OK, let me admit right up front that I am something of an “airshow junkie.” I just gotta go.
Some of you may feel the same, I suspect. I don’t suggest you need to go to them all, but if people who do what I do don’t have airshows to attend, you get less cool news about great aircraft and flight gear.
That said, I’ve been able to keep a good flow of recreational aviation news that you readers find interesting. April 2020 set an all-time record. That was eclipsed in July 2020 and August kept the growth going to another record. While pleased about the increasing number of visitors — and while everyone being isolated probably drove more pilots to this website — it nonetheless illustrates the value of journalists attending shows and bringing you the latest and greatest.
Given my obsession with airshows (that hopefully delivers to you the aircraft news and video you seek), it is a great pleasure to announce two new dates.
I think these shows setting dates in the new year is a great and wonderful thing.
First up is the recently-rescheduled Deland Showcase. The dates were announced today as January 28-29-30, 2021.
After a decision by the city leaders of DeLand, the show that has run the last four years in November, lead organizer Jana Filip said, “We wanted to look at late January for a new show date, but had to be sure that we were reasonably free of conflicts, could still field the necessary resources, and have a weather prognosis to support the event.”
“We are now happy to confirm January 28-30, 2021 as the new event date for the fifth annual DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase,” Jana added. Most readers will recall the 15-year-old Sebring Expo used similar January dates. That event ended after the 2019 finale.
Earlier Jana and her team had reported good interest and I’m betting that even more vendors will be ready for an event come a fresh new year.
Next up — The Aero Friedrichshafen show, which I consider Europe’s best show by far, has new dates. This revelation beings a great, enormous sigh of relief from this airshow junkie. Lead organizer Roland Bosch sent a message via LinkedIn saying they had changed dates so Aero does not overlap with Sun ‘n Fun. Wait! …new dates?
Yes, after having to cancel Aero 2020 and planning for similar dates in 2021, Roland wrote, “Hopefully, we’ll find in the future a date later in the year so we can avoid an overlapping with S+F. But it’s not so easy. Grrrhhhh!”
I resigned myself to a year like 2020 when I would have done all I could for a few early days at Sun ‘n Fun and then dash off to Germany to attend Aero for a few days, missing portions of each. Better than going absent at one of the events, splitting my time is far from optimal plus it’s quite a workout.
Good news, though! Recently Roland sent another message. “Bad times. Nearly all shows are canceled [in 2020] because of the damn pandemic. Let’s hope for [better things in] 2021.” Then he added, “You know we moved to avoid overlapping with S+F. Stay healthy!” Wait! …new dates?
Yes, the new Aero dates are April 21-24, 2021. Whew! With Sun ‘n Fun slated for April 13-18, 2021, that gives a couple days of breathing room between these two important events …time to pack new clothes, clean photos off my devices, and repack for Europe. What a relief!
I am so excited and pleased, I almost don’t know what to say, except… “Thank you, thank you, thank you, Roland and team.”
This change assures the month of April 2021 may set an even higher record of visitors and I will be furiously gathering news and video for many stories from these two events. Especially after the dry desert of 2020, my expectation is that both Sun ‘n Fun and Aero will be enthusiastically welcomed and that aircraft developers will be out in force with their newest and coolest flying machines.
Then, In Days…
Midwest LSA Expo!
While I’m ecstatic about the Sun ‘n Fun and Aero 2021 timing, in only a few more days, I leave for Mt. Vernon, Illinois, home to the Midwest LSA Expo. I’ve been hearing from quite a few folks, including some genuine surprises, and hope for a great event run by the affable and effective Chris Collins and his team.
I hope you are going, too, but I will definitely be onsite to capture the light recreational aircraft news.
Here are three videos from earlier shows as a preview of what we’ll gather at Midwest 2020: