Sebring Spruced Up For Expo

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Those flying into the 2012 Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Fla., in January are in for a smooth surprise. Runway 18-36 is being rebuilt and will be a lot easier on the equipment and personnel. "The existing pavement section has exceeded its design life and is severely cracking," said Sebring spokeswoman Erin Ries. The airport is closed from 2300Z to 1200Z daily for the work until Jan. 17, just before Expo opens on Jan. 19. If you're planning to fly to Sebring in the meantime, don't forget to check the NOTAMs. The just-in-time work for the show is just the first phase.

Sebring has been identified as the next growth airport for south central Florida so the runway will be extended from the current 5,224 feet to 6,700 feet. That will allow the airport to promote scheduled passenger and cargo service and probably help race teams and fans get into the airport, which is adjacent to the famous track.