SEBRING, Florida — The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo will start making plans for 2017 with a new director as Jana Filip has moved on “to new opportunities and increased family time,” according to officials.
Sebring Regional Airport (SRA) Executive Director Mike Willingham said, “SRA appreciates Jana’s dedication to the event for the past five years.”
This year’s event started off strong Jan. 20 and Jan. 21 with presentations — including an Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association seminar that drew a standing room only crowd — and exhibits and robust attendance.
The next two days Expo faced severe weather with winds gusting to 35 miles an hour, prohibiting most exhibitors from taking to the sky.
Expo officials said they expect the show to remain the mainstay of sport and light-sport aviation manufacturers, catering to the recreational flying markets.
To that end, airport officials are researching weather data to choose a more optimum timeframe for 2017.
“The weather challenges in recent years have given us the opportunity to review and assess the best possible time to produce a successful 2017 event,” Willingham said.
The 2017 Expo will be the 13th year Sebring Regional Airport has hosted this event.