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A new life for this old veteran?

Posted on August 20th, 2013 by

Its nose is seemingly tucked up to the Chevy dealership across the street in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. But this piston-era behemoth is in for more than an oil change. The Perna family wants to complete a DC-7-based restaurant for... Continue Reading →

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GA in the military

Posted on August 4th, 2013 by

There are warbirds at every airshow. Oshkosh, of course, is a feast. But what always grabs me are the veteran GA aircraft adapted for military use. They say to me that “our airplanes” are not toys, but capable, useful flying... Continue Reading →

Overwater lessons for Oshkosh and other summer fun

Posted on July 25th, 2013 by

Some of us will be flying the Great Lakes soon to reach AirVenture or otherwise cruising some lake, bay, sound or shoreline towards cooler weather. I thought I’d call up last January’s ditching in the Hudson River Corridor to ponder... Continue Reading →

Still a mighty interesting way to run an airport

Posted on July 8th, 2013 by

It’s still going great guns — one of America’s most unusual airports. Complete with Western theme buildings, 28-room on-airport motel and airplane-shaped swimming pool, it’s the recreational center of its community. And this one-time “aeronautical dude ranch” lives on in…wait... Continue Reading →

Fly conservatively this July 4 holiday

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 by

This holiday weekend, give an extra thought to flying safely. I have a special reason to ask. And that experience still gives me pause each July 4 weekend since 2002 when I had a “box seat” for a base-to-final stall. Continue Reading →

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An aviation musical to bring in the kids?

Posted on June 2nd, 2013 by

At best, it sounded like a novel idea: SUN ‘n FUN would write and stage a musical for local Florida schools to interest kids in flying and aviation careers. Nice community relations for the newly expanding SUN ‘n FUN mission,... Continue Reading →

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The ‘new’ SUN ’n FUN

Posted on May 30th, 2013 by

This woman is lit! She’s electric. Lori Bradner, selected late last year — in lieu of a new Florida Air Museum director — is now SUN ’n FUN’s executive director of education. That’s right: SUN ’n FUN now highlights youth... Continue Reading →

The view from above

Posted on May 23rd, 2013 by

Being a pilot offers a special overview of your world and the events affecting it. It’s part of what makes flying special. This month’s devastating tornados call this to mind. Our airborne views of human civilization and nature’s ways are... Continue Reading →

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Profiles of change: SUN ’n FUN’s Bob Knight

Posted on April 11th, 2013 by

He’s been on the SUN ’n FUN board for years, but chairman for just 18 months. Robert C. (Bob) Knight is head of Knight Industrial Equipment (a long-time Lakeland Airport tenant), an airport board member and community leader. He’s been... Continue Reading →

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Profiles in Change: SUN ’n FUN’s new president

Posted on April 10th, 2013 by

At a time when our GA institutions seem in transition, plagued by leadership changes and questions of fiscal stability and stewardship, it seems SUN ’n FUN got a head start on fixes. Its new leadership is now in gear and... Continue Reading →