The US Sport Aviation Expo will take place on 14-17 January 2015 at Sebring Regional Airport. The event’s slogan is “The Affordable Aircraft Expo” and will feature light-sport, homebuilt, refurbishes production aircraft and ultralights. With more than 160 exhibitors and thousands of visitors, the Sebring US Sport Aviation Expo is the place to see the latest products, trends and technologies. The 2015 event will offer private aircraft owners the opportunity to sell their aircraft. For more information visit http://sportaviationexpo.com/
Dates: 14-17 January 2014
Venue: Sebring Airport
Country: United States
A series of recent crashes in southwest Florida involving ultralight aircraft has highlighted the risks of operating these non-standard, unregulated aircraft – for the pilot, and people on the ground. All of the five aircraft that crashed were non-standard, and two of the five pilots were more than eighty years old, with one being over seventy. Because ultralight pilots need no license and are exempt from taking a yearly physical, it would appear that older pilots, who may fail to meet the requirements to keep their licenses, are turning to ultralight aircraft to satisfy their need to fly. Critics are raising the question of whether these ultralight, homebuilt and experimental aircraft, along with unlicensed and unqualified pilots, are creating a public safety hazard.
Ultralights that carry only one person, a maximum of five gallons of fuel, and fly no faster than 62 mph need not be registered with the FAA, with the proviso that they stick to non-urban areas, but this is not regulated, neither are there any mandatory maintenance requirements. The main investigative agency for air crashes, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), only investigates if the plane has a number on its tail. Otherwise the investigation is left to local authorities, who only investigate if there is a death. Also, because there is no regulation and/or investigation, there is no database on accidents and their causes, and information gathered is more anecdotal in nature. The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) director of communications, Dick Knapinski, noted in an interview with the Herald Tribune that the organization is working with the NTSB to narrow down the causes of crashes.
Of the five recent crashes, only two of the ultralight aircraft had tail numbers and were flown by trained pilots, the kit-built Seawind 3000 that crashed on the Sarasota campus of the New College of Florida on Jan 12, 2013 and the amateur-built Skybolt that crashed into the Gulf of Mexico on December 19, 2012.
Currently, pilots who move from piloting a smaller airplane, such as a single-engine Cessna, to a larger twin-engine plane, are required to undergo additional training. But when pilots downsize, additional training is not required despite the fact that the aircraft handle very differently. As more and more amateur pilots built their own ultralight aircraft and take to the skies, authorities are being urged to take steps to regulate the operating of what one critic described as “flying lawn furniture”.
32nd Annual IUAC Ultralight/Lightplane Safety Seminar is presented by the llinois Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics, as well as the Federal Aviation Administration, Springfield FSDO. Along with the seminar will be displays of ultralights, engine manufacturers and accessories. Attendance is free. Speakers at the seminar will include Jim Sweeney of Sweeney Corp, Jeff Goin of the United States Powered Paragliding Association, Rod Hightower of the EAA and Brian McCallen of Light Sport Repair Services, Inc.
Date: 3 March 2012
Time: 8:00 am
Venue: Illinois Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds
Country: United States of America
Ultralight or microlight aviation generally refers to an aircraft that seats either one or two people and became very popular during the 1970s through to the 1980s, as it was more affordable than other aircraft. Due to the development in popularity of this type of aircraft, each country set up their own rules and regulations in regard to ultralight aviation, taking into account speed and weight, with allowances being made for amphibian and seaplanes. Some countries also make allowances for the installation of ballistic parachutes, meaning that there are no internationally recognized regulations, as each country has their own guidelines.
In affluent countries such as the United States and Canada, a large number of their civil aircraft consist of ultralight planes. The strictest regulations in regard to ultralight or microlight aircraft are in Germany, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Italy. In the United Kingdom, New Zealand and India, the usual term is ultralight, while other countries will refer to these aircraft as microlights if they are three axis aircraft and depending on their weight. Varying from country to country, ultralights are viewed under the general aircraft specifications, requiring that pilots and aircraft have the necessary certifications.
Generally microlight and ultralight aircraft are used for sport and leisure, but pilots need to ensure that they are aware of the rules and regulation of their country before they lift off. For instance, under the Federal Avaition Regulation, an ultralight aircraft has a maximum speed of fifty-five knots, has a five gallon fuel capacity, is a one-seater aircraft, and has a maximum powered weight of two hundred and fifty-four pounds. In Australia, ultralights fall under their Recreational Aviation regulations and allows for two seats with a maximum of five hundred and forty-four kilograms as take-off weight. It is therefore vital for pilots to ensure they know the regulations of their local aviation authority.
Ultralights are also divided into various categories, such as weight-shift control trike, powered parachutes, powered paragliding, powered hangglider, autogyro, and electric powered ultralights. Due to the high number of ultralight accidents that were recorded, it is standard regulation in most countries that pilots must have a certification or license to pilot an ultralight. There are also numerous academies that offer ultralight pilot training and certification to ensure the safety of pilots and their passengers.
Due to its central location, Prague is known as the heart of European aviation, and is therefore a superb location for AeroExpo Prague 2010. The expo is set to take place from 28 to 30 May 2010 at the Pribram Airfield, about 50 kilometers outside the city. This international event attracts exhibitors from far and wide, and visitors can look forward to seeing an amazing variety of aircraft at the expo, including ultralight aircraft, business aircraft and even home built airplanes. Exhibitors will be displaying everything and anything to do with aviation, and there will be daily educational seminars providing insight into this fascinating field. Spectators can enjoy awe-inspiring aerobatics and demonstrations as skilled pilots put their aircraft through their paces. For more information visit www.expo.aero
Date: 28-30 May 2010
Venue: Pribram Airfield
Country: Czech Republic
Every so often the German city of Magdeburg sees fit to host a massive air show known as the Air Magdeburg. The event sees aircraft from all over Europe and the world make their way to one location to thrill the public and give them greater insight into the many varieties of aircraft and the latest industry developments.
Prague is located within an approximate eight hundred kilometer radius of all general aviation activity in Europe, and it therefore appropriately known as the heart of European aviation. It is also the perfect location for an aviation expo, as it is near or en route to most destinations on the continent. A popular destination for tourists, Prague has been nicknamed the “Golden City” and the “City of a Thousand Spires”. The cobblestone streets, historic buildings and noteworthy sites have grown a lucrative tourism industry, hence it is the ideal destination for expos such as the AeroExpo Prague 2008.
The annual Valkaria Air Fest is always a major event on the aviation calendar. On the 16th of February 2008 the Valkaria Airport, in Florida in the United States of America, will be the host of this magnificent festival that promotes all forms of flight and pays respect to the pilots, engineers and visionaries of the past who have played vital roles in bringing aviation to this point. The Valkaria Air Fest 2008 is guaranteed to be a day of fun, fascination, excitement, entertainment and education.