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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!

 

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.

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

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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