SUN ‘n FUN Summer Camps take off

LAKELAND, Florida — Destination Aviation and STEMtastic summer camps have started at the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) on the SUN ‘n FUN Campus.

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Free waffles at PilotMall Open House at SUN ‘n FUN

SUN ‘n FUN Radio and PILOT MALL will be serving up free waffles Saturday morning, June 21, on the SUN ‘n FUN grounds at Lakeland-Linder Airport (KLAL) inLakeland, Fla. Breakfast festivities run from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. The Open House continues until 2 p.m. at the Pilot Mall Aviation Superstore behind Hangar B on the SUN ‘n FUN grounds.

Waffles are free, but RSVP to www.pilotmall.com/waffle_breakfast so SUN ‘n FUN Radio and PILOT MALL can plan to have enough for everyone.

Treasure hunting family wins Lightspeed headset

Jesse Saint of Dunnellon, Florida, was the winner in Lightspeed Aviation’s 2014 SUN ‘n FUN Treasure Hunt. Jesse and his family used an iPhone and the posted hint to find one of 25 puzzle pieces hidden in treasure chests across the SUN ‘n FUN grounds. The find gave him an automatic entry into the drawing for Lightspeed’s top-of-the-line headset.

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Tecnam reports success at SUN ‘n FUN

Tecnam reports its most successful visit ever to the SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo at Lakeland, Florida, with both the announcement of the launch of Tecnam USA Inc.’s dedicated facilities in Sebring, Florida, and sales orders on 12 Tecnam aircraft.

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Jetmobile debuts at SUN ‘n FUN

So just what does a 747 captain think about while he’s flying over the ocean? If you are Paul Holmes, you’re thinking, “That number one engine would look really good on wheels.” After a lot of scribbles on bar napkins and a lengthy discussion with his wife, the Holmes Jetmobile was born.

LiveAirShowTV caught up with Paul and his wife Susie at SUN ‘n FUN earlier this month in Lakeland, Florida, and got the story on how it all came together. [Read more...]

Behind the scenes at SUN ’n FUN

SUN ‘n FUN was fantastic this year. If you didn’t make it to Lakeland, Florida, at the start of the month, be sure to put it on your 2015 calendar: April 21-26, 2015.

We produce SUN ‘n FUN Today, the daily newspaper for the fly-in, so my view of SUN ’n FUN is slightly different.

As I look back through my notebook, I now understand why I’m so tired. The following will give you a peak into what it takes to cover a fly-in like SUN ‘n FUN or AirVenture.

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Banner year for SUN ’n FUN

“Pick your cliche,” said John “Lites” Lennhouts, as the president of SUN ‘n FUN kicked off his closing day briefing. “We hit it out of the park, hit a home run, what have you.”

Great weather, both locally and for those traveling from afar, strong advertising in both Tampa and Orlando, and a stout schedule all led to a banner year for SUN ‘n FUN, based at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Florida.

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Splash-In: The wet SUN ’n FUN

By JONI M. FISHER

At this year’s SUN ’n FUN, the Seabirds flocked to Lake Agnes at Fantasy of Flight for their 22nd Annual Splash-In.

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Something to brag about

Today is a good day to brag a bit. With the SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo in the rearview mirror, it’s a great time to celebrate where we are as an industry, because there is a lot going right in general aviation these days. So let’s take a moment to recognize just a few of the folks who are setting the table for success.

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Celebrating 40 years of great times and great people

“In the uniquely different manner the event is managed, there is the freedom to explore and innovate by any volunteer.”

That’s how Karl “Bud” Davidson begins his recounting of SUN ‘n FUN’s 40 years in a new book, “Unfreeze Your Bird: The History of SUN ’n FUN” debuting at SUN ’n FUN this year.

Bob Hoover put it another way: “SUN ‘n FUN always felt like a homecoming for me… [Read more...]