March 27-April 1, 2012
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AvBid Aircraft Auctions has teamed with SUN ’n FUN for two live aircraft auctions on Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31. The two-day event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is located on the south side of Lakeland Linder Regional Airport near Chopper Town. AvBid will offer a variety of LightSport Aircraft (LSA), turbine, piston singles, and light twins. Also up for bid will be several vintage and collector aircraft from the Florida Air Museum. New this year is the addition of aviation memorabilia items, according to AvBid officials. Many aircraft will be offered absolute to the last and highest bidder, with no minimum bid, auction officials note. The AvBid auction facilities include
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AvBid Auctions returns to SUN ’n FUN
ramp space for more than 100 aircraft, indoor seating, plasma screen monitors for previewing aircraft information, and live video streaming for bidders who are un-
able to attend the auction in person. AvBid also offers live one-on-one bidding with a personal bid assistant via telephone during its auctions.
“Our auctions are patterned after the auto auction industry with each aircraft being brought through a showroom hangar and presented to potential buyers. The aircraft’s specifications are shown on large flat screen monitors as the auctioneer describes the aircraft in detail,” said Sam Sirani, AvBid’s operations manager. Potential bidders have ample opportunity to inspect the aircraft prior to the auction and most aircraft have their logs digitized for online viewing. AvBid uses a quick closing process that allows buyers to accept delivery in as little as 24 hours, officials add. For more information and to see the aircraft slated for this week’s auction, go to AvBid.com.
International Visitors Tent is ‘home away from home’ Located near the main gate, SUN ’n FUN’s International Visitors Center provides a “home away from home” for the hundreds of international visitors who come from around the globe to participate in the airshow each year. Each year, 30 to 40 multi-lingual volunteers greet more than 1,000 visitors representing more than 60 countries. “At any given time, visitors may hear five to eight languages being spoken in the tent, including German, French, Por-
tuguese, Spanish, and Japanese,” says Michele Van Dorn, International Visitor chairperson. The center provides assistance with everything from medical needs, hotel and transportation arrangements, and translation services. There is also a message board so international guests can post messages ranging from planes for sale to saying hello to someone they met last year. This year, Gulf Coast Avionics will
sponsor the International Welcome Party, which will be held Friday, March 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the International Pavilion, located next to the Florida Air Museum. All registered international visitors are invited to attend. “Every year we see more and more international visitors attending the show,” said Gulf Coast Avionics’ Rick Garcia. “They are a significant part of the total attendance and many of them come looking to fill specific needs from various exhibi-
tors and vendors. We feel it is important to make this special hospitality available to them.” Gulf Coast Avionics will also support the international attendance by giving away a limited number of T-shirts and hats at its booth in Hangar D, Space 28-33. A gift redemption card will be included in the international visitor registration pack. In addition, Gulf Coast Avionics will have its interactive showroom open and staffed during the show.