Successful Showing at Sebring Sport Aviation Expo
Organizers upbeat despite weather challenges
January 22, 2008 — Mother Nature continued her assault on the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo Sunday, blasting the area with high winds most of the day, the closing day of the event, but still some hardy souls ventured to the grounds to view airplanes. Expo Chairman Bob Woods was upbeat about the four-day show, however, stating, "It's been a good show for us, and we think it's been a good show for our exhibitors. Attendance was strong on Friday and Saturday. We know that quite a number of aircraft have been sold, and several aircraft companies have been introduced to the Sebring airport, which is also part of our plan to grow our community."
"We're thrilled with the cooperation of our new sponsors - Cessna, Cirrus, Aircraft Spruce, and Garmin. We're happy to see the accessory companies joining our show. MATCO was here for the first time displaying their brakes, and they were happy with the response and plan to be back again."
Many exhibitors continued to praise the Expo, describing it as a great venue to display, demo, and sell airplanes. Randy Schlitter, president of RANS, quipped that it's becoming one of his favorite shows. Mike Long, manager of Air Orlando, the Cessna Center that hosted Cessna's exhibit, added, "This is an excellent format. People get to put their hands on the airplanes, and we get to spend a lot of one-on-one time with the customers."
On Monday, Woods confirmed that next year's date would remain as scheduled, January 15-19, 2009. By early Monday afternoon, Woods had conferred with Sebring Raceway officials to confirm there would not be a race on that weekend next year. Expo exhibitors and visitors had expressed displeasure with the noisy races that bombarded the Expo with race engine noise. (And people complain that airplanes are loud!)