Light Sport Show This Week

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Although Mother Nature disrupted the timing, the second U.S. Sport Aviation Expo will get off the ground from Jan. 12 to Jan. 15 at Sebring Regional Airport in Florida. The event, which features only aircraft that qualify under the Light Sport Aircraft classification, was supposed to be held in late October but Hurricane Wilma blew that plan away. All the palm branches and shingles have been cleaned up and organizers are expecting another big turnout after last year's first-ever event drew thousands of attendees and hundreds of exhibitors. EAA-sponsored forums will fill four tents with back-to-back sessions running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and until noon on Sunday. The topics reflect the embryonic state of the industry and include basic information on the products available, the certification requirements and even an appeal for CFIs. The forums will be held against a backdrop of constant flight demonstrations by the four basic categories of aircraft, including powered parachute, weight shift, gyroplane and fixed wing.