Sebring Expo introduces homebuilding workshops for 2014

SEBRING, Fla. — The Sebring Expo, considered the premiere light-sport aircraft show in the nation, is extending a special welcome to owners and enthusiasts of homebuilt aircraft to participate in the 2014 event, slated for Jan. 16-19.

“We’ve noticed a lot of crossover in avionics and other equipment between light-sport aircraft and homebuilts, and we’re seeing more experimental light-sport aircraft kits coming into the marketplace, so it makes sense to reach out to the homebuilt community,” said Jana Filip, the show’s director. “We’re also planning to conduct our first homebuilding workshops this year.”

Stewart Systems’ fabric covering experts have committed to presenting a workshop demonstrating its FAR Part 23 and STC-approved, people-safe covering process. Forums also will focus on various aspects of kit building aircraft, with six new forum presenters slated to provide more information about homebuilding.

Flight Design USA has signed on as an Elite Sponsor for 2014. Tom Peghiny, president of Flight Design USA, said, “Flight Design has become a sponsor of the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo for several reasons. The show is very productive for finding qualified buyers. It is held during the part of the year when people are starting to make their purchase decisions, and the Expo has created a fresh image of sport aviation that our company wants to be associated with. The Expo is the right balance between a trade show for professionals and a fun show for aviation enthusiasts and the public.”

Tampa General Hospital AeroMed has also confirmed as a new Elite Sponsor and will display its emergency response helicopter throughout the weekend.

Zenith Aircraft and the Aviation Access Project are also returning as event sponsors, with CubCrafters, MATCO, and the Seaplane Pilots Association returning as event partners.

Again this year, the Hospitality Tent will be positioned in the center of the event’s pedestrian traffic pattern adjacent to the Food Court. It’s sponsored for the first time by Aviator’s Hot Line. That tent will serve as the headquarters for press conferences, the annual Light Aircraft Manufacturer Association’s meeting and dinner, the Flying Musician Association’s performances, and other special 10th anniversary activities yet to be announced.

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