SEBRING REGIONAL AIRPORT TAKES MANAGEMENT ROLE FOR U.S. SPORT AVIATION

SEBRING REGIONAL AIRPORT TAKES MANAGEMENT ROLE FOR U.S. SPORT AVIATION

SEBRING REGIONAL AIRPORT TAKES MANAGEMENT ROLE FOR
U.S. SPORT AVIATION EXPO 2012

Regional Airport Airport (SRA) has officially taken the reigns from Robert (Bob) Wood, seven year U.S. Sport Aviation Expo Chairman. Sebring’s Board of Directors gave staff the permission to draft the document for transfer of the EXPO to the SRA and the deal should be executed at the August Board meeting.

In 2003, Bob Wood conceived the idea of showcasing Light-Sport Aircraft at a first of its kind Expo. In cooperation with Sebring Regional Airport Executive Director, Mike Willingham, the inaugural event took place in 2004. This year will mark the eighth annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL. Expo 2012 dates are January 19-22. The Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo has become a must-go to event for aviation enthusiasts.   

Said Mike Willingham, ”we are thrilled to have the opportunity to help shape and grow this important trade show for the LSA (Light-Sport Aviation) market, the community and the airport.”

A native of Illinois, Robert Wood attended flight training while in college and received a Private Pilot’s Certificate. He served 28 plus years in the army including two tours in Vietnam, two in Korea and one in Berlin.

In 1998, Bob moved to Sebring, built his own Velocity aircraft and convinced Sebring Regional Airport Director, Mike Willingham to join forces with him create the first LSA Trade Show.

Bob Wood continued to improve the Expo every year with more and more exhibitors and attendees. Continued Mike, “We have big plans to increase the number of exhibitors and attendees for this year which include more sponsorship opportunities, increased advertising, new entertainment and more.”  EXPO has grown to over 200 area volunteers orchestrating the event for over 10,000 attendees.

For more information about US Sport Aviation Expo visit http://www.sport-aviation-expo.com/

US Sport Aviation Expo
This light sport aviation trade show takes place every year in January at Sebring Regional Airport in Florida. Over 180 exhibitors travel from the U.S. and as far away as Africa, China, Romania, New Zealand, Australia, Italy and the Czech Republic to attend this first major aviation event of the year. 30% of attendees come from outside of Florida. The Expo not only brings economic development to the airport and community, but also brings together light-sport aircraft leaders, worldwide, to promote their aircraft and associated products to a rapidly growing select group of like-minded professionals in this specialized LSA field. There is no other show like this in the United States.

About Sebring Regional Airport
Sebring Regional Airport, celebrating its 70th anniversary, is a 2,000-acre commerce park and airport. The airport is a designated Foreign Trade Zone offering many tax benefits and is home to Sebring International Raceway. Sebring has been named in the State Aviation System Plan as the growth airport for South Central Florida.

Dan Weiler
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