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Sebring LSA Expo Runs Through Saturday

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    A wide assortment of lightplanes are populating the outdoor exhibition area at Sebring.
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    Sebring is a unique aviation event that brings LSA manufacturers together with interested buyers.
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    The Uncontrolled Airspace podcast’s Jack Hodgson (far left) moderated Thursday’s panel discussion with (l to r) EAA’s Charlie Becker, LAMA Chairman/President Dan Johnson, AVweb publisher Tom Bliss, and AOPA’s Brittany Miculka.
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    People talking airplanes at Sebring
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    EAA’s One Week Wonder Zenith CH750 Cruzer is on display at EAA’s Sebring exhibit.
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    Sebring attendees can enter EAA’s 2015 EAA Aircraft Sweepstakes for a chance to win the Grand Prize Perfect Cub.

January 15, 2015 - Recreational aviation enthusiasts are flocking to the Sebring Regional Airport in Florida for the 11th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo that runs through Saturday, January 17. Officials report the show is off to a good start despite less than ideal weather that greeted the event’s first-ever Wednesday opening day. The cloudy skies and low ceilings grounded some exhibitors and other attendees to the north, but by Thursday afternoon 125-130 exhibitors were on site and airplanes were making demo flights, and the forecast looks pretty good for Friday and Saturday.

“We’re hearing airplanes making noise and people are talking about airplanes,” one exhibitor said. The people attending the show this year are eager to see what’s out there, and that will hopefully translate into sales.

EAA has seen a lot of activity so far at its exhibit in Tent C, and many visitors are seeing the well-known One Week Wonder Zenith CH 750 Cruzer airplane for the first time. Thousands of people had a hand in building the light-sport aircraft last year during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and those who are seeing it for the first time are coming away impressed and pleased that EAA has decided to fly the airplane down from Oshkosh.

EAA’s exhibit also includes a fuselage building activity and a rivet board so attendees can stop by and learn a new skill. Also setting up shop are representatives of EAA Insurance Solutions featuring the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan, while others provide information and answer questions about EAA membership benefits.

And the 2015 AirVenture countdown clock reminds everyone that The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration is only 185 days away. Advance admission for Oshkosh is available at the exhibit, plus people have the opportunity to enter EAA’s 2015 EAA Aircraft Sweepstakes for a chance to win the Grand Prize Perfect Cub. Exclusive EAA homebuilder and LSA merchandise is also available.

Wednesday night’s Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) Dinner drew some 280 attendees. Thursday afternoon, EAA Homebuilt Community Manager Charlie Becker was a part of a well-attended panel discussion on boosting general aviation activity and ways to keep aircraft ownership affordable.

Gates open at 8 a.m., with exhibits open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit the Expo website for complete information.

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