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.
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.”