The year’s first major aviation show, Florida’s U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, went off swimmingly, if a mite frigidly in January, with good attendance, thanks to show organizer Bob Woods and his friendly volunteers. New LSA designs debuted, popular makers returned with their stable of thoroughbreds, and except for one weather-challenged day, LSA-focused enthusiasts got their fill of daily flight demos, new product displays and many chances to go toe-to-toe with the folks who build, outfit and market the light-sport fleet.
There were colorful stripes of human story at Sebring, as well. Two inspiring disabled young people flew an LSA 1,000 miles to raise funds for wounded vets to learn to fly…and they used only hand controls. Wonderful story.