All’s well that ends well, and after a slow start wrought by a weather system sitting over the Southeast, the 11th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo at Sebring Municipal Airport (KSEF), on January 17 to 20, finished on a sun-kissed high note. “The Airport Authority said that Friday afternoon and Saturday [the last day of the show] probably pushed attendance a little ahead of the prior year,” said Expo Director Jana Filip. “If that happened, fine, but the vendors were upbeat all during the show about the quality of attendees.”
A full schedule of showcase flights, presentations, and the chance to see and touch sport aircraft and the latest of a vast range of aircraft gear (see below for new products and Expo debuts) kept visitors engaged throughout the four-day event. More than 50 scheduled forums covered all aspects of aircraft ownership and operation, and panel discussions and speakers including former astronaut Story Musgrave and SR-71 pilot Col. Richard Graham (USAF Ret.) enthralled audiences, while members of the Flying Musicians Association kept attendees entertained daily at the Aviators Hotline Show Center Tent.