Too big for one airport

Thousands of spectators stream through the gates to SUN ‘n FUN each day. They come from down the street and around the world. When they step onto the grounds they encounter hundreds of aircraft of all shapes and sizes.

Flying overhead are biplanes built in the 1920s, transports from the 1940s, production aircraft that span several decades, and fighter aircraft at the cutting edge of today’s technology. Vendors take up residence seemingly on every square inch of ground that isn’t already taken up by campers or parking lots.

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Air shows: The new paradigm

By JOHN CUDAHY 

No single American industry was as adversely impacted by last year’s sequestration debacle as the air show business. By the end of the 2013 season, more than 60 shows in the U.S. had cancelled as a direct result of the Pentagon’s withdrawal of all military support.

Dozens of other shows experienced attendance drops of 60% and more. Many communities throughout the country were denied not just a weekend of entertainment, but the philanthropic contributions and local spending that normally accompany the more than 300 shows that are conducted in the U.S. each year.

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SUN ’n FUN takes off Tuesday

The 40th annual SUN ’n FUN fly-in takes off tomorrow, April 1, at Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport (LAL) in Florida. The Blue Angels are appearing at this year’s show, which also includes a car show for the first time.

Check out the fly-in’s website for all the week’s activities, as well as digital copies of SUN ’n FUN Today produced by the staff of General Aviation News.

Surprise SUN ’n FUN showing by Kitfox

When John McBean of Kitfox Aircraft announced earlier this year that the company wouldn’t be able to participate in any of the big airshows, it was a bad news/good news scenario.

The bad news: Air show attendees wouldn’t get to see the Kitfox up close and personal. The good news: The company’s success had created a backlog of orders that simply took priority over air show attendance.

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CubCrafters introduces new flagship panel

CubCrafters is displaying a new top-of-the-line instrument panel at this week’s SUN ’n FUN in cooperation with Garmin, which is simultaneously introducing its G3X Touch 10.6-inch touch-sensitive flight display system.

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Wipaire hosts open house for pilots on way to SUN ’n FUN

Wipaire is welcoming pilots on their way to SUN ’n FUN to its facility at the Leesburg International Airport (LEE) in Leesburg, Florida, on Sunday, March 30.

Wipaire will provide cold water and soft drinks as well as hot dogs and hamburgers . Additionally, pilots and passengers will be able to enter Wipaire’s 2014 sweepstakes early.

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The great ones use leverage

A fairly bright man from the ancient world said something to the effect of give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum to place it on, and I can move the world.

Admittedly, it’s been at least 2,200 years since Archimedes supposedly uttered these words. So allowing for transcription errors and smudged copies, I’ve chosen not to use quotes. I can’t possibly verify that he said those exact words, or any exact words. But the meaning of what he had to say is clear. Better yet, it’s as true today as it ever was.

That Archimedes was one sharp guy.

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Zenith to host ‘Engine Day’ at SUN ’n FUN

Zenith Aircraft Co. will host its first “Engine Day” at SUN ’n FUN on Friday, April 4.

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Sponsor a WASP at SUN ’n FUN

For the sixth consecutive year, Wings of Dreams Aviation Museum will work with the Ninety Nines and SUN ‘n FUN to organize a gathering of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) at this year’s SUN ’n FUN International Fly-In & Expo, slated for April 1-6.

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Aircraft Spruce offers SUN ‘n FUN preorder pick-up option

Going to SUN ’n FUN? You can pre-order items from Aircraft Spruce and pick them up at the show in April.

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