SUN ’n FUN has received $225,000 in funding from the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust to be used towards the completion of the Piedmont Aerospace Experience on the SUN ’n FUN Campus on the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL) in Florida.
The Emil Buehler Trust was established in 1984 to perpetuate the memory of Emil Buehler and his commitment to aviation science and technology as an aviation visionary, architect and engineer.
The new grant allows for the completion of a new learning center on the SUN ’n FUN Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) high school campus. A fully functional Boeing 727, donated in 2012 to SUN ’n FUN from FedEx, will house the Bernie Little Classroom and is dedicated in memory to Piedmont Airlines founder Tom Davis and Buehler.
Students in the classroom will be able to monitor the students in the cockpit as computer displays of all activity will be available. Students from CFAA, Polk State College and Traviss Career Center will be able to use the new classroom.
A dedication to Little, Davis and Buehler, as well as a SUN ’n FUN education advocate, Joe McGlothlin, a member of the Piedmont family, will be given on Thursday, April 23, at 10 a.m. during the 41st Annual SUN ’n FUN International Fly-In & Expo.