Leading Edge Flight Training School New Tenant at Airport

Sebring Airport Authority is thrilled to announce the first flight training facility in Sebring and their newest tenant, Leading Edge Flight Training School.

Leading Edge Flight Training School is ready and open for business with a Cessna 172 and a Lake Amphibian Seaplane. The school is also offering simulator training on the Redbird FMX, a superior-quality, full motion, Advanced Aviation Training Device. The simulator’s electric motion platform and wrap-around visual offer a realistic training environment approved by the FAA. The state-of-the-art simulator will be available for anyone to try out at the January 24-27 US Sport Aviation Expo.

Owner Brant Howell had this to say about his decision to relocate from Virginia to Sebring, “I chose Sebring because it’s in the middle of everything and options for world class flight training were limited. The Sebring Airport has so much to offer and now a professional flight school is here. It’s a great time to be involved in aviation, the airlines are hiring, and career opportunities have never been better.”

Continued Brant, “ We’re going to be doing seaplane training, which is new for Sebring. We’re excited to be the only flight training operation in Sebring with all these resources and opportunities.”

Down the road Leading Edge will offer flights to the Keys and major airports as an added benefit to customers.

About Leading Edge Flight Training School
Leading Edge Fight Training School has over 40 years of aviation experience providing training from private pilot through commercial and advanced pilot ratings. They provide pilots the opportunity to learn within a structured academic environment and receive a quality aviation education. The training school employs a team of professional flight instructors who are highly trained, experienced, and committed to providing the best training available in general aviation. Visit https://www.leadingedgeflightschool.com/ for more details.

Brant Howell
Brant Howell has been involved in General Aviation for more than 30 years and his experience includes thousands of hours of instruction given and flight experience in many types of aircraft ranging from Piper Cubs and Cessna 172’s to the latest advanced aircraft available. He is a long time member with the National Association Of Flight Instructors (NAFI), president of the SML Pilots Association, and a veteran of the United States Air Force 1550th Aircrew Training and Test Wing.

About Sebring Regional Airport & Commerce Park
Sebring Regional Airport is a 2,000-acre commerce park and airport. The airport is a designated Foreign Trade Zone offering many tax benefits and is home to Sebring International Raceway. Sebring has been named in the State Aviation System Plan as the growth airport for South Central Florida. SRA celebrates the 14th anniversary for U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in 2018.

EFFECTIVE: Saturday October 28 until Saturday November 4 from 07:00 Local – 19:00 Local (1100Z to 2300Z):

A block of airspace with a 2 nautical miles radius Northeast of Runway 14/32 from the surface up to 3500 feet AGL, Aerobatic practice and high speed aircraft. Use right traffic for Runway 14 and Runway 19. Use left traffic for Runway 32 and Runway 01. During the duration of this NOTAM touch and go activity may be restricted. Airport and/or specific runways may be closed during Unlimited and Advanced Category Aerobatic Operations. Contact Unicom on 122.7 for advisory.

EFFECTIVE: On Tuesday October 10 from 7:30AM Local (1130 Z) till 1:00PM Local (1700 Z)

Please be advised that Runway 14/32 will be closed due to personnel performing routine maintenance on the Runway and adjacent Taxiways. Please Contact Unicom on 122.7 for advisories.

EFFECTIVE: Saturday September 30, 2017 @ 7:30PM Local (23:30 Z) till Friday November 3, 2017 @ 8:00AM Local (12:00 Z)

!PIE 09/779 SEF SVC AUTOMATED WX BCST SYSTEM UNREL 1709181640-1709292359

EFFECTIVE: Saturday September 30, 2017 @ 7:30PM Local (23:30 Z) till Friday November 3, 2017 @ 8:00AM Local (12:00 Z)

NOTAM: Please be advised that the AWOS Transmission at the Sebring Regional Airport is Unreliable.

 

IRMA: Highlands County damages – second worst in the state.

Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Continued Hurricane Irma Response Efforts

Today, Governor Rick Scott joined FWC officers to tour Hurricane Irma damage in Clay County and the Florida Keys. The Governor will continue to be in constant communication with state and local emergency management officials, city and county leaders, law enforcement and National Guard leaders, and utility officials as Hurricane Irma response continues.

More than 53,000 people in Highlands County were waiting for power to return on Monday, according to Duke Energy. That is the majority of the county.
Residents are also running desperately low on water and ice, said the Highland’s County Sheriff’s Office. ABC Action News was there as gas stations had lines 70 cars deep waiting for fuel.

One woman we spoke with had been in line for three hours waiting for gas along US 98 in Sebring. “It would have been nice if they had had some Port-a-potties along the way,” she said.

A Highlands County Sheriff’s deputy said many of the gas stations do not have power or access to a generator, and therefore cannot get their pumps up and running.

Another driver said the situation is growing increasingly difficult for many residents, including hundreds of elderly and disabled in the community. Read more here

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/

SAA and City of Sebring hosted the Mayor of Anyang City, Henan Province of the People’s Republic of China

May 3, 2017, Sebring, Florida—Last Thursday Sebring Airport Authority (SAA) and the City of Sebring were hosts to Chinese Delegates from the Aero Sport Association (ASA) in Anyang City, Henan Province in the People’s Republic of China. The purpose of the meeting was to further develop the relationship between the two countries’ aviation industries and the cities of Sebring and Anyang. Anyang has established relationships with only 28 other cities worldwide. Read more

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