January 25th – 28th, 2017
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 25-28 flanked with aircraft parked directly in front of the entrance. That’s just one of the many positive changes that will benefit attendees and exhibitors for the annual event.
Visitors will have the opportunity to listen to many new speakers such as Stewart Hamel, Creator of SkyRunner®; Melissa Mathiasen, the Sikorsky Test Pilot and Chief Pilot for the S-92 Legacy of Heroes Tour; Rod Machado, instructor and voice of Microsoft’s Flight Simulator up to 2012 and AOPA columnist, and Shaesta Waiz, the woman behind the Dreams Soar initiative. “We’re incredibly excited to bring this innovative group of individuals to Expo this year not only for their accomplishments in aviation, but because of their roles as humanitarians as well”, 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.
EAA’s Mobile Marketing Unit will be front and center at U.S. Sport Aviation Expo this January 25-28.
Inside it you’ll find hands on building activities, a virtual reality video experience showcasing EAA and their museum, and two Redbird simulators.
First known large scale MultiGP sanctioned Drone Race
Expo debuted unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs … aka drones) at last year’s event. “This year we have upped the Ante. AirOps Inc. and CineVista Media have joined up with Sebring, and we’ve added the first known large scale MultiGP sanctioned Drone Race at an aviation event (FAA approval pending),” enthused Expo Director, Beverly Glarner.
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 over $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. Pilot registration is available here.
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.