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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 →

Everyday GA as transportation?

Posted on April 7th, 2013 by

Many factors have challenged the typical GA airplane as a transportation mode. I recall the early-1960s debate at my home field whether the new Interstate Highway System would be boon or bust for General Aviation, at least for the average... Continue Reading →

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Gone but not forgotten

Posted on April 2nd, 2013 by

We lost some key “downtown” airports as the 20th Century faded into history. Famous campaigns fought to save them; local politicians with big plans “got” them — Chicago Meigs (10 years ago this month) and Bader Field in Atlantic City,... Continue Reading →

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Countdown to SUN ’n FUN

Posted on March 25th, 2013 by

The Breitling Countdown Clock on the SUN ’n FUN website is ticking down as Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport (LAL) in Florida transitions into GA’s season-opener national fly-in/convention/airshow. A pleasant Florida morning in late March revealed things falling into place. Piper Aircraft... Continue Reading →

Merger mania: EAA and AOPA?

Posted on March 6th, 2013 by

With the announced resignation of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association‘s Craig Fuller and the departure last year of the Experimental Aircraft Association‘s new president, some are asking whether AOPA and EAA should merge. I think not. Neither EAA nor... Continue Reading →

Back to basics with the 3Rs?

Posted on March 3rd, 2013 by

New airplanes cost too much. Used aircraft prices have slumped. The fleet is aging. There’s a lack of new thinking in the industry. The pilot population is dropping. I think you’ve heard all this before. Now, an old friend has... Continue Reading →

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Briefly, a showroom of Cubs

Posted on January 20th, 2013 by

Imagine yourself in a dealership filled with new Cubs! Continue Reading →