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...]

Florida Aviation Network named official television network of SUN ‘n FUN

Not able to make it to SUN ’n FUN this  year? You can catch some of the action on the Florida Aviation Network (FAN), which has become the first official television network of SUN ‘n FUN.

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Sporty’s releases SUN ’n FUN app

Sporty’s, in partnership with SUN ‘n FUN, has released a free mobile app for the 2013 show that is available for both Apple and Android devices.

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Countdown to SUN ’n FUN

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 had its tent up already, as did the [Read more...]