January 24th – 27th, 2018
Gates open at 8:00 a.m. (Wednesday through Saturday)
Exhibits open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Sebring Regional Airport’s U.S. Sport Aviation Expo will have a grand entrance through the stunning airport Galleria this January 24-27 flanked with aircraft parked directly in front of the entrance.
“Visitors will have the opportunity to listen to many new speakers such as Captain Rahmani, first female fixed-wing pilot in the Afghan Air Force; Peggy Chabrian, President and Founder of Women in Aviation, International; Kat Swain, instructor of military and civilian pilots, and now a drone pilot expert; Dr. Story Musgrave, Astronaut who performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger’s first flight into space,” says Mike Willingham, Executive Director of both the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo and Sebring Regional Airport.
More Pilot benefits: 2nd and 3rd Class Medical Exams To Be Offered
Highlands Regional Medical Center (HRMC) will be performing 2nd and 3rd class medical exams on-site at the Sport Aviation Expo. Sebring Airport is thrilled to have this option through HRMC for all pilots. Computers will be on hand to enable pilots the ability to fill out online forms for the FAA to complete this important process. Pilots should sign-up here to pay and reserve a time slot in advance for during Expo.
Large scale MultiGP sanctioned Drone Race will be happening again for 2018
Expo debuted unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs … aka drones) at the 2016 event. “This past January, we upped the Ante. AirOps Inc. and CineVista Media joined up with Sebring to add the first known large scale MultiGP sanctioned Drone Race at an aviation event. And, we’re doing it again for 2018,” enthused Expo Director, Melissa Finger.
Drone exhibits will be inside a hangar flanking a 60-foot wide by 40-foot long by 30-foot high indoor flight demonstration cage. The prize purse is estimated at about $20,000, with the grand prize at $10,000 cash, based on entry fees received. Racing Practice rounds will start on Wednesday; qualifiers will be on Friday, with Finals on Saturday.
Daily flight demonstrations will take place indoors from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and hands on “Fly-A-Drone” workshops will be on the hour, every hour. Expo will be demonstrating both the professional, and recreational sides of the drone world. Drone experts from all over the U.S. will be presenting forums on many aspects of drone ownership, Part107, 333, 336 safe effective operations and business management.
Homebuilt Display Parking Registration
Expo is encouraging people with amateur-built aircraft or kit planes to fly in to Sebring’s Expo and show off for four days. The Sport Aviation Expo is creating a special display space for all homebuilt aircraft. All one needs to do is register their aircraft by filling out the homebuilt form online and purchase a discounted four-day event pass. Expo will create a display sign for each aircraft with their specific information. People with amateur-built aircraft are asked to sign up here.
- Demonstration times may be adjusted based on aircraft densities and weather.
- Sebring Regional Airport will operate a control tower from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily.
- All flights, including Expo demonstration flights, will operate under control of the tower.
- Demonstration flights before 9:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. daily will be coordinated by Expo Air Operations.
- Aircraft in the Expo area must use the self-service refueling facility; refueling by gas cans is not allowed.
- Aircraft not in the Expo area are asked to contact Sebring Flight Service for fuel.