A Sebring Sport Aviation Expo Wrap Up With Kudos From Exhibitors

Sebring, Florida, January 30, 2019 - For many, the highlight of the Sebring Sport Aviation Expo is being able to see and experience recreational and adventure airplanes. And, with over 50 aircraft brought in by exhibitors, pilots and prospective owners had plenty of opportunities to witness, up-close-and-personal some of the very coolest machines in the sport and adventure-flying arena. In line with this year’s theme of “Educate. Innovate. Aviate”, guests were treated to a wide variety of aviation related businesses in the Indoor Marketplace and the Sebring Airport Galleria.

The Expo’s central pavilion was dedicated as the ”Bob Wood Show Center”, named after the event’s founder. This Show Center was the location for a multitude of programs: Two panel discussions led by Plane & Pilot Magazine’s Editor-In-Chief, Isabel Goyer; Keynote speeches presented by Barrington Irving and John and Martha King; and “The Rusty Pilot” WINGS class taught by Jamie Beckett, AOPA Ambassador.

Informative and inspiring presentations continued, as a total of 14 FAA WINGS accredited classes were offered over the four-day event along with 55 forums. Patrons learned everything from “Sport Flying and Buying Tips” from Lou Mancuso of Bristell to “Drone Business Opportunities” from Pablo Terreros of Prestige Aerial Services, as well as “Reliability Centered Maintenance” by Paul New of Tennessee Aviation Services.

Young Aviators Zone Programs
Many programs were created for local youth again this year, which included Zenith Aircraft Company’s “Kids Can Build” and, three, two-hour sessions with over 500 teens and young adults in the Bob Wood Show Center. Inspiring presentations by John and Martha King of King Schools, Barrington Irving, Flying Classroom, Lyndse Costabile of FunD Av Consulting, Dr. Jocelyn Dunn, NASA Research Scientist, and Paul New of Tennessee Aircraft Services were delivered to youngsters. After the presentations, kids were treated to a pizza lunch and speakers autographed postcards for the students to take home.

Kudos from exhibitors
We caught up with a few exhibitors on the last day and here are a few of their comments:

Scott Severen, US sport planes said, “The expo is always worth coming to…”

Wes Chumley, Stemme had this to say, “Three people from Saturday all coming to Columbia, SC to try out the Stemme…love coming here and getting the plane in front of people”

Chip Erwin, Aeomarine LSA told us, “Sold a plane at the show. “And, a few people came to Expo just to see the plane.”

Dr. Istvan Foldesi, Magnus America exclaimed, “Outstanding!”
“Really professional show. This is the place where connoisseurs and experts come. Fantastic forum.“

Sponsors for 2019 included:
AeroMercado Brazil, Air & Electric Services, Atkins Company, AVCON, Aviation Digest, Aviators Hot Line, AviNation, Bobby Ore Motorsports, ByDanJohnson.com, CenterState Bank, CliftonLawsonAllen, Drug Free Highlands, Duke Energy, FLG Technics, Florida Aviation Network, Genpak, Ginger & Leon Adelstone Foundation, Globalair.com, Heacock Insurance, Heartland National Bank, Highlands County Economic Development Agency (EDC), Highlands Radio, Holiday Inn & Suites- Lake Placid, In Flight USA, Inn on the Lakes, Jacaranda Hotel, Jarrett Family Foundation, KITPLANES, Magnus Aircraft, MOJOGRI, Plane & Pilot, PSA Airlines, Rapid Systems, Rotor Drone, Sebring Airport Authority, Sebring International Raceway, Shutt & Bowen LLC, Swaine & Harris, Tecnam U.S. Inc., Trade-A-Plane, Tradewinds Power Corp., Wauchula State Bank, World Directory of Light Aviation, World Fuel Services, Zenith Aircraft Company

U.S. Sport Aviation Expo
The 15th annual Sport Aviation Expo continued to serve as host to a wide range of sport, adventure and recreational aircraft including kit planes, powered parachutes, trikes, gyros, amphibians, drones and innovative designs such as electrically powered aircraft. The Sebring event continues to be THE place to try, fly, and buy sport category airplanes that make flying fun and accessible. Dates for 2020 are January 22-25. To learn more, visit www.sportaviationexpo.com, twitter.com/USAviationExpo, facebook.com/SportAviationExpo