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A member of the French National Jet Team makes a low pass over the SUN ’n FUN runway on Monday. The team will perform today and depart tomorrow. More info on Page 4.


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Table of Contents French National Jet Team opens airshow today................4 SUN ’n FUN to help Bahamas with airshow........................5 Honda displays feature air, sea and land.............................6 Michael Goulian celebrates 30 years in airshows.............8 Is ADS-B required at your airport?.......................................10 SUN ’n FUN: A refuge in the whirlwind...............................11 Unfreeze Your Bird...................................................................24 Splash-In a success................................................................26 What’s Happening Today........................................................28



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SUN ’n FUN benefactor flies west James C. Ray, 94, of Naples Florida, died peacefully on April 1, 2017, following a short illness. An entrepreneur, Ray donated millions of dollars to SUN ’n FUN, first to help build the Central Florida Aerospace Academy, then the hangar for the Lakeland Aero Club, and numerous other project around the fly-in campus. “It was a sad day to lose such a great man,” said John “Lites” Leenhouts, president of SUN ’n FUN. Born Jan. 1, 1923, in San Francisco, James graduated from high school at 17, then went to work full-time as a steelworker. In 1941 he and his crew were sent to Pearl Harbor to build a building for the U.S. Navy. On Dec. 7, he witnessed the Japanese attack from a vantage point about 400 yards from the USS Arizona. Shortly after, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, where he demonstrated an aptitude for flight training, and ultimately served as a B-17 command pilot with the Eighth Air Force, 447th Bomb Group. Among his 30 missions were raids on the Schweinfurt ball-bearing plants and a DDay attack on a German Army headquarters in Caen, France. His business career began in earnest after the war. During a span of more than 40

years, he was actively engaged in venture capital investments, as a seed investor and advisor to more than 300 startup technology companies. Aviation always remained a part of his life. Through the years, he owned many aircraft. One of his favorites was a Cessna 170B, which he flew in the 1950s. For 29 years, he flew Cessna Citation jets, and was rated for single pilot operations. Ray focused much of his philanthropy on aviation, supporting the University of North Dakota’s Odegard School of Aero-

space Sciences, the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Air Academy in Oshkosh, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s youth aviation and pilot safety initiatives, and SUN ’n FUN’s youth aviation education programs. He also established the James C. Ray Scholarship Fund, providing financial support for flight training to Polk County, Florida, high school. He believed the self-discipline and self-confidence he learned during flight training helped him achieve success in life and business. He

felt strongly that these traits and assuming responsibility for one’s own actions are learned skills and important character traits that can make one free to pursue their dreams. This year, SUN ’n FUN created the James C. Ray Legacy Society, where people can leave bequests in their wills to SUN ’n FUN. Beyond his money, Ray would spend time with the students, often spending hours watching them fly from the grass strip behind the Lakeland Aero Club hangar, Leenhouts reports. While he often described himself as a curmudgeon — ­ a miserly, ill-tempered old man, those who knew him said nothing could be further from the truth. He shunned the spotlight, often making his donations anonymously. At last year’s dedication of the new Lakeland Aero Club, he declined to make a speech, but once the official ribbon cutting was done, he was quickly surrounded by the kids. That’s when his face lit up. Ray was predeceased by his wife, Joan, in 1986, his son, Jim, in 2005, and daughter Joanie in 2009. He is survived by many friends around the world, the hundreds of people his philanthropy has benefitted, and his loyal Papillion dog Mia.



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French Jet Team performs today The French National Jet Team, the Patrouille de France, will perform during today’s airshow. The team, which hasn’t performed in the U.S. for 31 years, will only be at SUN ’n FUN one day. The Patrouille de France is similar to the Navy’s Blue Angels — which will perform this weekend at SUN ’n FUN — or the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds. The team of nine Alpha Jets perform a 30 minute show of precision formation and solo maneuvers with tri-colored red, white and blue smoke. The team, based at Salon Air Force Base in France, will spend two months in the United State performing at only five air shows. The French National Team’s tour is to honor the 100th anniversary of America entering World War I on April 6, 1917. SUN ’n FUN President John “Lites” Leenhouts noted SUN ’n FUN’s reputation helped get the French National Team to the show. “We hosted the Breitling Jet Team for two years as they did their American tour, and that paid giant dividends in that they recommended to the French National Team that we be one of the very few stops in American to reach the largest audience and a friendly and enjoyable place, with great hospitality,” he said. The team will open Tuesday’s airshow, with all nine jets slated to fly.

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The American tour will mobilize more than 70 pilots, mechanics, support staff, airplanes and 25 tons of equipment, demonstrating French Air Force capabilities, according to officials with the team.

Members of the French National Team will be guests at the 9/27 Club Chalet today, for SUN ’n FUN attendees who would like the chance to meet them. PatrouilledeFrance.fr

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Bahamas, SNF team on island airshow For the first time in its history, SUN ’n FUN is sponsoring an airshow away from its campus in Florida. In conjunction with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, SUN ’n FUN is helping to organize the second annual Grand Bahama Island Air Show, which will be held May 19-20 at Taino Beach in Freeport. Air Boss is John Wayne of John Wayne Air Cavalry. Bahamas officials were pleasantly surprised at the response to last year’s airshow, according to Oman Isaacs, general manager of sales and marketing for the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. He noted that last year’s airshow went viral over social media, “so much so that the tourist office in Exuma, as well as in Nassau, the capital, were clamoring to have us organize one down there.” But officials want to ensure the show in Grand Bahamas is “solidified,” then create a template that can be replicated throughout the islands. The four-hour show will have continuous entertainment, Isaacs noted. There will be performances on the stage on the ground, followed by the airshow acts, then back to the stage for more performances. “It’s going to keep everyone on their toes,” he said. The festivities will start with a skydive performance, while the Bahamas Nation-

al Choir and Children’s Choir perform the Bahamas national anthem. Slated to perform in the airshow are the AeroShell Aerobatic Team, Paul Shulten in his Christian Eagle and John Black in his Decathalon. Additionally, students between the ages of 8 and 17 will be able to attend a oneday seminar and workshop at the Grand Bahama Airport, on May 19, where they can learn more about the aviation industry and career opportunities. SUN ’n FUN began partnering with the Bahamas Tourism Ministry about four years ago, according to John “Lites” Leenhouts, SUN ’n FUN president. “In our quest to convince people that you need to get back in the sky and fly, one of the reasons you want to fly is to go to a destination,” he said. “We wanted to show the general public that it’s easy to fly to the Bahamas. Yes, it’s outside the United States. Yes, you cross an air defense zone. Yes, it is customs oriented, but it’s very easy.” He noted there’s a wall in the Aerospace Discovery at the museum dedicated to where you can fly on a tank of gas and it shows all the major islands of the Bahamas. “What better way to show our support than to promote an airshow?” he said. Bahamas.com/GBIAirshow

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Honda is teaming with Banyan Air Service to showcase several exhibits and activities including, for the first time at SUN ’n FUN, the fully certified HondaJet. Honda Power Equipment has been a sponsor of SUN ’n FUN for many years, hosting an exhibit, supplying generators, remote lighting, landscaping power tools, and other equipment to help organizers prepare for and service the massive event. For 2017, they will add a display of Honda Power Sports and Honda Marine products to their area in the main Exhibit complex, and, in partnership with Banyan Air Service, they will host an airside display of the HondaJet, a T-6, a Honda car, a Honda-powered boat and more. Banyan Air is excited to provide the first SUN ’n FUN appearance of the HondaJet. The certified HondaJet will be joined by the Honda Generators-sponsored Race 90 T-6, a perennial top finisher at the Reno National Championship Races each year, along with Honda Marine, Honda Power Sports and a Honda auto exhibit on the Runway 5/23 display area. “We are truly excited to bring the wide array of Honda’s product lineup to SUN ’n FUN 2017,” said Tom Pernice, senior marketing specialist for Honda Power Equipment. “Honda Power Equipment has been involved with SUN n FUN for years, but now show goers can see and appreciate the many items Honda manufactures, all in one place at an amazing venue. It is going to be really fun.” “SUN ’n FUN is a great event, and we are very pleased to be a part of it this year to introduce the HondaJet to show attendees,” said Mike O’Keeffe, senior vice president of Banyan Air Service. “Seeing it fly up close will really give people an excellent perspective of the cutting edge technology, refined and impressive per-


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formance. SUN ’n FUN really lets the HondaJet show off.” And fly it will, according to Greg Gibson, SUN ’n FUN’s director of operations and business development. “SUN ’n FUN is the perfect venue for the HondaJet to be presented. We have an educated and demanding crowd that expects to see the cutting-edge technology of today as well as the finest of aviation’s history, so we really have a treat for them this year.” Gibson confirmed that not only will the HondaJet fly in the daily flyby showcase, but that it will be joined by the Race 90 T-6 in a unique formation appearance of Honda branded aircraft. On the ground product side, Honda will introduce Miimo, its new robotic lawn mower, which will be in operation at the

Honda display near the Sunset Grille. The exhibit will display products from Honda Power Equipment, Honda Marine, and Honda Power Sports. In addition, attendees have the opportunity to register to win Honda prizes, including a Honda EU2000i Generator, a ride with the AeroShell Aerobatic Team, a Big Green Egg Prize Package, or a Richard Petty NASCAR Driving Experience. Patrons can also look for Honda Charging Stations around the grounds. “Honda Power is there when and where you need it,” said Pernice, “so if you need to charge your mobile phone, camera or any other hand held electronic device, feel free to plug in for all the power you need to enjoy capturing and sharing the excitement at this year’s SUN ’n FUN.” For Complete Details Contact: Russell Large +63-918-903-0700 productionlink@yahoo.com Mike O’Farrell 352-631-4029 mikelofarrellsr@gmail.com

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Disaster response plane on display When Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti on Oct. 4, 2016, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) was one of the first to respond. “As soon as it was safe, we were in the air, surveying the southern peninsula to assess damage and determine which airstrips we could use to deliver relief supplies,” said John Boyd, MAF president. “We were working practically non-stop for two months to deliver food, medical supplies, aid workers, and materials for rebuilding. Even now, our team in Haiti receives more requests than we can handle.” You can see one of the disaster response planes, a Quest KODIAK, at the missionary aviation display area at this week’s show, in the Southeast Exhibit Area, Lot 1, on Doolittle Road. MAF pilot Will White, who flew in Haiti for some 20 years, also will be at the exhibit. Visitors are invited to try their hand at MAF’s flight simulator or take a jungle selfie in front of the green screen. Veteran MAF pilot John Hook also conduct two seminars at SUN ’n FUN: Short Field Takeoff and Landings, at 10 a.m. Friday at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) classroom #2; and Mountain Flying, at 9 a.m. in CFAA Classroom #1.

The KODIAK, developed specifically for missionary aviation work, is able to land on short, rugged airstrips in mountain and jungle areas while carrying a significant payload. MAF now has 13 KODIAKs in its fleet, all of which were purchased using gifts from those who

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Goulian kicks off 30th year as airshow star By JANICE WOOD When Michael Goulian takes to the skies today, it will be a performance he’ll remember. As he kicks off airshow season at SUN ’n FUN, he also kicks off his 30th anniversary of performing in airshows. Goulian’s first airshow flight was a home affair at Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts, where he’d learned to fly. Thirty years later, his calendar includes flying his Extra 330SC at airshows across the country, including SUN ’n FUN. “Flying and racing amazing planes around the globe is something I never imagined possible when I was a kid. But now that I have been living this dream for many years, I feel lucky and privileged to be doing so, and I never take any flight for granted,” he said. The former U.S. National Aerobatic Champion says he approaches each flight like it’s a competition. “I want it to be as well-executed as I’ve ever done it,” he said. “It’s like I’m trying to win the national championship every time I fly. Right now, I have the 2017 Unlimited Compulsory program pasted up on my instrument panel in my Extra. And that’s what I’m flying. During the

off-season while I’m practicing, all the precision and aggression stays with my flying. And then once Spring rolls around, I get back to, ‘Okay let’s start tumbling the Michael Goulian airplane and doing all of those things that airshow spectators love.’” So what can you expect to see in today’s performance? “We change the music every year, and then we also change some portion of my flying every year,” he said. “So we will arrive at SUN ’n FUN with a new 2017 airshow.” To ensure safety, he begins practicing the new routine in March, practicing three times a day. “We fly the same thing day in and day out, because it’s all numbers,” he explained. “You need speed, and energy, and altitude. Once you’ve got those plugged into your head, it becomes second nature. It’s almost like you’re in a groove.” GOULIAN | See Page 9

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Performing at SUN ’n FUN also means performing in front of a lot of teenagers who are fascinated by aviation. What advice does this veteran airshow performer have for them? “You’re gonna be great at what you love to do,” he said. “Figure out what it is that you love to do and do it. And then give it all of your energy and don’t look back. There’s gonna be bumps in the road and there’s gonna be hills to climb, and that’s what makes it special and that’s what makes it fun when you finally get there. You know, if it was easy, everybody would do, and it’s not supposed to be easy.” MikeGoulian.com

Even so, with airshow flying, every day — indeed, every flight — is different, he said. “Every ten second increment is different,” he said. “You’re thinking a hundred times a second, ‘Am I in the right position relative to where I want to be? Does the airplane have enough energy to do what it’s doing, or is it a little bit unhappy? If it’s a little unhappy, how do I get that energy back? Am I a little low? Do I have plenty of altitude?’ That’s what an airshow pilot’s doing every second. There’s just no driving the airplane around the sky.”

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ADS-B airspace: Is your GA airport inside or near it? Some general aviation aircraft owners may not recognize the consequences of waiting to install Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out until they discover in 2020 that they cannot easily fly out of their home airport. Many GA airports are located in or near airspace that requires ADS-B equipage. Without ADS-B Out onboard, pilots will need to seek exceptions from air traffic controllers to depart from their home airport, which might not be granted or could lead to delays. In 2010, the FAA published a rule mandating the use of ADS-B Out by Jan. 1, 2020, in most airspace where a transponder is required today. Pilots who fly from GA airports in or near congested airspace may not have studied how Class B and C airspace or a Mode C veil might affect their operations to and from their home airport. ADS-B Out is required in all three of these types of airspace under the FAA rule. You should confirm whether the following types of ADS-B airspace could affect your operations: • Class B airspace: Airspace from the surface to 10,000 feet above mean sea level surrounding the busiest 37 airports in terms of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations. Airspace configuration is individually tailored and consists of a surface area and two or more layers. Class B is designed to contain all published instrument procedures once an aircraft enters the airspace. • Mode C Veil: This airspace within a 30-nm radius of a Class B airport from the surface to 10,000 feet requires aircraft to have a Mode C transponder with altitude reporting. • Class C airspace: Class C airspace usually consists of a 5-nm radius core surface area from the surface up to 4,000

feet above the airport elevation, and a 10-nm radius shelf area that extends no lower than 1,200 feet up to 4,000 feet above airport elevation. These airports have an operational control tower, are serviced by a radar approach control, and have a certain number of IFR operations. There are more than 120 Class C airports in the United States. “Some pilots of aircraft based near Class B or C airports may find they did not anticipate the impact of the FAA’s ADS-B rule when it takes effect in 2020,” said Rune Duke, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s director of government affairs for airspace and air traffic. “If they fly in Class B or C airspace or in the Mode C Veil, they need to be equipped.” Class B and C airspace is shaped like an inverted wedding cake. Even if a general aviation airport is not covered by the bottom layer, an aircraft may pass through Class B or C airspace on the way to or from a runway. The Mode C Veil around 37 Class B airports with a 30-nm radius extends from the surface to 10,000 feet. GA hotspots often correlate to congested airspace where ADS-B is mandated in New York, Florida, California, and Texas. “This is where the highest density of general aviation aircraft is located and where there are a lot of Class B and C airports,” said Jens Hennig, vice president of operations for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Nationwide, more than 20,000 general aviation aircraft are based at airports under a Mode C Veil, and those owners need to recognize how little time they have left to install ADS-B before the FAA rule takes effect. “There are many general aviation pilots who do not fully understand where rule airspace is located,” Duke said. “Pilots should investigate how rule airspace affects them and take action soon.”

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SUN ’n FUN: A refuge in the whirlwind By JACK J. PELTON, EAA CEO/Chairman Welcome to SUN ’n FUN 2017! Getting back to Lakeland is always a joyous moment, not only because it marks the start of the flying season for many of us, but also an opportunity to see old friends again along the flightline. It also is a place where we can exclusively talk about flying for a while and reenergize ourselves for the fun flying, EAA chapter events, and Young Eagles flights in the coming months. The past 12 months have been a whirlwind of activity. It seems just a moment ago, but it was actually a year, when we stood at Lakeland with our friends from Dynon Avionics and the FAA and announced the Supplemental Type Certificate for the Dynon EFIS-D10A. That was a breakthrough moment for general aviation. It brought safety-enhancing equipment to aircraft owners at a lower price, and it began an avalanche of innovation in that area. More airplanes and additional equipment have been added to that original STC, and earlier this year the FAA signaled its willingness to prototype a Tiered PMA (Parts Manufacturing Approval) approach. We at EAA are not surprised by that. We knew that the first step would bring a rapid march toward innovation in this area, which is exactly what we all want to see. It was work well worth the result. A year ago, we also talked a lot about the hope for aeromedical reform. In July, just before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, it became reality when the president signed the provisions into law. Then in January, the FAA introduced BasicMed. It is a major step, and the first major aeromedical reform to succeed in a quarter century. EAA and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) pushed very hard to make this happen. It will keep thousands of pilots flying in a way not possible before. There’s still work to do, but a door is now open where it had been shut to numerous attempts over the past 25 years. There are other issues ahead for GA in the coming year, including FAA reauthorization and ATC privatization. ATC privatization, for instance, is much more than the possibility of user fees on general aviation. The thought of a national air traffic system with no congressional oversight of policy or budget worries us greatly. We will be watching this very closely in the coming weeks and months. It’s important for you to know the consequences of the proposals when they do emerge, and we will keep you informed. But let’s get back to the fun stuff — why each year we come to places such as Lakeland, Oshkosh, and the fly-ins in your own regions of the country. The passion to fly, build, restore and dream that

Paul Poberezny understood and harnessed nearly 65 years ago remains strong. There have always been challenges, but that passion carries us forJack Pelton ward. We renew our spirit when we get together on the flightline or at a hangar. I can’t overstate the importance of that.

Each of us — all of us — must be the ambassadors of aviation. We cannot be the grumpy guys in the corner who don’t want to engage and encourage those who might be interested in joining us. If we go that direction, there is no future. As we celebrate Young Eagles 25th anniversary in 2017, I’m reading the wonderful stories of former Young Eagles now involved in aviation. It quickly dawns on me that we have a tremendous influence on sustaining and nurturing those who will come next, just as we stand on the shoulders of giants who

came before us. Each of us might think at times that we’re just one person, unable to make a difference, but each of us makes a difference when we reach out to others and bring them in. Events such as SUN ’n FUN bring that message back to us every spring: We are among friends and we are an impressive community. Let us enjoy the week, the friendship, and the enthusiasm we’ll take back to our hometown for the year. I’ll see you on the flightline! EAA.org


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Career Fair returns The fourth annual SUN ’n FUN Career Fair, presented by JSFirm.com, returns to the fly-in tomorrow, Wednesday, April 5, inside Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum. According to the organizers, 13 companies are scheduled to participate in the Career Fair, including; • Allegiant, • Air Wisconsin, • Compass, • Endeavor, • Envoy, • Express Jet, • Frontier,

• Go Jet, • PSA, • Republic, • Sky West, • Spirit, and • Trans States. All job seekers were asked to preregister at FlySNF.org/Career-Fair, since space is limited. Once they’ve attended the Career Fair, job seekers have been invited to enjoy the show, so don’t be surprised if you see groups of people in interview attire — suits and dresses — walking the grounds tomorrow.

Aerostars, ’39 Plymouth Radial Air Truck at Phillips 66 display The Aerostars precision aerobatic team will be at the Phillips 66 Aviation booth (N-30) to sign autographs for fans on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and Wednesday at 1 p.m. The team will fly their routines on opening day and in Wednesday’s night airshow. Gary Corns, creator of the popular ’39 Plymouth Radial Air, will sign autographs and talk with guests about his aviation-inspired truck on Tuesday, April 4, at 5 p.m. and Wednesday, April 5, at 1 p.m. The vehicle’s story was one of Motor Trend Most Popular Stories of 2016. It also was featured on Jay Leno’s Garage.

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Blue Angels star in weekend airshows The Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will be the featured performers this weekend. The Blue Angels will arrive Thursday, around 11 a.m., and are slated to perform during the airshows Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Their appearance at this week’s show is one of 35 events in 2017 for the Blue Angels. The Blue Angels’ C-130, affectionately known as “Fat Albert,” begins each demonstration by exhibiting its maximum performance capabilities during a 10-minute performance. Shortly after, spectators will see the aerobatic maneuvers of the four-jet Diamond Formation, in concert with the high-performance maneuvers of its two solo pilots. Finally, the team illustrates the pinnacle of precision flying, performing maneuvers locked as a unit in the six-jet Delta Formation. Created in 1946 by Admiral Chester Nimitz, the mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach. BlueAngels.Navy.mil

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Tune in to SUN ’n FUN Radio By JANICE WOOD “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 this year. There is so much going on during the week of the fly-in 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, airshows, and more during the week. Returning for the second year is the SUN ’n FUN Radio Mobile Studio, powered by Aviators Hotline. The specially equipped vehicle will roam the grounds seeking out stories throughout the fly-in. “If you see them, stop and say hi,” Shallbetter says. “You could be our next interview.” A full slate of interviews is planned throughout the week, with some of the most important — of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) — planned for Thursday and Friday. Every day of the fly-in, at 9 a.m., SUN

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podcast from the radio station’s porch. And just added is another podcast, #NotAtSnF17, which will be recorded and streamed live between the day and evening airshows. Live streaming of all SUN ’n FUN Radio programs is thanks to Live ATC (Live-ATC.net/SNF), an audio streaming site, which gives the radio station worldwide exposure. 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 (Facebook.com/SnFRadio) and follow them on Twitter (twitter. com/SnFRadio).

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ACE Piedmont Aerospace Experience (Boeing 727) (D-4) 10

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Free workshops offered daily The world’s smallest, lightest and most affordable ADS-B devices are now available for General Aviation

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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. 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 aluminum using various metal shaping techniques and equipment. • Oxy-fuel Welding of both steel and aluminum. • TIG/MIG Welding. • Avionics/Electrical installation, which covers the proper wire, terminals, tools and techniques for installation of a reliable aircraft electrical system. • Electrical Noise, which includes the proper installation and isolation of circuits to reduce interference and “noise” in avionics systems. • Fabric Aircraft Covering, where you can get hands-on experience in fabric covering and doping. • Rib Stitching, which demonstrates the attachment of fabric to wing structures. • Composite Construction, which in-

cludes foam shaping and cutting, fiberglass and resin selection and application and vacuum forming. • Safety Wiring and Cable Swaging, which covers the use of safety wire and proper tools for installation of safety wire and swaging of control cables. • Engines and Firewall Forward Installations, which covers all things engines. Engine maintenance, assembly, modification and installation are addressed,

as well as display and run-up of various engines. Many of the workshops are approved by the FAA for IA renewal, officials note. Check in at the workshops to get the proper forms. The workshops, which run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day of the show, are located near the Buehler Restoration Center. There is no additional fee for attending any of the workshops.

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Shop til you drop at the Parts Exchange 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-

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. Consignors may claim unsold items or change prices at any time during regular business hours by asking any Parts Exchange volunteer. No items will be sold if the tag has been altered in any way or is not legible, volunteers add. The Parts Exchange tent will be open for consignors only on Sunday, from noon until 5 p.m. to claim unsold items. The Exchange will close at 5 p.m. and any unclaimed items will become donations to SUN ’n FUN, officials noted.

International Visitors Center provides warm welcome 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 and stop at the trees. 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 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.

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Stay safe There is a lot to see and do this week at SUN ’n FUN, but for officials of the flyin, safety is always the first priority. SUN ’n FUN officials realize that people want to see the vast array of aircraft up close, which is why the flightline is open to the crowds. But it’s important that everyone follow some simple rules to ensure that everyone at the show — as well as the aircraft on display — are protected. By entering the flightline area, you agree to follow these important safety rules: • Aircraft in motion have spinning propellers that can cause serious injuries. Be aware of this at all times to avoid injury to you and those you are with. • Aircraft always have the right of way. Please yield. • No food is permitted on the flightline (except for airside food vendor locations). • Pets are not permitted on the convention site. They are allowed in the campgrounds on leashes. • Do not touch the aircraft without the

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owner’s permission. • Supervise your children closely so they don’t inadvertently hurt themselves or damage the aircraft. • Make sure your lawn chairs are attended or they may blow away and cause damage to people or aircraft. • Please mind your camera, belt buckles and other clothing or accessories when

bending over to look at an airplane. These items can damage paint jobs worth thousands of dollars. • No smoking is allowed on the flightline or around display aircraft. If you have the opportunity, please thank the pilots who bring their aircraft to SUN ’n FUN.

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The fourth annual SUN ’n FUN Car Show returns 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 area for the car show is limited to just 150 cars and motorcycles each day. Some rare beauties from the earliest days of driving will be on display, so be sure to make your way over to check them out.

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There’s a bigger story behind SUN ’n FUN By JAMIE BECKETT As crowds pour through the gates of SUN ’n FUN beginning today, much will be made of the economic impact this massive event brings to the area. Yet, there is a story behind the SUN ’n FUN story that rarely sees the light of day. It should. It matters. Specifically, it matters to you. Or at least it could if you take what you find here home with you. I encourage you to take a moment to shift your gaze from the collected eye candy on the ramps and in the skies, to notice something amazing on the grounds of the airport itself. For several years now the landscape at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport has been transitioning. This 1,700-acre publicly owned facility, which was home to cobwebs and vacant buildings and wide open unused spaces not so many years ago, is now a beehive of activity. Residents of the surrounding area are benefiting from the investments being made on the field every single day. Construction laborers, plumbers, electricians, heavy equipment operators, restaurant employees, fuel providers, convenience store workers, and yes, even pilots and aircraft mechanics are bringing in new customers and an increasing number of dollars because this place is booming. As you look around the field, you’ll notice big ticket items like a new hotel going up, right next to the existing hotel, which has been a raging success. You’ll see the NOAA hangar and offices sprouting up from the ground, where more than 100 jobs will be based, along with multiple hurricane hunter aircraft. What you may not notice is the vacancy rate of the existing buildings. It’s zero. Only eight years ago LAL felt the shame of a public acknowledgement that 300,000 square feet of rentable space was vacant. The airport’s finances were an embarrassment. Yet today, it doesn’t have an empty broom closet to rent out. They’re full up, and so they’re building to accommodate new clients who are chomping at the bit to move in and start doing business. Add that positive story to the success of the Central Florida Aerospace Academy, a public high school that provides students with a high quality STEM education with an aerospace connection. And the Lakeland Aero Club, where students learn to fly, maintain, and restore aircraft. And Polk State College’s degree program, which is based right on the field. And the row of hangars that provide a base of operation for a growing string of flight schools. And the solar electric farm that powers not only the airport properties, but feeds

electricity back into the grid to realize additional revenue to the field. Wow. So why is LAL thriving, when the airport in your town is probably Gene Conrad lying dormant and underperforming, as the airport in my town is? In a word, management. Good management. No, great management. Lakeland Linder Regional Airport benefits from Gene Conrad, a cheerful but driven man with a clear vision for what this facility could be, and a work ethic that makes the transformation happen. It’s thriving because his staff is fully in sync with the boss, and work their various areas of responsibility with a level of professionalism seldom seen in municipal employees. The airport is growing like a weed because the city commission has confidence in their airport director. They listen to him, they challenge him, as they should, and they support him. It’s for those exact reasons they’re winning. The economy of Lakeland is expanding because City Manager Tony Delgado recognizes the airport for what it is — a sizeable chunk of commercial real estate that can be managed and massaged to create real economic benefit for the residents and business owners of Lakeland. That’s true whether they’re directly involved in aviation or not. Know this: There is nothing magical about the dirt Lakeland Linder Regional is built on. There is nothing in the air or the water that differs substantially from that in surrounding cities and towns. There are thousands of reasons that LAL is thriving while so many other airports are underperforming. And those thousands of reasons have names, and addresses, and jobs, and a desire to be part of a real success story — and they’re willing to work hard to make it happen. The good news is, this is all true. It’s happening. Right in the heart of the Florida peninsula there is an airport that is growing by leaps and bounds, and they’re doing a great job of it. Which begs the question: If they can do it here, what’s stopping you and your airport from doing the same thing in your town? I told you there was a bigger story at SUN ’n FUN than SUN ’n FUN. And there is. Fortunately, it’s one you can take home with you and work to replicate – if you dare. To be honest, I hope you do.


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Just having fun in the P-51 By JANICE WOOD During this week’s show, Stallion 51 will celebrate its 30th anniversary. The company, which provides flights and training in the iconic P-51 Mustang from its headquarters at Kissimmee Gateway Airport (KISM) near Orlando, is bringing some friends to the show to help it celebrate. On Wednesday, you’ll see a gaggle of Mustangs land at SUN ’n FUN, then ushered to the Warbird Ramp. As of press time, it wasn’t sure how many Mustangs will actually be here, but Stallion 51’s Lee Lauderback hopes it will be 30 to help celebrate that special anniversary. “We’ve reached out primarily to graduates of our program,” he said, noting there are more than 180 graduates. “It’s a pretty intense program of learning to fly the Mustang safely.” Stallion 51 held a variety of seminars Monday at its headquarters at KISM for those graduates. Then on Wednesday morning, the Mustangs will leave KISM and make their way to SUN ’n FUN. The Mustang fleet will be arriving in flights of four so as not to overwhelm the Warbird Ramp. Arriving this way gives volunteers plenty of time to park the Mustangs and prepare for the next arrivals. “Then it’s Mustang Day on Thursday,” Lauderback said. “We’ll have a big block of time to do single ship demos, hopefully some formation aerobatic demos and some bomber stuff. And, it looks like possibly a Heritage Flight featuring the P-51 with, I think, the F-16.” “To cap it off, on Saturday, I’ll be opening the evening airshow with a Mustang demonstration,” he continued. Stallion 51 began in 1987 after Lauderback retired as golf legend Arnold Palmer’s pilot. The initial mission was to fulfill a military contract for the Navy Test Pilot School. But what Lauderback noticed is that the test pilots would walk away from the F-18 and gather around the Mustang. He then developed a curriculum to train today’s pilots in the P-51, as well as offer orientation flights. Besides the more than 180 alumni of the training program, Stallion 51 has given orientation flights to thousands of people — too many to count. Those flights are among his favorites, Lauderback notes. “I get to fly the Mustangs a lot, but to share it with other people who have never had a chance to fly the airplane is just really special,” he said, adding he has more than 9,000 hours in the P-51, making him the highest time pilot in the Mustang, right ahead of Bob Hoover, who logged more than 7,500 hours. But Lauderback says he couldn’t do what he does without the incredible team at Stallion 51. “We couldn’t do what we do, flying

The entire crew: Back Row: KT Budde-Jones, Beth Saxon, Angela West, Kelly Managhan. Standing: Richard Lauderback, Robert “Zak” Tomczak, Steve Larmore, Lee Lauderback, John Lauderback, Dr. William Busch, Peter Lauderback. Kneeling: Marco Rusconi, John Black, and Greg Wise. wise, without two of my brothers, Peter and Richard, the identical twins,” he said. “They are some of the top P-51 mechanics in the world. They keep us going. The standard joke is that I break them, they fix them. And, they build them, and then my little brother, John, sells them.” The company has 12 employees now, which Lauderback says is an “incredible team that make this operation really fun and safe and get the job done.” So what can you expect from Lauderback’s performances this week? “My demonstration is a tribute to the Mustang and the guys who actually flew it in combat — the reason we aren’t all speaking German or Japanese,” he said. He notes be prepared for the P-51 flying by “really fast.” And also revel in “the unique sound of the Merlin engine.” “Figuring this airplane was designed in late 1930s, early 1940s, with slide rules and drafting tables in 120 days, it is just a terrific accomplishment,” he said. “To let people see just exactly what the airplane will do down low is sort of fun. Then you tie it up with an Air Force Heritage flight with the F-16 or the F-35, and the Mustang holds its own pretty well.” “Let’s put it this way: Just having fun in the P-51,” he concluded. Stallion51.com

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Unfreeze Your Bird: Learning from the master This is an excerpt from “Unfreeze Your Bird,” the definitive history of SUN ’n FUN as told by Bud Davidson. He will be at the Author’s Corner at the Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum each morning during the fly-in from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to the permanent education endowment. Duffy Thompson, a long-term SUN ’n FUN officer and board member, went straight to the expert when he wanted to learn about holding an event at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport: Paul Poberezny, the founder of the Experimental Aircraft Association, which hosts AirVenture, the largest airshow in the nation. Duffy and Paul spent some time together at the EAA St. Augustine fly-in in April 1972. During a typical Florida afternoon rain squall they discussed how to go about organizing a fly-in. Duffy recalled that it was raining so hard they could barely hear each other in conversation. When asked how to organize a fly-in, Duffy recalled Paul responded simply: “Practice.” Meanwhile, Billy Henderson, another lifelong Lakeland resident, had been a participant in a similar hangar talk and

An aerial view of the first SUN ’n FUN. was also motivated to seek out some advice. He and his wife, Adair, talked to Bill Ehlen, director of the Southeast Experimental Sport Aviation Council. And so, the foundation of SUN ’n FUN was lain using bricks from many sources.

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It included persons who came from diverse experiences with one common characteristic: They each felt there could be a fun flyin on an Oshkosh model held at the Lakeland airport. There were those who wanted to have a broader representation of aircraft, including homebuilts, as well as restored military aircraft. There were several who did not favor including an airshow. Small and fun was preferable to large and profitable. These debates were to continue well into the future. One of the first major decisions was to incorporate. There is no clear record of when the application to the state was made, but it must have been after the first fly-in in January 1975 and before July 1975 since a draft copy of the by-laws was found dated July 22, 1975. The name they selected was Southeast EAA Regional Fly-in Inc., but they referred to the flyin and advertised it as SUN ’n FUN. The way in which the “decision” was reached to do a fly-in actually laid a foundation for the manner in which the fly-in developed. The very first fly-in was so in-

Billy and Adair Henderson were instrumental in getting SUN ’n FUN started. formal that it just happened and everyone did what they could…aviation minded individuals put on a non-profit event, with laid back direction, calling upon highly dedicated, all volunteer workers. It is probably quite rare to have an unpaid, nearly all volunteer organization continue year after year with the same core group of unpaid individuals for nearly four decades. But this is the case for SUN ’n FUN. Next time: Snow at SUN ’n FUN?

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Pilots and life insurance By BOB MACKEY Did you know traditional life insurance policies exclude all aviation risks except flying as a passenger onboard a schedule air carrier? No? Well, you are not alone. Can you have a traditional life insurance policy modified to include personal aviation? Yes, but it is expensive and you still might have some types of flying — like aerobatics or Phase 1 fly-off restrictions — that may be excluded. There’s another problem. Let’s say you purchased a 30-year terms life insurance policy with $250,000 coverage when you were 30 years old and just starting a family. At 30 years old you were able to get insurance for about $250 a year. Now you are 50 years old and you have decided to get your pilot license and either build or buy an airplane. When you Bob Mackey is senior vice president with Falcon Insurance Agency, the official administrators of EAA Insurance Solutions. A commercial pilot with an instrument rating, he has been involved in the aviation insurance industry for over 35 years. You can reach him at bmackey@ falconinsurance.com.

contact the broker who arranged your original life insurance policy, he will need to go back to the insurance company that wrote your traditional term life insurance policy and Bob Mackey it’s like starting all over again. First the insurance company will re-underwrite the base policy using your current age. Second the insurance company will likely require you to complete a full medical and those extra pounds you have acquired — and maybe your elevated blood pressure — may come into play. The bottom line is the new premium goes up to $550. Next the insurance company will have you complete a questionnaire about your aviation experience, the type of airplanes you intend to fly, and a number of other aviation questions. When the questionnaire is completed and reviewed, the underwriter will offer up what the company will and will not cover under the extended coverage for aviation. Of course, there will be a jump in premium to $1,550 a year.

You can see this can get expensive in a hurry. There is an option. Special interest groups, like amateur sport car racing associations, scuba diving associations, and any number of other recreational organizations, have found they can help their members by putting together a group plan where individual members can find insurance coverage via an accidental death insurance policy to fill the gap in a traditional life insurance policy. By doing this, individuals do not need to change their traditional life insurance policy. Instead they can buy a separate insurance policy to fill the gap in their insurance protection. The Experimental Aircraft Association has done exactly this with the EAA Aviation & Non-Aviation Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance Plan. Using the example above, a 50 year old EAA member can obtain $250,000 coverage for an annual premium of $492.89. EAA, Falcon Insurance Agency, and Starr Indemnity & Liability Insurance Co. worked together to develop the EAA Aviation & Non-Aviation Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance Plan. You can find complete details at EAA.org/Insurance or stop by our exhibit LD-7/LD13 during this week’s show.

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Seaplane Splash-In a success By TOM SNOW Perfect weather and a purpose-built seaplane base combined to make the SUN ’n FUN Seabirds Splash-in a success this year, according to organizers. Previously held on the shore of a lake adjacent to Fantasy of Flight, the annual seaplane event has been without a home for several years. “We are very pleased with the turnout,” said Seabirds co-chair Geoff Nye on Saturday afternoon. Over the past year, he and his committee worked closely with the city of Tavares, Florida, to organize the first-ever SUN ’n FUN event not located near the Lakeland airport. “Since Tavares is 60 miles north of LAL,” said Nye, “we scheduled a twoday splash-in on the weekend before SUN ’n FUN so pilots could stop here at Lake Dora on their way south.” Branded since 2010 as “America’s Seaplane City,” Tavares (pronounced tuhvair-ees), features ideal facilities for a seaplane event, including long open docks to accommodate float planes and a large paved parking area for amphibian aircraft accessible from a wide ramp. Both avgas

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and auto fuel are available and a hotel and several restaurants are all within walking distance. The Leesburg Municipal Airport (LEE) is nearby and a shuttle van was available

to take anyone who landed there to the splash-in. Seaplane pilots were invited to participate in various competitions. Spot landing contests and a melon “bomb drop” were

favorites with the large crowd of observers, many of whom were from the local area. An airplane “beauty contest” offered another opportunity for the public to participate in the event.



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27 Jones Brothers, a seaplane ride business based at Tavares, stayed busy during the event with sightseeing flights. On Saturday evening, once all the flying was done, pilots were invited to participate in a “pub crawl” of the numerous waterfront bars and restaurants in the Tavares entertainment district adjacent to the seaplane base. Tavares Economic Development Director Bob Tweedie and Aviation Manager Matt Elia are both certified flight instructors and their enthusiasm for a seaplane event is obvious. In addition to hosting two splash-ins a year since the facility was built, the city’s unique lakefront venue is used for numerous other large events, including a recent antique boat show. Discussions will be held soon to determine whether the SUN ’n FUN Seabirds Splash-in will return to “America’s Seaplane City” again next year. Meanwhile, no matter how you pronounce it, Tavares should be included in the future flight plans of all seaplane pilots. The city’s next splash-in is scheduled for Halloween weekend.

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What’s happening today FORUMS Forums are held in classrooms at the Central Florida Aviation Academy. Volunteers are near all entrances to help you find the right room. Room numbers are listed in front of each forum title.

9 am 1 Fun Flying in the Rocky Mountains, Joe Kuberka 4 Lithium Batteries, Reg Nicoson 7 Air Traffic Control Without an ATC Tower, Michael Muetzel 8 Tax Planning for Business Aircraft, Jonathan Levy and Suzanne Meiners-Levy 9 Professional CFI Defined, Robert V Meder, NAFI Chairman 10 All auto conversions: What’s new, what’s old, what works, Patrick Panzera, CONTACT! Magazine 11 Alphabet Airspace: A to Z, Jack Vandeventer

10 am 1 It is more that just weather: DUATS on the

iPad and Android, Kyle Everson 2 Astronaut Inflight Emergencies, Gary Dahlke 3 Aircraft Engine Compression Testing, Bill Ross 4 I FR Made Easy, Gary Reeves, ATP, Master CFI 5 Aircraft Buy/Sell Contracts, Pat Phillips/ Alan Farkas 8 Chinese Aerobatic Airshow Invitation 9 Flying Beech Airplanes, American Bonanza Society 10 Auto PSRUs, Chevy LS3 & Subaru Engines, Stuart Davis 11 Dynamic Propeller Experts, Michael Fox

11 am 1 ADS-B: Ask the Experts, Pete Ring 2 Buyer Beware: Top five things to look for when buying an aircraft, Scott Sky Smith 3 Continental Motors Lean of Peak: Myths, Legends and the Naked Truth, Ron Humphrey

4 Top Five Mistakes GPS Pilots Make, Gary Reeves, ATP, Master CFI 5 A&P/IA Licensing Process and FAR Review, Thomas Black 6 The Legalities of Starting a Drone Business in Florida, Anthony G. Ison, Esq. 7 Flying Safe In and Around Florida, Steve McCaughey 11 Checklist: Flying to the Islands of the Bahamas, Terry Carbonell

12 pm 10 UL Power, UL260i 95hp@164 lbs, Robert Helms

1 pm 2 IFEs In Space, Gary Dahlke 3 What Everyone Should Know About FAA Enforcement, John Yodice 6 Installing Glass Panels in Experimental Aircraft, David Weber 10 Revmaster’s new Turbo VW engine and new redrive design, Patrick Panzera, CONTACT! Magazine

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 a.m. and the FAA Exhibits are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 11:30 a.m. Light Sport Aircraft Maintenance, Adam Valencic, First Landings Aviation 1 p.m. Bahamas Flying, Terry Carbonell, Bahamas Flying Ambassador

PARADISE CITY FORUMS Light-Sport Aircraft, Sport Pilot and Ultralight forums are held in the Paradise City Briefing/ Forum Tent. 9 a.m. Daily Devotional: MASA Tent Daily Devotional 10:30 am Starting an EAA Chapter, Carla Larsh, EAA UL Chapter 81 12 p.m. Getting Started in Ultralight Flying, Carla Larsh, EAA UL/LSA Council 1:30 p.m. Alphabet Airspace, Jack Vandeventer



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Engines of Light Aviation at LSA Mall The Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) has arranged the “Engines of Light Aviation” display as part of the LSA Mall this year in Paradise City

What’s happening... 3 p.m. Modern Aircraft Finishes, Andy Humphrey, Stewart Systems

MUSEUM PROGRAMS 10 a.m. Second Annual GA Southern Region Awards supported by the FAA 11 a.m. General Aviation Awards-CFI, FAAST, and AMT of the Region

PRESENTATIONS AT THE AOPA EXHIBIT A variety of presentations will be held throughout the week at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Exhibit, Booth AC9 11 a.m. ADS-B Panel: What you need to know about the FAA’s ADS-B rebate, Mike Collins 12 p.m. What’s New With AOPA Flight Planning, Eric Rush 1 p.m. The Brave New World: Flying Under BasicMed, Gary Crump/Jared Allen 2 p.m. Top Tips for Flying with ForeFlight, Angela Anderson 3 p.m. Avidyne: Wireless Connectivity in the Cockpit,Tom Harper

AIRSHOW The Airshow launches at 2:30 p.m. and goes through about 5:30 p.m. (weather permitting). Slated to perform today are: Patrouille de France Jean-Marc d’Hulst Warbirds Michael Goulian Aerostars Larry Kelly Matt Younkin Greg Colyer Greg Koontz Bob Carlton

EVENING ENTERTAINMENT At the Corn Roast Area 6-8 pm: Pic’n Grin, Aaron Tippen

EVENING MOVIE At Ace’s Flying Flix in the Campgrounds 7:45-10 pm: Sully

on the SUN ’n FUN campus at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL). Engines from Rotax, Continental, Jabiru, UL Power, Viking, and Hirth will be on display for examination and comparison. This display will be housed in the large LAMA tent, which includes a shaded viewing area for those visiting Paradise City. “LAMA is genuinely pleased to offer the ‘Engines of Light Aircraft’ display, the LSA Mall, and a pleasantly shaded viewing area,” said LAMA President Dan Johnson. “As we celebrate the 10th anniversary

of the LSA Mall at SUN ’n FUN, the LSA sector continues to show tremendous innovation and creativity — 134 new aircraft models have emerged in a dozen years — ­­ nearly one new aircraft every month for 12 years running,” Johnson continued, “We believe nothing similar has ever occurred in aviation, worldwide, and we want this sector to thrive so that more persons can get involved with flying and so more pilots can afford to continue flying.” The LSA sector took off with a ceremony at SUN ’n FUN 2005, when Evektor’s SportStar and Flight Design’s CT were

awarded their Special Airworthiness certificates, Johnson recalled. Only two years later, the LSA space was so energized with new aircraft that the LSA Mall was created and hosted by LAMA to showcase these new models, he noted. The 2017 LSA Mall will showcase 13 of the most popular models among LightSport Aircraft and light kit aircraft, highlighting the 10th anniversary of this kind of aircraft display. See LAMA online at LAMA.bz and the LSA Mall at this week’s SUN ’n FUN in Paradise City.


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Scenes from SUN ’n FUN

Photo by Ken Strohm

Photo by Ken Strohm

Photo by Ken Strohm

Photo by Ken Strohm

Photo by Ken Strohm

Photo by Ken Strohm

Photo by Ken Strohm

Photo by Ken Strohm

Calling all photographers Did you shoot a great photo at SUN ’n FUN this morning or afternoon? Want to see it in tomorrow’s edition of SUN ’n FUN Today? Bring your camera to the SUN ’n FUN Today trailer near the Cessna display by 1 p.m. We can download your photo and then we’ll put the best ones in the next day’s paper.

Or, you can text photos from your phone to (253) 228-1634. Be sure to include your name, the names of any people in the picture and a few details about what’s happening in the shot. Not every picture will make the paper, so bring us your best and get that instant gratification of seeing your name in the paper the next morning.

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This is the first edition of SUN ’n FUN Today 2017, published on April 3, 2017.

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