Bob Hoover among those inducted into Flight Path Hall of Fame

Robert A. “Bob” Hoover, the late Jimmy Leeward and the late Fred Cabanas were inducted into SUN ’n FUN’s Flight Path of Fame at a simple ceremony during this year’s fly-in.

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Which way do we go?

As general aviation comes to grips with the various opportunities to grow our community, we become aware that we face a few issues as well. First and foremost among those vexing problems may be the fact, and yes it is a fact, that we and our potential customer base speak different languages.

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Czech Sport Aircraft provides safety briefings to firefighters

On the first and fourth day of the SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo 2013, which was held in Lakeland, Florida, last week, Czech Sport Aircraft provided detailed safety briefings to the Lakeland Fire Department. The briefings focused on the Ballistic Recovery System (BRS) that Czech Sport Aircraft offers as an enhanced safety feature on its aircraft, with the aim of helping the fire department understand how best to react in response to an emergency related to the deployment of the BRS in flight.

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SUN ’n FUN volunteers remember one of their own

Ask anyone at SUN ’n FUN about Albert Borchik and a smile immediately comes over their faces, followed by the slight glistening of tears in their eyes. That’s because for the first time in more than two decades, he’s not at the fly-in. He passed away suddenly Jan. 30.

To commemorate his memory, several volunteers gathered at the pond behind the exhibition hangars on Monday and set little rubber ducks afloat.

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FedEx 727 dedicated at SUN ’n FUN

Top executives from FedEx Express were on hand at SUN ’n FUN Friday to dedicate the newest “classroom” on the SUN ’n FUN campus on Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport (LAL) in Florida.

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

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 flying out of LAL since 1965. That A-36 Bonanza of his, which he calls “my lifeblood,” is on its fourth engine and third turbo-normalizer.

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Sequestration’s silver lining

The news last week that the FAA will delay closing 149 contract control towers should come as a bit of a relief to the folks at SUN ’n FUN, since Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport was among the first slated to close.

That meant SUN ’n FUN had to come up with the money to pay controllers during the week of the fly-in. The FAA’s latest decision, however, doesn’t let SUN ’n FUN off the hook.

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Bob Hoover among those to be inducted into Flight Path of Fame

On Friday, April 12, at 12:30 p.m., SUN ‘n FUN will add the names of Bob Hoover, James Kent “Jimmy” Leeward (1936 –2011) and Freddie Cabanas (1954-2013) to its Flight Path Hall of Fame.

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Put me in coach

While it’s common knowledge in the aviation community that SUN ’n FUN’s International Fly-In and Expo is massive, you may not know the whole story. Sure, you’ve read about the economic impact of this weeklong event creeping up on $70 million. You may have heard rumors of the staggering air traffic, too. The fly-in will see somewhere between 10,000 and 15,000 aircraft operations during this one week period, making it the busiest airport on the planet – bar none.

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Going to SUN ’n FUN and want to learn more about NextGen?

The FAA’s NextGen system is scheduled for launch by the end of the year. Are you ready for this change?

Matchbox’s Jeffrey Boccaccio, NextGen columnist for General Aviation News,  will offer a free presentation demonstrating how easy this transition will be for general aviation pilots, [Read more...]