Belite Offering Discounts on Instruments

Buy ANY Belite Instrument, Get 15% off with coupon code SEBRING15 through February 14, 2107.

This includes Belite's standard instruments, as well as the new RADIANT Instruments.
All RADIANT Instruments combine many functions into simple, small, lightweight units. The new instruments utilize sunlight readable full color high contrast LCD screens which are also friendly with sunglasses.

Visit Belite's website for more information.

 

Sebring Pilot benefits: 2nd and 3rd Class Medical Exams To Be Offered

Highlands Regional Medical Center (HRMC) will be performing 2nd and 3rd class medical exams on-site at the Sport Aviation Expo. Sebring Airport is thrilled to have this option through HRMC for all pilots. Computers will be on hand to enable pilots the ability to fill out online forms for the FAA to complete this important process. A sign-up forms on sportaviationexpo.com is available for pilots to in advance, pay and reserve a time slot at the event.

Zenith Aircraft's Workshops Expanded for 2017

Zenith Aircraft Company is bringing its popular two-day hands-on kit aircraft building workshop to the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida from January 25 - 28, 2017.

The workshops have become popular with sport aviation enthusiasts who have considered building their own aircraft but were not sure if they could handle the required skills, workspace and tools. During the workshop, which begins on Wednesday (January 25) and runs until Thursday afternoon (January 26), participants actually construct their own Zenith Aircraft rudder assembly from a standard kit. A second workshop begins on Friday (January 27) and concludes on Saturday (January 28). Additional hands-on projects and demonstrations will be held during the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo at the Zenith Aircraft workshop tent. Continue reading "Zenith Aircraft's Workshops Expanded for 2017"

Sebring

Sebring 2016. Photo credit: Sebring Aviation Expo (http://www.sportaviationexpo.com/)
Sebring 2016. Photo credit: Sebring Aviation Expo.

Last week was my first opportunity to visit the US Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, and I must say, I enjoyed it more than I would have expected. Yes, it is a bit of the beaten path, and it’s a long way to travel for many - but the show has an intimate feel that allows those truly shopping for an airplane, engine, or avionics to interact better with vendors. Imagine Oshkosh without the crowds of people trying to look at the same things you're trying to see, and you’ll get the feel. Continue reading "Sebring"

Sitting in Airplanes

Inside the Merlin
Inside the Merlin

I sometimes like to think back on how much time I have spent sitting in airplanes. I am sure that it long ago passed the point where I'd talk about it in hours, days, or weeks - probably well into the units of "years." It has not always been me at the controls of course - I have countless hours sitting as a passenger in a transport, or an airliner, but oftentimes that time in back has been to get to somewhere that I can sit in the pilot's seat of a new and different airplane. Just this week I spent two solid days as a passenger, flying from the west coast to Florida for the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida. It was well worth the effort, because I got to try on some new airplanes for size at the show. Continue reading "Sitting in Airplanes"

Sebring - Trying it on for Size

Paul Dye trying on the BD-17 for size.The US Sport Aviation Expo at Sebring, Florida began on Wednesday, and we found that its a great opportunity to take a look at potential new airplane projects and try them on for size. Almost everything here qualifies as a Light Sport Aircraft (except for the big transport jet who's tail sticks incongruously out of the door of a hangar) so its a neat place to try on a few airplanes that are quite personally sized, like the BD-17. Originally designed nearly 15 years ago it is a simple, single seat airplane that we plan to fly soon for a review in Kitplanes.

There is a lot of innovation evident at the Expo, with many of the popular vendors in the experimental showing off their products, and new designs - like the single-seat, high wing Merlin PA from Aeromarine making its debut. Recently brought in from Europe and intended for the kit market, the small high-wing - and single seat - airplane will be available with tricycle gear or amphibious floats (with retractable gear). Aeromarine also has an electric motor and battery pack on display that is intended to replace to current small Rotax engine, and we'll be keeping our eyes on that as it develops. Continue reading "Sebring - Trying it on for Size"