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Table of Contents ACEMaker Raffle launches......................................................3 A meeting place for airline pilots............................................5 The Great Debate: Avionics.....................................................8 Welcoming the world................................................................9 Passionate aviators at the Parts Exchange.......................12 Map of the grounds..................................................................20 Get into an island state of mind.............................................32 Honda Generators helps GA..................................................33 What’s happening today.........................................................36



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On Wednesday at SUN ’n FUN, a new raffle was launched to support SUN ’n FUN’s Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education facility located on the fly-in’s campus. The winner of the ACEMaker Raffle will receive a prize package that includes premium week-long admission for four and parking to SUN ’n FUN 2017. They also will receive round-trip airfare for four, accommodations at Park Inn by Radisson Resort and Conference Center in Kissimmee, a $250 gift card for a rental car, four single-day passes at Fun Spot America and a half day airboat tour for four provided by Boggy Creek Airboat Rides, all supplied by Experience Kissimmee. To top off the prize package, the winner will share the cockpit of Stallion 51’s dual cockpit-dual control World War II P-51 Mustang with Lee Lauderback for a hands-on flight of a lifetime. The orientation flight will include a pre-flight briefing that tailors the flight to the individual’s experience, expertise and expectations; preflight walk around and cockpit orientation; hands-on flight that encourages the individual to do 95% of the flying, followed by a post-flight briefing reviewing the three-camera video that

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Four students from the Central Florida Aerospace Academy received awards from the CAF Red Tail Squadron Thursday, including (left to right) Kyle Vickram, Phillip Hoyle, Catie Rosenoff and Jasmin Kheder. captures all of the action during the flight All ACEMaker Raffle proceeds will go to support ACE, nationally recognized and honored for its STEM-based aviation education programs. Anchored by the Central Florida Aerospace Academy, available programs include Airframe & Powerplant training, aircraft restoration and educational activities year round for students of all ages. ACE facilities also


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include the world’s only fully functioning Boeing 727 jet on a high school campus, modified to be an interactive laboratory. Participants in the ACEMaker Raffle might win “the vacation of a lifetime,” but the purchase of their raffle ticket will definitely impact the future of aviation by supporting SUN ’n FUN’s mission to “preserve and enhance the future of flight through world-class events, inspiring

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ISSUE 4 — FRIDAY APRIL 8, 2016 PUBLISHERS John “Lites” Leenhouts Ben Sclair EDITORIAL STAFF Janice Wood PRODUCTION Russell Kasselman DISTRIBUTION Arthur Ward, Paulette Ward, Murray Kot, Jason Kot, Samantha Kot, Paul Luckett CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Joni Fisher, Jack Neubacher, Tom Snow, William Walker, Elizabeth Walker PHOTOGRAPHERS Matt Genuardi, Ken Strohm, Ryan Cleaveland, Jason McLemore

Subscriptions to General Aviation News, $29.95 for 1 year or $49.95 for 2 years. The views and opinions contained herein do not necessarily reflect those of SUN ’n FUN Fly-In, Inc. Neither SUN ’n FUN Fly-In, Inc., nor Flyer Media, Inc. endorse or sanction the products advertised herein, and do not assume responsibility for such advertising. © 2016 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.


Battalion Commander John Maddox and firefighters from various Polk County stations stand in front of the Airport Rescue Firefighting vehicle known as ARFF 1.

In case of emergency By JONI M. FISHER Some of the most important people at the fly-in are never seen — thank goodness. Airshows require emergency firefighters, EMTs, and other first-responders to be nearby and ready because — despite the best-laid plans — stuff happens. At SUN ’n FUN this week, there are more than 100 paid and volunteer first responders, according to Jeff Wharton, Incident Commander of Emergency Response. They are divided into two groups: The Command Post and the Midfield Emergency Response Pad. The Command Post oversees emergency calls for injuries, medical emergencies, and incidents that happen south of the flight line. The Command Post has ambulance and fire-fighting equipment and personnel. This is also where decisionmakers meet in the event of a large-scale emergency. For example, in 2011 a tornado swept through the SUN ’n FUN campus, leaving seven people injured, power lines downed, fuel spills, and 69 overturned or damaged aircraft in its wake. Meanwhile, the Midfield Emergency Response Pad handles all emergencies on the flight line. The firefighters at the Midfield Emergency Response Pad are trained, equipped, and ready to rescue pilots in the event of a crash on the field. The Pad is situated near Duffy’s Tower on the edge of the flight line between the Warbird area and the heavy aircraft park-

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The Airport Rescue Fire-Fighting vehicle features two remote-controlled nozzles and an infra-red camera mounted outside the vehicle. ing. In the event of a crash, the first priority is to rescue the pilot, according to Dan Taylor, a City of Lakeland firefighter who is the driver/engineer for the big yellow truck called the Airport Rescue Fire Fighting vehicle, which is informally known as ARFF1. ARFF1 has 1,500 gallons of water, 200 gallons of foam and 500 gallons of a chemical called Purple K. “If we can save the aircraft, then we would use the Purple K instead of the

foam,” Taylor explained. “The Purple K doesn’t corrode aircraft metal as much as the water and foam combination.” Organizations that have people on hand to respond, plan, and handle logistics include the FBI, Homeland Security, State Fire Marshal’s Office, National Weather Service, Lifenet and Aeromed medical evacuation helicopters, Polk County Rescue (Fire and EMS), Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Lakeland Fire Department, Auburndale Fire Department, and many volunteers.

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Are you an airline pilot and want the opportunity to network, meet old friends, share your flight stories, and have a good time speaking with other airline crews? Then the place to be is the Airline Pilots Tent between SUN ’n FUN Radio and the Sunset Grill. The tent is dedicated to pilots who work or have worked at an airline at any time in their careers. Inside the tent, there are bulletin boards setup for them to sign their names, their contact information, the airline they are affiliated with, and a comment section for other pilots to admire. The Airline Pilots Tent Chairman, Roy Rodgers, who has been volunteering at SUN ’n FUN for 12 years, said that “the best part of the job is seeing and hearing pilots share their hangar-flying stories.” According to Rodgers, those stories usually consist of the emergencies that pilots have experienced while flying and how they recovered from them. “If you add some adult beverages to the mix, then you can get some really good hangar flying stories,” he said with a laugh. On opening day of SUN ’n FUN, 108 pilots visited the Airline Pilots Tent and Rodgers expects that by the end of week, there will be more than 500 visits. The most number of visits ever recorded by Rodgers was 510 pilots in 2013. One of the many pilots who visited the tent this week was Sharon Stebbins, 73, who has been flying since the age of 15

and worked for TWA airlines. “It’s fun to reminisce and talk to other pilots about our life stories,” said Stebbins. “This place can help pilots share their stories and connect with each other.” Another pilot who visited the tent was Phil Sprang, who worked for Delta Airlines for 18 years. Sprang has been to SUN ’n FUN 20 times and always signs up at the Airline Pilots Tent. “I love to meet old friends here and to see what airlines they have worked with over the years,” he said.

AA pilots meet at fly-in By ELIZABETH WALKER A group of five American Airlines pilots are reaching out to fellow AA colleagues at SUN ’n FUN with a goal of establishing better ties among the pilots who fly for the airline. A member of the five pilot committee, First Officer Doug Hancock, said the group would like to help build unity and camaraderie among the pilots who have come together because of the merger of American, U.S. Air and America West under the American Airlines banner. Hancock, a 737 First Officer based in New York, is the National Allied Pilots Association (APA) Family Awareness Committee Chairman. “The committee members are here at SUN n’ FUN to provide an informal venue for their fellow pilots to come together at the end of the day to meet each other and their families, talk about their day, share their outside aviation passions as well as receive updates on what is happening contractually with negotiations and union activities,” he said.

The other members of the committee are AA pilots Stephen Jones, a 737 captain based in Chicago, Charles Berkebile, a 777 First Officer based in Chicago, Dan Hodge, an Airbus 320 First Officer based in Miami and Michael Cummings, a Boeing 767 First Officer based in New York, according to Hancock. Hancock added a hospitality area is located in the Pasture RV Campground at SUN n’ FUN just off the approach to Runway 9. Signs marking the APA Family Awareness Meeting are posted, he said. Hancock added that American Airlines pilots and their guests are welcome through Saturday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. He said free drinks and free food are being offered. “There will be lots of opportunities for everyone to get to know fellow pilots and their families,” Hancock said. The group has four campsites and 2 RVs with plenty of space to host visitors, he said. Committee member Stephen Jones added, “We want to provide a place at the end of the day where pilots can come and network and meet each other.”

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By DAN JOHNSON Day three at SUN ’n FUN and the fun continues apace, not in the least dampened by rain during the night. As a sign of the evident power of SUN ’n FUN management, the rain mostly occurred off hours and by morning, the sun came out and the fun resumed. Good job, Team SUN ’n FUN. All four of the “Great Debates in Paradise City” series are arranged by the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA ) with a goal of providing interesting dialogue by people you may not see on one panel together. Our thanks to each of today’s vendors for being willing to sit side-by-side with their competitors to discuss their products and capabilities. On stage Thursday were Matt Litnaitzky of MGL Avionics, Ian Jordan of Dynon Avionics, Andrew Barker of TruTrak, and Ananda Leon of Levil Technology. Coming from all over the sprawling grounds of SUN ’n FUN 2016, these experts arrived at the LSA Mall and the LAMA Show Center Pavilion for Thursday’s debate. Litnaitzky described how his company, based in South Africa, got its start with tiny instruments that could be in-

stalled in existing panels. Over time, this has evolved through a series of phases to become a complete line of high tech digital panels in various sizes and price points, all of them affordable. While most digital screens now have touch capability, MGL was among the first to offer this now-ubiquitous technology. Representing the 70-employee company now known as Dynon Avionics was Ian Jordon. This western-U.S. company announced an exciting Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) yesterday at SUN ’n FUN in which the company, supported by the Experimental Aircraft Association’s advocacy department, will bring modern non-certified technology into the cockpits of selected Type Certified aircraft. Dynon’s strong position in the Light-Sport Aircraft, kit-built aircraft, and ultralight aircraft undoubtedly helped secure FAA’s acceptance. Dynon started its work with Angle of Attack indicators but grew steadily in a very fullline supplier. Since nearly the day the company was founded, Andrew Barker has been with TruTrak, an enterprise known widely throughout the kit industry and more recently the LSA community as the autopilot company. Barker explained that although his



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those running Android, an entirely new role was cast for the Florida company. Levil was first to offer not only navigation using GPS, but full AHRS (Attitude Heading and Reference System) information that can be sent to multiple iPads in the cockpit. It works so well that some light aircraft builders use only iPads to give them in-flight data..

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By BEN SCLAIR Are you thinking of adding a Stratus 2S to your cockpit? Then you might want to stop by Appareo’s booth. The 2S is priced at $799 during SUN ’n FUN. That’s a $100 discount off the regular $899 price. “We’ve never before offered a discount on the Stratus line,” said Kris Garberg, director of sales for the Fargo, N.D.-based Appareo. “Since day one, the price has always been $899.”

other ADS-B receivers currently on the market.” “I can easily speak on behalf of everyone at Appareo when I say we’re excited to complete our final FAA flight in April,” said Garberg. “It’s been evident that the market is hungry for an affordable option like Stratus ESG, so we’re quite eager to receive certification and start shipping.” So are the 250 dealers nationwide who have been selling the ESG ahead of certification, she noted. For more information, visit appareo. com/stratus and at SUN ’n FUN Appareo is in Hangar A, Spaces 24-25.


The Stratus ESG is a TSO certified – pending certification – transponder that provides full 2020 ADS-B compliance in single box. The price was just reduced from $3,490 to $2,995. The unit will fit the common 1.65” tall transponder form factor, is a 1090 ES transponder, and includes a built-in WAAS GPS, as well as a GPS antenna. It also plays nice with the Stratus 2S. “However, the ESG doesn’t require the 2S to work. It is completely standalone,” said Garberg. “It will work with

Welcoming the world Exhibit area, rather than by the Main Gate where it used to be. “Some miss the tent because we’re kind of buried here in the back,” says Bill Breseman, who has been volunteering in the tent for 21 years. Other reasons for the lack of registrations in the tent may also be due to some International visitors — especially in the case of some Canadian visitors — not thinking of themselves as visitors but rather seasonal residents, he said.


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About 2,500 to 3,000 international visitors are expected to make their way to SUN ’n FUN this week. Making sure they feel at home are the volunteers who staff the International Visitors Tent in the Southeast Exhibit area. As of opening day, 278 people from 31 different countries had registered at the tent, according to Volunteer Coordinator Margaret Anne Wheeler. Leading the count are visitors from Brazil (73), with Canada coming in second with 55. Visitors from England numbered 39 and Norway had 19 people registered. Sweden brought 14 visitors and both Argentina and Colombia had 9. Finland and Panama added seven each to the count, and Australia, Germany, and Paraguay all brought five visitors. Israel and Italy both were represented with four visitors, and three visitors came from Chile as well as Russia. Two visitors came from France and two from Venezuela. So far, there’s been just one person registered from Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, The Slovak Republic, Spain, Ukraine, and The Virgin Islands. The tent boasts translators who speak French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, tasked with helping international visitors register, as well as help them make arrangements for hotels, transportation and any other translation services they may need. The actual number of international visitors may actually be higher, according to some volunteers, who express concerns about the tent’s location in the Southeast


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Here come the girls Women in Aviation International’s initiative to attract more girls to the aviation community began with a casual comment from a member that he was bringing his daughter to the next International Women in Aviation Conference. “Bring your daughter to the conference” had a ring to it — like the nationwide Bring Your Daughter to Work Day. So several years back, WAI began a daylong program held on the Saturday of the WAI’s annual conference for daughters, granddaughters, nieces, and friends of individuals attending the conference. To round out the numbers, local Girl Scouts were also invited to take part. This first Bring Your Daughter to the Conference Day was such a success that it was repeated. The entire program has since been so successful, that in 2015, Women in Aviation expanded and rebranded the program as Girls in Aviation Day. Not only would there be a one-day program each year during the conference, but Sept. 26, 2015, was declared as International Girls in Aviation Day. Because WAI’s network of more than 100 chapters around the world all have unique resources, WAI relied on them to produce their own local events — under the general directive of introducing girls ages 8 to 16 to the career and lifestyle

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potential of aviation in all its facets. The goal was to have a fun and interactive day, so many hands-on activities, tours, speakers, and games were planned. So what happens on Girls in Aviation Day? Girls get tours of air traffic control towers, fly simulators, make wire bracelets with real A&P tools guided by the members of the Association of Women in Aviation Maintenance, learn to read a sectional chart, meet role models, build paper airplanes, and countless other activities. WAI chapters were surveyed after last year’s event and asked about the most popular activity of Girls in Aviation Day. The answers included simulator flying, airport tours, hangar scavenger hunts, dressing in aviation gear, ATC tours, exploring a 737-300, using aviation mechanics’ tools, learning the phonetic alphabet, “climbing around the MH-60S Navy helicopter” and more. One WAI chapter contact wrote, “The girls seemed to all be extremely energetic about sitting in the cockpit of the jets.” Girls in Aviation Day also gave WAI an opportunity to partner with local groups and national organizations to promote aviation to girls. “Our members enthusiastically support the Girls in Aviation Day program,” said Dr. Peggy Chabrian, WAI president and founder. “What’s more, there is strength in numbers, and we are delighted to join forces with other groups and organizations whose goals align with ours.” As part of the Girls in Aviation Day activities, the chapters received copies of an all-new magazine — Aviation for Girls — to distribute to their Girls in Aviation Day participants. This magazine includes information about scholarship opportunities, aviation and aerospace colleges and universities, feature articles showcasing role models and articles to position aviation as an exciting career and lifestyle.

At WAI’s 2016 conference, held last month in Nashville, the organization introduced a Girl Scout Fun Patch for Girl Scouts participating in Girls in Aviation Day. The Aviation Girl patch will be available exclusively through WAI chapters around the world to serve the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Girl Scout fun patches are worn on the back of the uniform vest to show participation and interest in a subject or activity. “Since the inception of Girls in Aviation Day, we have included Girl Scouts, so we created the patch to make Girls in Aviation Day part of Girl Scout culture,” said Chabrian. “We hope the girls will proudly wear their Aviation Girl patch and that it will serve to further promote an interest in aviation as a career and lifestyle.” A somewhat unexpected bonus for the aviation community – and for Women in Aviation — was the 100% positive media coverage of Girls in Aviation Day. Chapter publicity efforts resulted in coverage in local newspapers ranging from Nairobi’s (Nigeria) Daily Nation to The Salt Lake Tribune. Social media buzzed with photos and enthusiastic comments, including a glowing report on Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls website ( called, “The Sky’s the Limit: Celebrating

the First Annual Girls in Aviation Day.” In a report by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), whose members took part in several Girls in Aviation Day events, one young participant in Raleigh, North Carolina, is quoted as saying, “This is the best day of my life!” Of course, Girls in Aviation Day is just one of WAI’s programs. In fact, WAI’s scholarships — sponsored by both companies and individuals for academic study and flight training — reached a milestone last month when the total value of WAI scholarships disbursed exceeded $10 million in the past 20 years. WAI’s International Pioneer Hall of Fame preserves and celebrates women’s unique history. But back to the girls: The 2016 Girls in Aviation Day is officially set for Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Plans are already underway to make this event even bigger and better than the first. For more information on Girls in Aviation Day and other WAI programs, visit, or stop by the WAI exhibit in Hangar A, booth 56-57,to find out how you can get involved. WAI and SUN ’n FUN will host a WAI Connect Lunch on Friday in the Buehler Aerospace Skills Center. A limited number of tickets will be available at the WAI Booth.

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Support Senate FAA reauthorization bill By ED BOLEN On behalf of the more than 10,000 members of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), I join in your anticipation and enthusiasm for the SUN ’n FUN International Fly-In Expo this week. As we celebrate over the next several days the excitement and diversity of general aviation (GA), I would also ask that you take some time to reflect upon the ongoing challenges facing our shared aviation community. Over the past year, NBAA has reached out to our industry to express opposition to proposals that would put access for GA to airports and airspace at risk by turning over our nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system to a private entity, dominated by big airlines. Such proposals have been put forward as part of a debate underway in Congress over reauthorization of the FAA. The first salvo in this ATC privatization battle occurred when H.R.4441 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in February. This FAA reauthorization legislation — promoted by most of the large air carriers — calls for a privatized ATC system, funded through new user fees and overseen by an airlinecentric board of directors. In February, NBAA issued a “Call to Action,” asking everyone in the industry to voice opposition with Congress over H.R.4441. The response was not only overwhelming, it also was a factor in convincing Congress to pass legislation Ed Bolen is president of the National Business Aviation Association.

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to simply extend current FAA programs and funding through July 15, enabling legislators additional time to reconsider the issue in a longterm FAA bill. Ed Bolen Last month, NBAA issued a new “Call to Action,” but this time, instead of urging GA to oppose legislation, we asked them to support the Senate’s FAA reauthorization bill, S.2658. That legislation contains many of the reforms sought by GA, including streamlining the aircraft-certifica-

tion process, and modernizing the thirdclass medical requirement for most pilots, but does not take us down the dangerous path of privatizing our ATC system and funding it with user fees. The Senate legislation takes a smart, targeted approach to FAA reauthorization and aviation system modernization, and includes important provisions designed to ensure that the United States remains the world leader in aviation. Equally important, the bill recognizes that the nation’s airports and airspace operate in the public interest, and should serve the public, including all aviation stakeholders and the citizens and communities they serve. Simply put, this is the right bill, at the

right time. NBAA strongly supports the legislation, and if you have not already asked your elected representatives to vote for this bill, please do so now. From your desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet device — even from show center here at SUN ’n FUN — just go to NBAA. org/Action and use the Contact Congress message we specifically developed to help you quickly, succinctly, and effectively voice your support for S.2658. This week, as we all enjoy some aviation fun in the Florida sun, I invite you to also demonstrate our community’s powerful voice to support legislation that helps innovate our industry, while also ensuring that we may all continue to enjoy GA for many years to come.


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volunteering at SUN ’n FUN 30 years — always at the Parts Exchange. She lives much of the year in Englewood, Florida, but summers in Massachusetts. She said when she first came to SUN ’n FUN, “we were restoring a Bonanza, a 1959 K Model, and looking for parts.” That was when she discovered the Parts Exchange and her volunteer calling. The Parts Exchange has undergone many changes over the years, originally donating its “profits” to help out area EAA chapters. But now the donations go to the camp here, helping kids get into aviation.

By JACK E. NEUBACHER Anyone who has ever built or rebuilt an airplane knows the importance of the Parts Exchange in Hangar E. This is where you get the chance to play “antique part picker” and paw your way through piles of parts in the hopes of uncovering that diamond in the rough that you need for your project. Then next year you can return the favor, and bring your unneeded parts back, making next year’s attendees just as proud of their finds. Chairman Wendy Gaynor has been

“Kids today just don’t know where to go to get help and this camp gives them a way to get started,” she said. Wendy’s work at the Parts Exchange begins months before the fly-in. “We have some vendors with thousands of parts to bring in,” she said. “I get the tickets out to them by mail early so they can have it all filled out and just have to drop their stuff at the door and don’t have to sit filling out their tickets when they get here.” In making your rounds, stop by the Parts Exchange. You never know what you may find that you just can’t live without.

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Three decades at the Parts Exchange

Passionate aviators at the Parts Exchange “I’ve had a lot of fun, I don’t need to fly — I’d rather see someone like you go for a ride because you’ve never done it before.” So says Paul Abare, a volunteer for the past six years at the Parts Exchange. While located a bit off the beaten path in Hangar E, the Parts Exchange is actually a “must-see” attraction for many of the visitors to SUN ’n FUN. “We’ve had people from Brazil and the Netherlands,” notes Wendy Gaynor, Parts

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Exchange volunteer chairman. “People travel to come specifically to the Parts Exchange.” Exchanging, selling and buying parts is

not only a service to the people who frequent the Parts Exchange, but to the next generation of aviators. Besides donating all their profits to SUN ’n FUN camps to encourage new aviators, the volunteers who work at the Parts Exchange also share their passion for flight with all who enter the building. Their thrills come from sharing their knowledge and stories and watching others experience the beauty of aviation. “When I got my pilot’s license, I got it by sanding someone’s wing on an air-

plane,” noted Abare. “It was an old Navy flight instructor from World War II.” Gaynor remembers how she was encouraged to get her license and notes how that encouragement lacks today for others. They both expressed their desire to have more young people on board. “We have veterans, but no young people,” Abare said. “We need young people.” “Whatever you do, make sure you love it because it’s never work,” he added. “I love what I do — this is my life.”

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appearance is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12, and $20 for a family of up to five members. Entrance is free to the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit 53-foot mobile panoramic theater. All ages are welcome to enjoy a chance to learn about the Tuskegee Airmen.

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In addition, all aircrew from the World War II, Korea, and Vietnam eras are invited to attend a special event on Wednesday, April 6, at 11 a.m. Come see the Flying Fortress take to the air and meet today’s crews alongside yesterday’s heroes. The CAF will host a meet-and-greet with original Tuskegee Airmen, and will share with guests how the unique relationship between the bombers and the Tuskegee Airmen ensured the success of critical bombing missions. Veterans are invited to gather for a special photo commemorating their success.

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In cities across the U.S., vintage military aircraft rest quietly in museums where school children and tourists admire them, take their pictures and leave them behind closed doors at the end of each day. But at this year’s SUN ’n FUN International Fly-In & Expo, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will blast aviation history out of the museum and into Florida as they roar into Lakeland this week. The CAF is bringing two unique assets to help tell the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. Texas Raiders, a fully restored B-17G Flying Fortress, is appearing at this week’s show, along with the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit, a mobile theater featuring an original film about the Tuskegee Airmen. This duo shares an important story that honors the history and legacy of these World War II aviators, and serves as an inspiration to current generations to RISE ABOVE obstacles in their own lives. The CAF Dixie Wing’s P-51 Mustang Red Nose will also be on site with the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit for view on static display on the Warbird Ramp. Visitors can tour the cockpit of the Flying Fortress and step inside a world of living history. Admission for this special


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The F-16 Viper demo is part of the week’s activities.

The F-35 will make its first appearance at SUN ’n FUN this year.

Honoring our Armed Forces The theme of this week’s fly-in is Honoring Our Armed Forces. A number of activities have been planned to fit into the theme, but the highlight, according to SUN ’n FUN officials, will occur Thursday around 7:30 p.m when a Flight to Honor will land at

Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport with much fanfare, returning from Washington, D.C., after carrying World War II and Korean War veterans to the nation’s capital to view the various memorials. The Veterans Plaza returns even bigger this year in the Southeast Exhibit Area,

while a variety of military aircraft will be featured during the daily airshows, including: • The U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team; • A U.S. Navy F-18 Hornet Demo; • A U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper demo;

• A U.S. Marine Corps aerial demo; • Coast Guard Search & Rescue demos; • A U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight; and • A U.S. Navy Legacy Flight — back after three years, a dramatic formation flight with modern jet and vintage World War II fighters.


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The Golden Knights Parachute Team. Making its first appearance at SUN ’n FUN will be the F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter. There also will be a daily vintage Warbird Flying Showcase featuring the EAA Warbirds of America.

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Red Bull Air Race demo premieres A first for SUN ’n FUN — and other air shows — will be this week’s demonstration by two Red Bull Air Race pilots, Michael Goulian and Kirby Chambliss. The demonstration will give attendees at this week’s show an idea of what they can expect if they ever attend one of the eight Red Bull races taking place around the world this year. Master Class pilots Goulian and Chambliss will showcase their skill and daring for the fans at SUN ’n FUN while flying at top speeds around the race’s signature 80-foot pylons. While not an actual race, SUN ’n FUN attendees can learn how the races operate with regard to scoring, rules and timing, SUN ’n FUN officials explained. The new Challenger Class will also be described, showing how aspiring pilots hone their skills to one day fly in the Master Class. This is the first time such a demonstration has been presented at a North American air show, SUN ’n FUN officials said.

the two 2016 U.S. races in Indianapolis and Las Vegas later this year. The Red Bulls are scheduled to appear

“We are thrilled to be the inaugural venue for this exciting event. It will treat our guests to a rare and intriguing peek at one of the most prolific and famous aviation spectacles in the world,” said SUN ’n FUN Airshow Director Greg Gibson. “We make a huge effort to bring new and exciting content to our show each year, and hosting the Red Bull Air Race team really adds a fresh and exciting element to SUN ’n FUN.” “We are excited to be a part of SUN ’n FUN for the first time,” said Red Bull Air Race General Manager Erich Wolf. “We have a fast growing fan base in the U.S. and our American pilots will certainly showcase our World Championship Series at its best.” Fans also are being treated to a Red Bull Air Race World Championship exhibit in the Southeast Exhibit Area on the SUN ’n FUN grounds with tours of a full scale pylon, virtual reality simulators, merchandise, and more. You also can buy tickets this week for

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SUN ’n FUN fast facts Aircraft Emergency Repair, located on Taxiway Echo, is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. If you would like to be a blood donor, visit the Bloodmobile in the Southeast Exhibit Area in Veterans Plaza. Check cashing is provided to members of the Florida Air Museum from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in the Finance Office at the Main Registration Building by the parking lot. ATMs are located throughout the grounds. Check the map on pages 20-21 for locations. Handicapped Services, located on the west side of the Main Registration Building, is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Internet Cafés are in the Visitors Center (near Hangar A) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Internet access and printing are available.

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Tune in to SUN ’n FUN Radio “Don’t Miss Out — Tune In.” That’s the message that SUN ’n FUN Radio Chairman Dave Shallbetter wants everyone on the SUN ’n FUN grounds — and beyond — to get again this year. There is so much going on during the week that it’s impossible to be everywhere to enjoy it. But with SUN ’n FUN Radio’s remote broadcasts and live streaming, you can virtually attend the evening programs, air show, and more during the week. In keeping with the SUN ’n FUN 2016 theme “Honor Our Armed Forces,” SUN ’n FUN Radio will have numerous interviews with veterans and active military. Some special guests include the Tuskegee Airmen on Tuesday and the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) on Thursday and Friday. Radio Chairman Dave Shallbetter also noted that this year there’s something new: The SUN ’n FUN Radio Mobile Studio, powered by Aviators Hotline. “A specially equipped vehicle will be roaming the grounds seeking out some of the many great stories at SUN ’n FUN,” he said. “If you see them, stop and say hi. You could be our next interview.” “Our morning show returns, sponsored by Wipaire, broadcasting from various

remote locations around the grounds,” Shallbetter adds, noting some of those locations include the Recreational Aviation Foundation Fire Hub in the campgrounds, The Texas Raider’s B-17, Paradise City, and Saturday morning’s Balloon Launch. Live streaming of all SUN ’n FUN Radio programs is thanks to Live ATC (, an audio streaming site, which gives the radio station worldwide exposure. Did you miss an interview? You can check out the radio station’s archives at The station, which has a cadre of 40 or so volunteers, is always looking for more help. If you are interested in volunteering, stop in at SUN ’n FUN Radio during the week. The station is located at the end of Club House Path next to the Quiet Birdman Clubhouse and across the road from the Sunset Grill. And if you have a story you think the radio station should cover, Shallbetter invites you to stop by the station and talk to one of the volunteers. Or you can email your suggestions to SnFRadio@gmail. com. Also, he asks that you like the station’s Facebook page (­ SnFRadio) and follow them on Twitter (@SnFRadio).

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Breitling Jet Team returns to SUN ’n FUN The Breitling Jet Team is made up of seven L-39C Albatros jets. The team promises a meticulous performance where the aircraft fly within 10 feet of each other, at speeds of almost 435 mph and up to 8G accelerations.

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For the second year in a row, the Breitling Jet Team will roar into Lakeland to perform for the SUN ’n FUN crowds. The team made its North American debut at last year’s SUN ’n FUN, kicking off a tour of air shows around the country.

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The third annual SUN ’n FUN Car Show returns to the grounds Saturday and Sunday in the Southeast Exhibit Area. The car show was added to the fly-in for the first time in 2014. “I’m a car guy,” says SUN ’n FUN President John “Lites” Leenhouts. “And all my buddies are car guys. I think if you have an airplane, you probably like cars. They go together.” The show is limited to 150 cars and motorcycles each day. Rare beauties from the earliest days of driving will be on display. Be sure to make your way to the show.

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Shop til you drop at the Parts Exchange less the consignor specifically states on the tag that he or she will accept a personal check. No credit cards are taken at the Parts Exchange and there is no check cashing available. Volunteers note that ATM machines are located on the grounds for those planning to shop at the Parts Exchange. Consignors may claim unsold items or change prices at any time during regular business hours by asking for assistance from any Parts Exchange volunteer. No items will be sold if the tag has been altered in any way or is not legible. The Parts Exchange will be open for consignors only on Sunday, from noon until 5 p.m., to claim unsold items. Any unclaimed items will become donations to SUN ’n FUN.

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The Parts Exchange, which returns this year to Hangar E, is a popular stopping place for aircraft owners and homebuilders in search of the perfect part to complete their project. Items at the Parts Exchange are sold on consignment. Those wishing to sell parts can purchase tags for the items for 50 cents each. Parts of all types are accepted for sale. The exception is tires and batteries, which Florida law prohibits. Tires mounted on aircraft wheel assemblies will be accepted if described as such on the tag, Parts Exchange volunteers add. The Parts Exchange will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day of the fly-in, except Sunday, when sales stop at noon. All payments must be made in cash un-

Ladies Pavilion plans fun-filled week The Ladies Pavilion in the campgrounds has a week of activities planned. It’s a great place to take a break from the fly-in, meet new friends and see old friends, according to organizers. Events begin on opening day, with a Tupperware party (10 a.m.), followed by an Open House party (12 p.m.) and a

Pampered Chef party (12:30 p.m.) Wednesday begins with a Quilt Show (10 a.m.), followed by a Tea Party (11:30 a.m.) and a Tastefully Simple party (2 p.m.). Thursday opens with a Tastefully Simple party (10 a.m.), followed by a Pampered Chef party (12 p.m.) and a Tupper-

ware party (1 p.m.). Friday kicks off with a Pampered Chef party (11 a.m.), followed by a Tastefully Simple party (1 p.m.). Saturday’s big event is Square Dancing, (10 a.m.), while Sunday church services will be held at 10 a.m. on closing day. During the week, the Ladies Pavilion

will also host Brian White, a massage therapist. There also will be Thelvia’s basket making, make and take sewing projects with the Quilted Lady Bug, Scolo Candles, Cross Stitch greeting cards, 31 purses, Soaps and Such, Strawberry Tree Farms soups and spices, Mary Kay, free daily drawings, and much more.



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The SUN ’n FUN workshops are popular, not only among homebuilders, but also with aviation enthusiasts who want to try their hand at various aspects of aircraft building or maintenance. All of the workshops are staffed by a combination of amateur and professional instructors with experience in the subjects they present. Many hold FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) ratings and have extensive experience with vendors supplying the aviation community. Most of the volunteer instructors are builders themselves and enthusiastically share their experience with novice builders. The workshops include: • Woodworking, which includes construction of wing ribs, fuselage, jigs and tooling and adhesives. • Metal fabrication, which includes sheet metal selection, cutting, drilling and riveting, fabrication of all metal aircraft components. • Metal shaping, which covers the shaping of custom compound shapes in

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Now premiering: Ace’s Flyin’ Flix New this year at SUN ’n FUN is Ace’s Flyin’ Flix in the campgrounds. In the past, the nightly movie has been held in the Aerospace Pavilion, next to the museum. “I’ve camped at SUN ’n FUN for years and though it was always nice to go over to the pavilion for a movie, a lot of people didn’t want to trek all the way over there and all the way back,” noted SUN ’n FUN President John “Lites” Leenhouts. “It was kind of stoic in the pavilion and I thought ‘why don’t we take the movie to the people?’ I thought we would try that in the

forest.” “We’re always looking at ways that we can enhance the customer’s experience,” he continued. “We had an area back in the campgrounds that we thought we could carve out. Yes, it will take away a few camping spots in the trees, but it seemed like such a cool environment, we thought we would give it a shot. If the public doesn’t want it, we’ll take it away.” Playing on the giant screen — as part of the fly-in’s honoring of the military — will be vintage movies from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s that Leenhouts said will

“speak to the service members that we’re trying to recognize.” Movies scheduled include: • Tuesday: “The Story of G.I. Joe” – Army; • Wednesday: “Bridges at Toko-Ri” – Navy; • Thursday: “Flying Leathernecks” – Marines; • Friday: “The Guardian” – Coast Guard; • Saturday: “Iron Eagle” – Air Force. The movies will start at sunset. “All the movies will be done by 9:30

p.m. so that the quiet hours at 10 p.m. will not be violated and people can get to sleep,” Leenhouts noted. The outdoor theater is located just south of Showerhouse D in the convention campground. You can see it from the Recreational Aviation Foundation’s Fire Hub, Leenhouts said, adding the movies are near where the Royal Air Force cadets make their camp. Bring a chair or blanket to help increase your comfort while watching the movie. And just like at any other movie, popcorn and refreshments will be available.

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Visitors to SUN ’n FUN from around the globe are invited to stop in at the International Visitors hospitality tent, which is located at the treeline in the Southeast Exhibit area. From the front gate walk directly towards the flight line. At the tent, you’ll find volunteers who are continually working to meet the needs of guests expected to arrive in Lakeland this week from more than 80 countries. The tent features a board that tracks visitors. Each international visitor is asked to register and stick a pin in a world map depicting “home.” Translators fluent in many languages are at the tent to assist in communication

needs, from buying tickets to finding a hotel to getting tickets to nearby attractions, including Legoland, Sea World, Busch Gardens, Disney and Universal. The tent also features refreshments and a gathering place on the grounds for international visitors, courtesy of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. The tent is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A new addition to the evening event for international guests is a Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally with a DJ on Wednesday evening. Complimentary coupons are offered to international guests, but everyone at the fly-in is welcome to attend, according to SUN ’n FUN officials.

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The Seabird Organization at SUN ’n FUN is prepared for a gathering of seaplane pilots, seaplanes and enthusiasts at this week’s show. However, there will not be a Splash-In again this year. The Seabird hospitality tent is located at the same location as last year, off Taxiway E-1. The tent will be the center of activities for seaplane pilots throughout the show this week.

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One of the most beautiful SUN ’n FUN traditions — the Balloon Launch — is also one that many people haven’t seen since it begins at the crack of dawn. On Saturday morning, starting about 6:30 a.m., hot air balloon pilots will inflate their balloons just past the Warbird Ramp. Weather permitting, the balloons will launch in a traditional “Hare and Hound” race. As the name suggests, this event involves chasing a single balloon after it takes off. This balloon acts as the “hare” and floats in the air for a short while before other balloons are allowed to take off. The balloons that follow are the “hounds,” and the winning balloon is the one that lands closest to the “hare.” During the week, look for daily demonstration flights of balloons from the Ultra­

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light field by commercial firms, usually around 7 a.m. Also look for the “balloon glow,” when the balloons inflate, at twilight and before the two night airshows. The pilots who bring their balloons to SUN ’n FUN are part of a group of seasoned air show veterans from around the world. Hot air balloon pilots carry an FAA issued pilot’s license in the “Lighter than Air” Category. In addition to passing the traditional written tests, a pilot is specially trained in balloon mechanics, safety, procedures, and the unique flight characteristics of balloons. Rated as either private or commercial, pilot competence can only be attained by extensive experience in actual flight, according to seasoned balloon pilots.

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Klaus Savier: Going fast on less gas By BILL WALKER Would you be interested in a 250-hp aircraft capable of crossing the continent in just over eight hours at an average speed of 252 mph while using only 61 gallons of aviation fuel — about 40 miles per gallon in cruise? That’s what California aviator Klaus Savier did Monday in the Long-EZ he built and modified for both economy and speed. Savier, who heads Light Speed Engineering, maker of the Plasma III aircraft ignition system, said his EZ, powered by a highly modified Lycoming O-360 engine, lifted off from his home base of Santa Paula early Monday and landed 8.7 hours later at an airpark not far from the grounds of SUN ’n FUN. Savier is noted for his ignition development as head of Light Speed, and as an accomplished racer. He holds three world records and has won a number of speed and efficiency races since 1985. His Long-EZ, parked in the homebuilt section, is his latest flying test aircraft for speed and economy work. His first homebuilt aircraft, a VariEze, was named the Delaminator and the current one is the Determinator. “I have been working on the Determinator on and off since 1985,” he said, noting the first flight was not until 2010. It now has about 500 hours on it. “On this latest trip the aircraft was traveling at about 258 mph true airspeed. I had only about a 7 knot tailwind and my ground speed was probably closer to 265 to 270 mph.” The aircraft has a 27-foot wing span, weighs 920 pounds empty, and has a maximum climb rate between 2,500 and 3,000 feet per minute, depending on the propeller type. Savier arrived in Florida with approximately 13 gallons remaining. “That’s enough remaining fuel to go on to the middle of the Bahamas,” he said. The trip would have been quicker, he added, but he had to go around several restricted areas, including White Sands in New Mexico and an area of northern Florida. “I climbed to 13,500 feet for a little bit and then 17,500 after that,” he said. “It was basically severe clear all the way. But that also meant that the wind conditions were unusual. I had only a little tail wind. I used oxygen the whole way.” Overall fuel consumption for the 2,200 miles was 61 gallons or about 36 miles per gallon, including taxi and climb fuel consumption, Savier said. “But as I said, the figure during cruise showed 40 miles per gallon,” he added. Savier’s Long-EZ is nothing like the standard Burt Rutan-designed homebuilt. “A lot of the structural components were replaced with carbon fiber,” he said. “The elevators are carbon fiber. The canard is my own airfoil. The firewall is carbon fiber and titanium. A lot of the interior structures are carbon fiber. The wheel pants are my own design out of carbon fi-

ber. I also made smaller, narrower wheels and axles. There is also a carbon fiber NACA air inlet.” The engine is as highly modified as the plane. “It started out as an O-360 parallel valve powerplant,” he said. “It has no mags, just the Light Speed Engineering dual plasma capacitor discharge ignition. The ignition system gives a lot more power, a lot better leaning and much better starting. This engine has a special time sequential high pressure fuel injection system. To be able to take advantage of the benefits of the fuel injection we designed an entirely new intake system that I built out of carbon fiber tubes.” “The oil sump is carbon fiber,” he continued. “We reduced the weight from 13 pounds to under 3 pounds and the sump is still a bit larger, about 9 quarts total. We also designed and built a new accessory case to improve the oil flow through the engine. That allows a much smaller oil cooler.” Savier, who said he had no formal instruction in either electronics or engineering, taught himself by trial and error over a number of years after coming to the U.S. in 1976 from Germany. “I was always the guy who took everything apart and sometimes put it back together,” he said. He has marketed his Plasma III ignition systems for nearly 30 years and has more than 8,000 customers worldwide. “The Carbon Cub from Cubcrafters has

this ignition,” he said. “It provides their planes with reliability, efficiency, a little more power and very low maintenance. Also, for five years now all Cabri helicopters have had our plasma CDI.” Savier said SUN n’ FUN and other aviation gatherings give him an opportunity to talk directly with his customers. “I continuously run into them here,” he said. Savier, who earned his private pilot’s license in 1983 and now has about 5,000 hours in his logbook, said “My focus has always been on efficient cross-country travel. The racing has been a side effect. Inherently, if it’s low drag, it is also fast. I never built a purpose racer. I compete against a lot of people that bring their airplane to the race on a trailer. I always fly my airplane fully loaded to Mitchell S.D., and then race it at full throttle for 400 miles. I never fly a hand grenade motor that flies for a while and then blows up.” “I work to demonstrate what is possible in aviation,” he said. “I hope the advances

I have shown in speed and economy will cause the flying public to put pressure on the big manufacturers and move them to use more modern technology.” He noted his firm has had a good year so far. “When I say firm, I mean that basically we are a two person operation, me and Jenny Tackabury,” he noted. “We manufacture and market the Plasma CDI.” He said his firm is sometimes confused with Lightspeed headsets from Lightspeed Aviation. “Light Speed Engineering came from me,” he said. “I have been doing business as Light Speed Engineering since 1985.” “I could add one last thing,” Savier said. “When I am flying cross country at 17,500 feet I am always fascinated that we can have this technology to move at these incredible speeds and the freedom to do so. Because not many countries have this kind of freedom.” For more information, go to

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Get into an island state of mind If you want to get into “an island state of mind” during your stay at SUN ’n FUN, visit a group called the Coconut Flyers, who occupy the same spot each year adjacent to a taxiway near Vintage Camping. Several Stearman biplanes are parked at the camp site, which is easily recognizable by numerous signs and a Caribbean motif. A friendly and fun-loving bunch, the Coconut Flyers welcome visitors to stop by and talk airplanes. John Pati, a steel drum specialist who has played with Jimmy Buffet, will be performing there on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and all are invited to enjoy the music. Organized by Tim Kirby and several other antique biplane pilots from central Florida, including Jon Rising and Tim Averitt, the loosely-knit group has focused on the FUN in SUN ’n FUN for 12 years. Stick around long enough, especially after the air show concludes, and you’ll get offered a hot dog and a craft beer. “We love to share hospitality and we encourage everyone to enjoy their evenings here,” says Kirby. “We want to emphasize the family aspect of SUN ’n FUN.

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(L-R)John Rising, John “Lites” Leenhouts, Nancy Leenhouts, Tim Kirby, and Paige Kirby at the Coconut Flyers hut. The Coconut Flyers is our extended family and in past years we’ve hosted 200 to 300 people. We want our tent to be the place to go after the air show.” “My wife, Paige, is our ‘den mother’ and keeps us straight,” Kirby added. “She had never camped before coming to SUN ’n FUN, but now we’re here for seven days each year.” The couple is particularly pleased that all three of their daughters will join them

here this weekend, a family first. The Coconut Flyers encourage their guests to donate in support of SUN ’n FUN’s focus on aviation education and their ultimate goal is to fund a scholarship. “We don’t sell anything, but we hope everyone will join us in supporting ACE, the Aerospace Center for Excellence,” said Kirby. The son of an airline pilot who started

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out as a mechanic working on Stearman trainers at Douglas, Georgia ,during World War II, Kirby was raised in nearby Sebring, Florida, and he’s been coming to SUN ’n FUN since its founding. He soloed at 16 and after graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, worked in aircraft salvage, towed banners, hauled freight at night and flew for corporations. Following his father’s footsteps, Kirby became an airline pilot 31 years ago and he currently flies transcontinental, South American and Caribbean routes as a captain with American Airlines. In his time off, he operates an aircraft restoration business at Leeward Air Ranch and the yellow Stearman he flies, which appeared on the cover of SUN ’n FUN Today on Tuesday, came out of his shop in 2001. An A&P and IA, Kirby’s skills as an aircraft mechanic were recognized by Jim Tobul, owner of an F4U-4 Corsair flying in the air show this week, who recruited Kirby to be his crew chief at the Reno Air Races. But there’s no racing on Kirby’s calendar this week. Instead, it’s all about relaxing with several hundred friends, both old and new, who share his love of aviation and a laid back view of life on “island time.”

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stay in touch with work or family.” Other benefactors of Honda’s generosity include the Flying Musicians Association, Cessna and Mooney Pilots associations and the Recreational Aviation Foundation. Honda supplies portable generators at various airshow events to power their instruments, projectors, speakers, cooking and other equipment which, in turn, provides entertainment for the pilots and the general public.

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Walking around the fly-in, you notice the battery on your cell phone is low. What can you do? Honda Generators, exhibiting just across from Sunset Grill, is providing cell phone charging stations for all SUN ’n FUN attendees during this show. The service is just one of many things the company does for GA. “Few know that it was Honda that helped provide emergency power after the 2011 tornado hit the field,” said Ramona Cox, also known as SkyChick, a backcountry flying expert who recently partnered with Honda. After the tornado, Honda supplied generators for various uses, including getting the SUN ’n FUN Radio station back up and running within eight minutes of losing power, she noted. “I’ve always known that Honda had a great reputation for quality products, but I was surprised to find out how much Honda does behind the scenes to support the general aviation community and non-pilot attendees,” she said. “One important void they fill is the opportunity for all attendees to charge their cell phones through Honda’s portable charging stations sprinkled throughout the airshow grounds and at the Honda Generator Display. Considering that many cell phones won’t last an entire day, it’s a life-saver for those who need to

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Flight school program deals with pilot shortage Epic Flight Academy, in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, now offers educational sponsorships to students who want to become commercial pilots. Epic Pilots Solutions (EPS) provides students with $5,000 in educational sponsorships to complete their flight training in exchange for employment as flight instructors. That has since been supplemented by $10,000 from regional airline Trans States Airlines (TSA). “We started this program in February 2015 as a way to replenish our dwindling flight instructor staff after the pilot shortage hit our flight academy and grounded students due to the lack of flight instructors,” said Danny Perna, CEO. The program also offers financial aid from Airline Pilot Finance Group (APF), a performance-based student-financing

source. Before being accepted into the EPS program, each student is screened and vetted on traits such as motivation, multi-tasking, punctuality, and other criteria important in aviation careers. The cost for each applicant is $495. Once in the program, students gain access to sponsorship funds and APF support, if needed, for additional training. “The relationship between the student and APF is important and goes way beyond lending them money,” explains APF Manager Jennifer Bianchini. “We have an invested interest in their success, so we structure the loans and payback to coincide with their flight training and employment at Trans States Airlines.” Find out more at the company’s exhibit near the Cessna exhibit or at

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By ERNEST LEE Flying in and camping at SUN ’n FUN has been a mainstay since the first get-together in 1971. And for the last 35 years, the Florida Chapter of the Short Wing Piper Club has assisted as the traffic cops, front desk personnel, and concierge for General Aircraft campers. Originally positioned on the east end of the airport, camping was assisted by the then-named Tri-Pacer club. For the last 20 years, General Aircraft camping has been on the west end of Runway 9-27 for the last 20 years. The Florida chapter was one of the first

local chapters started in the newly formed Short Wing Piper Club by local resident George Fruehauf. With numbers as high as 400 aircraft on the ground during past shows, there were 105 registered arrivals for the middle of the week, with the busiest time expected for the weekend. Volunteer personnel count range between 30 and 50 people for the week, mostly from the local chapter. For the last 12 years a welcome assistance has come from the Royal Air Cadets from Britain. Find out more about the club at Short­

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TBM 930 unveiled at SUN ’n FUN By BEN SCLAIR Fresh off a March 31 crossing from France to SUN ’n FUN, Daher debuted its TBM 930, billed as the big brother to their TBM 900. The difference? The panel. The 900 is equipped with Garmin’s G1000 while the 930 fits the G3000 into the panel. The G3000 system includes three 12” screens plus dual GTC580 touchscreen interfaces.

The 930 is not designed to replace the 900, but gives owners the option of the panel interface features they prefer. Available on both models is E-Copilot, which features aural alerts to replace the various bells and dings a pilot might hear. Now, a pilot will hear “Gear,” “Stall,” or “Use Oxygen Mask.” “We talk to machines,” said Nicolas Chabbert, Socata North America CEO. “And machines talk to us,” in reference

to Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa voice commands. Built into the 2016 units is Safe Flight’s Angle of Attack (AOA) and Garmin’s ESP (Electronic Stability Protection), USP (Under Speed Protection), EDM (Emergency Descent Mode). The TBM 900 is priced at $3.9 million, while the TBM 930 is priced at $4.1 million. For more information, visit TBM. aero or the Daher exhibit in the Manufacturer’s Display Area, Space 22B.

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Stay An Extra Day Central Florida’s Polk County offers a wide range of attractions for SUN ’n FUN attendees to enjoy, so much so that you might like to “Stay An Extra Day.” The Detroit Tigers are celebrating their 80th Spring Training season at TigerTown in Lakeland, extending the longest-standing relationship between a major league team and a current Spring Training host city, so be sure to catch a game. Enjoy today’s featured attraction and for more reasons to “Stay An Extra Day,” stop by Visit Central Florida’s Visitor Information Center here at SUN ’n FUN, or go to

Restoring a Masterpiece

Tens of thousands of tourists flock to Florida Southern College each year to marvel at the world’s largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. The most well-known structure in the collection is also the first to have been built: The Annie Pfeiffer Chapel. Designed in 1938 and dedicated in 1941, the chapel has weathered its share of alterations and mishaps in its 75 years. In 1944, just three years after it opened, a hurricane caused severe damage. During the rebuilding efforts, Wright altered his original plan to make the tower more stable, and it has stood tall ever since.

Almost immediately after reconstruction, however, alterations were made to make the space more cost-efficient and functional, with more changes following in the decades to come: A wooden platform was added to create a larger stage; the building was carpeted, hiding Wright’s signature Cherokee Red concrete block floor and the jeweled textile blocks adorning the front of the stage; Wright’s angular, straight-backed chairs were replaced with more comfortable, theatre-style seating; and the north and south transepts were enclosed to create small rooms for event preparation and equipment storage. Thanks to two generous grants from Florida’s Division of Historic Resources, matched by Florida Southern College from private sources, the interior of the chapel has been restored to its original luster. Restoration architect, Jeff Baker of Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects in Albany, N.Y., oversaw the restoration work. Baker consulted historical photos and Wright’s original plans to guide the restoration, and used local companies to perform the work. The result was the rebirth of a masterpiece. Stripped of decades of changes and embellishments, Wright’s stunning geometry, clean lines, and Native American accents once again shine.

The original stage sits in perfect proportion to the structure and the Cherokee red block and jeweled textile blocks are back to guide the viewer’s eye to the center pulpit. The open transepts not only offer more seating, but also compliment the soaring bell tower to create a sense of expanding space. The return of Wright’s angular chairs once again unites the furnishings with the surrounding space, as Wright intended, revealing the structure’s symmetry and visual harmony.

There is still more work to be done. There are plans to restore the original, Wright-designed pulpit and to replace a number of damaged exterior blocks, but as restoration architect Jeff Baker says, “It’s like a breath of fresh air… it feels like Wright’s spirit is back.” For more information on the Frank Lloyd Wright architecture collection at Florida Southern College, go to or call 863-680-4597.

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SUN ’n FUN FORUMS Forums are held in classrooms at the Central Florida Aviation Academy (CFAA). Volunteers are near all entrances to help you find the right room.

9 am Rm#

1 ADS-B In and Out: A Pilot’s Guide, John Zimmerman 2 Engine Flight Management for Enhanced Safety, Reliability & Efficiency, Bill Ross 3 Corrosion Prevention: The Right Way to Go, John Bakos 4 TFRs and Intercepts: How To Avoid A Fighter Escort, Lt. Co. Mike McMillin 5 Keeping Your Flying Affordable, Scott Sky Smith 6 Selecting a Five-Star Airpark, George Gratton

7 What is the Right Expoy for Your Project or Repair? D. Michael Bergen 8 Designing the Perfect Paint Scheme/Vinyl Design for Your Aircraft, Craig Barnett 9 Flying Air Shows in the SubSonex Personal Jet, Bob Carlton 10 100-hp 6-cylinder Air-Cooled Covair Engine, William Wynne 11 Care & Maintenance of your Cleveland Wheels & Brakes, Vern Rodgers

10 am Rm#

1 Flying Your Own Plane to Cuba, Jim Parker 2 Beech Bonanza & Baron Emergency Procedures, Thomas Turner 3 Get Started in Homebuilding! EAA Staff

4 International Cessna 120/140 Association, Virgil Warren 5M  ountain Flying, John Hook 6W  eather Technology in the Cockpit, Barrett Caldwell 7B  uilding a Pietenpol, John Hofmann 8A  viation Medicine, Dr. William Busch 9 T he Ins & Outs of Flying Through the Caribbean, Thierry Pouille 10 A  uto PSRUs Chevrolet LS3 & Subaru Engines for High Performance Aircraft, Stuart Davis 11 I’m a Sport Pilot, Now What Can I Do? Carl Houghton

11 am Rm#

1U  sing Technology to Review Your IFR Flights: A Guide for CFIs, Students and Pilots, Gary Reeves 2C  FIs: Ready for ACS? It’s Coming, Ready or Not! Phillip Poynor 3A  &P/IA Licensing Process and FAR Review, Thomas D. Black 4S  tick & Rudder Exercises That Will Improve Your Flying, Jim Taylor 5C  ircumnavigating the Planet in a GA Aircraft: 53 Countries in Three Years, Robert DeLaurentis 6U  nderstanding DUATS, Leon Thomas 7W  hich Engine Oils Are Right

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for Your Engine? Steve Strollo R  eal Estate With Runways: Live The Dream, Kathie Beaty and Carol Vandervliet F ast & Frugal Decision-Making: Fly Like Sully, David St. George R  evmaster 85-hp R-2300 & Turbo, Patrick Panzera S  AM Aircraft Update, Sebastien Heintz/Matt Heintz

12 pm Rm#

1 iPad Takes Flight: Advanced iPad Use, Charles P. Schneider 2 T he Time is Right for a Titan Engine in Your Experimental Aircraft, TITAN by Continental Motors 3 F lying Cars of the Past, Now the Samson Switchblade, James Mauch 4A  Fresh Conversation About Upset and Spin Recovery, Jim Alsip 5D  on’t Leave Home Without It, Steve McCaughey 6G  armin 1000: 10 Simple Tips, Gary Reeves 7A  irparks: The Selection Process, Ron Heidebrink 8 IFR Tool for VFR Pilots, Tom Slater 9P  anel Layout for Experimental Aircraft, David Weber 10 P  egasus 58-hp 1/2 Continental O-200 Conversion, TBA 11 Z  enith CH Cruiser: The

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1 pm Rm#

1 So You Want to Fly Drones, John Zimmerman/Jonathan Rupprecht 2 Flying the DC-3, Jon Goldenbaum 3 Swift Fuels ­— The Transition to Unleaded Avgas, Christ D’Acosta 4 Training International Students The Right Way, Michelle Haworth 5 2016 Airline Pilot Job Market Forecast, Kit Darby 6 Building Your Simulator I, Joseph Szpak 7 Staying Alive In Your Airplane, Jason Miller 8 Lycoming Engine Care & Maintenance, Frank Lukachinsky 9 Sidekicks: Right Seat Flying for Non-Pilots, Donna Wilt/ Virginie Rollin 10 BMW V-12 & Chevy LS3 for Homebuilt Aircraft, Bill Koleno 11 LSA Flying & Buying Tips, John Calla

FAA FORUMS FAA Forums are held at the FAA Aviation Safety Center located in the middle of the exhibit area at the corner of Laird Drive and SUN ’n FUN Drive. The FAA Center opens daily at 8 am and the FAA Exhibits are open daily 9 am to 5 pm. 8:30 am Flight Standards Update, AFS-1 Leadership, FAA 10 am Wright Brothers Master Pilot and Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Awards, Deputy FAA Administrator Michael Whitaker 1 pm Meet the FAA, FAA Leadership

PARADISE CITY FORUMS Light-Sport Aircraft, Sport Pilot and Ultralight forums are held in the Paradise City Briefing/ Forum Tent. 9 am Daily Devotional: MASA Tent 10:30 am Flight Simulator for the Commoner, Dan Bowman, Sky Fantasy 12 pm Auto Gyro 101, Bob Snyder, Auto Gyro USA 1 pm Great Debates: Popular

Apps for Flight Planning and Navigation 1:30 pm Modern Aircraft Finishes, Andy Humphrey 3 pm Discover Powered Paragliding, Paul Czarrnecki, Planet PPG

MUSEUM PROGRAMS 10 am SR-71 Blackbird. Design and Development. Presented by HABUS Crews of the SR-71 Blackbird. 12 pm The U-2 Incident: A Son’s Perspective, Francis Gary Powers Jr. 1 pm Howard Hughes: The Unknown Life, Retired Major General Mark Musick

FORUMS AT THE AOPA ACTIVITY TENT A variety of forums will be held throughout the week at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Activity Tent. 10 am: Handling In-Flight Emergencies, Rod Machado 11 am ADS-B Panel Discussion: Which ADS-B Solution Is Best For Me? Mike Collins 11 am Patty Wagstaff Autograph Signing. 12 pm Campus Spinning 101: Basics of Spins & Spin Recovery, Catherine Cavagnaro 1 pm Ice Cream Social With AOPA President Mark Baker


2 pm Setting Personal Minimums, George Perry 3 pm SiriusXM: Flying with Datalink Weather, Arlo Gambell

AIRSHOW Today’s airshow goes from 1:30 pm to 6 pm (weather permitting). Slated to perform: Larry King AeroShell Breitling Jet Team EAA Warbirds Flying Bulls Golden Knights Gene Soucy SCHEDULE | See Page 38


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EVENING ENTERTAINMENT 6 pm Music by Justin Grimes, Corn Roast 7 pm Stargazing, Astronomy Workshop 7:45 pm Garth Brooks Tribute Band, Aerospace Pavilion

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