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.
The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo is and will continue to be an important part of building an industry with aircraft sales that far outpaces the rest of general aviation, Willingham added.
About U.S. Sport Aviation Expo:
The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo began in 2004, in cooperation with Sebring Regional Airport and its Executive Director, Mike Willingham.
The Expo is an annual four-day Light-Sport and Sport Aviation Show featuring the newest in the field including conventional aircraft, kit planes, powered parachutes, trikes, gyros, amphibians, and all types of innovative designs such as electrically powered aircraft. The Expo not only brings economic development to the airport and community, but also brings together sport aircraft leaders, worldwide, to promote their aircraft and associated products to a rapidly growing select group of like-minded professionals in this specialized sport aviation field. There is no other show like this in the United States.
The 2017 Expo will be the 13th year Sebring Regional Airport has hosted this event.
About Sebring Regional Airport & Commerce Park:
Sebring Regional Airport (SRA) 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 celebrated the 10th anniversary for U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in 2014.