Sport Aviation Expo officials say this year's show has set attendance records. Although no figures were released, sunshine and warm temperatures in Sebring drew significant crowds. At least one exhibitor reported brisk sales. Renegade Aircraft said it sold at least three aircraft at the show. The weather also boosted fly-in traffic and the normally sleepy central Florida airport was among the nation's busiest for a couple of hours on Saturday.
"There were 1,256 operations on Saturday and 1,091 operations on Friday. Total operations on Friday and Saturday were greater than any airport in the state of Florida," said Bert Simpson, the FAA's staff manager for that area of Florida. "Over 200 operations took place in the first two hours on Saturday alone. That's the same as Atlanta Hartsfield or Chicago O'Hare."