Day two of the 10th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo is in the books, and it was great day for aviation shopping. Abundant sunshine and comfortable temperatures brought lots of aviation enthusiasts to the Sebring Regional Airport in Sebring, FL, to visit with the 140 exhibitors on site.
A casual survey of visitors showed that people from all over the United States were attending this year’s event looking for an airplane or other aviation equipment to purchase. Throughout the day, we encountered shoppers from New York, North Carolina, Georgia, Minnesota, Kentucky, New Jersey, and numerous snowbirds visiting Florida who timed their trip to participate in this year’s Expo. In addition, we met people from South America and the United Kingdom, visiting Expo to narrow their choice of airplanes. “The Expo is a great place to see all the light-sport aircraft that are available, and it’s easy to get a demo flight here. That’s what makes this event great for airplane shoppers and exhibitors,” said one visitor from the UK.
The Expo continues through Sunday afternoon, with closing ceremonies at 2:30 p.m. Exhibits open at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Two more aircraft debut at the Expo
RANS Aircraft’s S-20 Raven was in the pattern often offering demonstration flights to prospective buyers. The new two-place, side-by-side taildragger is available as either a ready-to-fly special light-sport aircraft or as an experimental amateur-built kit.
Tecnam Aircraft’s new Sea Sky on floats also made its first appearance at the show. It’s the only such model in the United States, and it’s based in Winter Haven, FL, for the winter months and available for demonstration flights.
Keynote speaker Saturday afternoon, 1:30 p.m.
On Saturday afternoon, the keynote speaker will be Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. (retired) Leo Gray, in the Show Center Tent sponsored by Aviators Hot Line. Lt. Col. Gray flew 15 combat missions over Europe during World War II flying a P-51 with the famed Red Tail Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group. He left active duty in 1946, but remained in the United States Air Force until 1984. Gray will share stories of his experiences before, during, and after the war.