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Table of Contents JetBlue visits SUN ’n FUN........................................................3 Why should you join the RAF?.................................................8 Aerospace Teachers Workshop today...............................10 Algebra and aviation................................................................10 The Cockpit Experience..........................................................12 Youth activities..........................................................................21 Map of the grounds..................................................................22 “Tornado” plane dedicated....................................................34 What’s happening today.........................................................40

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The WASP flew everything from primary trainers to the B-29. The WASP program was created to train women to fly military aircraft in non-combat rolls so that men could be shipped overseas to fight. During SUN ’n FUN the WASP are guests of the Ninety-nines, the international order of women pilots. Stop by the Ninety-nines building on Clubhouse Row to say hello.

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On Thursday, Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields thanked members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) for their service during World War II by proclaiming April 11 WASP 70th Anniversary Celebration Day at SUN ’n FUN. The proclamation was read atop the air show announcers stand with the WASP, most of them in their 90s, in attendance. The crowd below clapped and cheered.

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Publishers John “Lites” Leenhouts Ben Sclair 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. www.sun-n-fun.org www.generalaviationnews.com © 2012 Flyer Media, Inc., SUN ’n FUN Fly-In, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction of photos or articles by any means is prohibited without written consent.

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RAF Air Cadets take off By BILL WALKER A group of air cadets from the Royal Air Force began introductory flights at SUN ’n FUN, thanks to two young pilots who are students at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy. The 27 air cadets, who are working as volunteers at SUN ’n FUN this week, flew in Breezer Light-Sport Aircraft piloted by CFAA seniors Angel Castellanos and Phillip Herrington. “This is a highlight of the week,” said Royal Air Force Reserve Flight Lt. John Wohlgemuth. “Fourteen of the cadets went up Wednesday and the remainder will go up later this week.” Castellanos, who is also president of the student-run Lakeland Aero Club, is a private pilot, while Herrington is a sport pilot. Both are members of “Team Breezer,” which has been flying all week at SUN ’n FUN. “We are here for the entire week,” Wohlgemuth said. “And the cadets pitch in as volunteers. The people at SUN ’n FUN have given us our own camping area. I’ve been coming for 11 years as a volunteer and our air cadets have attended SUN ’n FUN for the past 20 years.” Wohlgemuth, who is a helicopter pilot, and RAF Reserve Warrant Officer Mark Riordan lead the cadet group. Wohlgemuth said the cadets, who come from the Southeast of England, have to raise approximately $1,600 to pay for their travel expenses. After SUN ’n FUN is over, they will have an opportunity to see some of the Lakeland area and also visit the U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa, Fla. “We’ll get to visit the senior British officer there and visit with other members of the Central Command,” he said. Air Cadet James Stokes, from Essex, has been a cadet for four years. “In an ideal world I would like to fly for the RAF, but if I can’t I’d like to go into logistics,” he said. He is in his 13th year of British high school with a concentration in math and physics. Air Cadet Leigh-Anne Witchlow, from Erith in Kent County, also wants to enter the RAF, but probably as a military policewoman. As she looked around the SUN ’n FUN grounds, she said, “I really am amazed to see so many planes.” This isn’t the first air show for Sofie Child, who has been a cadet for three years. “At the age of 7 I began attending the Eastbourne Air Shows and haven’t missed one since in my home area of East Sussex,” she said. “I hope to eventually fly for the Red Arrows, the RAF jet acrobatic team. Being able to be up close to and touch the planes and get in them and talk to pilots and inspirational people in aviation has made this the best of seven camps that I have attended.” The other camps were at RAF bases and air shows in the UK, she noted. Wohlgemuth said the cadets look at other RAF opportunities besides flying because the competition is so stiff to become a pilot. “We do offer opportunities for cadets to fly in gliders, but the competition is difficult to become a pilot,” he said. “It has been said that of every 4,000 applicants to become an

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RAF pilot, only one is chosen. The RAF looks first for fighter pilots and later these pilots move to other flying jobs along the way.” SUN ’n FUN amounts to an education for the cadets in many ways, Wohlgemuth added.

“There is just no place they can see so many airplanes in the UK,” he noted. “And they remark at the space you have here. Even on the highway, the I-4, they talk about how much space there is. And, of course, there is the Florida weather. We still have snow in the UK.”

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Barnstorming still lives By AMELIA T. REIHELD

J-1 Standard biplane, with its sturdy shortfield performance and field-repairability, and beefed it up to carry up to four passengers at a time. Of the 65 originals, only three remain in flying condition, one of which belongs to the Olivers. “Step right up, ladies and gentlemen!” sing-songs Steve Oliver, perfectly recalling those old-timers. “We’ll take you high, we’ll take you low, we’ll take you where you want to go.” After a brief briefing (Keep your seatbelt fastened, don’t grab the windscreen, hold onto your hat and your glasses, and no smooching — just kidding) three of us are ushered into the front seats, and we’re off. The ground recedes, and an enchant-

ing springtime panorama unfolds, framed by wings and bracing. We are among a steady stream of history-loving passengers willing to part with $60 for an enchantingly breezy ride over the SUN ’n FUN grounds. We are treated to a leisurely turn around Central Florida orchards and farms, and the smoothest 37 mph side-slip landing anybody could ask. It’s tempting to come up with a pile of money to hire the Ride Hoppers plane and pilot for the rest of the day, but we aren’t sure our grin-muscles could stand the strain. The Ride Hoppers area is in Airshow Central near Taxiway D.

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This is, quite possibly, the best ride at SUN ’n FUN, trundling down the grass runway behind 180 horses of raw radial power, watching the green go by in a blur. The 1929 New Standard D-25 Biplane, centerpiece of Oliver’s Flying Circus, is what aerobat, sky-writer, and barnstormer Suzanne Asbury-Oliver calls a “brandnew-old airplane.” The only original part left on this recently rebuilt beauty is the baggage door. That and the rare-as-hens’teeth certification. Holding forth beneath their canopy overlooking the runway, Ride Hoppers boss Steve Oliver swings into The His-

tory of Barnstorming in general, and his lovely airplane in particular. It seems that right after World War I, there were lots of ex-Army Air Corps pilots looking for flying work, and lots of passengers eager to experience the wonders of aviation. Barnstorming was born, and the colorful biplane and its gypsy pilot, hopping from the outskirts of one small town to another, came to define the romance of aviation. Enter the CAA, and its mandate that all commercial aircraft would henceforth have metal frames rather than wood. This drove many barnstormers out of business, but Ivan Gates commissioned Charles Day to design and build the New Standard. Day took the design characteristics of his old

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Why should I join The RAF? By JOHN MCKENNA President, Recreational Aviation Foundation “Why should I be a part of this thing called the Recreational Aviation Foundation?” you ask. Good question. It’s been asked 5,000 times over the last 10 years since the RAF came to be in 2003, when a handful of pilots imagined the need to preserve America’s splendid backcountry destinations. With that clear vision, the RAF formed its mission to “Keep the legacy of recreational aviation strong by preserving, maintaining and creating public use recreational and backcountry airstrips nationwide.” But those half dozen folks needed help to deliver those goals. The 5,000 represents the number of people who have stepped up to help the RAF as an organization they believe in. With that kind of momentum, the obstacles quickly become nothing more than speed bumps. So what has this nearly all-volunteer group been up to? • We have built, opened or reclaimed nearly 20 recreational aviation destinations; • Developed a corps of more than 30 volunteer state liaisons who represent your interests in your home states;

• We started the legislative Recreational Use Statute movement to protect airstrip landowners from liability and have seen success in 19 states with eight more in progress; • We rekindled friend- John McKenna ships and successfully collaborated with the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and others across this country; • Established a Science and Environmental Committee chaired by noted authorities in the scientific community to assist in conservation; • Enlisted Master CFI Jeanne MacPherson to coordinate the safety and education side of our mission; and • Became recognized as a credible authority in the nation’s capital and key in the policy decisions that affect recreational flying opportunities. RAF has won Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Awards, recognizing our stature in the world of aviation organizations. We also completed two signature sponsored Firehubs that demonstrate our commitment to bringing people together.

“We share stories of great places we’ve flown.” When you sit around an RAF campfire, the conversation isn’t about sequestration or control towers closing. We share stories of great places we’ve flown; we see our families and kids enjoy the places that only an airplane can take them. We teach them the value of conservation so others may enjoy these things long into the future. As the stars brighten and the fire burns low, you see the glimmer in people’s eyes and you know that they are happy to be a part of the RAF — part of an organization that is truly out there, “keeping the legacy of recreational aviation strong by preserving, maintaining and creating public use recreational and backcountry airstrips nationwide.” The RAF goes out of its way to tell our supporters and friends thank you. We could not be where we are without you. The Recreational Aviation Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization headquartered in Bozeman, Montana. Learn more about the RAF at the association’s exhibit by the FAA Building or at TheRAF.org.

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SUN ’n FUN inspires teachers cellent things in aerospace education,” she noted. Before the presentation of the award, astronaut Story Musgrave will speak to the teachers. As an added bonus, four of the teachers will get the chance to fly with the Geico Skytypers. “They get to fly in formation with the aerobatic performers,” WaltersPhillips said. “That helps make this experience really unique.” Also helpful for the teachers is the wealth of information and correlating materials and supplies they receive during the day. “They can take everything they learn and literally use it on Monday in the classroom if they want,” she noted. Some of the materials are from the Civil Air Patrol. “A lot of people don’t realize the

By JANICE WOOD About 150 teachers will descend on the SUN ’n FUN grounds today to attend a special Aerospace Teachers Workshop, a day full of activities designed to inspire educators to use aviation as a teaching tool. “We have teachers from kindergarten through 12th grade and we tell them that in any subject, any grade, they can integrate aviation and space into their curriculum,” says Barbara Walters-Phillips, a veteran educator who helps organize the workshop. SUN ’n FUN officials and volunteers spend about a year organizing the workshop, which involves several sessions with nationally recognized speakers, as well as a luncheon and the presentation of the Ray Lien award to a teacher who is doing “ex-

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Algebra and aviation By BILL WALKER Judi Cole is an algebra teacher whose family background has given her a lifelong interest in aviation. And she has sought to pass along that interest to her students. Cole and some of her Algebra I and II students visited SUN ’n FUN this week, literally from across the street at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy where she teaches. Cole’s father was a World War II pilot, her brother served in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam, and her son is currently serving in the U.S. Navy. “I have always been interested in aviation because of this,” she said. That family history helps in working with her students, who often share the same interest in aviation, she said. “I find working with the students fun,” she said. “They are great and I like being a part of the academy because there is so much support from adults in education who provide students opportunities to explore many areas of aviation. This includes pilots, mechanics, to those in restoration.” She said that her students gain much from learning about aviation. “I see the students increasing their respect for the people that have gone before them because they now talk about going into the military and into aviation,” she said. “I see them gaining more respect for the flag.” “My students have the opportunity to restore aircraft at a hangar near the school,”

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amazing programs that CAP provides,” she noted. Other speakers include a teacher who was named by USA Today to the All-USA Teacher Team, officials from NASA, and other top-notch educators. There are a variety of sessions the teachers can choose from during the morning to complement their individual interests. Once the workshop is over, the teachers are free to go out onto the SUN ’n FUN grounds and enjoy the rest of the show. “Many of them probably wouldn’t have come out to SUN ’n FUN except for the workshop,” Walters-Phillips noted. A few weeks before the show opened, everything was in place for the workshop. “We’re ready to go,” Walters-Phillips said. “Now we just need lots of teachers.”

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she added, “and in the school they are provided with a strong focus on math and sciences to prepare them for whatever area of aviation they decide to study.” Cole said that on the visit to SUN ’n FUN Wednesday, the students interacted with adults and got an understanding of how algebra is involved in aviation. They asked a pilot how he got to own his own plane. He told them the best way is to build your own

plane. He also told them he used algebra everyday, as well as in planning flights and building the airplane. “I know hearing that from this pilot made an impression on the students,” Cole said. One of Cole’s students, Philip Wilson, who is interested in engineering, said after the tour, “I have learned that math is as important to realizing your career dream as water is to life.”

around the world flight. Think Global Flight’s Cirrus SR20 G3, donated by Guidance Aviation, is located outside the Florida Air Museum. Captain Judy Rice and Navigator Fred Nauer are meeting with current and prospective donor-sponsors, as well as engaging young people and discussing the promises of education and aviation.

“Think Global Flight’s education mission reaching around the world is a perfect match for our 40th anniversary in 2014,” said SUN ’n FUN President John “Lites” Leenhouts. “We at SUN ’n FUN are thinking global and welcome all of you to join us as Captain Rice and Navigator Nauer depart on their three-month adventure!” ThinkGlobalFlight.com


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The cockpit experience There’s something particularly cool about sitting in the actual cockpit of an airplane at an air show. When Dewey Larson, the owner of Dream Big Entertainment, was 8 years old he went to air shows with his father and made a startling discovery: “At the larger shows they had cargo airplanes and helicopters that you could get into, but you couldn’t get into the cockpits of the fighters. Instead of throwing a tantrum, I told my dad that some day I am going to own a fighter of my own, and I am going to let everybody get into it.” That someday is today. Larson, who resides in Denver, Colo., has a cockpit of an A-7 Corsair D model he uses to give people “a cockpit experience.” He hauls it around the country on a trailer and, for a modest fee, allows people to climb aboard and have their photographs taken. This isn’t just a climb a ladder and sit down operation, Larson noted. The visitors are invited to suit up in authentic jackets, flight suits, harness, and helmets. “It’s an unusual fighter,” Larson said. “About 1,500 of them were made. The Air Force had 500 of them, the rest went to the Navy.” The cockpit is completely restored, he noted. “I get lots of surprise from veterans who have actually flown the airplane when they get inside and see that it’s a full cockpit,” he said. “With the younger crowd they experience sensory overload — there is so much to see!” In addition to aviation events, Larson takes the cockpit to schools and sometimes hospitals,” to give the aviation experience to people who don’t have the opportunity to get to air shows.” One of the visitors during SUN ’n FUN was 9-year-old Kaden Thompson from Beaufort, S.C. Kaden, already wearing his own flightsuit, strapped on the harness and helmet like he was born to it and settled into the cockpit. His father, David, was standing close by beaming ear to ear, noting that aviation runs in the family, although he had not been to SUN ’n FUN since was 12. You can see The Cockpit Experience on the Warbird ramp.

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Jeppesen teams with Lancair Jeppesen has teamed with high performance kit aircraft manufacturer Lancair International to provide charts and NavData service when pilots buy a new Lancair Evolution. Jeppesen charts and NavData will be offered with the purchase of Lancair Evolutions as part of a PilotPak data bundle that also includes supplemental databases, including obstacle, terrain, SafeTaxi and airport diagrams. The PilotPak data bundle service will be downloaded and installed by Lancair at the time of aircraft assembly completion to

simplify the data access process for Evolution aircraft owners, company officials note. Access to Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck on iPad is included at no additional charge. “Owners of Lancair Evolution aircraft will now automatically receive the top flight information available in the industry with Jeppesen data onboard,” said Doug Meyer, director of marketing and sales at Lancair. “When Evolution owners complete assembly of their aircraft, we will manage their flight data installation, to provide a turn-key delivery process that enhances the overall customer experience.”

Jeppesen NavData is developed from a comprehensive aviation database, which is composed of more than 1 million records. To ensure accuracy, Jeppesen flight information analysts edit and verify approximately 150,000 database transactions generated from worldwide aviation data source documents during every 28-day revision cycle, company officials explain. Find out more at the Lancair exhibit on the grounds in the Manufacturers Display Area, Space 9, or at Jeppesen’s exhibit in Hangar C, Spaces 17-21. Jeppesen.com, Lancair.com

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MW Fly debuts engine Making its debut at this weeks SUN ’n FUN is MW Fly’s Aeropower line of airplane engines for experimental and lightsport aircraft (LSA). Developed by former Lamborghini and Ducati engineers, the engines, with power ratings from 95 to 150 horsepower, has been available in Europe for the past several years. Several OEMs in Europe, including a helicopter company, a gryoplane manufacturer and a seaplane manufacturer, use the Italian company’s engines, MW Fly officials said Friday at SUN ’n FUN. The company is in the process of getting EASA certification, which will be the equivalent of ASTM compliance in the U.S. “Since 2011 the Aeropower engines have won acclaim from many airplane owners,” said Stefano Marella with MW Fly. “It took eight years of development to create this innovative engine and we are already seeing strong adoption rates across Europe.” The Italian-built next generation airplane engine leverages the motorsport engine technology that put MW Fly on the worldwide map. Engineers were able to adapt the same knowledge and experience to design and build a reliable, performance-level aeronautical engine, company officials note. “Aeropower engines are liquid cooled workhorses that have proven reliability and standard built-in top of the line features, such as electronic fuel injection, integrated reduction gear, plug and play architecture and an electro-hydraulic governor,” said Marco Mille with P.A.T. Avionics. “It is easy to operate. In fact, in full automatic you can forget your variable pitch propeller. The PROP-M technology will set the pitch for the best performance in any flight phase.” PROP-M is an electronic-hydraulic governor specifically designed for the engines. The engine can be provided with an integrated hydraulic circuit used in conjunction with in-flight adjustable propellers. At this week’s fly-in, the company is showcasing the Aeropower B22R 4-cylinder engine with 130-hp horizontal cylinders, injection system with dual ECU, and integrated reduction gear by weight. It is also introducing a set of new engine electronics, including the HSA-M engine health status annunciator and the PROP-M modules developed in collaboration with P.A.T. Avionics, which stands for Passion for Aircraft Technologies. Company officials noted they are producing about two engine a week at the factory in Italy. Since 2011, more than 75 engines have been produced. They also are concentrating on building a service network throughout the United States, company officials noted You can find out more at the company’s exhibit in the Northeast Exhibit area, Space 50, or at MWFly.it and PATAvionics.com.


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Helping the ‘18 to 80 crowd’ take flight By JANICE WOOD

“The only way this works is with the chapter network.” to engage people in aviation with a special focus on mentoring adults,” said Jeff Skiles, EAA’s vice president of chapters and youth education. “Support from forward-thinking companies such as Sennheiser will help us reach more people and grow participation in aviation.” As a leading supporter of EAA Eagle Flights, Sennheiser will provide financial resources as well as dedicated outreach assistance to EAA. The commitment complements Sennheiser’s “Live Your Dream” program first introduced in 2011, which is designed to motivate and assist people with a passion for flying by helping to remove obstacles and allowing them to take a first step on a journey toward becoming a pilot. “EAA has a longstanding history of encouraging flight training, in addition to its extremely supportive network of accomplished pilots around the world,” said Pulm. “It is an honor for Sennheiser to be counted as the first sponsor of the EAA Eagle Flights program, which will provide

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The Experimental Aircraft Association has found great success with its Young Eagles program, giving first flights to more than 1.7 million children. But while the “under 18 crowd” was covered, “we recognized a real need for the group between 18 and 80,” said EAA Chairman Jack Pelton Thursday at SUN ’n FUN. That’s why the association created Eagle Flights program to help adults discover the joy of flight. That program received a major boost on Thursday when Sennheiser signed on as a major sponsor of the program. EAA is uniquely suited to spearhead the effort to get more adults to fly, noted Sennheiser’s Christian Pulm. “The only way this works is with the chapter network,” he said. Tapping into the association’s vast network of nearly 1,000 chapters is critical, added Pelton. That’s because adults interested in learning to fly can only benefit from the mentors they will find in the chapters who can help them celebrate their aviation victories and help them conquer their challenges. Often people just need to know where to take the first step towards becoming a pilot. “The EAA Eagle Flights program seeks

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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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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.”

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The new and improved Paradise City

The LSA Mall has moved to Paradise City this year.

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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.

Photo by Meg Godlewski

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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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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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

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.

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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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Airplanes, with host David Allen, which will be both audio and video streamed. Friday is the annual aviation podcast feature, The Gathering of Aviation Podcasters (or The GAP), an open mic night for aviation podcasters, Shallbetter explained. Saturday is the virtual podcast, “Not at SUN ’n FUN 13.” Wrapping up the week will be UCAP on Sunday at 10 a.m. “The SUN ’n FUN Radio volunteer staff does its best to bring you all the happenings at SUN ’n FUN, but we need your help,” Shallbetter said. “Please let us know of any special events, interesting stories, or neat people you think we should cover for our radio listeners.” You can stop by the studio, which is on the end of Club House Row, near the Sunset Grill, email SnFRadio@gmail.com, or send a message on Twitter @SnFRadio. “Special thanks to Dave Pascoe and Live­ ATC.net for sponsoring the audio streaming, as well as streaming several Air Traffic Control frequencies, on LiveATC.net/ SNF; The Uncontrolled Airspace Podcast for sponsoring the station’s high-speed Internet; Sennheiser for providing equipment support; the SUN ’n FUN staff; and a very special thanks to the SUN ’n FUN Radio volunteer staff, who make it happen,” he said.

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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By JANICE WOOD Next year is the 50th anniversary of Jerrie Mock’s around the world flight, detailed in her book, “Three-Eight Charlie.” To commemorate the anniversary, Phoenix Graphix Publishing Services has reprinted her book, with just 1,000 serial numbered copies. Some of those books are for sale on the SUN ’n FUN grounds at the Dream Big Flyers T-shirt stand in the North Exhibit area, Spaces 16 and 17. The books are $50. The booth also has T-shirts featuring Mock’s Cessna 180, “The Spirit of Columbus.” “We’d like to be able to raise the national

consciousness about her flight,” said Dale Ratcliff, who published the book with his partner Wendy Hollinger. Mock, now 88, was just 38 when she flew around the world. A stay-at-home mom with three kids, she was known at the time as “The Flying Housewife.” The reprinted book includes not only her original manuscript, but copies of telegrams, personal photos and other memorabilia from Mock. The publishers hope the reprinting will spark some interest in making her story into a movie. “There are some really humorous things in it,” Ratcliff said. Later this year, on Sept. 14, a bronze

statue honoring Mock will be unveiled at the Newark -Heath Airport (VTA) in Ohio. EAA Chapter 402 will be ushering pilots who fly in for the unveiling to The Works, the Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology, according to Ratcliff. Another statute is planned for the Columbus airport, according to Ratcliff. Another effort he is spearheading is a campaign to get Mock commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp. There is information at the website 38Charlie.com about the effort. He noted its especially important to get pilots from around the country to send in requests. 38Charlie.com

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Learn about 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 11 a.m. in Room 8 of the Central Florida Aerospace Academy. Matchbox-Systems.com

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Sporty’s, in partnership with SUN ’n FUN, has released a free mobile app, which has all the airshow information, ranging from maps to exhibitors and displays, forums, events, tram routes and more. The interactive exhibitors list is linked to detailed maps. Simply click on an exhibitor’s name, and you will instantly see their exact location whether in an exhibit hangar or anywhere on the show grounds. The “My SUN ’n FUN” feature guides you through making up your own schedule, consulting with the available forums, exhibitors to visit, seminars, events, evening programs and air show performances. The app works on all Apple devices. Another version is designed for Android users, including tablets and the Kindle Fire.


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MAF dedicates ‘tornado’ plane “Please lay your hands on this airplane and get your fingerprints on it,” said Gene Jordan, Mission Aviation Fellowship vice president of personnel, as he led a crowd of more than 100 in prayer during a dedication ceremony for the group’s reconditioned Cessna Grand Caravan Friday morning on the SUN ’n FUN grounds. The plane was brought back to life after being flipped on its top during the tornado that ripped through SUN ’n FUN in 2011. For those airplane owners aghast at putting fingerprints on a pristine plane, Jordan said not to worry. “We are not worried about it getting dirty,” he said. “It’s going to get dirty enough where it is going.” The plane leaves today for missionary work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but first it will make a stop in Bangor, Maine, to pick up oversized fuel tanks, 700 gallons of fuel and a certification to carry 30% more weight than normal. “If you know your way around airplanes, then you know that damaged airplanes can be fixed to be good as new,” said David Rask, MAF director of aviation services. “We know our way around airplanes and this one is in great condition.”

Prior to the 2011 tornado, the aircraft was outfitted in an executive package with six leather seats, each featuring a display screen for entertainment. It had a bathroom in the back and a safari-themed interior with zebra print fabrics. After being flipped by the tornado it was purchased by Preferred Airparts of Ohio and refitted to the configuration needed for rugged flying in remote Africa. “Instead of having a safari theme, we are now sending this plane out on safari,” Rask said. “We are going to send it out to do good.” Rask noted that MAF has one Grand Caravan already in service in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but it has more than 20,000 hours on it and needs special maintenance that can keep it out of service for days. Having the additional aircraft will keep services flying more frequently in the area, he said. More than 60 individuals contributed funds to the purchase and reconditioning efforts to get the plane ready for its new mission. MAF is still looking for donations to cover the $5,000 for installation of the oversized tanks and the $14,000 in fuel that will be needed to get the plane to Africa. Find out more at the MAF exhibit in the Southeast Exhibit area or at MAF.org.

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Receiving Clarity Like most pilots, I am a tech guy. That being said, I may be aging myself a bit if I told you my first “high tech” device was a Narco Superhomer, more affectionately known as the “Coffee Grinder.” But I have updated myself through crystalcontrolled radios and other gadgets, such as a Loran and GPS, clear up to the newest item in my arsenal, a Clarity SV ADS-B receiver. While at SUN ’n FUN, I had the opportunity to chat for a few minutes with Kelvin Scribner, president of Sagetech Corp., the builders of the Clarity line of products. “We set out to design the very best ADSB receiver with all the features I wanted in the cockpit as a pilot, and since we come from the unmanned aircraft industry, we already sell transponders that fit on the back of a business card,” he said. “We wanted to make the Clarity compliant with all the specifications that are out there now, so we designed it to TSO specifications. That means our receivers are much more robust than anybody else’s.” And this technology shows. While just 2.5 inches square and 1.5 inches tall, this receiver has all the bells and whistles built right in. It receives free in-flight ADS-B data, including FIS-B, NEXRAD weather

radar, METARs, TAFs, PIREPS, NOTAMS and more. The Sagetech-36 internal phased array antenna has three elements. That’s important, according to Scribner. “If you only have one antenna, you can see fine in one direction, but in the other direction your own electronics are in the way,” he said, noting the multiple antennas are “super important in a metal airplane when you don’t know which window the signal will come through. With three antennas, we tune it to get good omni-directional coverage.” In a flying comparison with other products, theirs got four towers while the Clarity showed six. There is another feature that separates them from the competition — the “Data Burst” feature. If you are conserving the batteries in your iPad by putting it to sleep, the Clarity is still receiving and storing incoming messages, weather for instance. Then when you turn your iPad back on at arrival, it doesn’t take 10 to 15 minutes to get a new update — it is already stored on the Clarity. One more feature is the synthetic vision. When you set the Clarity on top of the instrument panel on its anti-skid mat, you can double click the power button, fly straight and level for a moment, and it compensates for any angle the receiver might be sitting

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on. Now your iPad shows the world outside. With the built-in 66-channel WAAS differential receiver providing precise location, air-to-air and ground-based TIS-B traffic messages, and weather — along with being fully wireless and a six- to eight-hour battery life, the Clarity line checks all the boxes on things you want and need in today’s high-tech cockpit. And all this is in a package about the size of a computer mouse. To learn more about the Clarity, stop by the Sagetch booth in Hangar D, Space 28 or go to SagetechCorp.com.

Electrical Efficiency Systems has introduced Trans-Ind, an aviation communications Transmit Indicator. Trans-Ind provides real-time monitoring of the communications transmitters on GA aircraft by detecting the emitted radiation from your radio antennas. In addition to the yellow LED announcing an active transmitter, the blue LED flashes with your voice, indicating the microphone and modulation circuits are working properly, company officials said. This helps improves awareness, which allows the pilot to focus more on flying the airplane, company officials noted. Trans-Ind uses a 9-volt alkaline battery. Normal battery life is 100 hours. The unit has a power switch and two LEDs. It is normally turned on when you start your engine. Most private pilots will only need to replace the battery once a year, officials said. Trans-Ind is wireless and normally mounted with velcro on top of the instrument panel. The wide angle LEDs are visible in sunlight and to both pilot and copilot. For a demonstration of Trans-Ind and to learn more, visit the company’s booth in the North Exhibit area, Space 12, just outside Exhibit Hangar D.

Often imitated, never duplicated. Celebrating 75 years, McCauley propellers are known for their industry leading design, reliability and warranty. We don’t just meet industry standards – we set them. McCauley also sells direct with volume pricing discounts available. For more information, visit McCauley at the Cessna exhibit (#1), call 1.800.621.7767 or go to www.mccauley.textron.com.

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Lenny DeFranko, crew chief on the USS Valley Forge from 1951-1953, shows off his original ID card from his time as a mechanic during the 1949 National Air Races, the last year they were held.

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We’d love your help to showcase all the great airplanes and events happening at SUN ’n FUN this year. Bring your camera to the SUN ’n FUN Today trailer near the Cessna display. We can download your camera card and then we’ll put the best photos in the next day’s paper. Not every picture will make the paper, so bring us your best and get that instant gratification of seeing your name in the next day’s paper.

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ning in minutes, Leon Thomas

Room 4: Stewart Systems Waterborne

Room 4: No. 1 reason GA aircraft are

covering and painting, Dan Stewart/Jason Gerard

Room 5: On and off airport emergency

Room 5: American Yankee Association, Bob Gibson

Morning Yoga, AOPA Pavilion Pilot Proficiency Project, Florida Air

Room 6: Cessna 120/140 purchase,

Room 6: Cessna 120/140 purchase,

Teacher’s Workshop, Buehler Build-

Room 7: Quickie builders forum, Jerry

Room 7: Why have a pre-buy inspec-

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Balloon Launch (weather permitting)

8 a.m. Museum

ing, lasts until 2 p.m.

intercepted; avoid it, Roethe/Courtney landings, David Joseph

maintenance and restoration, Jack Cronin

Room 8: The wonders of flying around

the world in a Small Plane, CarolAnn Garratt

FORUMS 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.

Room 9: Enhanced Continental Engine Care, Bill Ross

Room 11: Arion Lightning-The high performance kit or LSA, Nick Otterback

10 a.m. tial GA growth, Tim Busch

Room 1: Becoming a FAA approved

space plane pilot, George Tyson

Room 2: How to organize an event to attract youth into aviation, Dan Kiser

Room 3: Free CSC DUATS flight plan-

tion? Scott Sky Smith

Room 8: Carter Aviation Personal Air Vehicle performance update, Jay Carter

Room 9: Cylinder Anatomy: Safety First, Tim Morland

Room 11: Electric Motorglider- EMG-

5, Brian Carpenter

11a.m.

Room 2: Aviation Medicine Update: Protecting your medical and flying safely, Gregory Pinnell MD

Room 3: What’s New in Satellite Navi-

gation? Ted Urda

Room 5: American Yankee Association, Bob Gibson Room 6: A&P/IA licensing process and FAR review, Thomas D. Black

Room 7: Why Musicians make great pilots, John Zapp

Room 8: Going the distance with NextGen, Jeffrey Boccaccio

Room 11: Flying the modern gyroplane ,Robert Snyder

12 p.m. Room 1: iPad 101, Bret Koebbe Room 2: Finding the Fountain of Youth

in a LSA, Mort Crim

Room 1: Your path to Pilothood-Learn

Room 1: Tim’s Tent Revival: Exponen-

9 a.m.

maintenance and restoration, Jack Cronin

Tony Turinsky

to fly! Brittney Miculka

Room 2: Aviation Medicine Update: Protecting your medical and flying safely, Gregory Pinnell MD

Room 3: Chart challenge 2013, Kristine

Room 3: Airships vs. Submarines, Richard Van Treuren

Room 4: Tax and Transactional planning for General Aviation, Jonathon Levy

Room 5: Loss of aircraft control during takeoff and landing, Earl Weener Ph.D

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Room 4: Flying to and around Alaska,

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What’s happening today 12 p.m.

posite techniques. Michael Bergen

Room 6: How to get the airline Job you

want fast! Kit Darby

Room 7: Flying the A-1 Skyraider in

Vietnam, Jon Goldenbaum

Room 8: Energy Management; Falling with style, Bryan Kuklinski

Room 9: Building and Flying the Midget Mustang and Mustang II Homebuilts, Chris Tieman Room 11: Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! My GPS sucked my brains out! Bridgette Doremire

Room 7: Interior/Exterior plastics instal-

lation. JD Casteel

Room 8: You can do it! Ravi the Raviator

Room 11: Building your own All-Metal

Aircraft, Matt Heintz

FAA Forums

In the Production Studio in the FAA Building 8:30 a.m.: Why Wise Pilots Choose WINGS, Bryan W. Neville FAA Safety Team Program Manager

10 a.m.: Flight Services: What’s New,

1 p.m. Room 1: Advanced iPad. flying Bret

Koebbe

What’s Coming, Jim Derr and Mike Glasgow, Lockheed Martin

11:30 a.m.: Loss of Aircraft Control

Room 2: Handling Inflight Emergencies.

During Takeoff and Landing, Earl F. Weener, Ph.D., NTSB Board Member

Room 3: Real Estate with Runways

1 p.m.: Town Hall with Congressman Sam Graves, U.S. House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation

Jason Schappert

“Live the Dream.” Kathie Beaty

Room 4: The dangers, causes and signs of slow onset hypoxia. Dr. Paul Buza

Room 5: Annual women who build ses-

sion. Robin Lamar

Room 6: Simple vacuum assisted com-

Paradise City Forums

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

10 a.m.: Auto Gyro-USA, Bob Snyder 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Light Sport Main-

tenance: Your Questions Answered, Carol Carpenter

1 p.m.: The Airplane Factory: The Sling, Ryan Ruel & Matt Liknaitzky 2 p.m.: Amsoil Synthetics: Making an Informed Decision, George Douglas 3 p.m.: Tips to Low Cost Flying, George

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Aeroshell Black Diamonds Matt Chapman Michael Goulian Greg Koontz Lee Lauderbach Geico Skytypers David Martin John Mohr SOCOM Patty Wagstaff Warbirds

All schedules are subject to change

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