Light Sport West Flies High with Gregory Thomas in Texas

Light Sport West is a flight school located in Texas that is dedicated to providing high-quality flight training. Gregory Thomas is the lead instructor at the school and has years of experience flying light sport aircraft.

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About Light Sport West

Light Sport West is a new flight school in Texas that is quickly becoming the go-to destination for those seeking to earn their Light Sport Pilot certificate. The school is owned and operated by Gregory Thomas, a former commercial pilot and aviation instructor with over 20 years of experience.


Light Sport West was founded in 2006 by brothers Gregory and Kevin Thomas. Both avid aviation enthusiasts, the brothers had a shared dream of starting their own flying school. It took a few years to get the business off the ground, but they eventually succeeded in obtaining the necessary licenses and certification to open their doors to students in 2008.

Since then, Light Sport West has become a premier destination for those seeking training in light sport aircraft. Located in beautiful Austin, Texas, the school offers a comprehensive curriculum that covers everything from basic flight principles to more advanced skills such as aerobatics and cross-country flying. In addition to providing excellent instruction, Light Sport West is also committed to making its services affordable and accessible to everyone.

Whether you’re a first-time flyer or an experienced pilot looking to brush up on your skills, Light Sport West is the perfect place to take your aviation journey to new heights!


Light Sport West is about exploring the capability of the new class of light sport aircraft. We focus on real world cross country flying in a variety of terrain and conditions. Whether it’s a day trip to Big Bend National Park or a week long adventure to Alaska, we want to show you what these aircraft are capable of.

We also offer comprehensive training in Light Sport Aircraft from our base in Dallas, Texas. Our lead instructor, Gregory Thomas, is one of the most experienced and respected instructors in the country. He has over 4500 hours of flight time in more than 70 different types of aircraft, and he has been teaching since 2001.

Products and Services

Light Sport West is proud to announce that Gregory Thomas of Texas is now an authorized dealer for the company. LSW is committed to providing the best customer experience and products in the light-sport aviation industry and Gregory Thomas is an excellent addition to the team.


Light Sport West was founded by seasoned aviator, AOPA member, andflight instructor Gregory Thomas in 2007. The company is based in Cypress, Texas and provides flight instruction, aircraft rental, and scenic flights in sporty new two-seat aircraft.

Light Sport West is committed to providing the highest quality training and customer service possible. All of their instructors are experienced pilots with hundreds of hours of flight time. They offer a variety of courses to fit your schedule and budget, from short Introductory Flights to comprehensive Flight Training Programs.

The company offers aircraft rental by the hour or day, so you can explore the skies on your own or with a friend. They also offer scenic flights over some of the most beautiful areas in Texas, including the Gulf Coast and the Hill Country.

Flight Training

Light Sport West is proud to offer flight training with Gregory Thomas in Texas. With over 25 years of experience, Gregory is one of the most qualified and experienced flight instructors in the state. He has a passion for flying and teaching, and he has helped countless students reach their goals of becoming safe and confident pilots.

Light Sport West offers a variety of services to meet the needs of our clients. We offer private, group, and custom flight training packages to fit your schedule and budget. We also offer ground school classes and simulator training to give you the skills you need to be a safe and successful pilot.

Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a experienced pilot looking for a refresher, we have a program that’s right for you. Contact us today to learn more about our flight training services

Customer Testimonials

Why customers choose Light Sport West

Light Sport West is committed to giving customers the best possible flight training experience. We offer a wide variety of services, from introductory flights to obtain your pilot’s license, to certified flight instructor training. We also offer affordable aircraft rental rates.

What sets us apart from other aviation schools is our focus on customer service and safety. Our number one priority is making sure our students have a safe and enjoyable experience. We have a team of experienced and certified instructors who are passionate about flying and helping others learn to fly.

In addition to our commitment to safety and customer service, we also offer competitive pricing. We understand that learning to fly can be a costly endeavor, so we offer a variety of financing options to make it more affordable.

Here’s what some of our customers have to say:

“I decided to take flying lessons because I have always been interested in aviation and wanted to see if I could make a career out of it. I found Light Sport West online and decided to give them a call. From the very beginning, they were friendly and helpful. They answered all of my questions and helped me decide what type of training would be best for me.

I started taking lessons last month and I’m already loving it! My instructor, Greg, is great. He’s very patient and has a lot of knowledge about flying. He makes the lessons fun and I always look forward to my next lesson with him. I would definitely recommend Light Sport West to anyone interested in learning how to fly!” – Sarah H., Texas

Media Coverage

light Sport West, LLC (LSW) is excited to announce that it has been featured in Gregory Thomas’s recent article in Plane & Pilot Magazine! The article, titled “Light Sport West Flies High with Gregory Thomas in Texas,” covers LSW’s unique business model and the company’s commitment to providing high-quality flight training.

Local news

In early November, Light Sport West (LSW) was proud to have award-winning news journalist Gregory Thomas from WFAA visit the flight school for a story about the company and the team. WFAA is an ABC affiliate based in Dallas, with a large viewership in the Metroplex market.

Thomas is no stranger to LSW, as he has been following their company since it’s inception in 2017. He was interested in hearing more about how the business had grown and what made it unique in the marketplace. During his visit, Thomas had the opportunity to speak with co-founders Kolin Kelly and Ross Stenhouse, as well as chief flight instructor Evan Walsh. He also took a tour of the facility and sat in on a ground school class.

The story aired on WFAA on November 12th, during their 6pm news broadcast. It was well-received by viewers, who enjoyed seeing a positive story about aviation on their local news. LSW is honored to have been featured, and we are grateful for the support of our community!

National news

Light Sport West, Inc. is an American aircraft manufacturer based in Fort Worth, Texas. The company specializes in the design and manufacture of light sport aircraft and ultralight aircraft.

The company was founded in 2004 by Gregory Thomas, a former test pilot and engineer for aviation companies such as Bell Helicopter and Gulfstream Aerospace.

In 2006, Light Sport West was featured in Time magazine for its innovative designs and manufacturing processes.

In 2007, the company was awarded the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy by the National Aeronautic Association for its contributions to the advancement of aviation safety.

Light Sport West has been featured in numerous national and international news outlets for its innovative aircraft designs and manufacturing processes.

Upcoming Events

Welcome to another edition of Upcoming Events! This week, we’re highlighting Light Sport West, an aircraft dealership and flight school in Texas. Gregory Thomas, the owner and operator of Light Sport West, is a long-time member of the EAA and an active participant in the light sport aircraft community.


Light Sport West, LLC (LSW) is proud to announce Gregory Thomas as the new authorized flight training center (AFTC) in Fort Worth, Texas. LSW specializes in training for the Light Sport Aviation certificate and operates out of Meacham International Airport (KFTW). With the addition of Thomas and his team at LSW, there are now a total of four instructors at the AFTC.

Thomas is a highly experienced flight instructor with over 4,000 hours of logged flight time. He is also a commercial pilot and has his instrument rating. Thomas has been teaching students of all ages how to fly for over 15 years and is excited to join the team at LSW.

“I’ve been flying since I was a kid and absolutely love it,” said Thomas. “I’m excited to join Light Sport West and help people achieve their dreams of flight.”

The Light Sport Aviation certificate allows pilots to fly aircraft with less stringent requirements than a traditional private pilot certificate. The certificate only requires 20 hours of flight training, as opposed to the 40 hours required for a private pilot certificate.

LSW offers a variety of services for those interested in obtaining their Light Sport Aviation certificate, including ground school courses, Discovery Flights, and Private Pilot Training. For more information about Light Sport West or to schedule a Discovery Flight, please visit or call 817-717-5387.


Light Sport West is pleased to announce that Gregory Thomas will be giving a series of seminars on flying and flight training in Texas. The seminars will be held in various locations throughout the state, and will cover topics such as navigating cross-country, using GPS, flying in adverse weather conditions, and more.

Whether you are a new or experienced pilot, these seminars will give you the tools you need to improve your skills and stay safe in the air. For more information, or to register for a seminar, please visit our website or contact us at [email protected]

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