DeLand wins out
Pilot|February 2020
With Sebring out of the running, the war of the Florida events is over and DeLand becomes the Sport Aviation Showcase
Marino Boric

The DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase is now over for another year, but its victory in what you might call the battle of LSA fly-in events in Florida was a bitter one. This year DeLand was not blessed by the usual sunny Florida weather but punished with three days of solid grey clouds overhead and an ever-present threat of rain. Unusually cold weather, with temperatures of around 10°C, felt even chillier due to the steady winds−the kind of weather I thought I had left behind in Northern Europe on departure. And when I arrived in Orlando the day before the event, they were talking on the morning news about seventy per cent of the USA seeing temperatures below freezing−not the best prospect for an outdoor aviation exhibition.

The exhibitor booking numbers were excellent, and this fourth edition of the show was supposed to be a triumph−but the weather and the cold wind denied any opportunity of record attendance. The Champagne will have to remained unopened until next year.

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