It’s a people thing…

It’s long been my contention that people are the magnet that makes airshows and aviation gatherings worth attending — not the aircraft themselves. Admittedly, I am in the minority with that opinion, but the idea seems to be re-enforced for me year after year. This year’s US Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, was no exception.

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GRT Avionics new sponsor of Team AeroDynamix

GRT Avionics is now sponsoring Team AeroDynamix, the flight demonstration team that features pilots flying 12 custom Van’s RV aircraft.

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Artist Sam Lyons to exhibit at Sebring

Aviation artist Sam Lyons will be exhibiting at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, for the first time this year.

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Flying Musicians at Sebring LSA Expo

The Flying Musicians Association is gearing up for the first aviation event of 2012, the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, held in Sebring, Fla., Jan. 17-20.

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Palatka Municipal Airport slates Open House/Fly-In

Palatka Municipal Airport (28J) in Florida will hold its 3rd Annual Community Open House/Fly-In Jan. 26.

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Hope for the new year

I recently had the good fortune to sit around a rather large table with a group of aviation believers. These are people who know aviation, have faith in it, and understand its importance to the economy of our nation and the world. They are also aware of the tremendous educational benefits aviation provides to its participants. Whether you’re young, middle-aged, or silver-haired, aviation has something to share that can enrich your life.

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The show goes on

Conversations drifted to tragedy in Connecticut, but the holiday season’s 25th annual Toy Parade went on as scheduled at the Spruce Creek Fly-In community in Florida. The parade boasted an ingeniously decorated Cub, Cherokee and Waco, the latter owned by 2012 Grand Marshalls Pat and Lenny Ohlsson, long-time real estate gurus (pictured below)

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Thunderbirds to perform at SUN ’n FUN

SUN ’n FUN CAMPUS, LAKELAND, Fla. – The United States Air Force (USAF) Thunderbirds military jet team will headline next year’s SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo.

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Airshow industry recognizes award recipients

During its annual convention in Las Vegas last week, the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) recognized several individuals and organizations for their achievements and contributions during the 2012 airshow season. Air boss Wayne Boggs, airshow performer Rob Holland, former U.S. Navy Blue Angels team lead Captain Greg McWherter, and the Airpower Arkansas at Little Rock Air Force Base were all singled out for special recognition.

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SocialFlight 2.0 launches

Where2 Interactive has launched SocialFlight 2.0, a newly enhanced version of the free mobile app that provides pilots with an interactive map of thousands of aviation events and the ability to share those events with friends. This new release also coincides with membership surpassing 10,000 users and the database reaching over 3,000 aviation events in 2012, company officials note.

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