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Sebring’s U.S. Sport Aviation Expo is Next Week

January 15, 2010On Thursday, January 21, the decade’s first large aviation event, the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, gets under way at Sebring Regional Airport, Florida. In its sixth year, Sebring has established itself as the showcase event for the growing sport pilot/light-sport aircraft category, allowing visitors to “see, try, buy and sell” light-sport aircraft, as virtually all of the major LSA manufacturers will be on hand.

Ron Wagner, EAA field operations manager, has coordinated another solid lineup of forums, running Thursday through Sunday in four locations. “I’ll be doing one or two forums each day,” Wagner said. “We’ve also scheduled some of the most knowledgeable professionals in the industry to give presentations on most every aspect of sport pilot and light-sport aircraft.” See the complete forum schedule here.

New exhibitors are scheduled to participate include Van’s Aircraft, maker of the RV-12 E-LSA. In addition, returning exhibitors will show their newest and established models. See the complete list of exhibitors here. New sponsors this year include REMOS Aircraft, TECNAM Aircraft and AeroShell. They join returning sponsors Cessna, Aircraft Spruce and Specialty, Teledyne Continental, and MATCO Manufacturing.

“We approach our sixth event with anticipation of an outstanding show,” said Sebring Chairman Bob Wood. “We continue our focus on providing an outstanding venue for comparing LSA available in the U.S. market and learning about the associated items such as related supplies and equipment, avionics, engines, training and maintenance.”

At the EAA exhibit tent, members will have the opportunity to renew their membership, while those new to the association can join. New and existing EAAers can discover the convenience of putting their membership on AutoPilot, subscribe to EAA electronic newsletters, enter the EAA Share the Spirit Aircraft Sweepstakes, and more. An Aviat Husky, this year’s sweepstakes grand prize, will be on display.

Prior to Sebring, EAA’s Earl Lawrence and David Oord from EAA’s Government Relations department will attend a meeting of the ASTM F-37 Committee on Light-Sport Aircraft. The first meeting of the ASTM-FAA Light-Sport Joint Safety Committee is scheduled, on which Oord serves as co-chairman.

For complete information on Sebring, visit www.sport-aviation-expo.com

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