GREENVILLE, S.C. — From flying EAA Young Eagles to flying beagles, and other animals saved by Pilots N Paws, and everything aviation in between, the Southeast Aviation Expo had it going on this past weekend at the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU), according to Don Purcell, president of the South Carolina Aviation Association.
For the first time, this year’s event featured Pilots N Paws’ Greenville Rescue Animal Airlift: Make a Flight, Save a Life where animals were saved from regional shelters and flown to new homes in the U.S. Also new this year were free Young Eagles flights courtesy of Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 249, and a takeoff and landing demonstration by Just Aircraft’s award winning SuperStol, which is manufactured in South Carolina.
“The Southeast Aviation Expo continues to grow a little each year and this year was no exception. I had good contacts both days,” stated Chris Holder, Concorde Battery Corporation’s Eastern US Sales Manager, who was exhibiting at the event.
Educational sessions were held throughout the two-day event and many different kinds of aircraft were on static display, from large planes used for missionary work and transporting cargo into hard to reach areas to personal and business luxury airplanes.
“The Southeast Aviation Expo was the highlight of my month, no doubt,” stated Embry Riddle Aeronautical University student Austin Dunlap.
Rain and cloudy skies continued to plagued the event, now in its fourth year. Traditionally held the last weekend in September, the Southeast Aviation Expo has continued to grow each year, adding more events and more exhibitors, as well as more education sessions. Several sessions held over the Sept. 26-27 weekend qualified for WINGS credit from the FAA.
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