Sebring Approved for New Tesla Destination Charging Station

Last week, Sebring Airport Authority received official approval from Tesla Motors to become a Tesla charging station. Tesla owners will soon be able to charge their cars at the airport.

Said Jonathan Katz, Associate Project Manager, Destination Charging, “Based upon your site’s reviews and location, we are offering the airport property up to three complimentary Tesla Connectors.”

As a host site, Sebring is responsible for ongoing electricity used. Also, Sebring will make charging available for Model S customers in need who may not be airport clients. Said Mike Willingham, Executive Director, Sebring Airport Authority, “We are very excited about being part of this amazing new venture, which will bring new visitors to Sebring.”

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. The 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.

ABOUT DESTINATION CHARGING

Tesla is rapidly expanding a first of its kind, hospitality-focused EV charging network. This allows full-service hotels, resorts, and restaurants to directly market to and attract high-net-worth Tesla owners. EV owners in general often craft their vacation and business trips around charging availability. By hosting Tesla Connectors for your patrons, you place yourself prominently in our owners’ view through our Find Us Page and 17″ Touchscreen Navigation.

The Sebring Regional Airport & Industrial Park Community Redevelopment Agency Revenue Stream Secured for 30 Years

Sebring Regional Airport & Industrial Park (through (CRA) Community Redevelopment Agency) will now have funding until 2045 according to a $133.8 million redevelopment plan presented Tuesday, February 2nd at the meeting of Highlands County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).

The CRA plan commits to improving the four main activities of the airport: Industrial Park Development, Airport Infrastructure/Economic Development, Sebring International Raceway Infrastructure and U.S. Sport Aviation Expo Economic Development.

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Sebring Expo to Announce New Dates and Director for 2017

February 1, 2016, Sebring, FL—The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo will begin plans for 2017 with a new Director as Jana Filip has moved on to new opportunities and increased family time. Sebring Regional Airport (SRA) Executive Director Mike Willingham said, “SRA appreciates Jana’s dedication to the event for the past five years.”

This year’s event started off strong with presentations and exhibits for January 20 and 21 with robust attendance. including a Thursday morning AOPA Seminar that drew a standing-room-only crowd.

The next two days Expo faced severe weather with winds gusting to 35 miles an hour, prohibiting most exhibitors from taking to the sky.

Expo expects to remain the mainstay of sport and light-sport aviation manufacturers, catering to the recreational flying markets; to that end, SRA  is researching weather data to choose a more optimum timeframe for 2017. “The weather challenges in recent years have given us the opportunity to review and assess the best possible time to produce a successful 2017 event,” Willingham said. Read more

U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2016

Light sport enthusiasts are gathering in sunny Florida for the four-day event which kicked off yesterday.

Drones come to U.S. Sport Aviation Expo

Excerpted from Jay Meisel | Highlands Today  Published: January 21, 2016

SEBRING — Don’t expect any time soon to call up your favorite pizza business and have a drone bring the Italian fast food to your door step. Also, it’s probably unlikely that an Amazon drone will be delivering that hot new mystery book to your home.

But, you might drive by a farm and see a drone over head.

That’s becoming increasingly possible and anticipated as using drones has gained interest. And for the first time this year drones were part of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, which continues through the end of this week at the Sebring Regional Airport.

Shawn Okun, president of Float Planes and Amphibs, a Sebring-based company, said drones will become increasingly used in agriculture and other types of businesses, law enforcement and border control. 

Screen-Shot-2016-01-21-at-6.26.26-PM-_-Jan-21Scott Clark, owner of Dragonfly Racing Drones, holds out his hand to land a small quadcopter drone after demonstrating it at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo on Wednesday. The Sebring-based drone store plans to start holding drone races. RYAN PELHAM/STAFF – 

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Tecnam P2010 Awarded U.S. Type Certificate

Excerpted from AOPA.org

The Tecnam P2010, a new high-wing four-seat single produced in Italy, is coming to U.S. shores at last after the FAA awarded the airplane’s Part 23 type certificate.

Now, five aircraft waiting at the factory in Italy can be completed and shipped to the United States, and two more will be built for waiting customers. The first seven buyers were cash customers.

Tecnam is rapidly expanding its service centers. In addition to the one at U.S. headquarters in Sebring, Florida, a new one has been established at Eagle Creek Aviation Services in Indianapolis. Another has been established at SouthTecAviation in Salisbury, North Carolina. Additional service centers will be located in Texas, California, and New York.

The price of the three-door, four-seat aircraft remains at the introductory price of $345,000. Originally there were plans to increase the price. The aircraft’s unusual feature is a back door for rear-seat passengers.

Also on the new type certificate is approval for a constant-speed propeller. Now, the takeoff distance is 300 feet shorter than reported in AOPA Pilot, and the climb rate has increased to 650 fpm, with 900 fpm possible in cool conditions. The prop is an $8,000 option. The price already includes a Garmin G1000 avionics suite.

The aircraft has been certified previously in Europe where 40 Tecnam P2010 aircraft have been delivered. It has an all-composite fuselage with a metal wing and stabilator. In the air, it comes close to Cessna 182 speeds—133 knots on the hot Florida day it was tested by AOPA—at a cost that is $100,000 less than the Cessna 182.

The HSR Classic 12 Hours of Sebring, Pistons and Props

Date: November 30-December 4, 2016

The HSR Classic 12 Hours of Sebring, Pistons and Props, Presented by Alan Jay Automotive Network, Debuts Next December at Sebring International Raceway.jpeg

This will be a full-weekend event, a dual celebration of Sebring’s racing and aviation history.

SEBRING, Florida (December 4, 2015) – The Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Classic 12 Hours of Sebring, Pistons and Props, Presented by Alan Jay Automotive Network – an on-track and on-the-runways celebration of the 12 Hours of Sebring and historic Hendricks Field, will debut next December at Sebring International Raceway. 

The announcement of the new event was made today during the drivers meeting for this weekend’s HSR Sebring Historic Races Presented by Alan Jay Automotive Network by HSR President David Hinton and Sebring International Raceway President and General Manager Wayne Estes.

The HSR Classic 12 Hours of Sebring, Pistons and Props, Presented by Alan Jay Automotive Network will follow the same concept of HSR’s Classic 24 Hour at Daytona presented by IMSA, which was run for the second time at Daytona International Speedway three weeks ago.

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.

“We met with Wayne during the recent Classic 24 Hour at Daytona presented by IMSA and decided even before the final checkered flags flew that we had to do a similar event at Sebring International Raceway,” Hinton said. “Wayne and his team here at Sebring then had the amazing idea to make this not only a celebration of the 12 Hours but also the rich aviation history and heritage of the very facility on which we race each year. We look forward to what will certainly be a unique and exciting event.”

jpeg-1“Combining Sebring’s aviation heritage and six decades of endurance racing history into one event will make for a truly spectacular weekend,” Estes said. “We look forward to working with HSR and the Sebring Airport Authority to build this into a diverse and entertaining event that captures the imagination of aviation and automotive enthusiasts alike.” 

Representatives from both the Alan Jay Automotive Network and Sebring Airport General Manager Mike Willingham were in attendance at today’s announcement.

“With the support of marketing partners such as the Alan Jay Automotive Network, and our strong relationship with the Sebring Airport and the HSR, this event is on solid footing,” Estes said. “We really look forward to the debut in December 2016.” 

The on-track activity for the Classic 12 Hours of Sebring, Pistons and Props, will be similar to the format of the Classic 24 Hour. Run groups of period correct race cars from the last 50 to 60 years will rotate through a full 12 hours of racing on the same circuit used each March for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. 

Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo World Final this weekend at Sebring

Excerpted from Racer.com

Sebring International Raceway will host the 2015 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo World Final, as well as the sixth and final round of the three European, North American and Asian series, on Nov. 20-22.

A grid of 66 cars and more than 100 drivers from around the world are expected at the circuit in Sebring, Florida, setting a new grid record at the end of a motorsport season to remember for Lamborghini.

Motorsport represents a pillar of the Automobili Lamborghini strategy,” said Stephan Winkelmann, Automobili Lamborghini president and CEO. “This year proved to be an important one for us as we launched the new Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo on tracks all over the world. Moreover the Huracán GT3 proved itself with success in the Blancpain Endurance Series in Europe. We are thus proud to achieve this new grid record in the last venue of the season. This success is the outcome of the efforts and constancy of all our teams, drivers and partners.

After the first two World Finals held in Vallelunga, Italy (2013), and last year in Sepang, Malaysia, the end of year assembly of all three continental series at one international venue will be in America for the first time. The Sebring circuit is America’s oldest road racing track, with more than six decades of storied history on its 17-turn, 3.74-mile circuit. It is the home to the famed Twelve Hours of Sebring.

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U.S. Sport Aviation Expo Event Program Ad Opportunity

Work will begin soon on the Sport Aviation Expo Event Program for the 2016 U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, and that offers a great advertising opportunity for Expo exhibitors and others. All visitors to the Expo receive a copy of the program. In 2015, more than 18,000 people attended the Expo. This year’s Event Program is being completely redesigned. Read more here

Tecnam P2010 approved in Europe for Garmin G500

Tecnam’s P2010, featured in the September 2015 issue of AOPA Pilot, has received certification in Europe for the Garmin G500 IFR avionics suite. The four-seat, high-wing aircraft is fully certified and priced at $345,000, an introductory price that is now permanent.

The first delivery of the aircraft was in Europe in December 2014. The aircraft is offered in the United States only with the G1000 avionics suite, but the G500 might be offered at a later time. There is no timetable for including the G500 as a U.S. option.

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