I don't know the answer to your Q, PJ...but I find the Q itself quite striking. I was in Phoenix two months ago and, despite the current impact of the slow economy, one can't but help be amazed at the expansion occurring out on the west side of the city, the sheer size of Phoenix these days, and the great flying weather out there. And then there's the diversity and size of at least four airports Phoenix & Scottsdale offers.
And yet if Google reflects reality, no apparent SP training? No apparent LSA rentals? (Scottsdale seems to have lost it's one SportStar rental as PJ points out). It would appear the nearest alternative is a 4-hr round trip to Tucson and back.
The singular focus, such as it has been, by the LSA industry has been on introducing LSA aircraft and seeking LSA sales, so much so that the supply chain is now glutted with not-inexpensive choices and the zero-sum game of LSA sales But without an established infrastructure of LSA rental a/c, how does a SP student obtain the license...or find the rationale for having a license unless able to buy a plane?
PJ, here's hoping Google is wrong and you can find SP training there...or back home after you return. But like any 3-legged stool - in this case (student) pilots, LSA rental a/c and SP training facilities - only one leg of the stool isn't going to support anyone.
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