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TESTING HIS WINGS — Aircraft exhibitor Steve Minnieh seems to have an eager cockpit guest at an earlier Sport Aviation Showcase. His young passenger is Seth Filip, son of DeLand Municipal Airport Sport Aviation Administrator Jana Filip. Showcase visitors will be welcome to “test fit” several of the planes being exhibited at this year’s event Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14-16.

This year’s Sport Aviation Showcase on DeLand Municipal Airport is expected to bring more than 5,000 aviation-minded visitors to town Nov. 14-16, and more than 100 volunteers are needed to help.

This is DeLand’s fourth annual Sport Aviation Showcase.

Are you interested in doing a half day of volunteer work each day and earning a three-day free pass to all events? Mark your calendar for the volunteers meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in the new Airport Management Center, at 1000 Flightline Blvd. on DeLand Municipal Airport.

There are 21 different jobs being offered. No aviation knowledge is required to staff the gates, work in the media center, drive carts or help in the medical tent, for example.

In addition to free admission, each volunteer will receive a T-shirt, cap or visor, a pass for preferred parking, water, and lunch daily.

Each year’s three-day event has brought more visitors to West Volusia hotels and restaurants, and the Sport Aviation Showcase is now recognized as a premier event among sport aviation aficionados.

“Sport aviation” covers a wide range of such things as home-built kit planes, ultralight and experimental aircraft, engines and equipment, and skydiving and its parachutes and gear, as well as used sport aircraft.

Additional information is on the Sport Aviation Volunteer Hotline at 386-956-2430 or can be obtained by emailing Sport Aviation Administrator Jana Filip at filipj@deland.org.