New aviation center sets ground-opening
SEBRING- A grand-opening and dedication ceremony for the The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1240's new Aviation Development Center is Oct. 26 at the center, located on the flight line at Sebring Regional Airport. Doors open for a meet-and-greet and tour at 9 a.m., followed by the dedication ceremony and the recognition of community and anchor sponsors at 10 a.m. The public is invited. The EAA hosted its chapter meeting Tuesday in the new building, which has been designed as a community resource to help expand awareness and participation in aviation. The chapter also elected Phil Lockwood of Lockwood Aviation and recent inductee to the Aviation Hall of Fame as its new president. The chapter also recognized the "long and dedicated service to the chapter of past president and charter member Dr. Ron Owen," states a news release.Upcoming community EAA Chapter 1240 events include the first Young Eagles and pancake breakfast on Oct. 12. Breakfast will be served starting at 7:30 a.m., followed by the Young Eagle flights at 8 a.m. The EAA Young Eagles programs provides free flights for youth ages 8 to 17, a logbook for their flight, a certificate of the flight, an online membership in EAA, and a certificate that provides them participation in an online FAA Ground School course. The aviation center is located on the south end of the flight line at the Sebring airport next to Carter Aircraft. Travel the full length of the access road and proceed through gate 24.