After skipping a year because of the coronavirus, the DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase — DSAS for short — will run Nov. 11-13 at the DeLand Municipal Airport, showcasing all kinds of sport aviation people, planes and products.
“After the year we’ve all had, we owe it to ourselves to come together, get reacquainted with the sport and general aviation community, and celebrate all that we love about it,” Jana Filip, the airport’s sport aviation administrator, said in a news release.
According to its website, DSAS offers the opportunity for like-minded buyers and sellers in the world of recreational aviation to connect and network in a focused and intimate, yet relaxed and accessible, atmosphere. It is designed to highlight the latest in sport aviation products and services.
The showcase welcomes all aviation enthusiasts interested in affordable recreational flying, offering a special emphasis on experimentals, homebuilts, light-sport aircraft and ultralights. The show features outdoor and indoor exhibitors, educational forums, and interactive workshops, with live music and food concessions on-site. Special events happen daily, including a STOL (short takeoff and landing) exhibition, showcase flights, keynote speakers and more, the website says.
Aviation journalists absolutely flock to DSAS each year, Filip noted, and she expects that the 2021 edition will be no exception. She anticipates plenty of journalists, broadcasters, columnists, photographers, videographers and bloggers will show up.
And she promises big and exciting news to offer their readers and viewers at Showcase 2021. Among them: new product rollouts, press conferences and forums on electric aircraft and gliders, a keynote speaker who specializes in all things MOSAIC, a well-known area weatherman who is also a pilot giving his take on “go” or “no go,” and much more.
Filip also notes that many volunteers are important in putting on a successful showcase.
“Did you know that it takes 546 shifts, a.k.a. slots, by volunteers to put on the DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase 2021?” she said in the news release. “Not a pilot or aviation enthusiast? Join us anyway!”
There are still volunteer opportunities in many areas: admissions, water carts, souvenir shop, media-center attendant, aircraft parking, car parking, and many more!
Volunteers will receive an official showcase volunteer T-shirt, cap or visor; a wristband good for all three days of the showcase; a preferred-volunteer parking pass; daily lunches; and a visit from the water cart throughout the shifts.
“Each volunteer is asked to sign up for the same shift each day of the show,” Filip said. “Ideally, each day you will work one shift (a half day) and then get to enjoy the show the remainder of each day!”
Sign up online for the shifts that suit your schedule by going to www.sportaviationshowcase.com and clicking on the “GET INVOLVED” tab.