US Sport Aviation Expo Runs January 11-14
Anyone seeking the latest
information on virtually any aspect of sport pilot/light-sport
aircraft (SP/LSA) will want to head to Sebring, FL next week,
January 11-14, for the third annual US Sport Aviation Expo at the
Sebring Regional Airport.
Several members of the Aero-News gang will be at the event, as
we seek to learn even more about this exciting -- and fast-growing
-- segment of general aviation. (In fact, at least two ANN staffers
are planning to go after their sport pilot certificates... one has
already passed her ground test.)
Of course, we'll also bring our readers and listeners the very
latest news on the sport pilot category, as well as all of sport
aviation. And we suspect there will be A LOT of news to report.
Nearly 120 exhibitors from throughout the world are scheduled to
appear at Sebring, including all the prominent LSA
Also included in the mix are some new aircraft, says event
chairman Bob Wood. Cessna will have its new Cessna Sport
proof-of-concept aircraft on display, and new category entries are
expected from IndUS Aviation and Maule (!).
The EAA reports Orlando Sanford Aircraft Sales may even have a
new Champ on display, if it can acquire the proper documentation in
EAA has coordinated a full slate of informational forums,
covering all aspects of SP/LSA, from the basics rule itself... to
questions you’ll want to ask before purchasing an LSA.
“It’s a different type of environment than EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh or Sun ’n Fun,” remarked EAA’s
Ron Wagner, Expo forums coordinator. “It’s focused
solely on sport pilot-light-sport aircraft, and feels more like a
large EAA sport pilot tour stop.”
Representatives from the FAA’s Light-Sport Aviation Branch
in Oklahoma City will also be present, to conduct a series of
forums and answer questions. EAA will also be providing free sport
pilot student pilot certificates with an FAA designated pilot
examiner from 10 am-2 pm, Thursday through Saturday.
EAA Membership Services staff will be on hand to help current
and prospective EAA members join or renew, answer questions about
EAA membership, its advantages, features, and benefits. Also slated
to appear are representatives from Falcon Insurance Agency,
administrators of the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan, and AirFleet
Capital for the EAA Aircraft Financing Program.
Apart from the myriad aircraft manufacturers and dealers,
exhibits will feature engines, avionics, propellers, coatings, and
other aircraft components. There’s also much on the grounds
slated for instructors and maintenance people.
Grounds will open at 7:30 am each day, with exhibits open from
8:30 am-5:00 pm. (3 pm on Sunday). Demonstration flights are also
scheduled throughout the Expo.
We'll see you there!