For the first time in its three-year history, the sun shone on the Southeast Aviation Expo at Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) in South Carolina.
Held Sept. 27-28, this year’s expo attracted a number of pilots, who showed up to browse the exhibitors, attend educational forums and hear National Business Aviation Association President Ed Bolen discuss the state of the industry.
Expo volunteers shuttled attendees from the parking lots, where traffic was guided by Civil Air Patrol cadets. Airplane rides were offered by Airwolf Aviation, a flight school at GMU, which also sponsored a preflight inspection challenge.
Sponsored by the South Carolina Aviation Association, the expo “provides the only pilot focused trade show in South Carolina on an annual basis,” said Bill New, SCAA president. “Our association’s goals remain focused on events such as this in order to reach out to all pilots in South Carolina and neighboring states in an effort to provide them with pilot education and a venue that offers the opportunity to see what products and services are available.”
More than 50 exhibitors had wares on display on the ramp and in the hangar. Most report a lot of interest from attendees, with one company reporting the potential sales of two aircraft.
The dates for next year’s expo have not yet been set.