SPLOG By DAN JOHNSON
OK, aviation fans, it’s time for a new year that will hopefully be a great turnaround from 2009. No one expects a quick return to the halcyon days of 2006, but aviation has been picking itself up off the floor for a few months. Many are starting to see signs of returning energy, despite a still-troubled economy with too many citizens — some of them aviators — still unemployed.
If you are a enthusiast of Light Sport Aircraft, one of the bright spots of the year is right around the corner (Jan. 21-24). I hope you’ll make plans now to join the party in Sebring, Florida, a fine place to go when the northern states have been blasted with winter snow storms even well before Christmas. Sebring is in central Florida, roughly an hour south of Lakeland (where Sun ‘n Fun occurs). Last year’s Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo drew even more visitors than AOPA’s Expo and a repeat is expected.
Sebring has spawned no less than three other significant LSA-only events (all of which are planned for a repeat in 2010), and the hope is high that Sebring 2010 will help to kick of a strong new year, followed three months later by Sun ‘n Fun, which is also shaping up to be a strong event with the return of the Air Force Thunderbirds.
Now that you’ve put the holiday season of 2009 behind you, plan on a new dawn for aviation in America. Happy New Year to all!