It’s a people thing…

The Collings Foundation's B-17, "Nine-O-Nine"

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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Sebring LSA Expo takes off

The Sebing U.S. Sport Aviation Expo — considered the premiere Light-Sport Aircraft show in the country — takes off today, Jan. 17, and runs through Jan. 20. The show continues to get bigger and better each year. Look for a full recap of all the happenings at the show in posts to come, as well as the Feb. 8 print issue of General Aviation News.

Wings of Freedom Tour to stop at Sebring LSA Expo


The Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour will stop at the Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, this January.

Expected to attend the show, known by most as the Sebring LSA Expo, is the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine,” Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft,” and P-51 Mustang (pictured). All are slated to fly into Sebring Regional Airport at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 18.

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Oldest Fly-in Breakfast Club to land at GMU


On the morning of Sunday, Dec. 9, The South Carolina Breakfast Club will be landing at the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU). They have been traveling to airports, in and right around South Carolina, since 1938, ceasing meetings only during World War II when there were restrictions on aviation fuel.

The club has no dues, no attendance requirements and no bylaws; they have just one rule “Safety First.” Breakfast is about $6 a plate and is ready at about 9 am. It’s that simple.

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Bluegrass gathering for International Cessna 195 Club

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Story and Photos By KEVIN GARRISON

Low ceilings, wet-gusty weather and cool temps did not keep dozens of beautiful Cessna 195s and their owners from flying to Frankfort, Kentucky, for their 42nd yearly gathering on the last weekend of September.

Nothing sounds quite like a round engine. Capital City Airport (FFT) was bathed in the deep rumbling sounds of the radials powering the 195s as the swarmed the skies over Frankfort.

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