I started listening to the temporary control tower at Sebring (KSEF) around 9:00 and monitored Lake Jackson Approach Control on my standby frequency. Lake Jackson was not responding to any calls. So I approached the northern shore of the lake and made my calls in the blind. Fortunately, there wasn't much traffic today so I followed the procedure and headed inbound once I passed over the water tower. There were at least two in front of me and they had already landed by the time I turned right downwind for RWY01. It was an easy taxi over to the visitor's parking area.
A golf cart picked me up after I secured Sally. The winds were already picking up so I used my chock on the nose wheel, covered the pitot and secured the controls with the gust lock. No gas needed today. The cart took me to a staging area where I boarded a minivan for the 10-minute ride to the FBO, The setup is different this year. Tickets can be purchased in the lot in front of the FBO. $25 but a $5 discount for AOPA or EAA. Enter through the FBO, pass by the restaurant and some vendors and finally past the security checkpoint (looking to see the wristband proving you paid), then out to the show area. Bristell was located immediately to the right, the outdoor vendor tent to the left. Directly across was Cruiser Aircraft Inc.
|SportCruisers at the US Sport Aviation Expo at Sebring, FL|
The breeze turned into a wind.
I walked exhibit row and most of the major manufacturers were there. Lockwood and Tecnam had their hangars open and were welcoming visitors. The demonstrator line had about a half dozen planes tied down. I saw many flights go throughout the day, but as the winds picked up they became less frequent.
The four tents set up for forums were busy, each topic appeared to be well attended. The main show tent was empty now but would be filled to capacity for talks later in the day. It was encouraging to see this kind of interest on a weekday afternoon.
I had lunch at the Runway Cafe. Today it was subpar. They were busy and the inside tables were taken so I sat out on the veranda. The simple burger came out lukewarm. Dry and not much flavor. I'll stick to breakfast there for now on.
On my way out I stopped at Dynon to talk with Kirk. He has put together some great video on how to use Skyview and I thanked him for them. I also wanted to learn more about Ranger, a new high wing LSA announced by Vashon, a sister company. I asked if it was an attempt to improve SkyCatcher, the failed Cessna product. "NO!" He has actually flown the plane and said to expect it to be officially unveiled at Oshkosh this year.
Video Notes: Sebring 2018