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.
Working to support the broadcast studios on the SUN ‘n FUN campus on Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport (LAL) and playing a major role in the Florida Aviation Emergency Broadcast system since 2001, FAN staff and volunteers will be streaming live daily programs online at FloridaAviationNetwork.com from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The live broadcasts will be picked up via satellite by PGTV, Brighthouse 622, Verizon 20 and Comcast 5 daily from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
FAN has been working directly with the Polk County School System, a relationship that took off when FAN established a downlink from the International Space Station in January 2011 that was transmitted to George Jenkins Senior High School and distributed to the entire Polk County School system, reaching 93,000 students. Polk Government TV (PGTV) also made the broadcast available to the general public.
The Florida Aviation Network is an “In the Clear” satellite broadcast system that promotes aviation and aviation safety. Programs are normally broadcast live or pre-recorded with remote crews. The anchor desk is in Orlando, Florida, and aviation events are carried from across the United States.
This year FAN will collaborate with educators at SUN ‘n FUN, Central Florida Aerospace Academy and Kathleen High School on the design and technical components for a new Howard Hughes set that will become part of a permanent production studio to be used by Polk County school students year round. The personal aviation collection of Howard Hughes, housed at the Florida Air Museum, will augment the new Howard Hughes “theater” at the museum.
For more information: FloridaAviationNetwork.com