DeLand Showcase 2017 Remains True to Mission, Vision

EAA Workshops offered on-site, sponsored by Aircraft Spruce

The 2nd annual DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase will take place November 2-4, 2017 and will mimic the inaugural show in design, layout, daily schedule, and hospitality. But most important, the mission and vision will remain the same: Committed to Sport Aviation. Held at DeLand (Florida) Municipal Airport (KDED), it’s the best sport aviation event for getting up close and personal with manufacturers and distributors of all things related to flying for fun.

After a successful inaugural event last fall, the Sport Aviation Showcase team is poised to make this year’s event even more valuable for exhibitors and visitors alike. “As we work to make Showcase 2017 even better, we will not lose sight of our focus to keep the DeLand Showcase All Sport Aviation – All In One Place,” said DeLand Sport Aviation Administrator Jana Filip, noting this is the only show of its’ kind in the U.S., with every component of the show targeted towards the advancement of the sport aviation community.

With an increased exhibitor field, expanded hands-on workshops, and an enhanced and targeted comprehensive marketing initiative, the Showcase is quickly becoming identified by the recreational and sport aviation communities as their don’t miss event.

The Perfect Shopping Place
Representing the best in sport aircraft, engines, fuel, accessories, and education, the full field of exhibitors makes the 2017 DeLand Showcase the perfect place for sport aviation pilots and would-be pilots to shop, compare, and take advantage of the demonstration flights all day-every day.

Filip said, “The Showcase is an ideal environment for sport aviation enthusiasts to shop and learn more about their aviation interests. The format of our show makes it the best venue for buyers and sellers to have quality time together, and we make it easy for interested buyers to take those important demo flights”.

Interactive Opportunities for All
“At Showcase 2017, our focus is to help our visitors get more involved with flying for fun. There are hands-on workshops for builders (and soon-to-be builders) to learn new skills as well as live product demonstrations, educational and informational forums. New this year to Showcase, the EAA Workshops will conduct composite and sheet metal sessions, sponsored by Aircraft Spruce, offering great hands-on experience. Don’t come to the Showcase and just walk around, get hands-on, get involved,” Filip said.

Showcase Flights, conducted at noon each day, allow buyers to observe the flying characteristics of a wide variety of aircraft, with each aircraft company given their “moment to shine”. The Showcase Flights will again be narrated by the “Voice of the Showcase”, Commentator Michael McClellan, one of the most knowledgeable individuals of sport aircraft.

New outdoor Education Exhibits have been created at the southeast corner of the Showcase site, near the Main Entrance. Anchored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautic University, and joined by the Lakeland Aero Club, Eagles Nest Projects, and the Academy of Aviation flight training, there is plenty to attract the next generation of aviators. And all students receive complimentary admission on Saturday, November 4th.

All Exhibits will be open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily. This year’s Indoor Exhibitors Tent will feature an enhanced Presentation Stage, manned each day by recognized aviation radio hosts, Dave Shallbetter and Mike Daniels. There will be ongoing product presentations along with interactive games, interviews, contests, and product giveaways.

On-site food and beverage concessions will be centrally located near the Show Center Tent, featuring live music by the Flying Musicians Association, along with interviews and presentations daily throughout the show. Local EAA Chapter 635 said “yes” to your requests and will be serving their famous pancake breakfast all three days at Showcase 2017.

Online Admissions, Mobility Rentals, Underwing Camping, and Volunteers…
Online admissions for attendees is “live” on the Showcase website, with special discounts for early purchases, EAA/AOPA members, and students. Group discounts are also offered. All students are complimentary on Saturday, November 4th.

Mobility scooters are available for rent daily during Showcase 2017. Pre-registration is required, via an online form on the Showcase website.

Underwing Camping will be available right on the Showcase Field. Always a lively group, The Recreational Aviation Foundation will transform the infield of the Showcase into an Underwing Campground and serve as hosts and hostesses for the entire event. Underwing campers are asked to pre-register online.

Volunteer registrations are still being accepted and are also completed online on the website.

Admissions, Mobility Rentals, Underwing Camping, and Volunteer sign ups and registrations can all be found at: http://www.sportaviationshowcase.com/event-info/index.

We Couldn’t Do It Without You
The 2017 DeLand Showcase presents an elite group of Sponsors for the 2nd annual show. From planes to marketing and from engines to fuel, our fine Sponsors this year come from all around the United States.

Returning Sponsors
Our returning sponsors are Viking Engines and Team Volusia Economic Development Council from Florida, Aviators Hot Line from Iowa, and Swift Fuels from Indiana. These Sponsors headline a lineup of 2017 Showcase Exhibitors that is a Who’s Who list in the sport aviation industry. You can find more information on each of the Showcase Sponsors, returning and new, by visiting our website – find their logo on the Homepage and just click!

New Sponsors
This year Showcase welcomes new Sponsors Aircraft Spruce (California), Business Air (Iowa), Just Aircraft (South Carolina), RANS Designs (Kansas), US Aero (Colorado), and Zenith Aircraft (Missouri). Showcase sends big thanks to each of these sponsors for their support and participation in the 2017 Showcase.

Make your plans now to visit with each of these Sponsors at the 2nd annual DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase, November 2nd – 4th in beautiful DeLand, Florida.

Partners Rock!
A shout out to the 2017 Showcase Partners: AviNation, Commuter Craft, CubCrafters, Flight Design, Globalair.com, Kitplanes, Light Sport and Ultralight Flyer, Plane & Pilot, Powered Sports Flying, Recreational Aviation Foundation, Seamax Aircraft, Skydive DeLand, Spencer Aircraft, STEMME, Strong Enterprises, World Directory of Leisure Aviation . What a lineup, one you won’t want to miss at the 2nd annual DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase.

A complete listing of Sponsors, Partners and all Exhibitors can be found on the Showcase website at www.sportaviationshowcase.com.

Location, Location….and Sport Aviation Village!
DeLand Municipal Airport, Florida’s premier recreational airport, is located 40 miles north of Orlando and 15 miles west of Daytona Beach and the campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The ideal location, combined with the area’s rich aviation history, has supported many aviation entrepreneurs over the years, keeping DeLand Municipal Airport at the forefront of general aviation technologies.

In addition to being a commerce and manufacturing center for the sport parachute industry, DeLand Municipal Airport is also home to Skydive DeLand. For more than 33 years, Skydive Deland has created a bustling atmosphere at the airport, with numerous skydiving events and competitions taking place.

DeLand wins “America’s Main Street” Award!
Not only is the DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase a delightful experience, the City of DeLand is a delight as well! Recently crowned “America’s Main Street”, MainStreet DeLand was one of 242 main streets in 48 states competing for the title before the judges selected MainStreet DeLand as the winner. A restored historic area brimming with interesting shops and eateries, DeLand sits adjacent to Stetson University, Florida’s oldest private college.

In addition, the beautiful beaches of Daytona Beach are just 20 miles to the east, and the multiplex of Disney World theme parks is less than an hour to the south, making DeLand a great family place. Learn more about the DeLand area, where to stay and where to eat at www.sportaviationshowcase.com/area-info/index.

Get the latest information about the DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase 2017 by signing up for the event’s newsletter on the Showcase Homepage; visit www.sportaviationshowcase.com and click on the “Join Our Newsletter” button…or “like” DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase on Facebook.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 DeLand Showcase!

 

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