Sebring Sport Aviation Expo Kicks Off

The five-day event includes 100 exhibitors and a packed schedule of educational seminars and workshops.

Sebring US Sport Aviation Expo
About 100 exhibitors are displaying their wares at this year's U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida.Stephen Pope

Morning fog gradually gave way to sunny skies and pleasant temperatures near 80 degrees as the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo opened its doors to the LSA community yesterday at the Sebring Regional Airport in central Florida.

It was a marked difference from last year’s show, when wind and rain put a damper on the five-day event. This year’s show, which runs through Sunday, is expected to see more cloudiness and perhaps a sprinkle but nothing like what show organizers had to contend with in 2016.

That’s good news for the approximately 100 exhibitors at the show, which showcases the products of several LSA manufacturers, including Bristell, CubCrafters, Glasair, Jabiru, Just Aircraft, Flight Design, Pipistrel, Zenith and others. Italy’s Tecnam and Aircam maker Lockwood Aviation, both of which are based at the Sebring Airport, are also exhibiting.

There will be dozens of educational seminars and workshops throughout the show, and plenty to do and see. A highlight is the first-ever MultiGP-sanctioned drone race at an aviation event. The top pilots from the main race will qualify to compete for a $5,000 prize purse on Saturday, January 28.

And for the first time ever, Zenith Aircraft brought its two-day hands-on kit aircraft building workshop to the Sebring Expo. During the workshop, participants construct a Zenith Aircraft rudder assembly from a standard kit. Additionally, a free, one-hour hands-on workshop seminar and demonstration will be held daily from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Zenith Aircraft workshop tent.