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Last updated January 14th, 2016

Forums Schedule

The Sebring Expo’s Workshops and Forums offer a great opportunity for Expo visitors to increase their aviation education. Click here for the current Forum Schedule (Subject to change).


Two workshop presentations will be made each day:

Techniques to Reduce Maintenance Costs and Extend the Life of Your Aircraft

Join ACES Systems’ Michael Fox alongside Double M Aviation at Sebring’s U.S. Sport Aviation Expo as they present live demonstrations of Dynamic Propeller Balance on a light sport aircraft. Demonstrations are scheduled Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. just outside of the forum hangars near the big tent. This instructional demonstration will discuss the effects of vibration on an aircraft and identify specific techniques for correcting out-of-balance propellers through dynamic propeller balance.

Stewart Covering Systems will present a hands-on workshop demonstrating the techniques for its fabric-covering system.  Attendees will be allowed hands-on participation. This workshop will be presented twice daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Aviation Survival Technologies (AST) will present a water-ditching survival demonstration twice daily, at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Using a swimming pool, Randy Boone of AST will demonstrate the proper way to use life vests and how to deploy a life raft from the wing of an aircraft or from the water. He will also discuss a seven-step survival plan that can be used with a life vest or life raft.

A former U.S. Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer, Randy served for 23 years in the U.S. Coast Guard and founded Aviation & Marine Survival Technologies after retirement in 1996. With more than 4,000 hours as a U.S. Coast Guard Aircrew member aboard HU-16E, HC-130Hs and HU-25A aircraft, and years of first-hand experience conducting search and rescue for persons in the water, Randy’s general aviation experience and Coast Guard background make him uniquely qualified as a bona fide expert in light aircraft and marine over-water operations. Visit Randy’s site at


Four forum sessions are scheduled each day at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m., and 1 and 2:30 p.m. These sessions are designed for a 1 hour presentation followed by a 15 minute Q&A session.

The following presenters have outlined their topics:

Air Park Life; Living the Dream

George Gratton, Florida Air Park Real Estate

In this forum we will explore the joys and identify the potholes of living the dream in an air-park community.

All In One Avionics for your Homebuilt and Light-Sport Aircraft

Larry Rivera, Levil Technology Corp.

Larry will present a history of Levil Technology’s President, Ruben Leon; the past, present, and future of Levil Technology; and what ADS-B’s are and why they are important. He will also discuss Levil’s current product lineup and what’s on their horizon.

Aviation and Music

John Zapp, President, Flying Musicians Association

A brief overview of the Flying Musicians Association and how the skills required to play an instrument and fly an aircraft have marked similarities from precision and multitasking to listening and fine motor skills.

Avionics for Light-Sport and Experimental Aircraft

Brian Hupe, Garmin

Gain the added safety of Garmin’s industry-leading G3X flight systems for experimental and light-sport aircraft panels with the ability to add optional autopilot systems, datalink weather, traffic surveillance, ADS-B “Out,” ADS-B “In” traffic and weather, geo-referenced charting, and more to enhance your situational awareness. Get a complete overview of the system and see what’s new.

Breakdowns Away from Home

Mike Busch, A&P/IA, Founder, Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Management, Inc.

Mike will discuss how to deal with every aircraft owner’s worst nightmare – a mechanical breakdown that leaves your airplane stranded away from home. Using some real-life case studies of actual breakdown events, Mike will illustrate the right and wrong ways to deal with such situations and ensure the best possible outcome.

Careers in Aviation…And Other Really Great Decisions
Eric Crump, Aerospace Program Director, Polk State College

Interested in possibly pursuing a career in the aviation world and curious about what opportunities exist for you? If so, this presentation was created especially for you! Learn about the pilot, maintenance, air traffic control, and business support career fields in aviation, including how to get started, how to succeed, and how to get paid to do your dream job.

Building your Own Light-Sport Aircraft

Sebastien Heintz, President, Zenith Aircraft Company

Learn about building your own light-sport aircraft and about the real advantages of owning and flying an airplane that you’ve built yourself. Kit aircraft is a segment of aviation that is growing while the rest of the aviation industry continues to decline. Today’s modern aircraft kits are quicker and easier to build than even before, and they offer distinct advantages to the over factory-built light aircraft.

Category and Class: Adding new ratings has never been easier

Prof. H. Paul Shuch, AvSport of Lock Haven

Learn all about adding new category and class privileges under the sport pilot rules. FAA Wings and AMT Award credit available.

Chock Talk with a Fighter Pilot

Lt. Col. Mike “Alvin” McMillan, North American Aerospace Defense Command

Discover the No. 1 reason general aviation aircraft are intercepted and how to avoid it. You’ll learn practical steps to avoid Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) areas and what to do if you are intercepted. Join three NORAD F-16 pilots in an informative and lively session that will keep you out of trouble and off the evening news. FAA Wings and AMT Award credit available.

Damaging an Aircraft You Don’t Own

Kyle White, Aviation Solutions LLC

What happens when you damage an airplane you don’t own or a flying club’s airplane? Learn how to protect yourself when the owner or the insurance company wants you to pay for the damage you did. Real claim stories with real solutions.

Don’t Leave Home Without It

Steve McCaughey, Director, Seaplane Pilots Association

This hands-on safety gear workshop will show you how to build the ultimate flying emergency kit. This kit has been assembled following the lessons learned by this former U.S. Air Force Special Operations Forces member who has flown backcountry flights from Alaska to Australia and everywhere in between.

Drone Laws and Regulations

Attorney Matthew Grosack, DLA Piper LLP

CANCELLED – Up-to-the-minute news and updates on the ever-changing drone laws, regulations, and FAA decisions.

Drones: Evil or Good?

Stephen Gowdy, Gowdy Brothers Aerospace LLC

An overview of what drones/UAVs can do for the good of mankind. Everyone knows that drones can be used for aerial photography for residential real estate. Learn what other applications are using drones for economic benefit: Pipeline inspections, nuclear power plant exhaust tower inspections, bridge inspections, utility power line inspections, construction and OSHA safety inspections, firefighter support and forensic investigations, live video feed for television, live video feed for search and rescue, outdoor events, sports and fairs, surface mining, research and movie picture production.

Drones/UAV’s – FAA’s Latest Updates

Stephen Gowdy, Gowdy Brothers Aerospace LLC

Learn how to navigate the FAA’s requirements to fly UAVs for fun and for profit. What does the FAA really require? Learn how to submit an FAA Sect. 333 grant request, UAV Aircraft Registration, what is a COA, and do I need one?

Flight Testing 101

Paul Dye, Editor of Kitplanes/retired NASA Flight Director

Paul will discuss the basics of planning, training, and flying flight test operations for amateur-built experimental aircraft. This is not a step-by-step guide to test cards, but rather this presentation covers the overall philosophy of making flight testing as useful and safe as possible, providing risk management techniques that will help any pilot test his/her own aircraft and survive to use the aircraft afterwards.

Flying a Powered Paraglider

Jeff Goin,

Jeff will discuss the ins and outs of flying the world’s most portable aircraft – a powered paraglider – and he will share important safety tips.

Flying after Maintenance

Mike Busch, A&P/IA, Founder, Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Management, Inc.

By far the most likely time for your airplane to suffer a serious mechanical failure is right after it comes out of maintenance, particularly an annual inspection, engine change, or cylinder work. Mike, AOPA Pilot’s maintenance columnist, offers eye-opening case studies of such maintenance-induced failures (MIFs) and discusses the importance of conducting a post-maintenance test flight after every maintenance event, and doing so with a test pilot’s mindset.

Flying Again

Jason Schapport,

This movie showcases the return of lapsed pilots to active pilot status.

Flying cars of the past – fast forward to the Samson Switchblade

James Mauch, Samson Motorworks

For decades, people have dreamed of having flying cars. This presentation will begin with a brief overview of some of the most interesting flying cars of the past – who designed them and what their unique capabilities were. Then we will fast forward to today and give you the latest on the Experimental class Switchblade, discussing the future of transportation and the increasing role of transformational aircraft such as this. Design evolution will be covered as well as recent milestones reached in the building of the conforming prototype.

Flying in the AirVenture Cup Race

Carl Houghton, Private Pilot/Air Racer

Carl will discuss flying in the AirVenture Cup cross-country air race into EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The race is great fun; in 2015, more than 70 planes participated, including three LSA and other sport aircraft.

Flying Safe In and Around the Florida

Steve McCaughey, Director, Seaplane Pilots Association

Learn safe Florida flying strategies from the Executive Director of the Seaplane Pilots Association. This Florida native was a member of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Forces and is a pilot who has flown in highly demanding environments from Alaska to Australia.

Four-Stroke Engine Seminar

Phil Lockwood, President, Lockwood Aviation

Phil will discuss the maintenance of Rotax four-stroke engines, offering a detailed Powerpoint presentation that’s the result of his company’s year of experience in repairing Rotax four-stroke engines.

Fun Destinations for Pilots in Florida

Steven Brooks, Florida Flying Guide

Did you know you can fly into a resort on the Florida Keys with its own airport? That there is a place in northern Florida where you can swim with the manatees? That there is an airport you can fly in and walk to a Yankees or Red Sox spring training baseball game? Make flying fun again, and discover some great destinations to fly to in 2016.

How to Use your iPad as a Multi-Function Display

Ash Vij, Guardian Avionics

A discussion about how you can permanently mount iPads in the cockpit and use software like Garmin, ForeFlight, WingX, Seattle Avionics, and other software vendors to create a multi-function display (MFD).

I’m a Sport Pilot; Now What Can I Do?

Carl Houghton, Private Pilot/Air Racer

As a sport pilot with more than 400 hours and the owner of a light-sport aircraft (LSA) and experimental aircraft builder, Carl has a perspective that being a sport pilot doesn’t limit your flying experiences. Rather it opens the door to let you fly long cross countries if you want to, fly to places like the highest paved airport in the U.S., obtain your tail-wheel endorsement as part of a bush pilot class in Alaska, and build and fly your own LSA-compliant plane. Carl hopes to inspire folks to look at the sport pilot certificate or flying under sport pilot rules as a private pilot as a viable means of becoming or continuing as a pilot and having great new experiences.

LSA Operational Tips

Lou Mancuso, President, Bristell Aircraft

Lou will discuss how to operate LSA safely, especially during crosswind landings, as well as how to lower operational costs through shared ownership. Lou also will share his bylaws for a successful shared ownership experience.

Making Money with Drones (sUAV) Q & A

Dynamic and informative presentation of companies and individuals who are making money in various industries with their sUAV’s and Open Forum Q & A

Moderators: Jason Christenson, President, Gowdy Brothers Aerospace and Stephen Gowdy, Chief Pilot, Gowdy Brothers Aerospace

Making Tomorrow’s Greatest Aviators Today

Mike Zidzunias, Lakeland Aero Club

Mike will offer tips for getting and keeping young people involved in aviation, using the Lakeland Aero Club as a working example.

Mastering Radio Communications: Don’t drop the airplane to fly the microphone!

Prof. H. Paul Shuch, AvSport of Lock Haven

Pilots who have mastered the requisite flying skills often seem to forget everything they’ve learned when it comes time to make a radio call. Automate the communications process so you can concentrate on flying the aircraft. FAA Wings and AMT Award credit available.

Propeller Balancing and Vibration Reduction

Steve Sennett, RPX Technologies Inc.

This presentation will focus on the causes and effects of vibration on aircraft. Steve will discuss vibration terminology, the detection of vibration, and how to correct it through propeller balancing and vibration analysis.

Rusty Pilot Seminar – Thursday and Saturday

Jamie Beckett, AOPA Ambassador

AOPA’s Rusty Pilot Seminars allow lapsed pilots a way to return to flying in a matter of hours through a free session of ground school that fulfills the FAA’s flight review requirements for ground school. The Seminar will address recent changes to the world of flying. Regulatory discussions include light-sport aircraft, medical requirements, airspace, and common regulations. Weather includes TAFS, METARS, Internet briefings, and FSS/Flight Watch. Operation discussions include traffic patterns, communications, incursion avoidance, and pilot responsibilities.

Seaplane Safety Is No Accident

Steve McCaughey, Director, Seaplane Pilots Association

Tips and tricks for creating successful and safer seaplane flights. Attendees will receive a free cockpit gear position placard, bumper sticker, and Seaplane Pilots Association membership discount for attending this workshop.

Seaplanes 101

Steve McCaughey, Executive Director, Seaplane Pilots Association

Steve will discuss what you need to know to pursue a seaplane rating and complete a condensed ground school. Attendees will also receive a special gift if they decide to join the Seaplane Pilots Association.

Selecting a Five-Star Air Park

George Gratton, Florida Air Park Real Estate

Finding and identifying the best of the best air park properties. From the author of Living the Dream, get the inside track to a successful adventure into the wonders of air-park living. This forum is not an infomercial but rather real-life experiences from someone who has lived in air parks.

Stepping Up to Light Sport

Prof. H. Paul Shuch, AvSport of Lock Haven

An overview of the transition training recommended for private pilots and above making the move to flying under sport pilot rules. FAA Wings and AMT Award credit available.

The Effects of Carbon Monoxide

Ash Vij, Guardian Avionics

A discussion of what carbon monoxide is, how it affects your body, how you can recognize the symptoms, and how you can monitor it and protect you and your family.

The Innovator Aircraft

Richard Hogan, Commuter Craft

The exciting story of Commuter Craft’s Innovator Phase One flight testing and discovery experiences. Richard will discuss the challenges of testing a new design with game-changing performance, safety, and comfort. Designed for high-performance and docile handling, the Innovator introduces a new twist on stall/spin prevention. Test pilot Ethan Chaffin will join in to explain what it is like to test a new aircraft platform with innovative aerodynamics for the first time. “It is an incredible thing to ask an airplane to do something other aircraft won’t do, ” he said.

The Insurance You Need to Have

Kyle White, Aviation Solutions LLC

Learn what coverages you should have and what ancillary coverages are available in an insurance policy. The cheapest policy may not be the best policy.

The LSA Pre-Buy: Getting the most for your used aircraft dollars

Prof. H. Paul Shuch, AvSport of Lock Haven

Purchasing a used light-sport aircraft (LSA) can be a bargain or a nightmare. Protect yourself by learning what you’re getting before you invest your money. FAA Wings and AMT Award credit available.

The Number One Killer of Pilots … and how you can prevent it

Barry Hull, Pilot Judgment Inc.

Most aviation accidents are not caused by medical or mechanical problems, but rather an entirely preventable element. Based on decades of study, analysis, and examination of major causes of fatal accidents, Barry will discuss the number one killer of pilots. Techniques for prevention, examples, and visuals are used to supplement the discussion. FAA Wings and AMT Award credits available.

Tips for Choosing Your Wheels and Brakes

Claire Beringer, Manager, Beringer Aero USA

Claire will offer a detailed presentation about the different technical options that you can find on wheels and brakes (tubeless vs. tube type; ball bearings vs. tapered roller bearings, antiskid devices), and she’ll offer advice for finding the best wheel and brakes for your use.

Touring the USA by LSA and Motorhome, Part 1

Robert “Bob” Jones, EAA Chapter 1241

An introduction to combining touring by motorhome and an LSA in tow; how to do it and make it inexpensive, simple, safe, and fun. Includes photos of spectacular scenery from a low-and-slow flight perspective.

Touring the USA by LSA and Motorhome, Part 2

Robert “Bob” Jones, EAA Chapter 1241

This advanced forum will discuss: 1. Selecting an aircraft trailer; 2. Protecting the plane while bouncing down the road; 3. What to look for and avoid in a motorhome; 4. Getting through airport gates; 5. Tips on cost saving; 6. Safety and functional tips for pulling a large trailer; 7. A review of suitable folding-wing airplanes; 8. A list of spectacular and fun low-and-slow flying locations across the U.S.

Two-Stroke Engine Seminar

Phil Lockwood, President, Lockwood Aviation

Phil will discuss the maintenance of Rotax two-stroke engines, offering a detailed Powerpoint presentation that’s the result of his company’s year of experience in repairing Rotax two-stroke engines.

Unleaded UL94 Avgas

Chris D’Acosta, Swift Fuels LLC

Swift Fuels is a global leader in the development of unleaded avgas to replace 100LL. Swift Fuels has introduced an unleaded 94-motor-octane fuel for aircraft whose engines specify minimum 94-MON or less (generally, engines with lower compression ratios). This encompasses approximately 50 percent of the U.S. fleet – and includes autogas certificated aircraft, light-sport aircraft, and aircraft with engines rated 94-MON or less. You will learn about Swift Fuels’ nationwide deployment plans. The transition to unleaded avgas begins now…!

What’s Involved in Kitbuilding?

Charlie Becker, EAA Homebuilding Community Manager

Building your own aircraft is an amazing experience. Learn the ins and outs and determine if it’s a good option for you.

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