Showcase Site Supporting Power Restoration Efforts:
The DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase is scheduled to open as planned November 2-4, 2017, officials announced today after Hurricane Irma barreled through Florida last week. The DeLand Airport suffered no damage and was operational the day after with aircraft coming and going and skydivers doing what they do. Simply put by John Eiff, DeLand Airport Manager, “Airplanes are flying and jumpers are jumping, business as usual. Most definitely the pre-hurricane planning efforts helped us”. Eiff did note that the Showcase Field, the site for the annual Sport Aviation Showcase at the DeLand Municipal Airport, is again supporting the efforts of power restoration by supplying the staging headquarters for Duke Energy. A long-standing agreement, dating back to the hurricanes of 2004, between Duke Energy and the DeLand Municipal Airport/City of DeLand provides a large area at the airport to support the needs Duke Energy. Following hurricane Matthew, in 2016 the Showcase site at one time had 570 trucks plus mess tents, housing tents and all the supplies, equipment, generators, port-o-potties, portable showers, etc. needed to carry through Duke’s mission to restore power to the area. This year, post-Hurricane Irma, by mid-week there were 470 trucks on the Showcase site with more due to arrive to assist in the restoration effort. License plates on the trucks show the effort to assist has come to Florida from all corners of the U.S.
Once Duke Energy completely vacates the Showcase Field in a few weeks, the Showcase Field Crew will begin putting in the temporary infrastructure needed to support the 2017 DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase, held annually the first weekend of November. Dates for the Showcase this year are November 2-4, 2017. Jana Filip, Sport Aviation Administrator at DeLand Airport added praises “the pre-planning initiatives by the City of DeLand and the DeLand Municipal Airport is something that is taken seriously around here, complete with a Hurricane Luncheon held annually for all employees at the beginning of hurricane season. And, it pays off as the 2017 Showcase will go as planned, I am thrilled as the show is shaping up to be one of extremely high quality for the sport aviation community to enjoy.”
An all Volunteer meeting as well as a TRC (Technical Review Committee) meeting, both scheduled for late last week were postponed due to pre-storm preparation efforts by the City of DeLand, the DeLand Municipal Airport, and the DeLand community. Both meetings will be rescheduled for early October. Watch the Showcase website for details with regard to the all Volunteer meeting. In the interim, all are invited to continue to sign up to volunteer at the 2017 show. One does not need to be a pilot to help out. Volunteers will assist in every aspect of the show. For more information, visit www.sportaviationshowcase.com, or call the DeLand Showcase Volunteer Hot Line at (386) 337-4826.
The DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase is a three-day event dedicated to the sport aviation community and is all about recreational aircraft and flying for fun! Aviation exhibitors from all over the world will be displaying and demonstrating their wares, along with educational forums, EAA workshops, demonstration flights all day-every day, keynote speakers, live music, food concessions, underwing camping, and much more. Additional information and details are on the website at www.sportaviationshowcase.com.