published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Avation Expo: A great addition to a winter vacation
Special to the News-Sun
Sebring -- Friends and family coming to visit Florida this winter should plan now to attend the 10th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, Jan. 16-19, at Sebring Regional Airport. It's a great time to enjoy a post-holiday getaway to an area that offers adventure for every member of the family.
"With Orlando, Tampa, and Fort Myers each about a two-hour drive away, families can choose to visit the major Florida family attractions or spend a few days on the beach while visiting our event," Expo director Jana Filip said.
The exhibition-only event, provides opportunities for visitors to see, try, fly, and buy anything related to homebuilt, sport, and light-sport aircraft. This year, the Expo is extending a special welcome to owners and enthusiasts of homebuilt aircraft to participate in the event.
"We've noticed a lot of crossover in avionics and other equipment between light-sport aircraft and homebuilts, and we're seeing more experimental light-sport aircraft kits coming into the marketplace, so it makes sense to reach out to the homebuilt community," Filip said. "We're also planning to conduct our first homebuilding workshops this year."
Stewart Systems' fabric covering experts have committed to presenting a workshop demonstrating its FAR Part 23 and STC-approved, people-safe covering process. Expo's forums also will focus on various aspects of kit building aircraft, with six new forum presenters slated to provide more information about homebuilding.
Flight Design USA has signed on as an Elite Sponsor for 2014. Tom Peghiny, president of Flight Design USA, said, "Flight Design has become a sponsor of the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo for several reasons. The show is very productive for finding qualified buyers.
"It is held during the part of the year when people are starting to make their purchase decisions, and the Expo has created a fresh image of sport aviation that our company wants to be associated with. The Expo is the right balance between a trade show for professionals and a fun show for aviation enthusiasts and the public."
Tampa General Hospital AeroMed has also confirmed as a new Elite Sponsor and will display its emergency response helicopter throughout the weekend.
Learn more about the 2014 U.S. Sport Aviation Expo at www.sport-aviation-expo.com, follow the event on Facebook ("like" U.S. Sport Aviation Expo) or on Twitter at #USAviationExpo.
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