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Table of Contents SUN ’n FUN baby earns private ticket...................................3 Air shows a GA rallying point..................................................6 The world’s largest classroom..............................................10 The Home Team........................................................................16 Pilot Proficiency Project.........................................................20 Map of the grounds..................................................................22 SUN ’n FUN Radio....................................................................26 Is your plane an award winner?...........................................30 What’s happening today.........................................................40











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SUN ’n FUN baby earns private ticket SUN ’n FUN’s contagious aviation joy can claim another recruit to the ranks. Logan Honea has been to every SUN ’n FUN since the year he was born. Sixteen years after his first trip to Lakeland, he soloed on his birthday, and last week, just past his 17th birthday, he earned his license. “I’m probably the youngest private pilot at SUN ’n FUN this year,” he guessed. That’s not too shabby, considering that the Canton, Georgia, teenager also found time to be on his high school’s varsity football and wrestling teams all four years, and is president of his high school’s senior class. “I’ve just always had the flying bug,” he admitted. “I just love everything about it.” Especially the sensation of speed, it would seem. “The best thing,” Logan vows, “is flying low approaches. There’s just no better feeling than when you’re close to the runway flying as fast as the airplane will go, zooming by the hangars and trees.” Neither of his older siblings caught that bug, but it’s safe to surmise they’ll be among his first passengers. He has a list of buddies waiting for their turn in the right seat of the family’s Cessna 172, but the newly-minted aviator hasn’t had a chance to exercise his privileges. After all, before the ink was dry on his temporary certificate, the family was

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headed for Logan’s 17th SUN ’n FUN. Logan plans to study history and political science at college, but hasn’t made up his

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Movie star shines at Vintage

Issue 1 — TUESDAY April 9, 2013

How many of you saw the movies “Fly Boys” or “Amelia?” I know most pilots have seen those movies — and if you want to see one of the stars from those movies, wander over to the Vintage Clubhouse and take a look. Robert Baslee of Airdrome Aeroplanes has once again graced the grounds in front of the Vintage Clubhouse with one of his World War 1 replica aircraft. Last year we drooled all over his Fokker DVII; this year it’s the full Nieuport. Baslee and the rest of his exhibit team, Darrell Porter and Mike Moore, are on site to talk about their creations. Darrell took me aside one evening and discussed the building and rebuilding of his Fat Fokker (pictured) on display on the other side of the taxiway and other kits in the Airdrome Aeroplane Stable. They now have several full-scale versions of their most popular kits and more on the way, including the popular Fokker DVII and D-VIII, as well as three two-place Sopwith models to consider. According to Darrell, the kits are constructed of all aircraft grade aluminum, AN hardware, and aviation grade cables and wires. Total construction time is about 400 hours depending on the mechanical ability of the builder. He noted that “everything that needs welding is finished and ready to bolt on.” If you really want to get serious about getting the job finished, you can take the “Bullwhip Baslee House of Pain” sessions at the factory and kick-start the project. You get three helpers and in three days your fuselage and tail feathers are complete and it

Editorial Staff Meg Godlewski Janice Wood PRODUCTION Russell Kasselman Distribution Arthur Ward Paulette Ward Rob Reiheld Contributing Writers Jack Neubacher, Amelia Reiheld, William Walker, Alec Thigpen, Karen Burton, Elizabeth Walker SUN ’n FUN Today is published each day of the SUN ’n FUN FlyIn by Flyer Media, Inc., publishers of General Aviation News and Living With Your Plane. Copies of SUN ’n FUNToday are distributed free of charge throughout the flyin grounds. Subscriptions to General Aviation News, $35.00 for two years (at the fly-in). Visit our exhibit space, C-62. The views and opinions contained herein do not necessarily reflect those of SUN ’n FUN Fly-In, Inc. Neither SUN ’n FUN FlyIn, Inc., nor Flyer Media, Inc. endorse or sanction the products advertised herein, and do not assume responsibility for such advertising.

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is on the gear, ready to tow home. In a hurry? You can get four guys working for five days and you might be close to be ready to cover the fuselage. One nice part about the kits is that you can easily modify the fuselage on the narrow kits to accommodate larger pilots, according to Darrell, who added that it is not really necessary on the full-size airplanes. While Darrell recommends the Valley engine and propeller combination, the powerplant firewall forward is builder’s choice, along with separate options on machine guns and tail wheels. The tires are from a motorcycle and the wheels are made a bit wider to handle better side loads and all the builder needs to do is get them mounted. For more information about the complete

line of kits, drop by and talk with Robert, Darrell or his other “brother” Mike this week or go to AirdromeAeroplanes.com. By the way, while you are at Vintage area stop in the Clubhouse and get your tickets for the tonight’s Fish Fry and BBQ dinner. Then when everyone else is looking for a good viewing place for the night airshow you can sit in the clubhouse’s front yard and eat some fresh cooked catfish or BBQ. From sun up until sun down, Vintage Chairman Kim Capozzi and her welltrained staff will take care of all your hospitality needs while at SUN ’n FUN. They always have the coffee ready about 6:30 a.m. and their famous Breakfast in a Cup will be ready shortly after that all for just a donation in the pickle jar.

Get a personal tour from Kermit Weeks Kermit Weeks, founder of Fantasy of Flight, will offer a personal tour of five of his rare aircraft today. Aircraft include a 1945 Grumman Duck, a 1943 Grumman Wildcat, a 1943 Hawker Tempest Mk2, a 1942 Westland Lysander IIIA, and a 1944 Bell P-63C Kingcobra. The approximately half-hour tour will begin at 11 a.m. in the Warbird Aircraft area. The tour will be followed by a book signing of Weeks’ new children’s book, “The Spirit of Lindy,” which was recently awarded the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs) Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. Weeks is a former world aerobatics champion, an aircraft designer and a collector of more than 160 rare and vintage aircraft.

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a critical role to play in helping to communicate this important message to our country’s elected leaders, journalists and citizens. From our perspective, air shows look like just the right public relations tool at just the right moment. John Cudahy Indeed, many aviation professionals have come to recognize the air show business as the public face of general aviation in this country. Air shows offer a festive and positive atmosphere for the general aviation community to speak to the American public on its own terms in an environment of its own making. As a group, air show pilots are general aviation’s most visible, most passionate, and most articulate advocates. In fact, much of the enthusiasm that drives the air show business emanates from the nearevangelical zeal of air show professionals preaching the gospel of general aviation.

In addition to being one of general aviation’s biggest annual events, SUN ’n FUN once again serves as a reminder of how closely associated the general aviation and air show communities have become during the last 100 years. This week’s gathering in Lakeland is one of more than 300 air shows that will be held in the United States this year. And, at every one of them, general aviation will be showcased and introduced to individuals who are typically unaware of just how large and important the industry is to our country. Talented pilots and their GA aircraft will perform and be on display for hundreds of thousands of people to see. The events are fun, exciting, completely focused on aviation, and enormously popular. What does all of this mean to the general aviation community? By any measure, general aviation is facing challenging times. Even before the current financial difficulties, new student pilots were down, the average age of active pilots was increasing, and the number of active pilots had dropped by nearly a third during the previous 20 years. Since the economic downturn, general aviation has been pilloried by pundits and politicians looking to score cheap rhetorical points. And general aviation airports have been written off as unnecessary and wasteful by national news organizations. The general aviation community has responded in impressive fashion with a sophisticated and effective public relations campaign that has highlighted the many and varied benefits that general aviation offers and the critical role that it plays in the larger economy. The undeserved and unsubstantiated criticism has motivated and mobilized the general aviation community to do as a group what our individual segments could probably not do alone. Going forward, it’s clear to many of us in the air show business that our industry has John Cudahy is president of the International Council of Air Shows (Airshows.aero).

The audiences that gather to watch these aviation spectacles in a dozen difference communities each weekend during the spring, summer and fall are particularly receptive to the GA message. They have selfselected as being interested in aviation by committing a portion of their weekend to the local air show. They are affluent, with household incomes and education levels higher than spectators at any of the major league sporting events or NASCAR races. Although just one in 10 holds a pilot certificate, more than half say they are interested in learning how to fly. For many of them, their visit to the air show will be their first exposure to general aviation. These events deserve your attention, involvement, and support. Air shows are often underfunded and understaffed. At a minimum, make a point to save the date, buy a ticket and attend your local air show. Talk the event up with your non-pilot family, friends and colleagues. If you’ve got the time and interest, consider offering your services as a volunteer. It takes an enor-


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mous amount of help to organize and conduct such a complicated and multi-faceted event during a single two-day period each year; your local show could use your help. Just as importantly, recognize the unique opportunity that air shows bring to the communities in which they are held. Every one of them offers the ideal backdrop against which to frame the positive story that the general aviation community has been working so hard to tell during the last year. Buy a booth. Take an ad. Rent a chalet. Offer to put your aircraft on static display. Organize and conduct your own personal promotional campaign and use the air show to help make your point. Use this chance to turn thousands of spectators into thousands of general aviation supporters. More than 10 million citizens, taxpayers, voters and prospective customers will go their local air show next year. Is it possible that they represent an as-yet untapped resource to fuel GA’s future growth and prosperity? Perhaps, but not unless and until we harness that potential and put it to work.

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Fly the distance with NextGen The FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is scheduled for launch by the end of the year. Are you ready for this change? Matchbox System’s Jeffrey Boccaccio, NextGen columnist for SUN ’n FUN Today’s sister publication General Aviation News, will offer a free presentation demonstrating how easy this transition will be for general aviation pilots, from an application and installation standpoints, not to mention the cost reductions. The forum will provide every pilot or future pilot the historical aspects to the

National Airspace System and how the transition will be a walk in the park, Boccaccio promises. The forum includes lots of animated slides, he adds. It will be held today at 10 a.m. at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy, Room 3, It will be repeated tomorrow, Saturday, at 11 a.m. in Room 8. Matchbox-Systems.com

Dynon completes the panel Dynon Avionics has introduced two new products to its line of avionics: An integrated COM radio for SkyView, and a fullfeatured two-place stereo Intercom. “With our new Intercom and SkyView COM Radio, Dynon now offers a complete panel of avionics for experimental and lightsport aircraft,” said Michael Schofield, the company’s marketing manager. With tight integration to the SkyView system, the SV-COM-C25 allows pilots to tune frequencies by airport and station type — rather than by spinning in a number — at

the touch of a button on the dedicated control panel. Pilots can also send frequencies to the radio from SkyView’s airport information pages. Dual concentric knobs let pilots spin in frequencies the old-fashioned way when they are feeling nostalgic (or are following ATC instructions.) SkyView will identify the airport and station type while frequencies are tuned to ensure the pilot is talking to the right radio station. The SV-COM-C25 is available June 2013 for $1,295. It comes in horizontal and vertical versions.

Dynon’s new two-place stereo intercom solves the problem of having to choose between an under-featured intercom and an expensive audio panel. The SV-INTERCOM-2S has everything pilots need to connect EFIS systems, stereo music, and other audio devices in their panels, company officials said. Inputs include dual muting inputs (one stereo for music), four non-muting inputs (one stereo for capable EFIS systems such as SkyView; the rest mono for radios and other avionics), dual stereo headset con-

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Lori Bradner is a career educator now teaching in what may be the largest classroom in the world. Bradner, the new SUN ’n FUN Executive Director of Education, hit the ground running when she took over the job in December after teaching for three years at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy. She said she used her experience from the classroom and as a mother to immediately push hard for increased involvement by youth in SUN ’n FUN activities. A key change she is making involves a retooling of the Florida Air Museum exhibits. In the near future, the museum, which is part of her supervisory area, will include more exhibits that allow kids to touch things, push buttons and generally take control of the action. “All of this has the goal of exposing youngsters to science, particularly the science of aviation,” she said. Bradner, 44, is a student pilot on the verge of soloing, and uses that experience to guide her in trying to reach students and show them what aviation offers. “I always tell the teachers and students that everything starts on the ground,” Bradner said. “There’s not a pilot anywhere, whether they’re 9 or 90, that doesn’t have a firm grasp of the physics and the science and the math necessary to get that contraption in the air, whether it’s an ultralight or a 727.” Bradner has reached out to area schools in reestablishing links and creating new ones with educators and administrators. “I tell them I just came out of the trenches at the beginning of December,” she said. “I tell them it’s not education anymore. It is edu-tainment. We’re competing with these things, these devices. We need to capture their interest before they hit high school.”

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Some of her ideas are unusual, she admits. “I thought I was going to be fired on my first day on the job. I went into my boss and said I’m going to do a musical. He went what? I said no, trust me. It turns out my partner, John Iskra, is an internationally published bassoonist and I trained in theater.” She got the assistance of the Polk County schools at the end of January. “We now have a full-scale touring production with 10 ninth and tenth graders,” she said. “They talk about science. They gave the initial performance of ‘Every Kid Flies’ Tuesday night.” She said she believes in learning by experience. “That’s where the rubber meets the road,” she said. “And I think that’s one of our greatest strengths as SUN ’n FUN. We can take these concepts, whether these stu-

dents are in a fine arts schools or an aerospace academy or a general high school. We can take those concepts and say, ‘now we want you to apply them. We’re going to show you how we use those things on a daily basis, those algebraic calculations — how we really use these to find out where the cloud base is.’” She added, “It’s all about really connecting our veterans with the future. I think we lost the oral tradition in many cultures and I see SUN ’n FUN as a vehicle for that.” Bradner recalled an interesting question she fielded recently. “Someone asked what is SUN ’n FUN?” she said. “I say, I’m an educator and it’s just a big classroom — a huge classroom. Because no matter where you go, no matter what you do, there’s always something to learn, something to glean, from the forums to the workshops to the flightline.”

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Earlier this week, representatives of Parker Aerospace’s Aircraft Wheel & Brake Division of Avon, Ohio, met with Keith Smith, assistant principal at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA), to donate a Wheel and Brake Test stand that will be used by the students to understand the basic functional principles of a general aviation aircraft braking system. Parker Wheel & Brake General Manager Mike Walasinski and Business Team Leader Tom Dorinsky, who were present for the donation ceremony, commented that “Cleveland Wheels & Brakes was extremely pleased to make the donation to the school. Our organization is dedicated to supporting and giving back to aviation-related schools and organizations which will train and support today’s youth who will lead to tomorrow’s future mechanics and pilots.” SUN ’n FUN ’s Stacie Rine, Director of Business Development, was instrumental in connecting Parker’s management team with the academy for the donation, com-

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The ‘Very Little Expense’ plane By MEG GODLEWSKI Retiring often means downsizing your life. You may move out of that four-bedroom house into a two-bedroom condo because you just don’t need that much room now that the kids are grown and gone. Downsizing also applies to airplanes. Karen Smith from Bancroft, Ontario, Canada, who recently retired after 34 years in the aerial photography business, just downsized from a Cessna 180 to an Aerotrek 220. The Aerotrek is a Light-Sport Aircraft manufactured in Europe. “I owned that Cessna 180 for 34 years,” she said. “It was a workhorse. I did the aerial photography from it but after I retired I decided that I just couldn’t afford to keep it.”

As retirement approached she started looking for a replacement airplane. “My first thought was to get a Cessna 140, but when I saw the Aerotrek220 I thought I had died and gone to Heaven,” she said. “I bought it without even flying it.” Smith brought the Aerotrek home in November. Then came what she thought would be the emotional task of selling the Cessna 180. “I thought it would be like selling my own grandmother,” she said. “But then I took the Aerotrek for a little flight and fell in love with it. It was easy to sell the Cessna 180 after that. I am grinning like a Cheshire Cat every time I go flying!” On the way to SUN ’n FUN Smith stopped in Bloomfield, Indiana, to meet with the North American Aerotrek dealer to pick up Summit Penetration wheel-skis for the airplane. “Where I live the runway seldom gets plowed and we have a lot of snow,” she explained. “With the wheel-skis I can take off and fly to someplace with a paved runway and land and meet a friend for lunch. The wheel-skis give the airplane more flexibility on where you can go.”

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“When I saw the Aerotrek220 I thought I had died and gone to Heaven.”

The Aerotrek 220 sports a Rotax engine which, Smith notes, is a lot easier on fuel than the Cessna 180 was, so the LSA is less expensive to operate, a fact that is reflected in the airplane’s tail number. “It is VLE, which I say stands for Very Little Expense,” Smith laughed. You can see Smith’s airplane with the wheel-skis attached at the Aerotrek Aircraft exhibit, space MD-021C.

Garmin introduces new avionics for experimental aircraft Garmin recently introduced several new products for experimental and light-sport aircraft, including a new Air Data Attitude Heading Reference System (ADAHRS) and new Engine Indication System (EIS). It also has introduced new product options that enhance the G3X, including a fully integrated autopilot, an angle of attack probe and a remote mount ADS-B receiver. Garmin’s new integrated autopilot offers capabilities such as flight director cues, coupled approaches, coupled VNAV, automatic trim and more, company officials said. The GSA 28 “smart” autopilot servo is a new design developed specifically for the

experimental market. Weighing 1.4 pounds, it is more than 40% lighter than most experimental autopilot servos, company officials add. A two-axis Garmin autopilot option for G3X is expected to be available in May for $1,500 (installation kit sold separately). The optional GMC 305 control panel can be added for $750. Garmin has also introduced a new smaller ADAHRS unit. The GSU 25 ADAHRS provides referencing of the aircraft position, rate, vector and acceleration data, while providing the flexibility to be mounted in any of 16 different vertical or horizontal

positions. For enhanced system redundancy, G3X customers now have the option to install multiple ADAHRS units, or add one to their existing G3X installation. The ADAHRS unit also supports new G3X features like optional Angle of Attack (AOA). The AOA system provides realtime measurement of wing performance to provide stall margin indication to the pilot both audibly and visually. The GAP 26 pitot/AOA probe is available in three versions: unheated, pilot-controllable heated or fully-regulated heated for protection against inflight icing. The GSU 25 ADAHRS is expected to be

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Piper strikes deal for up to 100 aircraft Wednesday at SUN ’n FUN, Piper Aircraft announced it had reached a three-year agreement with Airline Transport Professionals (ATP) for the sale of multiple Piper Archer TXs. ATP, which specializes in airline pilot training, agreed to initially purchase a fleet of 15 Piper Archer TX single-engine pistonpowered training aircraft for delivery in late 2013. In addition to the firm 15-aircraft fleet order, ATP has options for 85 additional Archers for delivery in the future. These will be the first single-engine Piper train-

ing aircraft in ATP’s fleet as it transitions to predominately Piper training aircraft, Piper officials noted. The latest order is in addition to a 30-airplane Piper Seminole fleet option placed with Piper by ATP in 2011. The 15th aircraft delivered in that transaction is on display at the Piper Booth #MD-18 at SUN ’n FUN . All of the new ATP airplanes under the agreements with Piper will be equipped with Garmin G500 glass cockpit avionics suites. “ATP is transitioning our fleet to Pipers because these airplanes offer rugged dis-

patch reliability, technological flexibility in cockpit avionics and instrumentation and operational economy,” said ATP Vice President Jim Koziarski. ATP currently operates 107 Piper Seminoles, five Diamond DA40s, 93 Cessna Skyhawks and a CitationJet. On opening day of SUN ’n FUN, Piper announced a 35-airplane deal with CAE Oxford Aviation Academy. That deal includes firm orders for 22 Archer TX training airplanes and 13 twinengine trainers, as well as parts and service. Deliveries will start this spring with 27 of

the new aircraft going to CAE Oxford Aviation Academy in Phoenix and eight being sent later in the year to CAE Oxford Aviation Academy in Oxford, UK. The initial order is part of a five-year fleet replenishment initiative agreement between the two companies. Under the agreement, CAE has designated Piper as its Preferred Aircraft Provider. CAE’s long term needs include the possibility of additional orders to continue its efforts to modernize its CAE Oxford Aviation Academy fleet. Find out more at Piper’s exhibit in the Manufacturer’s Display Area.

Finalists for Pilot’s Choice Awards revealed Thursday at SUN ’n FUN, the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation announced the names of 15 charities, selected from hundreds of nominees, that will benefit from grants to be awarded this year. The foundation is launching its fourth year of partnering with the pilot community to identify worthy causes. It has awarded more than $300,000 in the past three years. Finalists are: Air Race Classic, Angel Flight East, Angel Flight Southeast, Angel Flight West, Civil Air Patrol, International

Aerobatic Club, JAARS, Mission Aviation Fellowship, Missionary Flights and Services, New Tribes Mission, Ninety-Nines, Pilots N Paws, Recreational Aviation Foundation, Whirly Girls Scholarship Fund and Youth Aviation Adventure. Voting is open now for the Pilot’s Choice Awards at LightspeedAviationFoundation. org. Ten charities, as chosen by the aviation community, will receive awards ranging from $2,000-$10,000 each. This year the awards will have two divi-

sions. The first division, Senior Finalists, will consist of organizations that have received two or more Pilot’s Choice Grants. Those organizations will compete with each other in a Senior Finalist Division. The remaining finalists will compete exclusively with each other. The two-division model will create more opportunities for smaller or emerging organizations to receive Pilot’s Choice Grants, according to Lightspeed Aviation President Allan Schrader. Additionally, the Lightspeed Aviation

Foundation will focus additional resources to address pilot growth, he said. “The last three years have been an incredible opportunity to impact hundred of thousands of lives through aviation, but now more than ever we see a critical need to grow the pilot community,” he said. “We’re in discussions with AOPA, EAA and other groups to address this critical community issue.” Find out more at Lightspeed Aviation’s exhibit in Hangar D, Spaces 51-53.

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New Veterans Plaza debuts At this year’s fly-in, SUN ’n FUN unveils a new — yet not new — destination on the grounds: The Veterans Plaza. For years, veterans organizations have been located in the Southeast Exhibit area, but with no formal organization. That changes with the debut this year of the Veterans Plaza.

To recognize the 40th anniversary of “Operation Homecoming,” the cornerstone of this year’s Veterans Plaza is the Vietnam Helicopter Pilot’s Association’s exhibit, which includes artifacts and aircraft on display. Following the Paris Peace Accords of 1973, 591 American prisoners of war

(POWs) were returned during “Operation Homecoming.” About 1,350 Americans were listed as prisoners of war or missing in action, while another 1,200 were reported killed in action and body not recovered. Other participants in the plaza include the Hillsborough Veterans Park Museum, Honor Flight of West Central Florida, Military

Officers Association of America, James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital, Polk County Veterans Council, Air America, Vet Center, The Bomber Girls, and Gold Star Moms. Also located in Veterans Plaza is an informal area for veterans and active-duty military to meet up, share stories and enjoy the fly-in.

Other activities planned to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Operation Homecoming include the Wednesday Evening Entertainment Series Program featuring Brian Shul; Air America day on Friday; and Huey helicopter rides. Shul’s presentation, “Over the Rainbow At MACH 3” on the AOPA Pavilion Stage Wednesday evening beginning at 8 p.m., is sponsored by DTC DUATS. As an Air Force fighter pilot during the Vietnam war, Shul was shot down and severely burned in the ensuing crash. Initially given up for dead, he was finally rescued and spent a year in hospitals, underwent 15 surgeries and was told his flying days were over. He returned to active duty flying, became an airshow demonstration pilot, went on to become a TOPGUN instruc-

tor, and culminated his Air Force career by flying the Top Secret spy plane, the SR-71. Flying the world’s fastest and highest flying aircraft required an astronaut physical and Shul made Air Force history when he passed with no waivers. He retired from the Air Force in 1990 and pursued his interests in writing and photography. He wrote two books about the Blackbird, followed by books about the Air Force Thunderbirds and the Navy Blue Angels. Friday has been designated as Air America Day, honoring the 30-year history of the CIA owned and operated airline. From 1946 to 1976, Air America served alongside U.S. and allied intelligence agents and military personnel in the Far East, often in combat and combat support roles. Behind a shroud of secrecy, many Air

America personnel were unaware that they were “shadow people” in counterinsurgency operations. Some 87 were killed in action in China, Korea, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and elsewhere. CAT and Air America personnel were the first Americans in China and Korea and, after the U.S. military withdrew from Vietnam, Air America pilots risked their lives to evacuate the last Americans. As part of the commemoration, three forums on Air America-The CIA’s Secret Airline, will be presented on Friday, April 12, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA). Huey helicopter rides will be offered daily at the Ridehopper area for an additional fee. The Huey performed multiple missions, including air assault, gunship, search and

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Operation Homecoming

rescue, resupply, command and control and medevac. Presented by the Army Heritage Foundation, the rides will be conducted by veteran combat pilots and crew.


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By JANICE WOOD When sequestration meant the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds couldn’t make it to this week’s airshow, SUN ’n FUN officials didn’t have to look far for a replacement with star power. In fact, they just had to look across Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport (LAL) at the old Piper hangar. That’s where the Black Diamond Jet Team is headquartered. Known as Lakeland’s “home team,” the Black Diamond Jet Team is ready for takeoff for this week’s airshows. The team’s performances will feature four L-39s and a T-33 performing precision formations, according to Team Lead Jerry “Jive” Kerby. “The routine is approximately 30 minutes long and strives to keep the aircraft in front of the audience with little to no dead time between passes,” he reported. The L-39 formation is led by Kerby. Civilian Jared “Rook” Isaacman flies the right wing, while Doug “Tut” Demko takes the left wing position. The slot position is flown by Major Sean “Stroker” Gustafson, USAF Reserve, while the dynamic L-39 position is taken by Major John “Slick” Baum, USAF. The team doesn’t feel any extra pressure

with the absence of the Thunderbirds, according to Kerby. “We go out and do what we can,” he said. “It doesn’t change how we prepare. We always do our best.” In fact, the Black Diamond pilots will miss having the Thunderbirds here at the show. “The entire USAF Thunderbird team are friends of the Black Diamond Jet Team,” Kerby said. “We have flown many shows with them in the last two years, and when we’re booked together both teams always tend to fly their best so bragging rights can be maintained.” That “friendly rivalry” helps keep “both teams up on their game,” Kerby said. During airshows, the Black Diamonds knew the Thunderbird pilots were watching, while the Thunderbirds “know we’re watching,” he said. “We’re disappointed sequestration has forced their cancellation at this year’s SUN ’n FUN,” he noted. “We will do our best to entertain the great audience that will assemble in Lakeland.” The Black Diamonds are slated to perform in the airshow Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The airshow kicks off at 3 p.m. each day. BlackDiamondJetTeam.com

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By JANICE WOOD This year, SUN ’n FUN attendees will see a much different Paradise City. Formerly the haven for ultralights, Paradise City is now also home to the LSA Mall and other Light-Sport Aircraft exhibitors. This has effectively doubled the number of exhibitors there, according to officials. Numerous site improvements have been made, but the most exciting thing for both exhibitors and attendees alike is that demonstration flights will be able to take place throughout the day, including during the airshow (unless the jet teams are flying). Creating this improved space for LSAs only makes sense, according to John “Lites” Leenhouts, SUN ’n FUN president. “LSAs are a major component of the future of aviation,” he said. “We needed to make a place where people can get excited about it. We needed a centerpoint where peo-

ple could see all the LSAs — and fly them. We wanted to create a Mecca for LSAs.” Paradise City also will become “demo heaven,” according to Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) President Dan Johnson, who noted that in previous years demo flights were shut down for up to four hours every day during the airshow. “This move will allow LSA marketers to continue demonstration operations,” he said. LSA specific forums also will be held at Paradise City throughout the week. Rotax BRP will make the LSA Mall easily accessible with its sponsorship of sixseater golf carts that will run to and from the main gate to the new LSA Mall area. “The carts will also be used to ferry demo flight customers from all over the grounds to Paradise City,” Johnson said. “It’s great to see the resurgence of an area once admired for its charm and high flight activity.”

Photo courtesy Dan Johnson

The new and improved Paradise City

The LSA Mall has moved to Paradise City this year.

Place your bet on the future of aviation The annual SUN ’n FUN educational programs’ fundraiser is set for Thursday, April 11, with the Future of Flight Casino Night at the Buehler Restoration Center. Proceeds from Casino Night are vital to

SUN ’n FUN’s outreach efforts, such as the Museum in the Schools, STEMtastics Aviation Education Youth Saturday and Holiday Camps, STEMtastic and Destination Aviation Summer Camps, Wings & Things

Aerospace Weekend, and other community outreach programs. These programs provide students with math and science skills, encourage future career goals, and inspire imaginations to “take flight.”

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SUN ’n FUN has teamed with Redbird Flight Simulations and the Society of Aviation and Flight Instructors (SAFE) to bring the Pilot Proficiency Project to this year’s fly-in. This is the first time the project has been at SUN ’n FUN. It has proven to be quite successful at other airshows, including AirVenture and the AOPA Aviation Summit. The project consists of 11 different simulator scenarios, along with 10 seminars addressing a variety of issues, from transitioning to experimental homebuilts, to stick and rudder skills in glass cockpit aircraft, to preventing CFIT. All the seminars and simulator scenarios qualify for WINGS credit. Pilots can “fly” one of the 11 scenarios in Redbird’s FMX full-motion simulator located in the Florida Air Museum. They can sign up daily for a one-hour session. Sign-

ups are on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 8:30 a.m. each day. The scenarios consist of a 15-minute prebriefing, 30-minute flight and 15-minute debrief with a SAFE member. Each flight scenario has its challenges, such as an uncommanded engine power loss, deteriorating weather, or high density altitude takeoffs and landings, officials note. The scenarios are designed around the top 10 factors that cause problems in general aviation for both VFR and IFR pilots. Pilots who bring their logbooks receive a sign off for dual instruction received from the CFI. Those who did not bring it will get a sticker with the sign off that can be placed in their logbook. Seminars will be held at the museum first thing each morning. Check at the museum for the full schedule.

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Pilot Proficiency Project debuts at museum

The Redbird sim is the centerpiece of the Pilot Proficiency Project.

New location for International Visitors Tent Each year, more than 4,000 international visitors make their way to SUN ’n FUN. One of their first stops is the International Visitors Tent, which has moved to the Southeast Exhibit area, just north of the main entrance. International visitors are encouraged to visit the tent and stick a pin in the world map

highlighting their home country. Over the years, international visitors have come to the fly-in from more than 82 countries. Brazil, Canada, England and Germany top the list of countries, according to officials, who note that this year a large contingent from China is expected to attend the fly-in.

Translators are at the tent to assist in any communications for visitors, from shopping to finding a hotel. This year, international visitors also will receive a treat, with oranges and fruit juice provided fresh daily from Ridge Island Groves. The International Visitors Tent is also

where attendees can register for the International Visitors Celebration, slated for Friday, April 12, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The party is sponsored by Gulf Coast Avionics, the Islands of the Bahamas, Central Florida Tourism and Sports Marketing, and Signature Flight.

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SUN ’n FUN has made a commitment to the future, with its mission to “Build a Brighter Future through Aviation.” In that vein, SUN ’n FUN is offering expanded educational opportunities and youth activities not just this week, but all year round. For those at the fly-in, daily activities begin at 9 a.m. at the Piedmont Hangar Workshops (just past the Florida Air Museum). Activities will run until 3 p.m. when the airshow begins. Activities are age specific. Children in Grades K-6 will be introduced to the creative side of science, with encouragement and supplies to explore kites, windsocks, parachutes, foam airplanes and paper airplanes or experience an art project on paper or their faces. Kids in Grades 7-12 will have the opportunity to work with engines, electrical circuits, electric motors, weather, wave forms, and rocketry, and even try an amateur radio. Volunteers also will offer kids tours, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which will allow them to participate in hands-on activities at presentations sponsored by Janet’s Planet, Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry, NASA, The Glazer Children’s Museum and Reptile Discovery. All of these partners are located alongside the Kid Plane, a heli-

copter and other hands-on displays at The Central Florida Aerospace Academy. (You don’t have to take a tour to visit the partners at the school.) Grades 7-12 will be accompanied by guides on a comprehensive riding and walking tour of the fly-in. Paradise City has been transformed this year into a new area where Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) will be flying overhead; vintage aircraft and Warbirds show the history of aviation in ways rarely found in a textbook, officials note. Sit in the cockpit of “Paul,” the newest addition on the SUN ’n FUN grounds, a Boeing 727 donated by FedEx to be transformed into a learning center. Meet LULU and Captain Judy Rice as she prepares to head out on her transcontinental THINK GLOBAL Flight. End your tour testing your strength against hurricane force winds and try your hand at landing a space shuttle. The Florida Air Museum also will be open, and officials invite kids to explore the exhibitors and authors on site, as well as the interactive learning devices like wind tunnels and weather stations that have been donated for use and will be added to the new science center scheduled for completion in 2014. Also returning this year is the Kid Zone, near the front entrance, which is packed with aviation-themed activities.

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Internet Cafe (C-2), (D-3) Supported by: Pacific Coast Avionics Ladies Pavilion (C-2) Lightplane HQ (F-4) Lost & Found (D-4) Maintenance Facility (B-2) Media Center (C-4) Sponsored by: NIKON Newspaper – SUN ’n FUN Today (D-4) Online Ticket Redemption (C-4), (D-4), (F-3) Parts Exchange (C-2) PilotMall (D-3) Preferred Airshow Seating (E-2) Radio Station (E-3) Supported by: Brighthouse Rotorcraft (Light) (F-4) School Tours (C-4) Seabird HQ (H-3) Security (B-2) Shipping Services (Guests) – FedEx (D-3) Showers (A-2), (C-2), (E-3), (H-4) Southeast Exhibits (E-3,4) Special Activities Tents - (C-4), (D-4), (F-2) SUN ’n FUN Volunteer Credential Office (D-4) SUN ’n FUN Library & Archives (D-3) Sunset Grill (D-3) by: Central Florida Tourism Information (D-3) Supported Visitors & Convention Bureau Type Club (F-3) Veterans Plaza (E-3) Vintage HQ (F-3) Volunteer Center (D-4) Warbird HQ (G-2) Welcome Information Center Youth Workshops (C-4)

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Admissions (D-4) Aerobatic HQ (F-2) Aircraft Auctions – AvBid Aircraft Auctions Air Operations (G-2) Blood Mobile (E-3) Camping (A-1,2), (B-1,2), (G-4), (H-4) Camper Registration (North of A1, Drane Field Rd. Entrance) Corn Roast and Sennheiser S1 Stage (C-2) Emergency Aircraft Assistance (H-3) Emergency Response Team (C-1), (G-2) Exhibits, Commercial (D-2,3), (E-2,3,4) Exhibits, Light Plane & Rotorcraft (F-4) FAA (E-3) Flightline Tours (E-2) Handicapped Hospitality (D-4) Homebuilt HQ (E-2), camping – see map International Visitors Center (D-4)

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5 Southern Specialties American Cuisine

Steak burgers, french fries, chilli cheese fries, beverages 6 Strates Fine Foods - Greek Cuisine Gyros, Pitas, Shish-ka-bobs, Salads, Soda, water 7 WW Enterprises

Arnold Palmers, iced-tea, soft drinks, water, fired pickles, fried mozzerella sticks, baked potatoes, sausage, shrimp 8 Strates Bakery CInnamon Rolls 9 Southern Specialties - German Cuisine

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Beverages, hot dogs, chips, ice cream, strawberry shortcake 15 Amish Bakery Amish Doughnuts, Soft Pretzels, sweet tea, coffee 16 Rudy’s Pizza Pizza and stomboli 17 Old Fashioned Soda 19 Sivouri Catering

Sausage, Philly Cheese steak, Fries, Pitas, hot dogs, burgers, beverages 20 Smokin Jims Ribs, Shredded pork sandwiches, pork tacos, French fries, banana pudding, turkey legs, corn dogs, iced-tea, soda 21 S & S Catering

Breakfast daily and Chicken, Pork, Meatloaf, Catfish with sides

22 Sunset Grill 23 Country Store 24 George’s Fun Foods Italian

Pizza, pasta, sandwiches, drinks

25 Georges Fun Foods Desserts

Funnel cakes, deep fried Oreos, beverages

26 Catering By the Family “Latin Café”

Cuban pork, chicken, wraps, salads, Empanadas, Churros, soda and water

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Pita Palace - Pitas Fry Station - Fries, Chicken tenders, deep fried vegetables Seivers Sweet Treats - Funnel cakes, deep fried oreos, deep fried snickers, deep fried cheesecake Corn Patch - Roasted sweet corn, Chicken on a stick, Turkey Legs Hydration station - Fresh squeezed lemonade, soda, water

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Fantasy of Flight to host Splash-In For the fifth year in a row, Fantasy of Flight will host the Splash-In. The Splash-In site at Lake Agnes, adjacent to Fantasy of Flight, which is just up I-4 from the SUN ’n FUN campus, will be operational Wednesday, April 10, through Friday, April 12. The actual Splash-In competitions, including spot landing and a “bomb drop” contest, will be held Thursday, April 11. The day will kick off with a fly-by of the SUN ’n FUN campus at 10:30 a.m. The festivities wrap up at 6 p.m. that night with the annual Seabird banquet. Pilots who want to participate in the Splash-In activities must attend a manda-

tory briefing at 9 a.m. Thursday at Lake Agnes. Radios also are required to operate at Fantasy of Flight’s seaplane base. Frequency is

The 5th annual SUN ’n FUN Seabirds dinner will be held Friday, April 12, kicking off at 5:30 p.m. The dinner is for “all seaplane people” and volunteers at the fly-in. After dinner, all those in attendance can watch the night airshow together, organizers note. Tickets, which are $25 per person, can be purchased at the Seaplanes Tent and at Lake Agnes during the SplashIn.

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from SUN ’n FUN to Fantasy of Flight on Thursday, April 11. Rain date is Friday, April 12. The banquet will be held rain or shine on Thursday.

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The Parts Exchange, located in Hangar E, is a popular destination for everyone from homebuilders and restorers to the owners of certified aircraft. Each year during SUN ’n FUN, thousands of items are consigned by their owners to sell in the Parts Exchange, including avionics, props, wings, and a host of other parts and components. If you’re looking to sell items during the show, you can purchase tags for 50 cents each. The tag must be secured to the item. Tires and batteries cannot be accepted for sale due to Florida law, according to

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Parts Exchange volunteers. Tires mounted on aircraft wheel assemblies will be accepted if described as such on the tag. Volunteers also note that cash is the preferred method of payment as no credit cards or checks are accepted. ATM machines are located on the grounds, they add. The Parts Exchange will be open daily during the show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Sunday, when all sales cease at noon. The Parts Exchange tent will be open for consignors only on Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. to claim unsold items. The tent will close promptly at 5 p.m. and any unclaimed items will become donations to SUN ’n FUN, volunteers add.

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WiFi will be provided by Bright House Networks for a fee: $9.95 for one day; $29.95 for the week. Existing Brighthouse customers with a Tampa Bay Road Runner email account will be able to access the WiFi for free.

Internet Cafés

Pacific Coast Avionics is once again sponsoring the Internet Cafés at this year’s fly-in. There are two locations for the Internet Café: One at the Visitor and Convention Center’s hospitality area adjacent to the Sunset Grill, and a second location inside Hangar E. Both locations are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day of the show.

Pilot Briefing Center

The Pilot Briefing Center has the latest information on taxi procedures, field opening and closing schedules, availability of tie-downs, fly-by information, demonstration ride staging, information about the grass strip, and radio frequencies. It is located next to the showers by Vintage HQ.

Pilot Weather Briefings

Several self-briefing weather stations have been provided by XMWX Satellite Weather. Check the map for locations.

Lost and Found

The Lost and Found is located in the Volunteer Center east of the Buehler Restoration Center.

Medical Services

The Brokaw Medical Hospitality Center is located across from Main Admissions and east of Buehler Restoration Skills Center on Doolittle Road.


A FedEx booth is located next to PilotMall. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

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Tune in to SUN ’n FUN Radio Trying to stay on top of all the happenings at SUN ’n FUN? Tune in to SUN ’n FUN Radio on 1510 AM or listen worldwide on the Internet at LiveATC.net/SNF. The radio station has more than 40 volunteers covering every aspect of the fly-in, according to Volunteer Radio Chairman Dave Shallbetter. “We’ll have updates on news and happenings around the fly-in, great interviews with aviation notables, up-to-date schedules of events, interviews with sponsors, vendors and guests,” he said. Returning this year is “Today’s Highlights with Lites,” a daily update at 9:30 a.m. on the happenings around the campus from SUN ’n FUN President John “Lites” Leenhouts. That will be followed by Dan Johnson, president of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) and

LSA blogger for General Aviation News, highlighting all the action at the new and improved Paradise City. Also returning is “The 99’s Present,” featuring the 99’s special guests, including the World War II Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). Women in Aviation will return this year with its special segment, “Women Shine at SUN ’n FUN.” “Lunch with AOPA” will feature a special guest at noon each day, including an interview with AOPA President Craig Fuller on Thursday. The station also will feature interviews with SUN ’n FUN sponsors, vendors and advertisers, guests and aviation notables. New this year is remote broadcast capabilities, so the radio station volunteers will present remote broadcasts of the daily and night airshows and select evening programs,

as well as special live remotes from around the SUN ’n FUN campus, Shallbetter said. Also debuting is an early show. Volunteers David Allen and Howie Marlin go live from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. from various locations around campus. They’ll bring news of upto-the-minute schedules, special events, and their sometimes serious, sometimes funny, but always unique, commentary. Another favorite returning this year are live podcasts. “We’re happy to have a complete line-up of podcasts this year,” he said. “Listeners can stay tuned after the airshow for a different podcast each day.” Tuesday will be Jeb Burnside, Dave Higdon and Jack Hodgson, from The Uncontrolled Airspace Podcast (UCAP). Wednesday will be The Stuck Mic Avcast with host Carl Valeri. Thursday will be Other People’s

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Florida Aviation Network named official TV network The Florida Aviation Network (FAN) has become the first official television network of SUN ’n FUN. Working to support the broadcast studios on the SUN ’n FUN campus on LakelandLinder 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. The Florida Aviation Network is an “In the Clear” satellite broadcast system that promotes aviation and aviation safety. Programs are normally broadcast live or prerecorded 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. FloridaAviatonNetwork.com

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New location — and items — for auction There are a lot of changes this year for the AvBid Aircraft Auctions at SUN ’n FUN. First is the location. No longer in a hangar far away from the action, the auction has been moved to the Southeast Exhibit area. “We’ve moved to the hub of things,” said Don Stephens, AvBid president. “Now when people walk in the gate, there we are.” The other big change is that besides aircraft, the auction will also sell artifacts and memorabilia from the Florida Air Museum. “It’s kind of like cleaning out the attic at the museum,” Stephens mused. “We need to clear the way for new exhibits. I’ll probably end up buying half the stuff,” he added with a laugh. Because of the sheer volume of items from the museum, most will be sold in lots, which are designated by bins. A few special items, like a compass off a World War II bomber, will be sold individually, according to Stephens. The museum’s artifacts and memorabilia will be put on display Thursday morning before the start of the auction at 11 a.m. The aircraft up for auction will be on display throughout the week. That includes a Bensen B-8M Gyrocopter, a Fisher FP303 Ultralight, McNeal Ranchero, Mitchell P-38 Lightning, Monnet Moni, R.A.F. – Fighter

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By MEG GODLEWSKI This year marks the 70th anniversary of the creation of the Women Airforce Service Pilots. The WASP, as they were known, where the first American women to fly military aircraft. SUN ’n FUN, in conjunction with the Ninety-Nines and Wings of Dreams Aviation Museum, will honor these first ladies of military aviation with several events this week, most occurring on Thursday, which has been designated WASP 70th Anniversary Celebration Day. In 1943 America was fighting a world war on two fronts, creating a critical pilot shortage. Noted aviatrix Jackie Cochran approached General Henry “Hap” Arnold with the idea of using women to fill the non-combat flying positions needed by the military. Cochran was very persuasive, and in December the Women Airforce Service Pilot program was created. More than 25,000 women applied to the program. Just 1,830 were accepted. Because they were civilian volunteers and not military, the women had to pay their own way to Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, for training. At the end of that training, 1,074 women earned their WASP wings. The women flew every airplane in Amer-

ica’s arsenal, from transports to fighters to bombers, ferrying them to bases, towing targets, and even providing flight training for men. The program was disbanded in December 1944 as male pilots returned from overseas. After the war the WASP’s challenges did not end. Their records were sealed and they did not obtain veterans status until the Carter administration. In 2009 the WASP were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. On Thursday, April 11, the WASP Luncheon and Forum will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Buehler Restoration Center. WASPs Bee Haydu, Helen Snapp and Shirly Kruse have been invited to share their stories and experiences. Tickets for the lunch are $18 per person. Other events to honor the WASP include a proclamation of WASP 70th Anniversary Celebration Day by Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields at 2:30 p.m. at the airshow announcer’s stand and a Hero Ride of WASP along the airshow line. The day will be rounded out with a tribute concert to the WASPs from the Over 55 Show Band. The full orchestra of 23 musicians performs big band standards, modern arrangements and show tunes. The concert will kick off at 7 p.m. at the AOPA Pavilion at the Florida Air Museum

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IMC Radio’s “Plane Talk,” a live-streaming aviation Internet radio talk show sponsored by IMC Club International, is broadcasting live daily from the SUN ’n FUN Radio studio on the fly-in grounds. The live broadcasts of “Plane Talk” are from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (EST) on the club’s Spreaker radio platform. You can listen to the show at the IMC Club website IMCClub.org), Spreaker. com or an iPhone/iPad or Android Spreaker interface available for download on the iTunes store. Archived episodes of Plane Talk are also available as podcasts on iTunes and other Internet media. During SUN ’n FUN, listeners can in-

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West Star Aviation will hold a drawing for an iPad Mini this week. Company officials will be on hand at West Star Aviation’s booth in Hangar C, Space 96, to talk with attendees and take registrations for the drawing. The drawing will be held Saturday afternoon. You do not have to be present to win.

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school and instructor, the poll asks students to rate their learning experience. Questions range from the condition of the rental aircraft to ground and flight instruction and the attitudes of the instructors. The poll deadline is Aug. 9. Participants do not have to be AOPA members. AOPA first launched its flight training excellence awards in 2012, and winners were announced at last year’s AOPA Summit in Palm Springs, CA.

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Student tour guides support SUN ’n FUN Giving tours to visiting groups provides a great opportunity to meet others interested in aviation, say three of the Central Florida Aerospace Academy students selected to be guides at SUN ’n FUN this week. Tenth graders Douglas Stewart and Alex Cote and ninth-grader Nicholas Chantharasink are among the students from CFAA conducting tours for visiting school groups. “We are excited that we were chosen to show other students SUN ’n FUN,” said Stewart, who said he has been interested in aerospace for several years. “I’m hoping to win a scholarship to pay for 75% of my private pilot’s license,” he said. His goal is to become a U.S. Air Force pilot. Cote said he also hoped to get his private pilot’s license. “I’ve always loved to be around airplanes and flying,” he explained. Chantharasink added, “I’m interested in becoming a pilot and I am really pleased that I am here.” According to Stewart, the student guides have a schedule of the different areas that they take elementary, middle and high school students to. “We have a program that we follow,” he said. “The students that we are touring are really interested,” Cote said.

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By AMELIA T. REIHELD Can anybody here beat this trip? Two shiny new composite high-performance two-seaters flew from one of the southeastern-most states in Brazil, from a town named Florianopolis, over 4,000 nautical miles, all the way to Lakeland to SUN ’n FUN. Designed and built by Brazilian entrepreneur Jocelito Wildner, in an impressive cooperative venture between several Brazilian governmental entities and private start-up capital, the company has five airplanes now flying, and four more in production. The Wega holds two pilots in comfort, plus baggage, for a useful load of 750 pounds. The SUN ’n FUN airplanes both have 180-hp engines, but the airframe is designed to also accept a 210-hp engine, yielding 212 knots cruise. During their week-long trip, four commercial Brazilian pilots logged 24 hours of flight time, averaging 180 knots, over ranches, mountains, Amazonian jungle, island-hopping across open Caribbean water, to finally clear US Customs at Fort Pierce, Florida. After that, Lakeland was just a short hop. The two-ship formation took off from Florianopolis, and flew north over scattered clouds, bisecting Brazil, to Três Lagoas, Sinop, Itaituba, Boavista, where they stopped to complete customs paperwork. Then they

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Front Gate Tent | Paul & Audrey’s Blue House | EAA Welcome Center | EAA Insurance in Hangar B | Paradise City | Warbirds | IAC | Member Oasis Flight Line Tent

We Love our Members!

Celebrate spring break for pilots with EAA all week long. > Join, renew or sign up for autoPilot and get a free gift! (while supplies last)

> Register to win a Model 75 Stearman! > Get out of the sun at the eaa Member oasis on the flight line. Bring your member card and join us for some shade, snacks and fun all week! Not a member? Not a problem. Visit the EAA Member Oasis to learn more.

are you and your aircraft Insurable?: Friday, April 12 at 10 a.m., Rm. 9 eaa division and Special Interest Groups: Friday, April 12 at 12 p.m., Rm. 3

Buy Now aNd Save on EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 Tickets.


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What’s happening today

8 a.m.

Jason Schappert

Morning Yoga, AOPA Pavilion Pilot Proficiency Project, Florida Air Museum

10 a.m. WASP Forum Florida Air Museum


The forums are held at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy across from the Florida Air Museum in 11 classrooms. Volunteers are near all the entrances and exits to help you find the right classroom for the forum you are seeking.

9 a.m.

Room 5: Should you buy an aircraft?

Room 6: Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! My GPS sucked my brains out! Bridgette Doremire

Room 6: Fixed pitch propeller care and maintenance, Jim Fix

Room 6: What every pilot should know

Room 7: Flying the Aspen Evolution

Room 7: Luscombe Association, Doug

Room 7: Luscombe restoration and maintenance, Doug Combs

Room 8: Navigating Special Use Air-

in your Van’s RV, Jan Bussell

Flight Display System and Connected Panel, Scott Smith

about FAA enforcement, John Yodice


Room 8: Designing the perfect paint

space, 1Lt D. Palmer/MSgt H. Marstella

Room 9: Fly Alaska, Jim Schnicker/

Room 9: Are you and your aircraft insurable? Bob Mackey

scheme, Craig Barnett

Wayne Milbauer

Room 11: Two Place Thatcher CX5:

Elegant, Awesome Light Sport! Dr. Glen Bradley

10 a.m.

Room 2: UV/Infrared blocking acrylic

Room 2: Who needs a twin engine

Airline, Burke/Densley/Hyder/Jenny/Sass

homebuilt and why? Duane Swing/John Abraham

Room 3: What’s New in Satellite Navi-

Room 3: Going the distance with Next-

Room 4: The secret to perfect landings,

Room 4: Flying an instrument approach

gation? Ted Urda

Room 5: Flying for a lifetime, Kristine


Room 1: Air America-The CIA’s Secret

for windshields and windows, George Mesiarik


Scott Sky Smith

Room 1: Air America-The CIA’s Secret Airline, Burke/Densley/Hyder/Jenny/Sass

tips, Joe Kuberka

Gen, Jeffrey Boccaccio

Room 11: Light Sport Aircraft Maintenance-Your questions answered, Carol & Brian Carpenter

Room 8: Exploring the Flight Envelope Room 9 Electric Aircraft Development Alliance, Neil Cosentino Room 11: Becoming a Sport Pilot in 20 hours, Nathan McLaughlin

12 p.m. Room 1: Ten ways to get your wife to fly, Michael Combs

11 a.m. Room 1: Air America-The CIA’s Secret

Room 2: iPad takes flight! Advanced:

Room 2: Interpreting in-flight weather data, Glen Gray

Room 3: EAA Divisions & Special Interest Communities, Chad Jensen

Room 3: AeroVee Engine and AeroInjector, John Monnett

Room 4: Emergency bailout procedures

Room 4: The Tail Wheel, Johnny White Room 5: Patents in Aviation and Pro-

Room 5: Shooting Awesome Video from

Airline, Burke/Densley/Hyder/Jenny/Sass

tecting Aviation Technology, Lionel M.

Is pilot and passenger safety your No.1 priority?

Bring iPad, Charles Schneider

for Pilots Allen Silver


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What’s happening today your aircraft! David Tenenbaum

FAR review, Thomas D. Black

Room 6: US airline pilot job market,

Room 8: Stewart Systems Waterborne

2013 Kit Darby

Room 7: Airparks, the selection process, Ron Heidebrink

Room 8: Standard Operating Procedures

for General Aviation Pilots, Jason Miller

Room 9: Aircraft inspection techniques for homebuilders, Bill Evans

Room 11: Zenith Zodiac CH 650 light aircraft design, Sebastien Heintz

1 p.m. Room 1: Landings and takeoffs on the shortest airstrips in the USA, John Hook

Room 2: End of an era: History of the

Space Shuttle program, Gary Dahlke

Room 3: Lead is dead. GAMI’s G100UL Unleaded Avgas is the future of GA, Timothy Roehl

Room 4: Free CSC DUATS flight planning in minutes, Leon Thomas

Room 5: Taming the Tailwheel, Jim Guldi

Room 6: No. 1 reason GA aircraft are intercepted; avoid it, Roethe/Courtney

Room 7: A&P/IA licensing process and

covering and painting, Dan Stewart/Jason Gerard

Room 9: Aircraft inspection techniques

10 a.m.: Colyaer Freedom 100 S-LSA

8 p.m., AOPA Pavilion

11 a.m.: Electra Flyer and Electric Air-

NIGHT AIRSHOW Aeroshell Greg Koontz Bill Leff Eugene Nock Steve Oliver Gene Soucy Matt Younkin Wicked Willie Jet Car

(Amphibian), Bill McKee

craft, Randall Fishman

12 p.m.: Fisher Flying Products, Eric

for homebuilders, Bill Evans


Room 11: The Sonex, Waiex, Xenos and Onex: Sport Pilot Designs, Jeremy Monnett

1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Flight Training

FAA Forums

In the Production Studio in the FAA Building 8:30 a.m.: To Err is Human: Managing the Mistakes We Make. Susan Parson, Editor, FAA Safety Briefing

10 a.m.: Airmen Medicals, Dr. James R.

Fraser, FAA Deputy Federal Air Surgeon

11:30 a.m.: Charles Taylor and Wright Brothers Award Ceremony, Ken R. Kelley, FAA Aviation Safety Inspector 1 p.m.: Meet The FAA Douglas R. Murphy, FAA Regional Administrator, Southern Region

Paradise City Forums

New this year are forums in the Flight Operations Tent at Paradise City

STC’d for Certified Aircraft Safe for You, Safe for the World, Safe for Your Airplane



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Are you from Alaska?

International Visitors Party, 5 p.m. to

As we prepare our upcoming Special Focus on Flying in Alaska for General Aviation News, we’re wondering if there are any Alaska aviators who made it to this week’s show. If you are an Alaska pilot, stop by the SUN ’n FUN Today offices near the Cessna exhibit and share some of your tales of what it’s like to fly in Alaska, as well as give us some tips to share with those pilots in the Lower 48 who dream of one day flying where you live.


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