Parade of Pistons Bows In

Seven hundred attendees at an aviation event might not seem like many, unless they're the right 700 people. The Parade of Pistons (POP) show held over three days last week is the first of a series and is sponsored, in part, by Flying and AMPT. Exhibitors are limited to new aircraft vendors and service providers such as tax consultants, finance specialists, insurance companies and hangar sales. The unhurried atmosphere afforded serious shoppers the chance to accomplish far more than simply craning their necks for a casual look. One visitor commented, "I was able to sit in all three aircraft I'm interested in … I sat in them all twice, went on a demo and filled out a credit application." Future POP events are scheduled for Dallas, Denver and Asheville, North Carolina.

Mark Phelps is a senior editor at AVweb. He is an instrument rated private pilot and former owner of a Grumman American AA1B and a V-tail Bonanza.

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