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One-day fly-in, drive-in to replace Sport Aviation Showcase in January

Filip said it became clear during a recent meeting with Florida state and local officials that a “predicted third wave of COVID-19 infections” could coincide with the event set for January 28 to 30. “Additional factors” affected the latest postponement decision to an as-yet determined weekend in November 2021.

However, Filip said the city approved “a much more scaled down” one-day-only fly-in and drive-in at DeLand Municipal Airport-Sidney H Taylor Field on January 30 that promised to bring airplanes, cars, and food together in the Sunshine State.

She encouraged Central Florida pilots and aviation enthusiasts to visit Aerolite, Seamax Aircraft, Pipistrel, and other manufacturers’ ramp displays; test drive a Tesla electric automobile; and experience a pancake breakfast sponsored by the local Experimental Aircraft Association chapter.

Filip added that Pipistrel would bring the new four-seat Pipistrel Panthera that is drawing praise from aviation aficionados.

The event provides an economic boost to the area, bringing in $2 million “in sales and services” at DeLand Municipal Airport, officials said, adding that the economic impact to DeLand was more than $1.5 million.

“I really just wanted to thank people who helped put the show together,” she added. “We’re all trying to get through this.”

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