon to have two more German Breezers to train on, has been in operation for some time down in Plant City, between Lakeland and Tampa on I-4. Mike Zidziunas does it all: training, maintenance, Rotax repair. *** ^ Lockwood Aviation in Sebring has been in the game for some time too. They have several LSA: Tecnam P92 Echo Super and P2002 Sierra and Flight Design CTSW and CTLS, as well as a Cessna 152 and Cessna 172. Parent company Lockwood Aviation Supply is the U.S. go-to location for anything and everything to do with Rotax engines. *** ^ First Landings has an operational program at Orlando Apopka Airport that uses a Remos G3 and a Gobosh 700S for training. Rates are $100/hr wet ($95 block) *** Know of other Sport Pilot training ops in Florida? Let me know! *** —photos courtesy First Landings and Breezer Aircraft
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