Southeast Aviation Expo draws crowds, despite rain

GREENVILLE, S.C. — For the second year in a row, the Southeast Aviation Expo at Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) was hit with rain, but was still able to draw a crowd of pilots and aviation enthusiasts.

This year’s Expo attracted almost twice the number of exhibitors, who told organizers that while the number of attendees was small compared to bigger shows, the people who attended were pilots and aircraft owners. “This is their target audience,” said one official.

All Photos by Ethan Price

Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association (AOPA) President Craig Fuller spoke to the crowd about the group’s advocacy in Washington, D.C., and across the nation. He was slated to appear at last year’s show, but had to attend via Skype when a snowstorm shut down operations at the Frederick, Md., base for the GA alphabet organization. He told the crowd that attending airshows and visiting with pilots is the best part of his job.

More than 15 aircraft were on static display, including a Civil Air Patrol airplane and a CubCrafters LSA. Educational forums were held both days of the show, Sept. 28 and Sept. 29, covering everything from iPads in the cockpit to tips on retaining your medical.

The dates for next year’s show have not been set. See below for more photos from the show.

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