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Sebring Airport Gears Up for January Event

Monday, September 24, 2012 · Sports & Recreation

U.S. Sport Aviation Expo set for January 17-20, 2013

The Sebring Regional Airport will greet aviation enthusiasts from throughout the world on January 17-20 when the gates open to the 9th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo.

Highlights for the 2013 event include a “Year of the Cub” salute on opening day to honor the 75th anniversary of the Piper J-3 Cub, and twilight air shows on Friday and Saturday evenings featuring Team RV, the world’s largest air show team of 12 homebuilt aircraft. In conjunction with the evening air shows, the Expo also will host gourmet food and wine tasting events on both days (3 and 6 p.m.).

On Sunday, the Expo will again sponsor a Model Airplane Contest, offering prizes to model aviation enthusiasts of all ages. The Expo is also planning a sendoff celebration for a group of aircraft and pilots setting off for the Bahamas on Sunday, featuring vendors from the Bahamas and a Junkanoo Band.

As the first major aviation show of the year, the Expo is also the place where new aircraft and other aviation products are introduced. More than 160 exhibitors will demonstrate their aviation-related goods and services during the Expo. In addition, educational forums offer information about learning to fly, flying over water, flying to foreign countries, and other safety issues.

The 2012 Expo enjoyed a record-breaking attendance of 16,000 visitors, and since then the Expo staff has been working to improve facilities and activities. Expo Director Jana Filip said, “During Expo 2012, we surveyed exhibitors and visitors about improving the event. The result is a more organized event layout that we believe will be more accommodating for visitors and exhibitors. We’ve relocated the Food Court so it’s more central to activities, with both indoor and outdoor seating. We’ve also added more bleachers along the Flightline so that visitors can be more comfortable while watching the aircraft flight demonstrations.”

Local volunteers are a key component of the Expo’s success, and Filip along with Expo Assistant Lauren Moore have a variety of volunteer opportunities available. The Expo team will host a volunteer registration at 6 p.m. on November 15, 2012, at the Sebring Civic Center, 319 West Center Street. Returning volunteers and anyone interested in volunteering are especially invited to attend.

“We want the Expo to be an enjoyable and educational activity for anyone interested in aviation, as well as a great place for a family to spend a fun day or weekend.” Filip said.

Complete information about the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo is available at www.sport-aviation-expo.com.