Sebring Press release

Sebring Press release

CRAIG FULLER, PRESIDENT OF AOPA TO SPEAK AT U.S. SPORT AVIATION EXPO
JANUARY 20, 2012

Sebring, FL (December 22, 2011)—This January 20 at 1:30pm, attendees of Expo will have the pleasure of meeting Craig Fuller, President of AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association). Craig is holding a special Pilot Town Hall at the Alan Jay Hangar to update pilots on the state of general aviation, discuss critical issues on the horizon for 2012 that will impact pilots with Q&A to follow.

Craig will arrive in the AOPA Caravan, which will be on display at the AOPA booth Friday of the show. Visitors to the AOPA booth can learn how affordable it can be to own an aircraft with their new AOPA Aircraft Partnership Program.

A few of the new Aircraft to be on display at Expo
Diamond Aircraft Distributors Great Lakes Diamond and Premier Aircraft Sales will display two aircraft: The new DA20 with a G500 panel and the HK36 Motor Glider. The DA20 is sleek, sporty and strong yet surprisingly affordable, and is available with standard gauges or G500 equipment The HK36 Motor Glider is the best of three worlds: soaring, day or night VFR, all with no medical certificate required.

Kitfox Aircraft will be flying in two Kitfox S7 Super Sport’s from Idaho to Sebring for display at Expo.
Breezer Aircraft will have two planes on display and will be doing demonstration flights in the German built LSA. The starter kit has all the material to build the rudder, stabilizers, and elevators for a Breezer.

For a complete listing of exhibitors visit: http://www.sport-aviation-expo.com/inde … xhibitors/

Sponsor of benefit food and wine pairing events
Alan Jay Automotive Network is the presenting sponsor for the five food and wine tasting events happening over the four-day Expo. Proceeds from these gourmet food and wine tastings benefit EAA Chapter 1240 and the Humane Society of Highlands County. Ticket information and event details are available at www.sport-aviation-expo.com or by calling Beverly at 863-655-6444.

The Light Sport Aviation (LSA) Show features the best of the LSA community, and includes conventional aircraft, kit planes, powered parachutes, trikes, gyros, amphibians, and innovative designs such as electrically powered aircraft—over 150 aircraft on display.

Attendees will have the opportunity to see demonstration flights, attend EAA Educational Forums, and experience new aviation technologies.

Sponsors for the 2012 Expo include Highlands Today, Sebring Regional Airport, The Aviators.tv, Trade-A-Plane, Southeast Aviation Show, Plane & Pilot Magazine, Vacations of Sebring—Majestic Cove, Aviators Hot Line, Powered Sport Flying Magazine, Women in Aviation International, Cessna Owner & Pipers Magazines, Coffee News of FLA, Lake Placid Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Sebring, Inn on The Lakes, Progress Energy, AVweb, Atkins, Aviation Digest, Girls with Wings, CubCrafters, Aviation Digest, Avbuyer.com and GA Buyer Europe, Matco Mfg, Remos, Kenilworth Lodge, Chateau Élan, Sebring International Raceway, EAA, Air Orlando Sales, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Company, FATA, US Sport Aircraft & Czech Sport Aircraft, Garmin, Flight Life, Aeroshell, Enterprise, Renegade, EDC, Flight Design USA, ByDanJohnson.com,  Atlanta National Golf Club, Sip Wine & Tapas, igourmet, Chalet Suzanne, Republic National Distributing Company, Domaine Napa Wine Company, Bob Tullius, Event Makers, Alan Jay and presenting sponsor Zenith Aircraft Company.

About AOPA
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to general aviation, was incorporated on May 15, 1939. From the start, AOPA has fought to protect the freedom to fly while keeping general aviation safe, fun, and affordable. Growth in the early years was slow, but by 2010 more than 400,000 individuals were AOPA members.

U.S. Sport Aviation Expo
This year will mark the eighth annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL hosted in cooperation with Sebring Regional Airport. 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. The Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo has become a must-go-to event for light sport aviation enthusiasts and there is no other show like it in the United States.

About Sebring Regional Airport
Sebring Regional Airport (SRA), 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.

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

Dan Weiler
Executive Director of the Cessna Owner Organization
(715) 445-5000, ext. 116
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