The 10th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo drew a near-record crowd of more than 20,000 to Sebring Municipal Airport (SEF) in mid-January for what has become the nation’s premier sport-aircraft showcase and the kickoff to general aviation’s annual calendar of events. Some 140 vendors displayed aircraft and ancillary products and services, while a full schedule of forums covering all facets of sport aviation—expanded to four from previous years’ three venues—ran throughout the day. The exhibition hangar hosted streams of visitors who came to talk to the avionics manufacturers, residential airpark agents, sport-aircraft specialists and other aviation business reps who filled the booths.
Aircraft were showcased in flight at the daily 10:30 morning demonstrations and afternoon fly-bys, and throughout the day, OEMs demoed their planes for potential customers. “I’m estimating we gave at least 50 demo flights,” said Ken Scott of Van’s Aircraft.