More outdoor exhibitors than ever before
If winter is getting you down, you still have time to make plans to attend the 12th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo. It starts in one week on Wednesday, January 20, and concludes on Saturday, January 23, on the Sebring Regional Airport. Currently, the 10-day forecast is predicting sunshine and temperatures in the low 70s, with a limited chances of rain. There’s no better place to escape winter and energize your aviation interests than the 2016 Expo.
The Expo offers the opportunity for demo flights all day/every day, and is a great place for you to talk with exhibitors. This year, the Expo is hosting the largest number of outdoor exhibitors ever registered for the event. Manufacturer’s showcase flights are another opportunity to observe an aircraft’s flying characteristics, and those flights will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily. Look for a schedule of participants soon on www.sportaviationexpo.com.
Private Aircraft Sales Lot
Aviators Hot Line will again host an Aircraft Sales Lot, where private owners have the opportunity to showcase their aircraft to an audience already interested in shopping for an aircraft. There is a fee to display your aircraft and pre-registration is required, but general admission to the Aircraft Sales Lot is included with your Expo admission. Complete details are available at www.sportaviationexpo.com/aircraft-sales-lot.
The Expo organizers also have arranged an outstanding group of keynote speakers each day at 1:30 p.m. in the Aviators Hot Line Showcase Tent, including Kitplanes editor Paul Dye (on Wednesday) and aviation maintenance guru Mike Busch (on Friday). In addition to talking about Kitplanes magazine, Dye will share his experiences serving as a Flight Director for more than 39 Space Shuttle missions, including 9 as the Lead Flight Director. Dye will also present a forum, “Flight Testing 101,” on Thursday at 11 a.m.
Perhaps the most nationally well-known GA maintenance expert, Busch will discuss “What’s Wrong with GA Maintenance” during his keynote speech. He will also present two forums on Thursday: “Flying After Maintenance” at 9:30 a.m. and “Breakdowns Away from Home” at 12:30 p.m.
A highlight of last year’s Keynote Speakers series was an industry panel discussion, and the Expo has invited those folks back again this year. That discussion will take place on Thursday at 1:30 p.m., focusing on “The Present and Future of Personal Aviation.” Panelists will include moderator Jack Hodgson, of the Uncontrolled Airspace Podcast (UCAP) team, along with the following participants: Charlie Becker, EAA Homebuilt Community Manager; Tom Bliss, Publisher of AVweb; Paul Dye, Editor of Kitplanes; Dan Johnson, President of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association; and Les Smith, Senior Director, Pilot Community Development for AOPA. The PBOR2 and its repercussions in the aviation marketplace is likely to be a hot topic of discussion.
On Saturday, the UCAP team, including Hodgson, Jeb Burnside, and Dave Higdon, will host a “live” podcast at 1:30 p.m. This trio of aviation journalists has been covering the general aviation (GA) scene for more than 30 years each, and they will have lots to say about today’s GA environment. Stop by to share your questions and comments.
Rusty Pilot Seminars
AOPA will host two Rusty Pilot Seminars at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday and Saturday, giving lapsed pilots a great opportunity to get current quickly. Immediately after each Rusty Pilot seminar, the new movie, Flying Again, will be shown. It highlights what led these folks away from aviation and then back to it again.
New this year is an indoor drone exhibition and demonstration area, with narrated demonstrations taking place daily at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The drone demonstrations will culminate with a drone pizza delivery contest at 3:00 on Saturday afternoon.
Youth Free on Saturday
Youth under the age of 18 will be admitted free on Saturday, January 23, when accompanied by an adult.
There is something affordable in the air at the Sebring Expo, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Make your plans today; discounted admission is still available at www.sportaviationexpo.com/tickets.
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