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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Cat Shot and Sprint competition returns to SUN ’n FUN

LAKELAND, Florida — In celebration of the 40th year of SUN ‘n FUN, the Cat Shot and Sprint competition is returning to the annual fly-in.

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Looking ahead to SUN ’n FUN

Won’t make the “Living Legends” dinner for Bob Hoover in Los Angeles this month? Perhaps you’ll grab another opportunity to dine with the legendary aviator and other aviation celebs at SUN ‘n FUN’s “Dinner with Legends” event — part of a full plate this year at the airshow season opener in Lakeland, Florida April 1-6.

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Think Global Flight to embark from SUN ’n FUN

On April 3, 2014, the Think Global Flight Crew takes off from SUN ‘n FUN on its around the world flight to promote STEM education and the promises that aviation and aerospace hold for our youth.

Along the route, Captain Judy Rice, CFI and teacher, and navigator Fred Nauer, CFI-I, commercial airline pilot (ret.), will be stopping at schools around the world, interacting with students and discussing the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.

The crew will be flying a northern route with an easterly heading. The flight around the world will take approximately three months and arrive back in Oshkosh, Wis., for AirVenture 2014.

VIP supporters that will be present during the Think Global Flight launch at SUN ‘n FUN include Astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Voyager Pilot Dick Rutan.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Captain Judy Rice, Voyager Pilot Dick Rutan, and Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum President Greg Anderson

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Captain Judy Rice, Voyager Pilot Dick Rutan, and Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum President Greg Anderson (in back)

Aldrin will ride as a passenger during the first leg of the journey departing Lakeland, Florida, on April 3.

“Back when I was privileged to be a part of the Apollo program, the USA was #1 in science and technology fields,” Aldrin said. ” No one had ever heard of STEM because we were at the top. Unfortunately today America is falling behind other countries. STEM is exactly the focus of Think Global Flight (TGF) reaching over 20,000 students and why I strongly support Captain Judy and TGF. I am looking forward to joining the official launch on April 3 from the SUN ‘n FUN airshow in Lakeland, Florida. In addition, I will celebrate a repeat of my T-6 solo flight in 1951 at Gilbert field in the TGF Cirrus with Captain Judy.”

Think Global Flight has set up Student Command Centers around the world, allowing teachers and their students to follow the flight through the Think Global Flight app for iPhone, Androids, and iPads, as well as online, to interact with the flight crew, and participate in curricula developed to inspire students to see the promises that aviation and aerospace hold for them. Currently, there are 20,000 participants in 25 countries and 31 U.S. States.

The global effort is running three campaigns to raise the final funds necessary to complete the around the world flight. These fundraising efforts include ” Be A Hero,” “Buy A SkyWay,” and the “Jeppesen Giveaway.”

The flight will begin in a Cirrus SR22, then broaden into a greater representation of general aviation, completing the flight in various aircraft.

The effort was kicked off by Guidance Aviation of Prescott, Ariz., and Baton Rouge, La., and now includes supporters and endorsers such as Air Journey, AOPA, AVweb, Jeppesen, Spidertracks, Sennheiser, and Signature Flight Support.

To follow the around the world flight in real time, download the free Think Global Flight app for iOS and Android devices by searching “Think Global Flight App” on your mobile device.

For more information: ThinkGlobalFlight.org