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The 10th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo drew to a close on Sunday afternoon, January 19, after one of the most successful runs in the event’s 10-year history. Abundant sunshine all four days made a pleasing backdrop for the great variety of aircraft that enjoyed lots of flight time throughout the weekend. Pictured at left, the RANS S-20 Raven, which made its debut at the show, is shown flying over the Expo grounds on Saturday evening. Photo by Jim Koepnick. Sebring Regional Airport Director Mike Willingham called the event the smoothest running ever and offered his appreciation to Expo Director Jana Filip and her husband Gary, who manage the event. “Operationally, everything ran near flawlessly, and that’s thanks to Jana and Gary’s efforts.” Willingham also lauded the work of the 240 Expo volunteers who oversee the myriad of details necessary to keep an event like the Expo running, and he stated that gate traffic ...

New for Expo! Mobility Scooters and Wagons for rent daily. Scooters: $50 per day Wagons: $10 per day All can be rented at the Accessibility Parking Lot (“AA”) on Map Click here for more details about Scootarounds....

FMA will provide live music daily during lunch in the Show Center Tent, powered by Aviators Hot Line, January 16th through the 19th. Additionally, FMA will staff an information table, present Symphony in the Sky: A Correlation between Aviation and Music, and be on the air with Expo Radio everyday at 10:30am. Listen daily at 10:30am to interviews on Expo Radio online at www.liveatc.net/expo with FMA life member Dave Shallbetter....

Sebring Seaplane Base Sponsored by U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, Seaplane Pilots Association FREE TRANSPORTATION January 17 -19, Friday & Saturday: 10am – 4pm, Sunday: 10am – 2pm EVENT LOCATION: Sunset Grille Restaurant on Lake Jackson: 863-471-3900 2650 US 27 South, Sebring, Florida 33870, N27-28.400 W081-27.000. 6 N.M. North West of Sebring Airport (KSEF). FOOD & DRINKS: 11am - 10pm, with a great selection of hot and cold meals. UNICOM: Lake Jackson recommends Unicom 123.40 Left hand traffic, uncontrolled air space & waterway. Sebring airport frequency 122.70. PARKING: 100 + Seaplanes at the event. This 2 mile plus in diameter beautiful crystal clear spring feed lake has white sand and green grass at the shore line. ACCOMMODATIONS: Inn On The Lakes: 863-471-9400 3101 Golfview Road, Sebring Florida 33870 Full Restaurant and Bar, On little lake Jackson with seaplane parking. Residence Inn Marriott: 863-314...

AOPA recently held a “popular vote” poll promoted to almost 400,000 members to determine the top 10 apps in aviation.  Editors selected a long list of nominations and members voted, including some write-in contenders.  With a tremendous response, SocialFlight was ranked #4 from a list of over 30 nominations, including write-in votes....

We wish to thank Coronado Solar for providing the solar powered P.A. Stand for our January event. Coronado Solar is a full service Solar Installer located in Florida. Their service area is from Ocala to the FL Keys. They install Solar Electric Systems (PV), Solar Hot Water Heaters, and Solar Pool Heaters. Many of their clients enjoy having a (Zero) electric bill. System prices have come down dramatically and their clients are seeing double digit returns on their investment. Coronado Solar also offers financing options. All of their solar systems qualify for the federal tax credit of 30% and businesses are entitled to claim the depreciation on the system that is an additional 30% of the cost. Click here to get more details....

Arion Aircraft, builds their Lightning Aircraft in Wisconsin and Tennessee under strict quality control guidelines. Both kits and light sport aircraft passed rigorous testing programs with generous margins of safety. In 2012, Arion Aircraft passed an FAA audit for SLSA aircraft Manufactures. And in 2013 they passed a follow up FAA audit as well. The new 2014 demo Lightning is in production. N337AL their trusted 2012 demo plane is ready for a new home. 180TT and loaded for 110k with no damage history. N337AL was featured on the cover of KitPlanes and was the first to fly with the MK2 tail. The Lightning Kit Plane and the Lightning LS-1 Light Sport Aircraft set new marks in the industry for strength, handling, and value. The Lightning was designed to be tough and strong while maintaining stable and responsive flight characteristics. Visit them online for more details about their aircraft....

SportairUSA, LC, is an FAA certified Repair Station and the North American distributor for aircraft manufactured by TL-Ultralight, s.r.o., and Zlin Aviation, s.r.o. These aircraft include: TL-2000 Sting, the low-wing aerial sport coupe. TL-3000 Sirius, the perfect high-wing travel partner. Zlin Cub-S, the light sport version of the Super Cub. SportairUSA conducts parts warehousing, shipping and receiving, transition flight training, customer support and marketing out of its central Arkansas facilities along with assembly, certification, and aircraft distribution activities. SportairUSA also distributes the SeaRey, a popular amphibious seaplane that is manufactured by Progressive Aerodyne, Inc. To visit them online click here....

SocialFlight is a FREE Mobile App & Web tool providing pilots with an interactive map of aviation events such as Aircraft Fly-in's, Air Shows, Pancake Breakfasts, Conventions, Type Club Events, FAA Safety Seminars and much more; over 5,000 events per year. SocialFlight users can search for events, add events, chat, upload photos, get email notifications, send event notices to their friends and even add events automatically to their Google or Outlook calendar.  In addition, SocialFlight provides users with their own personalized Weekly Event Planner, reaching out to them each week via email, informing them about the upcoming events in their local area and motivating them to get out and fly!  Learn more by clicking here....

Hotel accommodations are limited so reserve yours today to receive the discounted hotel rate! See pricing information below. Big Game Club, Resort & Marina: Single, King, Double Queen: $169.58 per night / $508.73 (3 nights) Cottage: $193.98 per night / $581.94 (3 nights) Government of Bahamas Credit: +$150.00 Prices include tax. Visit here to reserve your stay NOTE: Price does not include $50 landing fee + $50 per person departure fee. To reserve your space for the Fly-In, please register Register online now here....