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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Sebring Expo Offers Online Exhibitor Registration

It’s time to start gearing up for the 12th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, January 20-23, 2016, at Sebring Regional Airport.

New this year, the Expo is offering exhibitors the opportunity to complete their registration online … simply visit www.sportaviationexpo.com/exhibitor-application/ to complete the application and make payment.

Expo Director Jana Filip reports that more than 70 percent of the available booth spaces for the 2016 Expo have already been contracted. Again this year, the indoor booths will be housed in a large tent adjacent to the Forums area.

The Expo is also encouraging anyone interested in presenting a forum to complete that application process online. Visit www.sportaviationexpo.com/forums-application/ to submit your information. The Expo hopes to finalize the Forums schedule by early fall to help attendees plan their visits.

The Sebring Expo is currently organizing a great slate of keynote speakers and will again host a panel discussion on current aviation topics during the Thursday keynote speaker slot. More information will become available as details are finalized.

For complete Expo information, click here, “like” U.S. Sport Aviation Expo at Facebook.com/SportAviationExpo, or follow the event’s updates on Twitter (@USAviationExpo) and Instagram (@SportAviationExpo).

Citrapac breaks ground at Sebring Airport

citripacCitraPac broke ground on their new 37,000 square-foot manufacturing facility that will be constructed at Sebring Regional Airport & Commerce Park, add $14 million in capital investments, and create 240 jobs.

OSHKOSH: Tecnam says P-Jet launch driven by two military groups

Excerpted from Flight Global~

An approach by two military organizations drove Tecnam to launch an evaluation of a two-seat, single-engine jet aircraft for the trainer market, says Tecnam director of US sales Shannon Yeager.

Tecnam has signed non-disclosure agreements with the militaries involved in the P-Jet project, so cannot yet reveal their identities. Yeager says only that neither military organisation is American.

The Italian-based general aviation manufacturer launched initial conceptual studies in May. That should be followed in 2016 by the launch of a design criteria phase, he says. A formal schedule has not been released, but generally-speaking Tecnam usually delivers a new aircraft about 3.5 years from program launch, he says.

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Tecnam Focuses On U.S. Market With P2010 At AirVenture

TecnamTecnam’s four-seat, high-wing, single-engine P2010 is making its U.S. debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh as the company works to dramatically expand its U.S. business.

Italy-based Tecnam created a U.S. corporation a year ago, called Tecnam U.S. The strategy is a major change in how the company views the market, said Shannon Yeager, director of sales in the U.S. The U.S. is the general-aviation industry’s largest market.

Of its worldwide fleet of 4,000 Tecnam aircraft, 300 are in the U.S., Yeager said. It currently produces 40 aircraft a month in its Italian facilities.

As sales for the P2010 grows, Tecnam plans to expand its 25,000 sq. ft. reassembly facility in Sebring, Florida, and perform final assembly at the site, Yeager said. That would reduce costs on U.S.-delivered aircraft.

Tecnam received EASA certification for the P2010, which has a composite fuselage and metal wings, a year ago. It hopes to receive FAA certification for the aircraft in October with first deliveries to follow at the end of 2015 or in early 2016.

The company will begin taking deposits from U.S. customers for the $345,000 aircraft during AirVenture, Yeager said.

So far Tecnam has delivered 25 of the aircraft to customers in Europe.

The P2010 on display at Oshkosh was built at Tecnam’s Italian facility as a production aircraft. The company has orders for 60 aircraft.

Yeager said he can access two to four P2010s a month out of Tecnam’s European production for U.S. deliveries.

Long-term, the aircraft has room for more horsepower and more capability, which would include an amphibious model, he said. It can carry 62 gallons of fuel, and boasts 2-1/2 hr endurance with four passengers.