A different kind of corporate aircraft

When you think corporate airplane, the image of Gulfstreams and Citation jets may come to mind. The folks at ComLine Pro have something else in mind: a 1969 Polish-built PZL.

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Master Pilots honored at Sun ’n Fun

On Friday, March 30, a distinguished group of aviators received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award during a ceremony at the FAA Production Studios on the Sun ’n Fun campus at Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport (LAL).

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Working together

Aspen Avionics, manufacturer of the Evolution Flight Display for general aviation pilots, and Avidyne report that certification is imminent for the interface between the Avidyne DFC90 Digital Autopilot and the Aspen Evolution Pro Primary Flight Display. [Read more...]

Flying high after the tornado

Last March 31, Mike Stewart, founder and flight lead of Team RV, and Tad Sarent, flight lead, were in the airshow briefing at Sun ’n Fun, eagerly anticipating the team’s debut at the nation’s second largest airshow.

“This was a big deal for us,” Stewart recalled. But as the briefing got underway, he got a text: One of the team’s planes was upside down, destroyed by the F1 tornado that roared through the grounds.

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Thunder in the skies

The Thunderbirds arrived in style this afternoon at Sun ’n Fun. Click below for some photos show by General Aviation News’ own Ben Sclair and Russell Kasselman. [Read more...]

Sky Arrow to be built by Italian company

The Sky Arrow is back in production. Magnaghi Aeronautica, one of the largest Italian aerospace groups, has put the popular high-wing tandem seat LSA back into production. [Read more...]

A captivating scene at Sun ’n Fun

By CONNIE SUE WHITE, Flying managing editor and Sun ’n Fun Today guest writer

The scene of the Martin family relaxing Wednesday morning in the Vintage Area at Sun ’n Fun next to their just restored 1946 Fairchild, is captivating for more than one reason. A young family camping next to an antique airplane they flew nine hours from Pennsylvania to be at this year’s fly-in speaks volumes in that it is exactly what general aviation needs to see more of to survive.

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Rejuvenating General Aviation

Four years ago, Ravi the Raviator didn’t even know what CFI stood for. Now he travels the country, giving inspiration talks about how to rejuvenate aviation and increase the number of people in our community.

“It’s important to go out and fan that flame,” he said. “This is an opportunity to participate in one of humanity’s greatest achievements.”

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Say again?

Throughout his years as a musician Ravi the Raviator ran into a lot of musicians who had hearing problems — mostly the weekend warriors who played in bars. The professional musicians knew better, which is why he worked with Sennheiser to create a hearing protection package for those part-time musicians.

Once he started flying, he was surprised at the number of pilots who had suffered hearing loss. “I encountered more deaf pilots than rock and rollers,” he said.

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What is ‘safety’ all about?

By BEN COLEMAN, Safety Advisor to the Sun ’n Fun President

The subject of insurance was not very popular in my formative years. As a kid, I can recall my Dad complaining about insurance rates, especially when my older brother came of driving age. It was explained to me that insurance would pay you back if you had a wreck or got sick. I liked this “insurance” thing. Every year, you pay the insurance company money and if you have a wreck, they buy you a new car. Cool! If you don’t have a wreck, they get to keep the money. Not so cool! Not sure I like this “insurance” thing.

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