Sebring Expo’s 2018 Keynote Speaker has an incredible story to tell.

And, we can’t wait.

Captain Rahmani, first female fixed-wing pilot in the Afghan Air Force Slated to be KEYNOTE at U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2018.

Aspirations and accomplishments run wide and deep in some people. Capt. Niloofar Rahmani is one of those people. As the first female fixed-wing pilot in the Afghan Air Force, she has a life that reads like a movie.

Capt. Rahmani trained on C-130s with the US Air Force in 2015 and completed the training program in December 2016. She received the U.S. State Department’s prestigious International Women of Courage Award in 2015 and continues to inspire women and men alike.

Join us for Captain Rahmani’s keynote speech, which promises to be a compelling story of perseverance, determination and above all, the will to keep flying.

INTRODUCING HENDRICKS: The new MASCOT for Sebring’s U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, a Playful Choice While Paying Homage to Area Aviation History.

MAY 18, 2017, Sebring Florida – Today SAA staff and Executive Director, Mike Willingham and his team proudly present Hendricks, the new MASCOT to represent all that is exciting, educational and fun about Sebring’s U.S. Sport Aviation Expo.

Hendricks who is (clearly) colorful and dynamic embodies many of the same traits as the hundreds of aviators and aviation enthusiasts that attend the iconic event every year!

The name Hendricks is a historical one and pays homage to the B-17 pilot school that once operated near Sebring – Hendricks Field. The flight school operated from 1942 to 1945 and was named in honor of 1st lt. Laird Woodruff Hendricks, Jr.

1st Lt. Hendricks was born in Ocala, grew up in Jacksonville, graduated from USMA, West Point N.Y. in 1029, and was tragically killed in a B-17 crash in England in July, 1941… just three days after he arrived to train other RAF Pilots.

On January 14, 1942, the Sebring Area base was officially named in honor of Lt. Hendricks. On January 29, 1942, the first B-17 was flown into Hendricks Field where pilot and crew training began almost immediately. In January 1943, Hendricks Field became a 4-engine pilot school with approximately 120 B-17’s in service and ultimately trained over 10,000 pilots.

Willingham wanted to create a fun yet memorable mascot that could be used to communicate various details throughout the year leading up to the event. “We wanted to identify Hendricks as an aviator and enthusiast, and tap into some legitimate aviator traits and characteristics, as well as be playful with some of their more stereotypical characteristics-—all the while paying homage to the area’s rich and powerful aviation history.”

Look for HENDRICKS U.S. Sport Aviation Expo mascot on Facebook, in ads and on our website!

 

Save the Date: Jan. 24-27, 2018: 14th Annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo

Don’t miss the 14th annual U.S. sport Aviation Expo at Sebring Regional Airport.

The annual Sport Aviation event features sport aircraft and includes conventional aircraft, kit planes, powered parachutes, trikes, gyros, amphibians, drones and innovative designs such as electrically powered aircraft—over 150 aircraft on display.

Early Bird Special for Exhibitors

This year, reserve your space by August 31st and receive a 20% discount on your indoor or outdoor space.

To learn more, visit www.sportaviationexpo.com/

Pictaio Aerospace has relocated to Sebring Regional Airport

Pictaio Aerospace has relocated from Dubuque Iowa. Explains CEO, Chris Lord, “Recently we teamed with ELA Aviation (a Spanish Gyroplane manufacturer of 20 years) and decided that the best location for us is at Sebring Airport.”

Pictaio Aerospace has been in the Gyroplane business since 2012 offering sales, service, and training. Pictaio Aerospace is the only company to train the FAA in gyroplanes. Chris is one of a select few FAA pilot examiners in the USA, a test pilot for numerous aircraft, has flown more than 24 models of gyroplanes and has obtained thousands of hours in gyroplanes in a short while.

They are currently set up and operational at Sebring. Building 102 Bay C2.

Get more information:  815-402-3076, or email Chris@Pic-Aero.com

Spencer Aircraft Supply At Sebring Airport

Spencer Aircraft has a brand new location in the Sebring Airport Galleria. They’re selling a wide range of aviation products and parts while also adding additional product lines. Get pilot supplies, aircraft parts, industrial & MIL-spec hardware, fabric covering, advanced cleaners, avionics services, plus aviation related apparel & gifts here.

Don’t See what you want? Call 1 (253) 848-9349.

Please visit Spencer Aircraft the next time you fly into SRA. They can’t wait to see you!

 

Sebring Airport Authority boasts two new Tesla charging stations.

Tesla owners are now able to charge their cars at the airport.

The Sebring Airport Authority has teamed up with Tesla Motors to provide an increasingly desirable amenity; Tesla Destination Charging.  Sebring will make charging available for all Tesla customers in need who may not be airport clients. Said Mike Willingham, Executive Director, Sebring Airport Authority, “We are beyond excited about being part of this wonderful new venture, which will bring new visitors to Sebring.”

Tesla Destination Charging Stations
The Sebring Regional Airport and other Tesla Destination Charging locations are hosted on Tesla’s interactive webpage and were recently GPS located on Model S and Model Xs’ navigation through a free software update sent wirelessly to the car. Tesla owners are now able to use the in-vehicle 17” touchscreen to easily plan trips and locate the property.
 About Tesla
Tesla designs, engineers and manufactures premium, all-electric vehicles and is leading a revolution to transform the automotive industry with zero-emissions technology. In particular, theAnchor Model S is a class-leader in performance, efficiency, functionality and safety. Tesla’s charging infrastructure provides them with a competitive advantage compared to other automobile manufacturers and is made up of home charging, Supercharging and Destination Charging.

Save the date: Pistons & Props Nov. 30-Dec. 4

ATTENTION PILOTS! Fly in to Sebring Regional Airport and join us for this unique, historic event

The HSR Classic 12 Hours of Sebring, Pistons and Props, will follow the same concept of HSR’s Classic 24 Hour at Daytona.
 
The immediate success of the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, which has quickly ascended to “must-attend” status on the worldwide motorsports scene, provided the inspiration behind the similar event on the iconic grounds of Sebring International Raceway.
 
While the Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona is America’s premier 24-hour race, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida, has gained equally legendary status as the oldest major sports car race in the United States.
 
An entirely unique aspect of the Classic 12 Hours of Sebring, Pistons and Props, however, will be the simultaneous celebration of Sebring’s rich military and civil aviation history that is as much a part of the 12 Hours of Sebring as the race itself.

FOR TICKETS:
HSRtickets.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Phone: 727-573-1340
Email: registrar@hsrrace.com

Web Link: http://www.hsrrace.com/events/2016_events/classic12hour

Click to download: Race Entry-Form.pdf

Airport director’s business acumen pays off

When most people look at an airport they see planes, runways, taxiways and fuel. When Mike Willingham looks at an airport, he sees a real estate opportunity.

On Aug. 1, Willingham will have been executive director of the Sebring Airport Authority for 25 years. Willingham, 64, is also a pilot with an additional three years of experience in Fixed Base Operations at the airport, but it is his out-of-the-box thinking and business acumen that have made his tenure at the Sebring Regional Airport so successful.

Besides its obvious role as a flight center, the property under Willingham is now a 2,000-acre business park hosting 44 tenants and is part of a Foreign Trade Zone, also known as a Free Tax Zone, spanning six counties.

Hang a left turn off of U.S. 98, pass the Humane Society of Highlands County and you’ll start to see the Sebring Regional Airport “shopping mall.

The famous race track is a tenant, along with aviation companies like Tecnam Aircraft, who assembles, sells and distributes piston-powered aircraft across the Americas. Lockwood is here, constructing its Aircam, a revolutionary craft originally designed for National Geographic. The location is also a military refueling station.

But the airport isn’t all about planes. Other tenants include Genpak, a plastics manufacturer; E-stone, an Italian granite products company; and the newest tenant, CitraPac, the creator of “fruit pearls,” a kid-friendly, no-sugar-added frozen citrus product.

Willingham said he came into the role with an eye to “running the business and delivering value to the community.” That boils down to making decisions that pay the bills while also boosting economic development and job creation, and Willingham made it a point to foster good relationships with important community players like elected officials and the CRA.

“That has paid dividends,” he said.

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TEQUILA PATRÓN ESM HONDA PROTOTYPE WINS SECOND STRAIGHT

imsa_P_2_Patron_SMALLComing off of a stirring victory in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, the No. 2 Tequila Patrón ESM Honda Ligier JS P2 returned to Victory Lane with a second consecutive triumph in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Pipo Derani captured the checkered flag in a final sprint in Saturday’s 64th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida. With five minutes and 45 seconds to go, Derani passed Dane Cameron in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering/Team Fox Corvette DP from Action Express Racing to take the lead and the eventual victory, sweeping Daytona and Sebring in back-to-back rounds of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.

What a tough race this was,” said Derani. “We had some contact, some spins, and moving our way back to the front was just unbelievable. In the end, I knew we had a great car, and new tires. But with only 10 to 15 minutes to go and still be in fourth was difficult to believe that we were going to make it. God had an eye on me and everything I executed was perfect. I can’t believe it all. It happened like that. I was so focused to bring the car home. The adrenaline was so high I couldn’t think about anything else.

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SIR and Sebring Airport partner to form Hendricks Field Memorial Park

Hendricks Field, the predecessor to Sebring International Raceway and Sebring Regional Airport, was honored Friday at a special ground-breaking ceremony. The ceremony kicked off a funding campaign to preserve and enhance the original military airbase flagpole and surrounding area, which will be known as Hendricks Field Memorial Park.

A WWII United State Army Air Force base, Hendricks Field opened in 1942 and played a vital role in training B-17 combat crews and supporting personnel. Originally called the Sebring Basic Flying School, the name was changed to Hendricks Field in honor of Lt. Laird Hendricks, a Floridian who was killed while training Royal Air Force pilots in England. Several thousand men who trained at Hendricks Field served in the European and Pacific war fronts, with an estimated one-fourth never returning. Read more