Pack your sunscreen and finalize your plans now for the 11th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, Wednesday through Saturday, January 14-17, 2015, on the Sebring Regional Airport (SEF). You don’t want to miss it!
With more than 120 aviation exhibitors displaying everything from headsets to tires to aircraft kits to refurbished and ready-to-fly aircraft, you’ll find what you’re looking for at this year’s Affordable Aircraft Expo.
The Expo’s daily schedule, the current forum listing, the exhibitors’ showcase schedule, and the official FAA notice to airmen (NOTAM) for the event are now available online. Review them all at www.sportaviationexpo.com under the “Expo Information” heading.
A Few Booths Remain – While the majority of Expo’s exhibit spaces are filled, there are a few indoor and outdoor booth spaces remaining. Contact Expo Director Jana Filip at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 863-655-6444, ext. 117 to reserve a space today.
Here are some of the exciting events happening at this year’s Expo:
Air Park Day –Thursday, January 15, is “Air Park Day” at the Expo, with George Gratton, a licensed real estate agent and air park expert, presenting two forums at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. At each forum, attendees will be presented with a “dance card” and invited to visit all of the air park exhibitors on site. At 4 p.m., Gratton will host a “meet and greet” reception for those interested in air park living, and he will award prizes to those with the most stamps on their card.
Win Prizes! – There is still time to help Sportair USA rename its Savage Cub and win an iPad Air with a one-year ForeFlight subscription. Enter to win at www.cub.aero/contest. Three winners will be awarded their prizes at the Sebring Expo.
The Florida Aviation Network’s T-6 Texas Flight Raffle is also ongoing, with the winner to be announced on January 17 at the Expo. Raffle tickets are $10 each, six for $50, or 13 for $100 and enter you to win a T-6 half-day experience with Stallion 51, including a 30-minute, hands-on flight. The raffle benefits the Florida Aviation Network’s movement to build a future for aviation in Florida. Learn more here or via this YouTube video.
Seaplane Splash-In – The Seaplane Pilots Association (SPA) will be hosting a seaplane splash-in on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Lake Jackson adjacent to the Sunset Grille on Highway 27 in Sebring. Shuttle service is available from the Expo site to the seaplane base.
Additionally, SPA Executive Director Steve McCaughey will present a seaplane forum at 9:30 a.m. each day on the Expo site in Forum Area No. 4.
Keynote Speakers – Keynote speakers will give presentations every day at 1:30 p.m. in the Aviators Hot Line Show Center Tent. On Wednesday, January 14, longtime AOPA Pilot feature writer Dave Hirschman will discuss how light-sport aircraft (LSA) have gone from the “fringe” to part of mainstream general aviation, and how the rest of the aviation industry hopes to emulate the LSA category in terms of technology and regulation as part of the rewrite of FAR Part 23.
On Thursday, January 15, the Expo will host a panel discussion moderated by Uncontrolled Airspace personality Jack Hodgson. The panel will discuss ways to keep aircraft ownership affordable and boost general aviation activity, as well as the pros and cons of various affordable aircraft options.
Panelists scheduled include: Charlie Becker, Homebuilding Community Manager, EAA; Tom Bliss, publisher, AVweb; Dan Johnson, president, Light Aircraft Manufacturer’s Association; Phil Lockwood, president, Lockwood Aviation; Brittany Miculka, senior manager, AOPA Pilot Community Development; and Drew Steketee, GA News correspondent and former president of GA Team 2000 and Be-A-Pilot.
On Friday, January 16, retired astronaut and entrepreneur Story Musgrave will meet and greet Expo visitors. An astronaut for more than 30 years, Musgrave flew on six space flights, performed the first shuttle spacewalk, and was the lead spacewalker on the Hubble Telescope repair mission. He will talk about his experiences in space and his life adventures since retiring from the astronaut corps.
On Saturday, January 17, United States Air Force Colonel Richard Graham (Ret.) will share insights from his personal involvement with the SR-71 Blackbird program. Col. Graham spent seven years as an SR-71 Blackbird pilot, followed by several years as an SR-71 instructor. Once shrouded in secrecy, many of the details of this spy plane and the program surrounding it have now been declassified, and Col. Graham will share his personal experiences.
Watch the Expo website, www.sportaviationexpo.com , for continuous updates. “Like” U.S. Sport Aviation Expo at Facebook.com/SportAviationExpo, or follow the event’s updates on Twitter (@USAviationExpo) and Instagram (@SportAviationExpo) .