MT. VERNON – The Plane & Pilot Midwest LSA Expo at Mt. Vernon Airport had its best ever opening day Thursday in terms of foot traffic and the number of airplanes, said Airport Manager Chris Collins.
The annual expo, in its fifth year, continues through today. It features over 30 planes for sale, as well as historic commemorative aircraft on display.
“We had the best opening day we've ever had yesterday,” Collins said Friday morning. “I know we've already sold three airplanes.”
Over 150 people had signed in at the primary registration table as of Friday morning. However, visitors were not required to sign in and some chose not to. Friday afternoon and today were expected to be the expo's peak times.
Since the expo is free, it can be difficult to estimate the number of people in attendance, Collins said. In past years, the event has drawn between 600 to 1,000 spectators over the three-day period.
“The LSA event isn't really triggered for thousands of people being here. It's selling airplanes,” Collins said. “To (the exhibitors), it's not about having 5 or 6,000 people on the flight line. It's having those three or four that come here to maybe hand them a check.”
Exhibitor Jerold Cordell, an associate dealer with U.S. Sport Aircraft, had an LTD model SportCruiser for sale at the expo Friday. He said the airport offers a perfect location for showing off light sport aircraft.
“This is a great forum because you're close to Kentucky (and) you're really close to Tennessee,” Cordell said. “It's a great airport. They do a great job in facilitating us as we show the aircraft. There's a lot of camaraderie that's developed among the group.”
Exhibitor John Snider had for sale Friday a Turbine Mosquito mini-helicopter from the company Personal Rotorcraft LLC. He also took the helicopter up for a demonstration flight that day for an admiring group of on-lookers.