Youth offered complimentary admission on Saturday, November 5
The DeLand Municipal Airport is a beehive of activity as final preparations are in full swing for the 1st annual DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase, to be held Thursday through Saturday, November 3-5, 2016, at the airport. Gates will open at 8 a.m. daily, with exhibits opening at 9 a.m. and closing at 5 p.m. The DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase is a unique event for this community that you won’t want to miss!
Nearly 100 aviation companies from throughout the United States, Europe, and South America have registered to exhibit at the Showcase, the only event in the southeastern United States designed to expressly serve the sport aviation community. The Showcase will welcome aviation professionals and enthusiasts from throughout the world.
CubCrafters, of Yakima, Washington, will display its XCub at the 2016 Showcase.
Viking Aircraft Engines, of Edgewater, Florida, converts Honda Fit auto engines for aircraft use. It will be displaying its engines at the Showcase.
DeLand Airport Manager John Eiff and Sport Aviation Administrator Jana Filip designed the Showcase to bring together buyers and sellers of recreational aircraft and provide an opportunity for the sharing of knowledge and information – all in an atmosphere that highlights the fun of recreational flying. “Our goal is to create an annual destination event that brings aviation enthusiasts together and highlights all that DeLand and Volusia County have to offer the aviation industry,” Filip said.
Wide Variety of Aircraft on Display
The Showcase exhibitors will display and demonstrate a wide variety of sport aircraft, including fixed-wing airplanes and ultralights, powered parachutes and paragliders, gyroplanes, and weight-shift trikes as well as aircraft accessories, including avionics, engines, headsets, propellers, and more. A complete listing of exhibitors is available on the Showcase website, www.sportaviationvillage.com/showcase/exhibitors.
Special Invitation to Homebuilders
The Showcase is extending a special welcome to pilots of homebuilt aircraft. A Homebuilts Display area will be conveniently located close to both the indoor and outdoor exhibits, providing an opportunity for aircraft owners to show their aircraft and talk with visitors. EAA and AOPA members are asked to bring their membership cards to receive a 25% discount on admission. Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Homebuilt Community Manager Charlie Becker will present a Keynote Speech at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Show Center Tent, providing the latest news and information about homebuilt aircraft activities.
Lots of Flying and Educational Forums
In addition, daily demo flights, manufacturer showcase flights, and exhibitor demonstrations will provide lots of opportunities for aviation enthusiasts and others to enjoy learning about flying for fun. Educational forums will provide information for aviation newcomers and seasoned pilots alike. On-site food concessions will make it easy for visitors to enjoy the Showcase for one, two, or all three days.
This Cavalon Autogyro is produced by Autogyro GmbH of Hildesheim, Germany, and distributed in the U.S. by Autogyro USA, which will be demonstrating its aircraft daily.
The Bristell is one of 142 models of ready-to-buy-and-fly light-sport aircraft available in the United States. The Bristell is manufactured in the Czech Republic and sold in the U.S. by Bristell.com of New York State.
Showcase admission is $20/day for adults 18 and over; $10 for youth aged 11-17. Parking is free for cars and aircraft. To encourage youth participation in aviation, students will be offered complimentary admission on Saturday, November 5, when accompanied by a chaperone. Please bring a student ID for verification. Youth 10 and under are admitted for free every day.
Volunteers Still Needed
Volunteers are still needed to fill many volunteer slots to assist in the operation of the Showcase. Volunteering is a great way to meet aviation enthusiasts from all over the United States and the world … and learn a lot about recreational aviation! A complete listing of volunteer opportunities with assignment details is available online at: www.sportaviationvillage.com/volunteer-opportunities/.
You can learn more about the Showcase online at www.sportaviationshowcase.com … via Facebook by “liking” DeLand Sport Aviation Village – www.Facebook.com/DeLandSportAviationVillage or by following on Twitter @DeLandShowcase.
Media Alert: All Media Must Pre-Register by October 24, 2016
All media representatives planning to attend the 1st annual DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase are asked to complete an online registration form no later than Monday, October 24th, 2016. Visit www.sportaviationvillage.com/media-registration. There will be no onsite registration of media.
A special Media/Exhibitors Gate is located on Industrial Drive, providing easy access for members of the media with their equipment. The Showcase Media Center is located just inside the Media/Exhibitor Gate, and your complimentary media credentials will be available there. Showcase representatives will be happy to assist you in any way they can.
Credentialed members of the Media are also welcome to attend an invitation-only Media/Exhibitor Reception on Friday evening, November 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Show Center Tent on the Showcase grounds. The reception is hosted by Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation, a Showcase Elite Sponsor.
Questions regarding the 1st annual DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase may be directed to the Showcase Office; call (386) 736-5016.