You may have noticed that Sun ‘n Fun has changed its name this year. It’s official name now is the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo.
“That was done to recognize what has developed over the past 36 years,” said Jim Bernegger, the fly-in’s spokesman. “What started as an enthusiasts’ fly-in has grown into a significant event for the industry.”
Adding international to the name pays homage to the fact that each year the fly-in attracts visitors from all over the world. Last year, people from 86 countries attended the event.
Adding “Expo” brings attention to a “significant dimension” of the show — education — which is also the core mission of Sun ‘n Fun, Bernegger said.
“Through the Expo the industry can share current information and developments with the pilot population, while the fly-in retains much of the character of Sun ‘n Fun with the forums and the workshops.”
The changes are subtle, he admits. “But it’s a significant statement recognizing the movement of the industry to a more global profile,” he said.
You also may notice that the organizers have kept the tagline “Spring Break for Pilots.” It’s especially true this year, as winter has been so hard for so many, Bernegger said.
Lastly, Sun ‘n Fun officials continue the mantra that “the aviation year starts here.” “Many people look to the show to give the industry a jumpstart on new products and developments,” he said.