U.S. Sport Aviation Expo began in 2004, in cooperation with Sebring Regional Airport Executive Director, Mike Willingham. This year will mark the ninth annual Expo showcasing sport aircraft for Sebring, FL. This event has become a must-go to sport aircraft show for aviation enthusiasts.
The event has continued to improve and grow every year with more and more exhibitors and attendees. Expo has grown to over 300 area volunteers orchestrating the event for over 16,000 attendees this past year.
Attendees have ample opportunity to test the many aircraft on exhibit at the show. These test drives resulted in the sale of over 40 aircraft at Expo in 2012.
New aircraft types, new models, new engines, propellers and other associated new aviation items have been introduced at Expo every year since its inception. In 2008 and 2009, Cessna, Cirrus, Gobosh, Flight Design, ParadiselUSA, Urban Air, X-Air, RANS, Inc., and Tecnam introduced new aircraft or new aircraft designs.
In 2012, 149 aircraft were on display and exhibitors traveled from as far away as Africa, China, Romania, New Zealand, Australia, Italy and the Czech Republic to attend. 30% of the attendees came from outside of Florida. The Expo not only brings economic development to the airport and community, but also brings together sport aircraft leaders, worldwide, to promote their aircraft and associated products to a rapidly growing select group of like-minded professionals in this specialized Sport Aviation field. There is no other show like this in the United States.