2014 Expo

If you're interested in all things Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft, this is the place to be every January! Mark your calendars. http://www.sport-aviation-expo.com

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2014 Expo

Postby drseti » Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:36 am

Although it's still half a year away, plans are already underway for the 2014 Sport Aviation Expo, 16 - 19 January at Sebring. Sport Pilot Talk is again a media sponsor, and your Humble (OK, maybe not so humble) Moderator will again be present, giving various FAA Safety Team seminars. Plus, the Flying Musicians Association (including Yours Truly) will once again be performing. I hope to see a good many of you there to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the US Sport Pilot rule.
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Re: 2014 Expo

Postby Flocker » Wed Jul 31, 2013 6:05 pm

I will be there! Anyone willing to share flight time from Atlanta, hit me up!

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Re: 2014 Expo

Postby drseti » Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:25 pm

Let's see -- drummer... Isn't that someone who hangs out with musicians? :wink:

Sure, we can always use rhythm backup. Bring your drumsticks (we'll provide the drum set)!
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Re: 2014 Expo

Postby Merlinspop » Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:07 pm

I'm starting to make tentative plans to go to the Expo in January. This will be my first.

January weather on the East Coast is usually pretty iffy. While I would love to rent a Sport Cruiser from GAI and fly cross country from up here, the mention of 10 hours (give or take for winds) each way @120 per makes my piggy bank start squealing loudly. So I'm guessing the best bet is to reserve a cramped seat in a big aluminum shipping tube to Orlando, then rent a car and drive from there. Yes? Looks like a couple of hours drive.

Timing... reading reports from last year make me think that being there bright and early on Thursday gains nothing. So Fly down on Thursday. Guessing also that they start rolling up the carpets early on Sunday, so an afternoon flight out on Sunday would probably be the ticket.

Lodging... I'm up in the air about that. I need a door that locks, a reasonable belief that the sheets and towels are clean, and functional plumbing. The less I spend on lodging, the more I can spend at the Expo. Suggestions are welcome.

I intend to hop a few demo rides, talk to any and everyone I can. Meet up with anyone from the various forums (fora?) who want to consume adult beverages and eat things that used to say "mooo" (motto: vegetables is what food eats). I have a few friends in the Tampa area that I'd like to meet part way and tell lies about the old days.

Am I missing anything?
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Re: 2014 Expo

Postby drseti » Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:06 pm

Merlinspop wrote:I'm starting to make tentative plans to go to the Expo in January.

That's super, Bruce. We'll finally get a chance to meet. :)

fly cross country from up here, the mention of 10 hours (give or take for winds) each way


First time I went to Sebring, it took me 9 hours each way in the SportStar (from KLHV).

reserve a cramped seat in a big aluminum shipping tube to Orlando, then rent a car and drive from there.


That's what I did the next two times. Much cheaper, but a lot less fun. (Next year, I'm planning to do the SportStar trip again.)

Looks like a couple of hours drive.


Figure more like three.

being there bright and early on Thursday gains nothing.


Unless you're looking at the social aspect. Some really great pre-Expo parties Wednesday night.

Guessing also that they start rolling up the carpets early on Sunday, so an afternoon flight out on Sunday would probably be the ticket.


The last trip down, I left at Noon for a 5:30 PM flight. That gave me enough time to return the rental car and get checked in comfortably.

Lodging... I'm up in the air about that.


I've stayed once at Chateau Elan (very nice but a bit pricey) and twice at In on the Lakes (more affordable but more austere). Will probably do Inn on the Lakes again, but it's far enough from the airfield that a rental car is necessary.

Am I missing anything?


Don't forget to take in a Flying Musicians Association concert or two in the Aeroshell Tent.
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Re: 2014 Expo

Postby deltafox » Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:02 am

How far in advance should reservations be made? January seems a long way off but hotels may fill up quickly.
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Re: 2014 Expo

Postby Jack Tyler » Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:14 am

Paul, can you coach me a bit on what kinds of shuttle/transfer services exist, beyond simply calling a cab, between e.g. the Inn you mentioned (or another nearby hotel) and the airport? (I'm guessing 'not much'...) I agreed to do a program linking Sport Aviation with the RAF's mission and, when thinking about my Jax point A to Sebring's point B, flying would be oh-so much easier than driving...and might even make it possible to do a day trip vs. needing to stay overnight. Also, if a room is necessary, how healthy did you find the food at the Inn? Thanks, Coach.
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Re: 2014 Expo

Postby drseti » Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:29 am

deltafox wrote:How far in advance should reservations be made?


Do it now, Dave. You can always cancel 24 hours in advance if your plans change.
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Re: 2014 Expo

Postby drseti » Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:33 am

Jack Tyler wrote:Paul, can you coach me a bit on what kinds of shuttle/transfer services exist


Unfortunately, Expo does not run a shuttle to Inn on the Lakes (you'd think they would...) but the seaplane base is just across the highway and down a couple of blocks, and there is shuttle service to/from there. Also, there are lots of Expo attendees who stay there, so it might be possible to hitch a ride with someone who has a car.

how healthy did you find the food at the Inn?


They have an excellent hot breakfast, several choices, included in the room rate. I never ate other meals there, because so many lunch/dinner events and options exist on the airport.
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Re: 2014 Expo

Postby Merlinspop » Sun Sep 15, 2013 5:50 pm

Which is better to fly commercially, Tampa or Orlando? This early, I'm seeing Some good fares into both.
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Re: 2014 Expo

Postby newamiga » Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:57 pm

I am planning on trying to fly my Gobosh (Aero AT-4) down there again this year. Hoping for better weather than last year on the way down as well as at the show. I flew down commercial last year but ended up only staying for one day as it just seemed pretty dead with the weather the way it was. Paul, I hope to actually meet in person since we didn't get to last year.

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Re: 2014 Expo

Postby newamiga » Sun Sep 15, 2013 9:10 pm

I was just looking at the Chateau Elan to make reservations and it is showing $125 a night. Not super cheap but they do have a shuttle.. at least it still shows the shuttle from there. I am not sure if that is just an artifact left over from last years web site? If you are flying into MCO or TPA you are still going to need to get a rental car anyway so the shuttle may not be as much of a factor.

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Re: 2014 Expo

Postby Flocker » Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:06 am

FYI. I just got off the phone with the Inn on the Lake. They have a few rooms left. Smoking only. With the Expo discount, they're $94/night.

I recently got checked out in a 162 at F45 [just north of West Palm Beach] so I'm thinking of flying commercial into PBI and, weather permitting, flying the 162 into Sebring. My backup plan would be to rent a car & drive.

Any tips/suggestions on flying into Sebring?

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Re: 2014 Expo

Postby drseti » Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:10 am

Flocker wrote:Any tips/suggestions on flying into Sebring?


Brush up on your crosswind landings. For some reason, it always seems to be windy at Expo. :cry:

Glad you're coming, Flocker. I look forward to meeting you there. I'm also staying at Inn On the Lakes (for the third time), so will maybe see you at breakfast.

FWIW, I stayed at Chateau Elan once. It's very nice, and conveniently situated, but more expensive.
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