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The 1st annual DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase is in the history books
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 11:45AM

The 1st annual DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase is in the history books

The 1st annual DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase is in the history books…, and the first chapter is a great success story! Now it’s time to start thinking about chapter two – the 2017 Sport Aviation Showcase – set for Nov. 2-4, 2017.

A flyover of homebuilt aircraft from the nearby Spruce Creek Fly-In community highlighted the Showcase’s Opening Ceremony.

Accolades continue to pour in for the layout and organization of the event, with many exhibitors, vendors, and visitors commenting that it was the most organized first-ever event they’ve experienced… “It was organized as well as many shows that have been running three years or more,” said one attendee. Paul Mather, owner of M-Squared Aircraft, was impressed with the quality and quantity of exhibitors. “100 exhibitors in the first year is impressive; and these are quality companies that are participating.”

One volunteer commented that it’s amazing how well this event came together, “To think this event just started coming together six months ago and was this organized and successful is amazing. Obviously, this wasn’t the organizers’ first rodeo.”

“We are very pleased that exhibitors and attendees had a good experience at Showcase 2016, and we really appreciate the efforts of our volunteers,” said Jana Filip, Sport Aviation Administrator for DeLand Municipal Airport. “Between aircraft sales, insurance and other service sales that were made, about 20 sales of various types occurred during the show. It was a great weekend, and we’re excited to begin planning for Showcase 2017!


Several members of EAA Chapter 1379 gathered at the Sport Performance Aircraft booth during Showcase 2016.

For a separate review of the event, including information about the new aircraft on display, we invite you to read Dan Johnson’s review, “DeLand Showcase 2016 a Success in Inaugural Event,” online at

While attendance could have been stronger, several media outlets have said it was as good or better than what could be expected for a first-year event. But, more importantly, many exhibitors commented about the quality of the prospects. Michelle Schlitter of RANS Aircraft said, “While quantity is important, we’re more concerned with the quality of people who visit our exhibit, and we’ve had several good prospects come through our booth this weekend. We’re pleased, and we definitely plan to return next year.” Amy Saunders of Evolution Aircraft/Revo Trikes and Pete Krotje of Jabiru NA also said they had strong prospects visit their booths and indicated their plans to return to Showcase 2017.


Great weather graced the Showcase all three days, and Saturday’s crowd reached a good size.
More importantly, exhibitors reported several good prospects among those who visited their booths.

Great weather and a surprise flyover of aircraft from nearby Spruce Creek Airpark during Thursday morning’s opening ceremonies brought smiles to all those in attendance on opening day, and the weather continued to be good throughout the weekend. Many visitors and exhibitors commented about the great atmosphere at the event, too. “Management and the volunteers all were helpful and laid back, and that created a great atmosphere for everyone here,” said Rachel Weseman of Sport Performance Aircraft.

Separate and convenient parking areas for attendees and volunteers, exhibitors, and media made entry easy for all who participated…and bodes well for future years as attendance increases. That’s just another example of the great organization of the event.

All in all, Showcase 2016 can definitely be called a success, and the organizers are already making plans for Showcase 2017. If you love flying for fun, the DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase is an event you won’t want to miss it on November 2-4, 2017!

You can follow the planning for Showcase 2017 online at


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