Sebring Expo Coming Up 

GROUPS: 10 or more receive discounted tickets.
So, what are you waiting for?!

U.S. Sport Aviation Expo offers many surprises and opportunities for aviation enthusiasts.  

  • Get simulator training on a Redbird FMX, a superior-quality, full motion, Advanced Aviation Training Device with Leading Edge Flight Training School
  • Meet Captain Niloofar Rahmani: The first female fixed-wing pilot in the Afghan Air Force
  • Get to know famed former Astronaut, Story Musgrave 
  • Join our panel of aviation experts as they discuss The Intersection Of Homebuilt And Part 23.
  • Watch Drone races
  • Take the Aircraft Rudder Building Workshop from Zenith Aircraft

Capt. Niloofar Rahmani pictured above

Two of the forums aviation enthusiasts won’t want to miss
Building Your Own Aircraft—One of the country’s leading experts, Sebastien Heintz, will discuss how building your own aircraft (from a kit) is a lot easier and more affordable than many realize. Discussion will cover the needed skills and tools, as well as budget and time. 
Robert Goyer, Vice President and Editor-In-Chief of Plane & Pilot Magazine will lead a panel of experts in a discussion about The Intersection Of Homebuilt And Part 23. Panelists joining the discussion will be Dan Johnson, Tom Peghiny of Flight Design USA, and Sebastien Heintz of Zenith Aircraft Company
2nd and 3rd Class Medical Exams
This on-site benefit is being offered to pilots again this year.
Pilots will have the ability to fill out FAA online forms using computers provided.
The fee-based exam, takes about 15 to 20 minutes depending on the class. Pilots are encouraged to reserve and pay in advance, online at Sign up here.

YAZ (Young Aviators Zone)
Youth are invited to come explore, learn about all things aviation and meet aviators who have defied the odds and broken records at the YAZ. Youth under 10 get in free.

Meet Story Musgrave: 30-year astronaut with NASA.
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Does Buying a Jet Make Sense 


Does Buying a Jet Make Sense

Grant Cardone talks about blowing up and success. Cardone is boarding his own jet Gulfstream 200 and talks about when it’s time to buy a jet and how to make sense of buying a jet. Leasing versus owning a jet and how to make sense of the money’s.

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Garmin Seminar at Banyan

Garmin Seminar at Banyan 


Banyan Air Service (KFXE) will host a free Garmin seminar on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dave Brown and Joseph Stewart of Garmin will present the seminar and will cover Garmin’s latest retrofit display solutions for Part 25 and Part 23 Turbine aircraft, including G5000, G1000 NXi, and G600/G500 TXi. In addition, they will discuss Garmin’s Part 25 ADS-B solutions, the latest enhancements to the GTN 750/650 series GPS/NAV/COM, and new high-performance GFC 600 series retrofit autopilots.


There will be seminar savings bucks on a variety of Garmin NextGen products. A light lunch and door prizes will be provided. All participants will receive a three-month IFR Garmin Pilot subscription.


The seminar will be at Banyan Air Service, Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, 5360 NW 20th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. RSVP for this seminar online at or contact Chris Jelinek, Banyan Avionics Service Manager at 954/253-5982 for more information. 


Banyan Air Service is an authorized Garmin sales and service center that sells, installs, and services Garmin aviation products. Banyan is certified through both the FAA, EASA, and has repair station approvals for Argentina, Aruba, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, and Venezuela. In addition, Banyan based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE) is an award- winning FBO offering turbine airframe and engine maintenance, aircraft sales, parts solutions, Jet Runway Café, and Banyan Pilot Shop.


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"Batcopter" at Sport Aviation Expo 

Original “Batcopter” to Fly at Sebring, Florida Sport Aviation Expo January 24-27


Relive the 1960s era at Sebring’s Aviation Expo with a ride on the original N3079G Batcopter from the Batman TV series. 


In 1996, pilot Eugene Nock bought the famous helicopter, which was used in the

1966 “Batman” movie and several TV shows. He’s been sharing one of the most famous aircraft of all time at events with the rest of the world ever since the purchase of the unique Bell helicopter.


“What we have is an icon in the aviation world as well as the collectable toy world,” Nock said. “It is a one-of-a-kind aircraft, absolutely internationally recognized.”

That’s why Nock, the airline transport pilot who has logged more than 14,000 hours will be flying this very special flying machine at U.S. Sport Aviation Expo this January. Nock hopes he’s inspiring young people to have a future in either law enforcement, military, aviation.

Special Noon show featuring the Batcopter and Batmobile

Friday, Jan. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 27 at noon guests will be entertained by a lively show with the famous Batcopter and the 1966 Batmobile. 


Reserve a ride aboard the Batcopter

Rides can be purchased at the event. No need to reserve in advance.
Adult: $100, children and students (17 and under): $70


Nock, who’s been a pilot since age 17, said his father was in the entertainment business and worked with Adam West (the original Batman) in the 1960s in California. Nock said he actually met West in the late ’60s. 


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Schweiss Provides Doors for New Entertainment Complex


Schweiss Doors Provides Seven Bifold Liftstrap Doors for Entertainment Complex

The new Toyota Music Factory in Irving, Texas is a 410,000-square-foot, 16.7-acre, American Entertainment complex developed by The ARK Group and the City of Irving and designed by Gensler, for roughly $200 million. The complex houses 20 restaurants and bars as well as retail space that includes a movie theater and bowling alley.

The music arena converts easily from an intimate 4,000-seat concert hall to an 8,000-seat amphitheater, named the Pavilion at The Music Factory, the $40 million centerpiece of the complex. At the exterior of the Pavilion, at the outside of the amphitheater, are a series of seven, side-by-side, Schweiss Doors bifold liftstrap doors, ranging from 35 feet, one inch to 36 feet, nine inches in width. All seven doors have a clear opening height of 25 feet, six inches. The engineered doors are equipped with the newly patented Schweiss automatic strap latch system, door-base safety edges, three-phase top-drive motors, black liftstraps, and full-length windrails that cap off the roller assembly. Roy Weisinger of Hangar Rental Inc. of Brookshire, Texas, installed the bifold doors.

“I was brought into the project nearly three years ago when it first developed,” said Oscar Stout, manager of Hangar Rental. “I was asked to read the architectural specifications for what was going on. I was provided documentation that I read through, and I realized this is what these people were trying to do, and this is what they are asking for, and they really can’t get from point A to point B with what they are specifying.

“The original specifications called for rollup doors, but you are in a music venue, a sound-sensitive environment, and everyone knows those rollup doors can get loud when the wind starts blowing hard. So, they then decided to look at bifold doors.”

Seven separate doors were specified for the project because they partially wrap around the pavilion building that has a 10.5-degree curve to it. These seven doors can be opened during sold-out concerts, approximately 30 minutes prior to the time an indoor performance is being held. Opening the doors that close to the start of a show allows the indoor theater to retain enough air conditioning for the performers and guests, while allowing an additional 4,000 people to watch and hear the show. Those spectators are seated on a 65,000-square-foot open-air sloped hillside lawn. The seven doors offer a clear sightline to the stage from the entire lawn.

Originally, another door manufacturer was specified for the project. Stout pointed out that that manufacturer only produced cable-lift doors and that his extensive experience with both companies indicated that Schweiss Doors had a better product.

“Right up until the last minute, it was back and forth,” Stout said. “Everybody was looking for the best deal, obviously, and the other manufacturer was prepared to offer the lower cost option. Eventually it got to the point they wanted to go with the other manufacturer. I told them this is the question the client, Live Nation, needs to ask: What does this manufacturer construe as warranty service because the client is going to see frayed cable within six months, and they are going to say, ‘Hey, that cable is breaking, and you are going to have to replace it.’

“I entered into the discussion and said you will have to pay me $200 per cable to replace it, and you are going to pay my travel to get up here, and I’m going to replace every cable on the doors that suffers from a frayed cable because I’m not going to warranty my work unless I know all the cables are from the same manufacturer because steel cables stretch. I don’t want to get into a situation… Well, I replaced this cable which caused more stress on that cable, which caused more stress on that cable. And it’s going to cost to rent equipment and it’s going to cost you a couple thousand dollars times seven, because there are seven doors.”
Stout said the other manufacturer backed out when asked these questions. “As far as I am concerned, we stepped up to the plate and installed the superior Schweiss product. We told them if you want the best product on the market, it’s a Schweiss product.”

Hangar Rental scheduled a three-week install timeframe and completed the install in less time by accelerating the project so the contractors could meet their deadlines, Stout said.

“Nothing beats the strap system, period,” Stout said. “I’ve got a little bit of engineering background, and the liftstraps are bulletproof. The safety and reliability of them, the fact that they are effectively maintenance-free as long as somebody doesn’t cut them or expose them to hard chemicals. It’s a phenomenal way to go. The quality is superb, and any issues that do present themselves in the field are immediately taken care of by Schweiss.

“If I get a phone call from a gentleman who’s thinking about building a hangar, I ask him, ‘What are your door needs? What are you looking for? Let’s talk about the best product on the market.’ The first words out of my mouth are always Schweiss. The second words out of my mouth are Schweiss, because we start talking about the hydraulic door, then we go to the bifold.”

Irving economic development director, Scott Connell, estimated that the Music Factory would bring 1,500 jobs to the community and about $14 million in local sales tax revenue during a 10-year period.

“The place looks unbelievable,” said Noah Lazes, president of The Ark Group, of Charlotte, N.C. “This couldn’t have turned out any better. It’s a beautiful venue.”

The stage is visible from throughout the Pavilion’s spread. Music and entertainment lovers have already attended performances from the likes of ZZ Top, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Ringo Star, Tom Jones, Jewel, George Lopez, Brad Paisley, Goo Goo Dolls, Jeff Foxworthy, and Larry the Cable Guy.

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