Cessna Center dedicated

The newest permanent building on the Sun ‘n Fun campus at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Florida was dedicated opening day of this year’s fly-in.

The Cessna Center will be used to support year-round education programs at Sun ‘n Fun, according to Greg Harbaugh, Sun ‘n Fun vice president.

“This will foster the next generation,” added Jack Pelton, Cessna’s chairman, president and CEO. “It’s vital to our industry to get new starts.”

The 2,400-square-foot building will be used as Cessna’s exhibit space during the annual fly-in. The rest of the year it will be available for the expanding education programs from the Florida Air Museum at Sun ‘n Fun.

“We’re planting the seeds now that will pay benefits for years to come,” Harbaugh said.

The building, which costs $250,000 to build, is the first facility built by the Cessna Foundation outside of Wichita.

The foundation, founded in 1952, has donated more than $25 million to non-profit agencies in the areas of education, arts and culture.

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