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Tico Belle, a Douglas C-47 Skytrain that dropped paratroopers into Normandy on D-Day in World War II, is on display on the Warbird Ramp all days of the show. Photo by Ryan Cleaveland


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Table of Contents Cleared to land so others can take off..................................3 Love at first flight........................................................................4 Flying with the Blue Angels......................................................5 Class of 45 takes to the skies today.......................................6 Drone Club grows quickly........................................................7 Tune in to SUN ’n FUN Radio.................................................14 Map of the grounds..................................................................16 Unfreeze Your Bird...................................................................25 What’s happening today.........................................................28



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Cleared to land so others can take off By JANICE WOOD At about 8:15 a.m. on opening day, SUN ’n FUN officials learned that traffic was backed up on County Line Road clear back to I-4. That’s because ticket sales are 25% higher than last year and 15% higher than the fly-in’s best year ever, according to John “Lites” Leenhouts, SUN ’n FUN’s president. “We also broke the record for exhibitors,” he said. “The 510 exhibitors at this year’s show are the most in our history.” He noted that 85 of the exhibitors are at the show for the first time this year. So what does Leenhouts credit with the boost in sales? You might be surprised at one of the answers: Donald Trump. “No matter how you feel about the guy in the front office, he’s turned the mindset of America around,” he said. “The people with money are excited about the stability and the direction the country is going. People who come to this event have money and they are now comfortable spending it.” He noted that the people who attend SUN ’n FUN are hard-working Americans, as well as people around the world,

“who now feel comfortable letting go of some of their nest egg.” Another reason for the bump in ticket sales is that the community is now realizing that this is a fundraiser, not just a party or Spring Break for Pilots. “It’s a value-added fun, enjoyable, relaxing experience,” he said, adding that “people appreciate that we have a purpose.” Building the next generation of aviators is SUN ’n FUN’s guiding principle. Even this year’s theme, “Cleared to land so others can take off,” references the fact that proceeds from the show go towards more than $500,000 in aviation-related scholarships for students. The Lakeland Aero Club is the largest teen flying club “on the planet,” he said. Besides learning how to fly, the teens also learn how to work and restore airplanes. “I go over there everyday between 1 and 2 and it’s like bees in a hive making honey,” he said, noting even the students take supervisory roles on the projects. “Once you get a core group of success stories, the rest of the population sees them and wants to be like them,” he said. “It attracts more people who want to be successful.”

He’s quick to note that the students are treated like adults. “If they screw up they are spoken to like an adult,” he reports. “If they don’t listen, they are asked to leave.” He notes that the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) is all about the educational opportunities, while SUN ’n FUN is a fundraiser for ACE. “ACE is like the American Heart Asso-

ciation and SUN ’n FUN is like the Heart Walk,” he said. That’s one reason you’ll see signs throughout the grounds thanking you for your donation towards “Building a Brighter Future Through Aviation.” Curious as to where the money goes? There’s a big sign at the front gate that breaks down exactly what it is spent on. Some statistics: More than $2 million annually to educational programs; more than 30 flight scholarship a year worth $12,000 each; $20,000 college scholarships; FAA approved A&P mechanic certification training for dozens of high school students. Want more? How about 100 students who have soloed? Of those 57 are private pilots. Another eight students are now certified A&P mechanics. Leenhouts notes it’s important for donors to see where their money is going. That’s why they are in the midst of creating an annual report, which tracks all the money that comes in and where it goes. He also encourages people to join the Aerospace Center for Excellence (the new name of the Florida Air Museum). “Join the cause and help to continue the legacy of aviation,” he said.


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ISSUE 2 — WEDNESDAY APRIL 5, 2017 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 SUN ’n FUN Today is published each day of the SUN ’n FUN Fly-In by Flyer Media, Inc., publishers of General Aviation News and Living With Your Plane. Copies of SUN ’n FUN Today are distributed free of charge throughout the fly-in grounds. 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. © 2017 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.


Love at first flight By JONI M. FISHER Braylon Faulkner, 6, fell in love with airplanes on his first flight. Travelling with his mother Michelle Faulkner and grandmother Carol Faulkner-Davis in September 2012 from Orlando to Providence, Rhode Island, his excitement came to the attention of the Southwest Airlines pilot who invited him to the cockpit before the flight. His father Brian Faulkner works in business development for a large healthcare company and Michelle was a licensed private investigator in Florida. They encouraged Braylon’s interest in flying. Later that year while travelling in Hiawassee, Georgia, they booked a helicopter ride with Ron Carroll. From there Braylon’s fascination continued. He was living in Winter Haven, Florida, and he would get excited whenever he passed the airport. Winter Haven Airport is also the base of operations for Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base. Braylon enjoyed dining at the restaurant on the field to watch planes land and takeoff. His grandmother was a neighbor of Jon Brown, so she asked him if Braylon was old enough to take a ride in a seaplane. In August 2013, Braylon flew in a Piper Cub on floats. He took more flights in the seaplanes through Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base and developed a friendship with instructor Ben Shipps. His parents gave Braylon a logbook to track his flights. Braylon asked for flights to celebrate birthdays and holidays. Braylon’s grandmother introduced Braylon to the granddaughter of a pilot friend. Giana Griner, a year older than Braylon, shares his passion for airplanes. They had playdates at the Winter Haven Airport restaurant and watch planes. They

shared a flight in a Cessna 210. When the Faulkners moved to Texas for a better job opportunity, Braylon returned to the seaplane base for a flight with Ben. Though he has family in Winter Haven, Braylon understood he would not be back as often as he wanted to be. Last November, just before the family moved, Braylon flew again with his favorite instructor.

“We found a local airport here in Texas,” Michelle Faulkner said. “Our church was loading supplies for missionaries, and Braylon wanted to. They said they’d call us whenever they are loading so Braylon can help.” Braylon has logged 8.25 hours since getting his logbook. With such an intense interest from such a young age, Braylon demonstrates the passion of a future pilot.

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Flying with the Blue Angels Every time the Blue Angels appear at SUN ’n FUN, a few lucky people get the chance to fly with them. Selected for this year’s “key influencer” rides are Mike Zidziunas and John Iskra. The Blue Angels define key influencers as “people who help to shape attitudes and opinions of youth in their communities. People turn to key influencers for advice and information because they have credibility. They may be experts in their field, public figures, leaders of youth organizations, teachers, guidance counselors, or school administrators. They are not always the person at the top of an organization, but have a strong impact on recruiting youth and/or a specific target audience. Good examples of local community key influencers include university presidents, area organizers of youth athletics, school board members, high school principals, coaches, and leaders of diversity groups. Flying these deserving candidates, in cooperation with media presence, will promote the Navy and Marine Corps as professional and exciting organizations with which to serve.” Zidziunas, also known as Mike Z, became heavily involved with the youth aviation program at SUN ’n FUN and the Central Florida Aerospace Academy, an aviation themed public high school on the SUN ’n FUN campus. The newly formed Lakeland Aero Club, the high school flying club at SUN ’n FUN, had received a donation of a Piper Cub restoration project that needed some direction and supervision. He volunteered to assist the

students with the project, and the airplane got its first U.S. Airworthiness Certificate on April 1, 2015. Mike led a group of 10 teenaged pilots on a cross-country trip to Oshkosh flying five vintage airplanes, including the newly restored Cub. Due to the rapid growth of the Lakeland Aero Club Mike’s volunteer position became a full-time job and Mike was hired to be its director and mentor in September 2014.   John Iskra, former director of education at SUN ’n FUN and current STEM instructor at All Saints’ Academy of Lakeland, is from an aviation family — his dad was an A&P working mostly on Bell model 47 helicopters in Florida agri-business. Iskra is a gifted instructor who has a unique ability to bring STEM content to children in a way that is fun, exciting and engaging. He has personally introduced the wonder of aviation to thousands of young people, and his innovation and expertise at connecting his content to interesting methods of instructing is unmatched. He managed the outreach program from SUN ’n FUN’s Aerospace Center for Excellence, and started the current Classroom to the Sky program that “teaches the teachers” to utilize aviation examples and terminology to teach STEM-based curriculum, creatively introducing aviation to traditionally nonaviation students. The Blue Angels Key Influencer Rides will be Wednesday, April 5, in Blue Angel #7. The rest of the Blue Angel Team will land on the SUN ’n FUN Expo Campus on Thursday, April 6th at 9:30 a.m.

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For just the second year, the Class of 45 — Jim “Torc” Tobul flying a Corsair and Scott “Scooter” Yoak flying a P-51 — will perform at SUN ’n FUN. Their first performance is slated for today, with another performance on Saturday. For those who have never seen the Class of 45, you are in for a treat. “Crowds can expect to see two iconic World War II aircraft flying together in tight formation with some acrobatics,” Tobul said. “There will be scissor breaks, opposing passes with a closure rate of over 500 miles per hour and patriotic music.” Performing at SUN ’n FUN is special for the two pilots. “SUN ’n FUN will be our third airshow of the 2017 season,” Tobul said. “It has always been high on our long list of airshows. I have been flying this airshow since the mid-1980s in various aircraft.” The duo is an interesting pair. Yoak is a 2008 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, with a major in Aviation Maintenance Science and a minor in Air Traffic Management. While still in school, he built hours by towing banners and instructing in his family’s T-6 Texan. He got checked out in the P-51 when he was just 20. After graduating from school, he returned to West Virginia, earned his IA and now works for the family’s restoration and fabrication business. He has logged more than 5,000 hours, including more than 400 in the P-51. When he’s not touring with the Mustang or working in the shop, he is the deputy team chief for the Black Diamond Jet Team. Meanwhile, Tobul has been a pilot for


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more than 40 years, taking pride in carrying the legacy of the Corsair to airshows all over North America. He lives in Jackson, Wyoming. So how do the pair — who live so far apart and are so far apart in age — make their airshow performances work? “Class of 45 represents several aspects,” Tobul said. “One is our dads being a major influence in flying warbirds even though we are from different generations. Second are the iconic aircraft from World War ll, and third would be honoring all those veterans who have served to protect and preserve what we all enjoy today.” “It’s very important that we keep the history of these aircraft and the men that

flew them alive and active,” Tobul notes on the team’s website, “The role these heroes played in securing democracy and our freedom cannot be measured. We owe them a great debt, and it is an honor and privilege to carry on for them and tell their stories.” Both aircraft are based in South Carolina, about 30 miles apart, he noted. “This close proximity makes it very easy for us to practice our routine,” he said. As the age difference: “That has no impact on our flying abilities,” Tobul said. “We have developed into a very cohesive team with absolute trust between the both of us.” For Complete Details Contact: Russell Large +63-918-903-0700 Mike O’Farrell 352-631-4029

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Drone Club grows quickly By BILL WALKER The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron at Central Florida Aerospace Academy on the SUN ’n FUN campus developed from an idea into a popular school club within a year, according to club advisor Richele Floyd. “Joel Bresler, an engineering teacher, had the idea for the club,” Floyd said. “And the club has grown to 20 student members. Our goal is to teach students how to understand the new laws, how to build the UAVs and how to fly them.” Floyd, who is the education director at SUN ’n FUN, serves as the club’s point of contact with local airport authorities. “Everything has to be organized through the Lakeland airport,” she said. “You are not allowed to fly a drone within five miles of an airport. We are the only drone club in the United States that is on airport property, so we have to have approval from the airport prior to every flight they do.” “Every week we have to apply for a clearance at that field,” said Evan Thomas, a CFAA student and club president. “We will call the tower and say, for example, that from three until four we are

flying in a set airspace. We are only allowed to fly on a certain field. We’re not flying this week because the field is filled with campers.” “Technically we are called the Unmanned Squadron, but we just call it the Drone Club,” he continued. “I have flown drones for the past five years and own two.” He is also pursuing a private pilot’s license and hopes to attend West Point. This year during SUN ’n FUN, club members are working on a drone that will be flown in an upcoming competition. Thomas, the club president, was joined Tuesday at the Piedmont Aerospace Laboratory hangar work site by fellow squadron members Michael Kelly, Kai Anderson, Andrew Campbell, Nolan Kiefer and Scottie Larson. “From an engineering standpoint, it is incredible,” said Floyd, the club advisor and a civil engineering graduate of Florida State University. “The kids have to learn all the rules and regulations. They sit down with all these tiny pieces. The drone they are building has cameras on it. It is remote control to all of the technology that goes onto it. It is an engineer’s dream.”

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Left to Right Michael Kelly, Kai Anderson, Andrew Campbell, Nolan Kiefer, Richele Floyd, Scottie Larson, Evan Thomas Floyd, who is a pilot and a drone pilot, said opportunities for pilots who fly drones are wide ranging. “We had a guy in here yesterday who has a group in the Congo,” she reported. “They hire UAV pilots to do defense work. There are people that do photogra-

phy, videography, and surveying.” UAV club members are fund-raising this week, accepting donations for leading tours of the Piedmont Aerospace 727, according to Floyd. “They also speak to students in the youth workshops,” she said.

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Valor Studios honors our veterans By TOM SNOW If a picture is worth 1,000 words, the Makos family will never run out of stories to tell about the veterans featured in the art prints being offered at the Valor Studios booth in Hangar B, Booth 29-30. The family-owned business, which deals in limited edition lithographs focused on military history, is exhibiting at SUN ’n FUN for the first time this year. The business traces its roots to 1994, when brothers Adam and Bryan Makos created a newsletter telling stories of World War II veterans. They called it “Ghost Wings” after a B-17 bomber that vanished “like a ghost” soon after World War II. The brothers, who were in middle school at the time, were fascinated by stories of World War II told by both of their grandfathers, who further fueled the youngsters’ enthusiasm by taking them to airshows and museums. In time, the brothers turned the newsletter into Valor magazine, which they continued to publish through their college years, with Adam as editor/publisher and Bryan as art director. After graduation, Adam and Bryan’s

sisters, Erica and Elizabeth, joined the family business, which also now includes parents Bob and Karen. Since the magazine had always borrowed images from aviation artists to include in the magazine’s pages, in 2002 the family had the idea to commission custom paintings and sell prints as fundraisers. The first artist they approached was John D. Shaw, who was commissioned to paint “We Were a Band of Brothers,” a scene of paratroopers preparing for DDay. Major Dick Winters of the famous Easy Company depicted in the Band of Brothers television series agreed to sign the prints, making them a hit in the market. Since 2003, the family has produced a new print each year to tell the stories of American veterans. One of the most gripping prints depicts the true story of combat chivalry in the skies of World War II, when a German fighter pilot passed up the opportunity to finish off a flak-riddled B-17 bomber and instead escorted it back to safety. In 2012, Adam turned that story into a book called “A Higher Calling,” which tells the stories of the two pilots, who eventually met after the war. After spend-

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Veteran Plaza stories By JACK NEUBACHER When you come through the front gate at SUN ’n FUN, just after crossing the road, look to your right and you will see Veterans Plaza. There you will find about everything veteran oriented. Inside the Welcome Center vets can register, but while you are there, stop off at the table on the right and have a talk with Lon Cooper. You better be ready to be filled with World War II pilot training stories from Lon because he will fill your hearts with pride of the accomplishments of the now 95-year-old cadet flight instructor who helped teach 200,000 cadets right here in Lakeland, Florida, and at 69 other flight schools associated with the Lodwick School of Aeronautics. “We were also the screening facility for the Army and we washed out 27% to 35% because what they wanted was precision flying and that’s all I knew,” he said. “We took the new cadets through the first 60 hours in 10 weeks, taking them from solo through acrobatics, then they went to basic where they learned instrument, then on to transition, where they went to either fighter or bomber training,”

he said. “The skies around Florida were filled with airplanes in those days, and I had ‘Look Around’ stenciled on the back of my goggle strap as a constant reminder to the cadets to watch for trainers and other aircraft in the air,” he said. “The first class had 385 cadets and all but 65 washed out flying the 225 Stear­ mans on our field,” he recalled. “They were the perfect aircraft to teach in ­— they were 6G positive and 5G negative.” He instructed here for three years, from 1943 through 1945. Cooper grew up in St. Petersburg then moved in recent years to Auburndale, Florida. “Of course, I learned to fly in a Cub and then the three-place Cub Cruiser,” he said. “The only thing that flew slower was a captive balloon. You know, the stick was the fuel gauge. Since the tank was in the wing, if you needed more fuel you just banked a little to the left and it showed more fuel left in the tanks.” During your visit to SUN ’n FUN, be sure to visit Lon Cooper in the Veterans Plaza, then take a trip down the plaza where you can educate yourself on the many stories of our military.

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Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just call up any aviation insurance broker and simply tell them how much you want to spend and then they would arrange aircraft insurance for that amount? It would be simple, easy, and you could go on about the more important things in life and stop wasting your time trying to make sure you have the right aircraft insurance at the best price. There’s only one problem. Those ads you see on TV where you can pick your own price don’t tell you how much insurance coverage you get. Those ads also play on the common underlying thing about insurance: People don’t like insurance and they also don’t like insurance people. There is an online survey that shows which professions people regard as highly respected and those professions people have little or no respect for. While the ranking for insurance broker isn’t at the very bottom — car salesperson is — the insurance broker is only one step up! When I mentioned this to my daughter, she asked why I would choose a profession nobody respects. I told her because I believe I can make a difference. Aviation insurance encompasses everything from non-owner (renters) insurance to airport insurance, aircraft insurance to instructor insurance, accidental death insurance to hangar insurance, and drone insurance to general liability insurance. Let’s talk about how you can save money on whatever kind of aviation insurance you need and still be confident you are getting the right insurance, or at least buying the coverage you need and not the coverage you may not need. Step #1: Find an aviation insurance agency that has people who know what they are doing and have the necessary contacts in the aviation insurance community to find the insurance you need. There are several ways to find the right insurance agency. Talk to other aviators at your airport, in your local EAA chapter, or talk to the owner or someone with knowledge at the FBO. If you are part of a type club with a connection to a specific agency, see if that agency has any information on its website about their experience. You may also check out the website for 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@

aviation associations like EAA to see if there is information on their website that will give some ideas. You don’t need to start calling every aviation insurance agency Bob Mackey asking for quotes. This will not accomplish anything. In fact it will only create confusion. Once you have selected an agency, you work with them to see what they can do. You can always make a change later before you place an order for insurance. Step #2: Does the broker at the agency listen to you or are they trying to tell you what you need? Every aviator has different concerns about what they want to insure and how much coverage they are comfortable with. A good broker will make suggestions and they should always look into options for you, even if you didn’t ask for them. A good broker also should explain important issues, such as making sure your aircraft is insured for the proper amount, your uses of the aircraft are in compliance with the approved uses on the insurance policy, and where your policy applies and does not apply (geographic territory). In addition, a good broker is going to make sure you understand who is approved to fly your aircraft and how you can add or delete pilots if necessary. Step #3: Does the broker and agency have a good reputation? As I mentioned, some people do not think much of insurance people. Well, there is a reason for this. If you have questions and they are not getting answered or the answers don’t make sense, then you may be talking to the wrong broker or agency. Step #4: If possible, make a point to check out the aviation brokers and agencies at aviation events. AirVenture and SUN ’n FUN are great places to meet and talk one-on-one with brokers. You can ask questions, get recommendations, and take away information to get a quote. If you decide you want to change insurance, you should start the process about 60 days before your current insurance comes up for renewal. If you need insurance sooner, you can leave your information or send it over when you get home. The important point is you can size up the broker and agency. Have fun at SUN ’n FUN and if you get a chance, stop by the EAA Insurance Solutions (Falcon Insurance Agency) Exhibit at LD-7/LD-13 or call us at 866-6474322 or go to after the fly-in.

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Looking up, back, and forward By MARK BAKER AOPA President & CEO As the annual kick-off of the fly-in season, SUN ’n FUN gives us an opportunity to gather with friends and take a moment to look back at accomplishments and forward to the challenges and opportunities in 2017. We should all take a moment to thank John “Lites” Leenhouts, the president and CEO of SUN ’n FUN. Since taking over in 2011, the Navy veteran’s hard work and dedication has grown the event to one attended by 200,000 people that is responsible for more than 1,500 jobs and contributes $137 million to the economy. Lites is also leading a transition to take SUN ’n FUN beyond a week long fly-in and toward becoming an institution with aviation, education, and social offerings year round for pilots, students, and enthusiasts. He has brought the community of pilots closer, expanded the economic impact of GA in the state and region, and inspired countless young people to pursue careers in and around flying. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has also seen significant developments in our work to grow GA and make flying more accessible to everyone and we hope you stop by the AOPA campus at SUN ’n FUN to hear more. Most notably, last year we saw third class medical reform, or BasicMed as the FAA now calls it, signed into law. For decades, pilots have worked to change and improve the medical certification process and on May 1, 2017, we will finally be able to fly under the reforms we fought so hard to achieve. Though not perfect, BasicMed will save millions of dollars for pilots and the FAA and benefit hundreds of thousands of flyers by reducing burdensome government bureaucracy and putting medical decisions in the hands of individuals and their doctors, which is where it has always belonged. Another issue AOPA has taken on, following complaints from members, is high pricing at some FBOs. Our initial research has shown that the overwhelming majority of the industry is doing a great job, but a handful of FBOs, especially those that have recently experienced consolidation at their airports, are imposing excessive prices. If you believe that you have experienced unreasonable prices at an FBO, please visit and be sure to include all the pertinent information, including location, FBO operator, and prices charged. If you have any receipts or other materials that may be helpful, please include those as well. AOPA’s You Can Fly has made significant gains in the past year in improving access to aviation, getting pilots flying again, and working with the future gen-

eration. Just last year the program helped start 25 new flying clubs, recognized industry leaders with the Flight Training Excellence Awards, gave out Mark Baker 20 $5,000 high school flight training scholarships, began developing aviation-related curricula, and delivered almost 400 Rusty Pi-

lots seminars across the country that put some 3,500 aviators back in the left seat. We also welcomed drone pilots to AOPA with new membership options as part of an ongoing effort to unite manned and unmanned pilots for the common purpose of safe integration of all users in our shared airspace. We will host an ongoing interactive Drone Experience at the AOPA campus, complete with a cage for demo and simulation flights. If you’d like to learn more about BasicMed or any of our other initiatives, I’ll be hosting a Pilot Town Hall on Friday, April

7, at 8:30 a.m., where we will serve coffee and donuts. And if you can’t make it to the AOPA campus at SUN ’n FUN, we hope to see you at one of our four AOPA Regional Fly-Ins, which will be held April 28-29 at Camarillo Airport (KCMA) in California, Sept. 8-9 at University of Oklahoma Westheimer Airport (KOUN), Oct. 6-7 at Groton Airport (KGON) in Connecticut, and Oct. 27-28 at Tampa Airport (KTPF) in Florida. Blue skies!


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Lakeland Aero Club adds Redbird FMX The Lakeland Aero Club has added a Redbird FMX full motion flight simulator to its fleet. This installation will be different from the norm as club members will perform the installation themselves. Two of the club’s student leaders, Katie Esker, a sophomore, and Sean Stoltz, a freshman, visited Redbird headquarters in Austin, Texas, last month for installation training. They spent two and half days learning how to assemble and maintain the simulator under the tutelage of Kenyon Odell. After the simulator was completely built at Redbird, it was then dismantled and put in a crate for shipping. The deconstructed FMX is in Lakeland, ready for the students to build. “Lakeland Aero Club provides its members a variety of amazing opportunities through active participation and practical experience. So, it was only natural that the club ask to build the simulator themselves,” said Redbird’s President, Charlie Gregoire. “We were happy to accommodate and had lots of fun training the students. They are smart, talented, and professional and have been some of the best customers to work with.” During the first part of SUN ’n FUN this week, Esker and Stotlz will oversee

Members of the Lakeland Aero Club hard at work building their new Red Bird simulator. Construction is slated to be finished by Thursday. its construction. They anticipate three days to build the device and plan to unveil it during a pancake breakfast on Thursday. Once the simulator is up and running, the students will draft operating guidelines and begin to use it for flight training. The simulator can be configured to operate as a Piper Warrior, Piper Seminole, or

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a Cessna 172. The Lakeland Aero Club was founded with the mission to introduce young people to all aspects of aviation. The club not only provides an accessible platform for learning to fly, but its members are empowered to make the decisions on how

it is operated and run. Members are also offered experience in aircraft restoration and maintenance. Those interested in watching the progress of the simulator build can visit the Lakeland Aero Club hangar located near the main entrance of SUN ’n FUN.

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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.

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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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’n FUN President John “Lites” Leenhouts will be interviewed, sharing the day’s highlights. Throughout the show, exhibitors, airshow performers and others will be interviewed. The podcast Uncontrolled Airspace returns this year, on Tuesday after the airshow and at 11 a.m. Sunday for a live

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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 (, 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 ( and follow them on Twitter (twitter. com/SnFRadio).

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5 Southern Specialties American Cuisine (D-3) Steak burgers, french fries, chilli cheese fries, beverages

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ACE Piedmont Aerospace Laboratory (C-4) 2

ACE Buehler Aerospace Skills Center (D-4) 8

ACE Aerospace Pavilion/Eickhoff Conference Room (C-4) ACE Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) (D-4) 3 9 ACE Florida Aerospace Historical Annex (D-3) 4

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

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Java Junction (D-2) 13 Scott & Suzie’s Concessions (B-2)(E-3) 17 Kettle Corn (D-3) Coffee, Espresso, Cappuchino, Latte, Tea Breakfast, Chicken, Pork, Meatloaf, Catfish with sides daily at Campground location only. 18 Croydon Coffee Cart (F-3) Simply Southern Kitchen (E-3) Burgers & Hot Dogs and Funnel Cakes at Family Sandwiches, Chicken, Salad Bar Fun Zone 19 Smoke Shack (F-2) Ice Cream Treats (various locations) BBQ Ribs, Brisket, Sunset Grill (D-3) 14 Beverages, hot dogs, chips, Pulled Pork, chicken, Salads, burgers, french fries, chicken ice cream, strawberry shortcake french fries tenders, alcohol, entertainment & more! Amish Bakery (D-3) 20 Papa Joe’s (D-3) Amish Doughnuts, Soft Pretzels Cuban sandwiches 15 Country Store (A-2) chicken salad, sweet tea, coffee Milk, beer, eggs and other & coffee convenient items Wild Bill’s Old Fashioned Soda (D-2)(F-3)

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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

Career Fair Today 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 Career Fair takes off today at 9 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m. SUN ’n FUN has once again partnered with job website,, to host the event. Industry professionals will be onsite to interview for openings with a number of companies, including Spirit Airlines, Envoy, Frontier Airlines, ExpressJet, Air Wisconsin, GoJet, Compass, PSA, Draken, Republic, Embraer, SkyWest, Endeavor and Trans States.

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ADS-B rebates still available By CLIFTON STROUD Tens of thousands of general aviation pilots are already enjoying added safety benefits, enhanced situational awareness and more peace of mind from Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) long before the 2020 deadline to equip. To encourage more aircraft owners to equip soon and avoid long waits for installation at repair shops as the deadline nears, the FAA is offering — for a limited time — a $500 rebate for completed ADS-B installations in fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft. Owners can also claim the rebate for installing an integrated system that includes optional ADS-B In, which enables pilots to receive subscription-free traffic and weather information in the cockpit and see the location of nearby aircraft. Many general aviation aircraft will require ADS-B Out, which transmits information about a plane’s altitude, speed and location to air traffic controllers and to nearby equipped aircraft. Some general aviation aircraft owners may not recognize the consequences of waiting to install until they discover in 2020 that they cannot easily fly out of their home airport due to requirements that go into effect then. To complete an ADS-B installation before the Jan. 1, 2020, deadline, aircraft owners should start to research available equipment and schedule an installation since appointments will become more difficult to obtain as the deadline approaches. Visit the Equip ADS-B website ( to research eligible equipment and learn more about the ADS-B Out rule. By equipping now, GA pilots will be able to offset some of the cost. Owners of U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft that are not currently equipped with Version 2 of ADS-B Out are eligible for a $500 rebate. Rebates are still available and they are being issued on a first-come, first-served basis until 20,000 are claimed or until the end of the one-year program, whichever

comes first. Eligible aircraft owners can reserve a rebate until Sept. 18, 2017, the program’s last day to accept reservations, if any are still available. Eligibility is limited to the purchase of new, TSO-certified ADS-B equipment that is compliant with the ADS-B Out rule. Software upgrades of existing equipment and installations in aircraft first registered after Jan. 1, 2016, are not eligible.

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1. Decide: Purchase TSO-certified avionics and schedule installation. Review and validate the aircraft owner and aircraft-specific information in the FAA’s Civil Aircraft Registry (CAR). The FAA will determine rebate program eligibility using the information submitted in the CAR, and all rebates will be mailed to the aircraft owner recorded in the CAR. 2. Reserve: Reserve a rebate from the FAA’s ADS-B Rebate website (FAA. gov/Go/Rebate) before avionics installation occurs. You will receive a rebate reservation code, which is required to claim the rebate. 3. Install: Install the TSO-certified ADS-B avionics. 4. Fly and Validate: Within 60 days of the scheduled installation date, fly the aircraft in “rule airspace” as defined in 14 CFR 91.225 for a minimum of 30 minutes with at least 10 aggregate minutes of maneuvering. After the flight, validate that the equipment performed properly by requesting a Public ADS-B Performance Report and General Aviation Incentive Requirements Status report available on the FAA’s ADS-B Rebate website. If the equipment has performed correctly, you will receive an incentive code. 5. Claim: Within 60 days of the scheduled installation date, claim your rebate by using your reservation and incentive codes via FAA’s ADS-B Rebate website. For more details about the rebate, visit the FAA’s ADS-B rebate website at FAA. gov/Go/Rebate.

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Paradise City Xpress Every day all day long at SUN ’n FUN you can take a free ride from the main area to Paradise City where all the light aircraft fly constantly. Catch one of two six seat golf carts running continuously starting at the Florida Visitor Center near the food court or at the Rotax Aircraft Engine exhibit inside the main gate. Rides both directions are free and are operated by Paradise City volunteers. At the destination please visit the LSA Mall and the new Engines for Light Aircraft display.

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Photo by Sandy Thomas

A Replica 1917 Nieuport-28 with owner/builder Blake Thomas (left). Robert Baslee, CEO and President of Airdrome Aeroplanes, built the planes for the movie “Fly Boys.” See it outside the Vintage Headquarters.

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I might not be able to walk, but I can fly By BILL WALKER For North Carolina pilot Justin Falls, flying an airplane represents a freedom denied him on the ground. Falls, 28, overcame a devastating spinal cord injury as a student and has rebuilt his life to include completing college, earning a pharmacy degree and, most recently, passing his sport pilot check ride. Falls, who suffered a broken neck in a college accident when he was 18, said, “When I first had my injury after falling off a fire escape I could barely move my right arm, and I didn’t have any sensation below my shoulders. The doctors said there was nothing else they could do.” His initial reaction was despondency. “I thought why didn’t you just let me die,” he said. “It was like my worst nightmare.” “Essentially, most of my recovery was up to me, and my family was very supportive,” Falls continued. “I was on a ventilator at first, then began small rehabilitation steps like picking up light objects. After six weeks I still wasn’t able to take care of myself independently. My mom helped take care of me. If she hadn’t been

there, I would’ve ended up in a nursing facility.” Falls, from Gastonia, N.C., finished two separate degrees at Wingate University over the next eight years after the accident, including graduating pharmacy school in 2015. Along the way he began outdoor adventure pursuits. “Adaptive sports allowed me to meet others with similar injuries,” he explained.  “One of the guys I played quad

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rugby with finished the Able Flight program the year before me. I had always wanted to learn how to fly, so I applied.” Able Flight, founded in 2006 by Charles Stites, is a North Carolina-based nonprofit organization best known for its aviation scholarships that enable people with disabilities to learn to fly. Falls began working as a pharmacist at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, N.C., in February 2016 and not long after that got a call from Stites offering him a Shell Aviation/Able Flight Wings scholar-

ship. His supervisor at Frye let him take a six-week break from his new job for the Able flight program. Falls did his sport pilot training at Purdue University. “First, we had to do some online ground school studying,” he said. “Once we got there, I was in the air the second day. The plane we used is a tandem Sky Arrow light-sport aircraft, and it’s designed to be flown with your hands.” “The control stick is on the right for the ailerons and elevator. The rudder and throttle are controlled on the left with a Thandle lever. Twisting the T-handle clockwise adds power and twisting counterclockwise reduces power. You pull back on the T-handle for left rudder and push forward for right rudder. There are also separate sticks for the finger-controlled brakes to the right of the control stick.” “My first solo in early June 2016 was a little nerve-wracking, but also exciting,” Falls continued. “I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I had about 20 hours before soloing. Everybody was watching, but I ended up having really great landings.” He took his sport pilot check ride about three weeks after his solo. “There’s no gimme or anything,” he ABLEFLIGHT | See Page 27

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Snow at SUN ’n FUN? This is an excerpt from “Unfreeze Your Bird,” the definitive history of SUN ’n FUN as told by Bud Davidson. Davidson will be at the Author’s Corner at the Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum each day of the fly-in from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to the permanent education endowment. “This is going to be a memorable year,” a thought uppermost in the minds of those who worked so hard to prepare for the third fly-in Jan. 17-23, 1977. It was memorable alright, because Lakeland experienced record low temperatures and snow on Wednesday, Jan. 19! There is no one who was here that morning who does not recall the desire for a hot coffee and praying for some sunshine. Advertising included a call to “Unfreeze your bird,” which now seemed in question. There was no longer quite the same emphasis on the “Unfreeze your bird” theme after this third year. 1977 was also the year the Lakeland Garden Club selected SUN ’n FUN for its latest HANDS project (Home and Neighborhood Development Sponsors). Club members put in plantings to be seen as visitors entered the site. The key

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representative of the Garden Club was Peggy Brown, long-serving City Commissioner and former Mayor of Lakeland. She was also responsible for getting a bridge over Longcoy Creek on SUN ’n FUN road. An entry road was named af-

ter her following her passing in 2003. SUN ’n FUN volunteers have maintained these plantings and many more ever since. This work, continuing today, is done by the “Flower Babes” — who are not just women.

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Scavenger Hunt takes off The fourth Scheme Designers Scavenger Hunt is on again this week. Scavenger Hunt participants will search the display grounds for aircraft sporting a Scheme Designers paint scheme and special logo sticker. One point will be awarded for each aircraft found with the Scheme Designers livery and logo sticker. The entry form with the highest number of points wins a custom desktop model from Factory Direct Models (Hangar C, Booth 23), worth more than $500. Clues will be posted to the Scheme De-

signers Facebook page about the location of the stickers. “Like” and follow the Scheme Designers Facebook page to receive notifications as they happen. The hunt is limited to aircraft “within the fence” or on formal display at SUN ’n FUN. Players should note the make, model and registration number for each display aircraft on which they find the sticker. Scavenger hunt forms can be picked up at the Scheme Designers Booth in Hangar A, Booth 17, and must be returned to the booth no later than 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

TNA exclusive tug provider for SUN ’n FUN TNA Aviation Technologies is furnishing SUN ’n FUN aircraft handlers its advanced TowFLEXX aircraft tugs. These advanced electric towbarless aircraft tow tugs are easy to operate and offer limitless flexibility, according to company officials. TNA provides solutions to all aircraft moving and ground support needs for fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters from 2,000 to 220,000 pounds. “We’re delighted TNA has been chosen by the SUN ’n FUN organizers to be the

sole supplier of our innovative tow vehicles,” said Michael Turwitt, managing partner and co-owner of TNA. “As well as providing a global showcase for our modern technologies, this arrangement provides another example of TNA’s vision to work closely with large general aviation event partners to do our bit to help make the aircraft ground moving experience quicker and slicker.” See TNA Aviation Technologies tugs in Hangar C, Spaces 53-55.



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Viper SD-4 flies at SUN ’n FUN Eagle International Aircrafts’ Viper SD-4 is cleared for takeoff at SUN ’n FUN. The all-metal original design was conceived to embody ruggedness, low maintenance, repair cost, and high availability, according to company officials.

Refinement in Europe over the past 10 years has perfected the design, build, systems, and flight characteristics, for a comfortable, practical, beautiful, and economical ride, company officials note. The Rotax 912ULS-powered LSA has

a range of nearly 600 nm, officials add. The Viper SD-4 can be ordered, readyto-fly, as an LSA starting at $89,900. You can see the Viper SD-4 this week in Paradise City, Space 41.

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said. “I had to fly it to the same standard as everyone. I was nervous, but felt ready for it. I was told if the examiner shook your hand at the end, you know you passed. Well, it took some time for us to get out of the plane, but then he shook my hand.” Falls has not been able to fly much since he earned his license last summer.  “There aren’t many planes around that have hand controls,” he said.  “The closest Sky Arrow for rent is a four-hour drive from my house, so I’ve been saving up to get my own airplane.” He would also like to earn his private pilot’s license, but will need to find a medical examiner to fly with him in order to get a third class medical. “My ultimate dream in flying,” Falls said, “is to get some land and be able to land my plane in my own backyard.  Flying gives me a feeling of freedom.  I no longer feel paralyzed while in the air.   I might not be able to walk or run, but I can fly.” Falls will be at the SUN ’n FUN Shell Aviation exhibit in Hangar C, Booths 8589, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. “If anyone would like to drop by and ask me questions, please feel free,” Falls said.



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What’s happening today SUN ’n FUN 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 before each event below.

9 am 1 ForeFlight 101: Beginners, ForeFlight 2 Aviation Spark Plug Design & Maintenance, Brian Cox 3 Designing the Perfect Paint Scheme, Craig Barnett 5 Air America Legends and Lies, The History of Air America, Marius Burke 6 Alphabet Airspace: A to Z, Jack Vandeventer 7 Pilot-Plane-Plan: Safety’s Big Picture! David St. George 8 Flight to Alaska in our 1950 Pacer, Gary Winter 9 Professional CFI Defined, Robert V Meder, NAFI Chairman 11 Dynamic Propeller Balance, Michael Fox

12 Understanding the ICAO Flight Plan Form, Steve Podradchic

11 Building and Flying Thatcher CX4/CX5/CX7, Dr. Glen Bradley

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1 How to Fly Your Plane to Cuba, Thierry Pouille 2 Care and Feeding of the Cessna Cardinal, Keith Peterson and Paul Millner 3 Starting a Successful Part 61 or 141 Flight School, Michele Rash 4 Avoiding Unwanted Legal Action By the FAA, Anthony G. Ison 5 Classic Piper Wing Repair, Paul Babcock 6 How Not To Get Violated Using a GoPro, Ryan Mohr 7 SAM-EX Aircraft. The new modern retro kit from Zenith/SAM Aircraft, Sebastien Heintz & Matt Heintz 8 Dynamic Propeller Balancing and Vibration Analysis, Steve Sennett 9 Which engine oils are right for your engine? Steven Strollo 10 Continental Motors TITAN Aircraft Engines Experimental Aircraft, John Heitland/

2 A ffordable Flying or How to Cut Flying Costs, Scott Sky Smith 3 E lectronic Ignition Systems, Michael Kobylik 4 A vidyne Touch Screen GPS - An Intro, Gary Reeves, ATP, Master CFI 5 B uy, Build & Fly - Classic Pipers - the affordable certified ride, Clyde Smith, Jr. & Connie Stevens 6 C itabrias, Decathlons and Scouts, Robert Szego 7 O ut of control. Now is not to learn how to recover, Bill Finagin 8 U se the tape to avoid loss of control, Jim Alsip 9 L SA Buying and Flying Tips, Louis Mancuso 10 S uzuki G Series Engine Conversions, Mark Kettering 11 Floats for light aircraft, Zenair Floats and Full Lotus, Floats Matt Heintz

1 ADS-B: Ask the Experts, Pete Ring 2 Bolt-on Performance and Efficiency for your Aircraft, Darren Tilman 3 Pilot’s Bill of Rights I and II What do they say? Kathy Yodice 4 What you need to know about ADS-B, Tom Harper 5 Oxy/Acetylene Gas Welding Aluminum and Steel, Mark Cycholl 6 Airparks Selection and Landing on Turf, Ron Heidebrink Forum 7 Flabob DC-3/C-47 Fly In May 19-21 Legends Gather, Jon Goldenbaum 8 Carter SR/C and Other Air Taxi Concepts, Jay Carter 9 Maintaining Beech Aircraft, American Bonanza Society 10 Aircraft Engine Leaning and Flight Management, Bill Ross

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1 pm 1 ForeFlight 201: Intermediate, ForeFlight 2 Which aircraft is best for you? Scott Sky Smith 3 Flying the WX24 Pilot Weather Application, Paxton Calvanes 4 TFRs and NORAD Intercepts: How to avoid a Fighter Escort, Lt Col Tom Gustin 5 Your own airport...Yes, you can! 6 Bellanca Cruisair through Super Viking, Robert Szego 7 How to Avoid a Runway Incursion, Donna Wilt 8 Taming the Tailwheel, James Guldi 9 Building your own kit aircraft for first time builders, Sebastien Heintz 10 Auto PSRU’s Chevy LS3 & Subaru Engines, Stuart Davis 11 Modern Gyroplane 101, Robert Snyder 12 Switchblade Flying Car: Cabin & Safety Features, Sam Bousfield

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 ACS Update, Eric Crump, Susan Parson 10 am Fundamentals of Loss of Control, Jim Alsip, Dylan Aviation 1 pm ADS-B: Airspace, Equipment, Benefits, FAA & Industry Panel

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 Daily Devotional - MASA Tent 12 pm Making Better Takeoffs & Landings, Steve Pope, Flying Magazine 1:30 pm Swift Fuels: Future of Unleaded Avgas, Brian Stirm, Swift Fuels 3:00 pm Discover Powered Paragliding, Paul Czarnecki, Planet PPG

MUSEUM PROGRAMS 9 am-2 pm Fourth Annual SUN n FUN Career Fair fueled by

AOPA EXHIBIT BOOTH AC9 PRESENTATIONS A variety of presentations will be held throughout the week at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Exhibit Booth AC9 8:30 am Rusty Pilots (register at RustyPilots. org/SNF), Chris Moser

11am Autograph Signing at AOPA Campus, Patty Wagstaff 1 pm Ice Cream Social and Pilot Town Hall, AOPA President & CEO Mark Baker 12 pm The Brave New World: Flying Under BasicMed, Gary Crump, Jared Allen 12 pm ADS-B Panel Discussion: Equipping for the ADS-B mandate, Mike Collins, moderator 3 pm L3 Aviation Products ESI-500, The Most Advanced Standby System for GA Aircraft, Mark Linsley

AIRSHOW 2:30-5:30 pm Slated to perform today are: SOCOM

Matt Chapman Warbirds ACE Maker Class of ’45 Greg Koontz Larry Kelly Jerry Kerby Gene Soucy Viper Demo Aeroshell

NIGHT AIRSHOW 7:30-9 pm SOCOM Aerostars


Bob Carlton Dan Buchanan Jerry “Jive” Kerby Redline Formation Team Matt Younkin Paradigm Team

EVENING ENTERTAINMENT At Corn Roast Area 6-8 pm Justin Grimes

EVENING MOVIE At Ace’s Flying Flix in the Campgrounds 7:45-10pm: Flying the Feathered Edge (Bob Hoover)


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Text us your snaps 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. Photo by Ryan Cleaveland

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