By Mary Grady, Contributing editor
The sixth annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo runs Thursday through Sunday this week, in Sebring, Fla., offering the year's first big aviation event. The expo features forums and exhibits, but the main attraction is the easy access to sport airplanes and demo flights, along with a first look at the latest new models and accessories. After the event, several of the LSA manufacturers and distributors will stage a "road show," flying their demo aircraft to six airports throughout Florida. "We wanted to create an intimate atmosphere for purchasers to see planes, without the noise of a show," said Bill Canino, of SportairUSA. Other participants in the tour include American Legend Aircraft, Flight Design Southeast, Rans Aircraft, and Sportplanes Florida.
The group will visit Naples, Tamiami, Orlando, Spruce Creek, Leeward Air Ranch, and Tallahassee, from Tuesday the 25th to Sunday the 30th. Visitors are welcome from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. For more details, download this PDF. Last year's LSA Expo drew a positive response from AVweb's editorial director Paul Bertorelli -- "It's small, contained and intimate," he wrote. "You can walk right out on the flightline and right up to the runway ... And you can actually, like, fly real airplanes." Click here to read his full report from the 2010 event, and click here for the round-up of video reports.
Dan Johnson, one of the Expo organizers, spoke about this year's show recently with AVweb's Mary Grady; click here for the podcast. AVweb staff will be reporting from the show grounds starting Friday.