Gearing up for Sun ’n Fun

Sun ’n Fun 2012 is about to begin. Billed as the “Spring Break for Pilots,” the central Florida airshow is revving up in numerous ways, thanks partly to the show’s new leader, John “Lites” Leenhouts (and yes, everyone really does call him “Lites,” his Navy pilot nickname). His team is refreshed and ready for a new event. The turmoil from last year’s tornado is behind them and many changes are planned.

Aviation has seen significant changes in leadership in the last couple years. Starting with a new president at AOPA, EAA also hired a new leader. The big show at Oshkosh has a new director, as does the Sebring LSA Expo and now Sun ‘n Fun. I won’t even mention changes at magazines and elsewhere, but it appears to be a time of transition among aviation figureheads.

Energized by their new leader, Lites, the Sun ‘n Fun team is pleased to hit the start switch on the country’s second largest airshow (after AirVenture) next week, starting Tuesday, March 27.

If the excellent growth and enthusiasm seen at Sebring in January is any indication, the 38th running of Sun ‘n Fun ought to be a grand event. C’mon down where it’s sunny and the flying is fun.

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