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Table of Contents WASPs share their stories.......................................................3 It’s all about the plane................................................................4 Small, nimble and fairly loud....................................................6 Got Howitzer?..............................................................................7 Re-enactors: From hobby to obsession ...............................8 Business is booming at KLAL..................................................9 Work continues on unleaded avgas....................................10 Couple build World War I fighter..........................................12 What’s happening today.........................................................29

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“This is not a time when women should be patient. We are in a war and we need to fight it with all our ability and every weapon possible. Women pilots, in this particular case, are a weapon waiting to be used.” — Eleanor Roosevelt, 1942 Three representatives of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) from World War II held a forum Friday at the Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum. Florence “Shutsy” Reynolds, Kathleen “Kay” Hilbrandt, and Beatrice “Bea” Haydu told stories about the joys and problems they overcame as the first women to fly for the U.S. military. The associate director of the National WASP WWII Museum, Carol Cain, presented a video on the history of the WASP program. The museum is on Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, where the WASPs trained. Shutsy explained that the WASP program was kept quiet because back then people were uncomfortable about women flying airplanes. “We were told to say we were a baseball team going to entertain the troops,” she said. “One soldier told us, ‘Well, good for you, but don’t you know there’s a war on?’”

SUN ‘n FUN Board member Steve Thomas presents Jacob Lutz, Harry Silcox’s 15-year-old grandson, his 10-year volunteer pin. Jacob started when he was just 5 helping in Main Registration by carrying the program books into the office, and hauling keyboards into the museum with IT technician Diana Carlson.

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Florence “Shutsy” Reynolds, Kay Hilbrandt, and Bea Haydu answer questions after their forum. At age 18, Hilbrandt heard the Army was hiring women pilots, so she took a train from Newark, New Jersey, to Washington D.C., and bluffed her way into an interview with Jackie Cochran, who headed the program. Kay was hired, but like all WASPS, she was hired as a civil servant, not as a member of the military. Because WASPs were not in the military, they had to pay for their room and

board, medical care, and travel home. Thirty-eight of them died during their service. Their family members had to pay to transport their bodies home. In 1977, Senator Barry Goldwater helped the WASPS gain rights to veterans benefits. In 2016, a law passed allowing the ashes of WASPS to be placed at Arlington National Cemetery.

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ISSUE 6 — SUNDAY APRIL 9, 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. www.sun-n-fun.org www.GeneralAviationNews.com © 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.

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It’s all about the plane: A P-51 By JONI M. FISHER Flying a P-51 Mustang is the dream of many pilots. Owning a Mustang, according to businessman and pilot Andrew McKenna, is a way of honoring those who flew them. At SUN ‘n FUN this year, McKenna is flying the USAF Heritage Flight in his P-51 Mustang in formation with the F-16 Viper and an A-10 Warthog. He is one of the newest members of the Heritage Flight team. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of Stallion 51, a training facility for flying P-51 Mustangs. McKenna is one of the 200 graduates of their comprehensive check-out training program. Instructor John Posson of Stallion 51 noted McKenna “came up the right way, transitioning from a T-6. He never got ahead of himself. That shows judgment. After he trained with us, he takes annual recurrent training. He sees the value of recurrent training, which makes him a great student.” McKenna maintains his P-51 (N473420) in the original stock paint scheme and he hasn’t given the plane a name. He keeps the aircraft plain for a reason. He lives near Arlington National Cemetery, so he was asked to do a flyover to honor USAF Lt. Col. Edward Carl “EC” Hoagland. Because his aircraft was plain, he applied temporary nose art to match

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the nose art on the plane Hoagland flew. He has performed other flyovers to honor fallen World War II pilots. “I’ve been very fortunate in business and it feels good to give something back,” he said. “Look at the other Mustang owners and I know they do the same.” Like other warbird owners, McKenna considers himself a “keeper of the keys” of the P-51 Mustang and a North American AT-6G Texan. He has over 700 hours in World War II aircraft. His P-51 was first owned by the U.S. Army Air Corps and was not used in com-

bat. The third civilian owner of it was Allied Fighters in Chino, California. “Allied Fighters did a restoration in 2007 and I bought it in 2013,” McKenna said. “I modified it by making it IFR capable by adding a GTN-750 to the panel.” When flying to airshows and events he said, “I show up at an airport to refuel and a crowd gathers. Nobody cares who I am. They all want to talk about the plane. It’s fun to roll into an airport like Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and everyone clears out of the restaurant to see the plane. It’s all about the plane.”


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The only high school flying club on the planet By BILL WALKER One of the busiest places at SUN ‘n FUN is the Lakeland Aero Club hangar. Every day 20 to 40 of the approximately 100 members work away at their tasks to keep the high school flying club running smoothly. Dubbed the only high school flying club on the planet by SUN ‘n FUN President John “Lites” Leenhouts, the flying club is more than learning to fly. Members also learn how to restore and build aircraft. One of the busiest individuals at the hangar this week is club vice president Donovan Richards, a former Central Florida Aerospace Academy student. “I joined the club as a sophomore,” he said. “I received a James Ray scholarship at the end of my sophomore year and received my pilot’s license before I graduated high school in 2015. After that I was still volunteering with the club. I started the aerospace program at Polk State College and I’m working toward an instrument rating and my advanced ground instructor rating.” His post-graduation work at the club was noticed by Club President Mike Zidziunas. “Mike needed the help administratively,” he said. “I have been employed here since last October.” Zidziunas, known by all as Mike Z, said Richards “is the guy to talk to about anything in the club.”

“As of right now there are no student officers,” Richards noted. “We have a board of directors and we have officers, all adults. We want to get back toward a club in which the students have a little more say with what happens. Senior students should have the ability to help mentor students.” Mentors include those who are now in college and return to volunteer with the club, he added. Two of the developing young leaders in the club are sophomores Katie Esker and Sean Stoltz, who were sent to Redbird Flight Simulations in Texas over spring break to work the Red Bird mechanics to build the club’s new simulator. Once they calibrated it, they disassembled it and shipped it back to Lakeland. The simulator was given to the club recently by an anonymous donor. Members work almost daily on maintaining the club aircraft, Richards said. “Our planes include a 1953 Piper Super Cub. That is the Super Cub that Mr. Ray bought as a project. We have a 1948 Piper PA-11 Cub and that airplane Mr. Ray also sponsored. The third is a 1984 Piper Super Cub. We call it the Super Duper Cub. It has a 180-hp engine. It was purchased by Mr. Ray to be the tow plane for our glider. And the last one is a 2006 Remos G-3-600.” You can visit the club’s hangar during the show. It’s near the front entrance.

Building the next generation of aviators The future of aerospace education should be determined in a partnership with companies that offer jobs in the global aerospace industry, according to Eric Crump of Polk State College. “As an academic I am the first to admit that we tend to huddle ourselves in a corner and determine what we think is the right type of curriculum,” he said. “What we need to do, though, is reach out to the industry to work with us to develop the

curriculum they actually need.” Educators should have “an industry advisory board,” he said. “This is how we build the next generation of aviation professionals. When we began our program four years ago we had a choice of replicating every other flight program that existed or starting from scratch,” he said. “We chose the latter and the only reason that was possible was that we invited industry to collaborate with us.”

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When Mark Peterson performs in the airshow today, he’ll be flying a Dornier Alpha Jet, which he describes as “kind of an unusual airplane.” Peterson has flown at SUN ’n FUN six times, but this is the first time flying his full aerobatic routine in the jet, which he bought in 2007. So what can airshow fans expect from today’s performance? “The Alpha Jet is a very small, nimble jet that’s fairly loud,” he said. “It’s very fast and very responsive, so you’ll see a lot of rapid rolls, rapid pitch rates, high speed passes, a lot of vertical, and a lot of demonstration of its maneuverability and high-thrust to weight performance.” Flying at SUN ’n FUN can be a bit of a challenge for Peterson, who is used to a much different terrain. “SUN ’n FUN for me is kind of unique because it’s a big open flat area. I fly most of my shows in areas that have mountains near by,” said Peterson, who is based in Idaho. “So, when you work in a completely flat environment, one of the challenges is just maintaining good situational awareness about where the airport is and where the various directions are. “The Alpha Jet has a wonderful set of instruments, even though it was designed back in the 1970s,” he said. “The instruments give me very good information throughout the flight. But just visually, it’s challenging in that big flat terrain to maintain a good view on where the airport and the surroundings are. The airport itself is wonderful, it’s a great airport to fly at. Nice layout, good runways, and obviously excellent spectators.” Preparing for the first big airshow of the season starts months before opening day of SUN ’n FUN, he noted. “One of the challenges every year is

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year’s memory to fall back on,” he said. “If I were actually making a change, I’d probably add another 10 practices.” While airshow crowds marvel at his performance, they don’t realize the “tremendous” amount of preparation that goes into that 10-minute routine, he said. “It is kind of funny to reflect as a performer on all of the things we do and then we jump on stage for nine or 10 minutes, fly our pants off and then land, and the spectators go, ‘wow that was neat,’” he said. “There literally are hundreds and hundreds of hours of preparation that go into getting the airplane ready, getting ready physically, mentally, and everything ready to perform.” Peterson started flying when he was 6 with his father, Ed, who was a B-24 Liberator pilot during World War II. He soloed at 16 and received his private pilot ticket at 17. Since then, he has flown more than 35 different types of aircraft and accumulated more than 4,500 hours. 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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Barbie III: A B-25H bomber with a nose cannon By TOM SNOW Got Howitzer? The B-25 Mitchell bomber named Barbie III does...and the 75 mm cannon mounted in the nose of the twin-engine, twin-tail warbird is drawing a steady stream of people on the Warbird Ramp who’ve never heard of the rare “H” model of the World War II bomber. After sitting idle for about eight years at the Deland, Florida, airport, Barbie III was purchased and made airworthy last year by the Cavanaugh Flight Museum of Addison, Texas. “This is the No. 2 prototype of the H Model and the only one still flying,” explained Doug Jeanes, museum director. “It never saw wartime service, but it carries the markings of R.T. Smith, an original member of the Flying Tigers, who named the plane for his wife when he transitioned from fighters to bombers.” Instead of the shiny paint seen on some warbird restorations, Barbie III is finished in authentic dull olive drab, just as it appeared in wartime. The huge Howitzer cannon mounted in the nose, which was built by the Oldsmobile division of General Motors, is the same gun used in the Sherman Tank.

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It fires an M46 high explosive 75 mm shell, one of which is displayed with the plane. Until an automatic loader was eventually developed, the large heavy shell, about 25” long, had to be hand-

loaded by a crew member stationed in the plane’s belly. The B-25H, called the “Flying 75,” could fire three to four cannon rounds a minute, with the weapon’s recoil causing the plane to shudder each time. A video of the plane firing its cannon is available on YouTube. Capable of shooting from two miles away, the Howitzer was used against ground-based targets and was especially

effective against ships and submarines. The cannon’s firepower was augmented by four 50 caliber machine guns in the nose and eight more in other parts of the plane. And, of course, the B-25H could still drop bombs. Now in its 24th year, and with over 80 aircraft on display, the Cavanaugh Flight Museum brought five warbirds to SUN ‘n FUN, including two T-28 Trojans, a Mustang, and an AD-6 Skyraider.

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By JACK NEUBACHER Many aviators know how a brief encounter can become a hobby and then an obsession. It started out the same way for World War II re-enactor, Michael Roberts who lives in Stuart, Florida. When asked how long he has been collecting World War II memorabilia, he said “probably longer than I should have.” “First I found a little cloth bag with a string on top with German medals inside in my father’s bedroom,” he said. “I used to sneak in and dump them onto the bed and just look at them. I was fascinated with them.” When he was 32, he started seriously collecting military items, starting with small things. “Then when I was 36 I found an old military jeep in back of a roofing supply shop,” he recalled. “I asked the owner about it and he told me he had run it into a swamp and flooded the engine. He said I could have it for $500 and that is how it started.” From that meager beginning began a relentless search for more, eventually becoming an obsession. “It would have been easier if I collected stamps, I could have put them in a drawer.

Left to right: Robert Hale, Mike Alvarez, Michael Roberts, and Ted Smith But I didn’t. I collect armor and machine guns and everything else.” Most of his collection is World War II, but he does have some Korean and Vietnam pieces in his collection. The re-enactors have been coming to SUN ‘n FUN for the past five years. “Here we do static displays only,” he said. “Sometimes the group does battle reenactments at other venues, but not here yet, mainly because they haven’t asked us

to. We do need more empty spaces with terrain.” He bragged that the people who are reenactors are actually history buffs. “They want to give credit to the US GI.,” he said. “There are both men and women in the crew. The ladies said they want to honor our ancestors. Many want to honor someone in their family.” You can see the re-enactors in the Veterans Plaza in the Southeast Exhibit area.

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Business is booming at KLAL By JANICE WOOD While Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport (KLAL) is a beehive of activity this week, it’s also pretty busy the other 51 weeks of the year. The airport, which had about 115,500 operations in 2016, expects to have anywhere between 8,000 and 9,000 during the week of SUN ’n FUN, according to Gene Conrad, airport manager. “And those are just operations on the pavement,” he said. “We don’t count the operations on Paradise Field in Paradise City, but that could be anywhere from 300 to 500 a day.” He said those operations aren’t counted because the pilots flying in Paradise City don’t talk to the air traffic controllers. During the show, the FAA brings about 62 additional controllers to Lakeland to help handle the traffic. Since 2013, when sequestration hit, the airport and SUN ’n FUN have been required to reimburse the federal agency. “This year I think our bill is about $266,000,” he reported, noting that’s just an estimate and the final tally will come after the show. He’s quick to note that the airport is fortunate, because of partnerships with Visit Florida, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Polk County Sports Marketing and the Polk County Tourist Development Council that help offset the costs. While wandering around the field, you may notice a large hangar under construction with a NOAA logo on it. That’s for the NOAA Hurricane Hunters, who are moving here from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. Construction on the 100,000-squarefoot hangar began Dec. 5 and will be completed by May 1. The Hurricane Hunters, who have to be out of MacDill by July 1, 2017, are bringing 110 people and nine airplanes to KLAL, including P-3 Orions, a Gulfstream IV, Twin Otters, a King Air, and Twin Commanders. “They’re studying tornadoes this year,” Conrad said. “They’re studying snow packs. It’s not just the hurricane hunting that they do. They’re doing missions all over the country for scientific purposes.” Conrad credits the tremendous growth at the airport, in part, to the Central Flori-

da Aerospace Academy. “When we built CFAA five years ago, I said I can only imagine what it will do to our airport. Then we had no flight schools, now we have five. Then we had 68,000 operations a year, we’re now doing over 115,000. So this is another one of those anchors for our airport, having NOAA here with their prestige. They’re world renowned for what they do, especially here in the United States and here in Florida. Because obviously we see a lot of hurricanes go by.” He sees NOAA spurring more growth and economic activity. “Potentially other companies will base here,” he said. “Our companies that are currently located here will hopefully be doing work for them — avionics work and mechanic maintenance work on their aircraft.” “Then when you look at the CFAA, the Lakeland Aero Club and Polk State College, the kids will be able to go and visit the facility and talk to those highly skilled folks,” he continued. “It’s just a great energy that’s been created with SUN ’n FUN being here and now, with NOAA being here, it really raises the bar of what we do here.” The airport, which is home to 75 businesses and more than 1,100 employees, is run by a staff of just 16 people. “We have 1,700 acres and a million square feet of facilities,” he said. “Right now we have over $30 million worth of projects on the airport right now. We’re pretty busy on a daily basis.” Other projects include a new hotel on the north side of the airport next to the Hilton Garden Inn, construction of about 12 T-hangars, and a recent $6.8 million grant to do several long taxiway projects. But for now, Conrad and his staff are concentrating on SUN ’n FUN. He notes planning for the huge event “never stops.” “It’s a year-round process. We have checklists that we follow each month. We know what we need to be doing to get ready for the event. We meet with SUN ’n FUN officials on a year-round basis to get ready for the event.” “It’s all about supporting each other so we can both do what we need to do and keep supporting aviation and help it grow,” he said. “That’s the big thing.”

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Up in Paradise City, you’ll see a fuel truck with Swift Fuels emblazoned on its side. It’s there to promote the company’s unleaded UL94 avgas, the first of the company’s products to make it to market. “We introduced the 94 fuel two-and-ahalf years ago to make it clear that this stuff is doable,” said CEO Chris D’Acosta. “People shouldn’t think, ‘Oh my God, is it going to be some weird thing?’ It’s not. It’s just unleaded fuel, that’s all. Airplanes still perform like airplanes.” He notes that while some pilots are worried about what the unleaded fuel will do to their engines, he has no “qualms” about the 94 fuel or the other Swift fuel that is going through FAA testing now. He reports that two fuels — one from Swift and one from Shell — are in Phase Two of the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI) Program, which involves a combination of engine testing and flight testing, orchestrated by the FAA. A few weeks before SUN ’n FUN, D’Acosta reported that the fuels were being tested in eight locations, including in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with Lycoming, in Mobile, Alabama, with Continental, in Austria with Go Tech, in Duluth, Minnesota, with Cirrus, in Wichita with Textron, and in Torrance, California, with Robinson. “The preliminary reports from those all look solid,” he said. “In other words, no red flags, which is consistent with earlier tests.” According to PAFI’s timeline, approval is expected by the end of 2018. That will

be followed by about six months while the FAA certifies the fuel and ASTM writes the formal specification. “The next question is what’s the transition plan,” he asked. “We expect there will be a program announcement that would explain the hows and the whens.” He reported that a team of industry and FAA officials are working on deployment of the new unleaded fuel. Main questions involve how will deployment work, as well as anticipating what issues there might be.” “Will it be one fuel? Will it be two fuels? What will the implications be to the market? I can’t predict that right this second,” he said. “Pilots don’t know what to expect, and so it’s going to take some direction from the FAA to clarify how it’s going to work. Those are the kind of questions that the deployment team is asking itself, too.” He’s quick to point out that he has confidence that whatever fuel is rolled out, it will work. “The FAA is going through painstaking care to make sure that whatever solution enters the market is safe,” he said. “Flight safety is their highest criteria.” “We’re asking people to be patient, and have trust and confidence in the fact that the FAA is full of bright, intelligent people,” he said. “These people are highly talented, they work hard, and they work as a team. They don’t deserve the generic rap that comes from people who like to criticize the FAA for being slow or lethargic. They have a lot of regulations to carry in their bag.” SwiftFuels.com, FAA.gov

SkyTrek makes first sale at SNF The first Light-Sport Aircraft to enjoy both Chinese and U.S. certification — Triton Aero-Marine’s SkyTrek — made its first sale this week at SUN ‘n FUN. In addition, Triton has purchased South

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Save $1,000 on Aspen’s VFR PFD Aspen Avionics is offering its FAATSO and STC certified VFR primary flight display (PFD) for $3,995 for the month of April. The price represents a $1,000 discount. The VFR PFD features include: Integrated air data computer; slaved directional gyro; course deviation needle; integration with a wide range of autopilots (with optional aircraft converter unit; airspeed indicator; altimeter; altitude; vertical speed; turn coordinator; wind indication; and display of ADS-B weather and traffic.

51% feel election good for aviation JSfirm.com recently released its Hiring Trends Survey for 2017. Of those surveyed, over 51% feel the presidential election will have a positive impact on the aviation industry; while 6% believe the election will have a negative effect. “The survey results indicate a thriving aviation job market,” said Jeff Richards, JSfirm.com operations manager. “We are busy. New companies are posting jobs and job seekers are creating memberships to stay upto-date on new opportunities.” According to JSfirm.com, of the 358 aviation companies surveyed, 88% will hire in 2017, 71% did not cut jobs in 2016, maintenance and avionics technicians and pilots remain in highest demand; and the shortage of qualified professionals is their biggest hiring challenge.

Aspen’s VFR PFD can also be upgraded to a full IFR Pro 1000 or Pro Plus PFD as needs and skills expand, company officials said. Upgrades to IFR — with some limitations — can be performed through a software upgrade that eliminates the need for future cockpit overhauls. The unit is also NextGen capable, displaying ADS-B traffic and NEXRAD weather when coupled with a variety of ADS-B solution providers including Garmin, L-3, FreeFlight Systems, and Aspen’s ADS-B transceivers. Visit Aspen Avionics at SUN ‘n FUN in Hangar C, Spaces 10-12 or online at AspenAvionics.com.

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Need a replacement for your King KX155/165? TKM Avionics has developed a direct slide-in replacement for the King KX155/165 series of NAV/COM radios. The company expects units to be available this summer. “These 8.33 kHz radios are compatible with 14- or 28-volt aircraft and are direct plug-and-play replacements that are affordable and simple to install and use,” noted Ken Beckemeyer, TKM’s president and CEO. “They feature all-digital technology and are software-based so they can be easily upgraded as well.”

The retrofit radios feature active/standby flip-flop, high visibility alphanumeric touch point displays and a high sensitivity tuner with improved output quality. Designed to be owner installable, it fits and interfaces with existing equipment in the panel, according to company officials. It’s equipped with a Master volume knob, but the Nav and Com volumes can also be adjusted separately, company officials added. TKM Avionics is located in Hangar D, Space 4 or online at TKMAvionics.com.


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Couple builds World War I fighter By JONI M. FISHER Retired USAF Colonels Blake and Sandy Thomas met at Luscombe Air Force Base. On their first date Blake took Sandy on a ride in a 1944 BT-13. In December, they will celebrate their 23rd anniversary. The couple built a replica of the Nieuport-28 because it was the aircraft flown by the 27th Squadron in World War I. Named “Sandy,” the Nieuport-28 (N128FF), took Blake and Sandy 950 hours over nine months to build in 2007. The basic kit was designed by Robert Baslee of Airdrome Aeroplanes. He did a “builder’s assist” to coach them through the completion of the plane. Baslee’s company also built the planes used in the movie “Fly Boys.” The Nieuport-28 is considered a replica because it was designed with modern materials. Blake and Sandy had built an RV-7, but the fabric and painting of the Nieuport offered a new learning experience. As career Air Force retirees, Blake and Sandy researched paint schemes for authenticity. They consulted Theodore Hamady, who works in the warbird sec-

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tion of the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum and wrote the book “The Nieuport-28: America’s First Fighter.” They also visited air museums. Blake explained that the four guns on the fuselage of their Nieuport-28 “are replicas made of aluminum because the real guns weigh 33 pounds each.” “In 2011, we flew this plane to the World War I Dawn Patrol at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, to the grass strip by the museum. There is a gathering there every other year,” said Blake. “We plan to go celebrate the 100th anniversary of World War I there in September,” Sandy added. “Blake will wear his re-enactor’s uniform. The boot laces are 10 feet long because the boots go up to the knees. I have a volunteer communications uniform. It looks like a nurse’s uniform without the red cross.”

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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 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

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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! 0 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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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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uAvionix enters GA market uAvionix has entered the GA market with four products: EchoUAT, SkyFYX, SkyEcho and EchoESX. An Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) ADS-B avionics solution provider, uAvionix aims to disrupt GA by leveraging solutions developed for drones to transform avionics design and dramatically reduce the size and cost of ownership, according to company officials EchoUAT promises affordability, EFIS compatibility and ease of installation in a remotely mounted ADS-B transceiver for Experimental and Light-Sport Aircraft. At $999, it incorporates dual-link (1090MHz and 978MHz) receivers and a 978MHz UAT Class B1S transmitter. EchoUAT includes integrated WiFi that supports many popular iOS and Android EFB applications. It also features a direct wired communication for use with popular transponders and EFIS models from Dynon, GRT and MGL Avionics. A zero-install, automatic reply decoder integrates with Mode C and legacy transponders for retrofit capability. It is designed for use with the aircraft’s existing altitude encoder and ADS-B compliant GPS posi-

tion source. If a rule-compliant position source is not available, uAvionix offers the SkyFYX GPS position source. SkyFYX, which costs less than $500, combines a precision WAAS GNSS sensor with an integrated RAIM processor. On the international front, uAvionix introduces the SkyEcho, the first approved portable Cap 1391 Electronic Conspicuity device for UK pilots. It combines an integrated WAAS GPS, barometer and WiFi in a portable battery-powered package. The EchoESX, available late April for $1,699, is designed to lead the way for uAvionix to move into the ADS-B enabled Mode S Transponder market for GA. It is designed to interface directly to most popular EFIS models, providing the user with easy configuration and control of the EchoESX transponder functions. An optional 2¼” panel-mounted control head completes a Mode S Transponder upgrade solution for those without a supported EFIS model for an additional $400. You can see the entire uAvionix product line in Hangar B, Space 49 or at uavionix. com.

STC Group earns Trio autopilot approval for 172s, 182s The STC Group has received an STC for the installation kit for the non-TSO’d Trio Pro Pilot digital autopilot into dozens of models of Cessna 172s and 182s, with more to follow soon. “Cooperation from the FAA and support from industry organizations, such as AOPA and EAA, has propelled this project at speeds most people never anticipated,” said STC Group Founder and CEO Paul Odum. “We received the STC in only five months and expect to have Parts Manufacturing Authority (PMA) in time to deliver the autopilot at EAA AirVenture this summer.” The STC Group exists to deliver the capabilities and price points of the autopilots serving the Experimental market to the certified segment of general aviation. “Trio’s Pro Pilot autopilot has a proven record of reliability in the Experimental and warbird fleets. It is an excellent offthe-shelf choice to retrofit into the legacy GA fleet based on its record of safety and

reliability,” said Odum. The company’s STC covers most variants of the Cessna 172 and 182 from the earliest models through the 2006 models. STCs for additional makes and models will be developed soon, he noted. Established in 2000, Trio has delivered some 3,000 autopilots around the world. The two-axis Pro Pilot model uses roll and auto-trim pitch servos to provide precise horizontal and vertical navigation capabilities. Altitude control includes climb and descent functions with altitude preselect. Vertical navigation can be flown at pilot-selected speeds. The STC Group is selling the Pro Pilot installation kits, including the STC and drawings, for $2,000. The autopilot itself, including PMA and documentation, will be available this summer for about $5,000. Addition of the LOC/BC/GS module later will be less than $500. See Trio Avionics in Building A, Space 7.

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William Ealick learning about the C17 flown by the Air Force 21st Airlift Squadron.

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Tomato: A she-built RANS S6S Coyote By JONI M. FISHER Sue Harrelson and her husband Bill live in a fly-in community at Dogwood Airport (VA42) in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Sue is a retired 777 captain with United Airlines who flew mostly European routes. Bill and Sue built a Lancair Air 320 and a Lancair 4. “Carol Ann Garrett built a RANS S7 and took me for a ride. It was so much fun that I ordered the Rans S6S,” Sue said. She began building the plane in her basement in 2011 and finished it in a han-

gar in 2015. Bill flew the bright red plane they call “The Tomato” to SUN ‘n FUN. Sue was unable to come. “Sue built the cargo compartment behind the seats, constructed a curved fuel cover to fit the shape of the cowling,” Bill said. “And she added a 4-gallon header tank with an accurate fuel gauge. The wing tanks feed into the header tank, but under certain flight conditions the fuel sloshes around in the wing tanks, making it look like the fuel level fluctuates. The header tank gauge is easy to read and accurate.” Married 35 years, Bill says he and Sue

“used our airline flying to pay for our general aviation passion.”

They have about 120 hours flying time in The Tomato.

Master Pilots honored at show On Friday, the FAA awarded eight pilots with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for completing 50 or more years of safe flying, as well as a mechanic with the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award. Pilots who earned the prestigious award include Ronald Roland from McKinney, Texas; Charles Steel from Venus, Florida; Dr. Irvin Gleim from Gainesville, Florida;

Hurricane Matthew brought devastation to Haiti.

Jack Irwin from Rancho Mirage, California; Charles Kessler from Weirsdale, Florida; Lee Lauderback from Orlando, Florida; Don Marek from Wimauma, Florida; and John Fow from Indialantic, Florida. Randall “Randy” Pickron from Melbourne, Florida, was awarded the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award.

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This airplane brought hope.

Visit MAF at Sun N’ Fun in the Southeast Exhibit Area Lot 1 on Doolittle Road. See the MAF KODIAK that served in Haiti. maf.org

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On Saturday at SUN ‘n FUN, 75 new recruits were sworn into the military.


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MTOsport 2017 gyroplane debuts AutoGyro unveiled its newest gyroplane, the MTOsport 2017 at SUN ‘n FUN and across the pond at AERO in Germany. It took just nine months, from first drawing to first production of the MTOsport 2017 gyroplane, according to company officials. The new exterior design provides easier access for the pilot and passenger, officials note. Adjustable seats and pedals improve comfort and usability for both pilots and flight instructors. Options include lumbar support and heated seats. The new undercarriage improves handling during takeoff and landing. A new rotor head and pre-rotation mechanism allows up to 320 rpm in pre-rotation, which shortens the takeoff distance, allowing operation at shorter airfields. AutoGyro also added a quick

removable, fully functional stick for the rear seat of the MTOsport, which makes flight instruction easier. An optional rear seat cockpit provides vital information, such as engine and rotor RPM, low oil pressure, fuel warning light, speed and altitude, as well as the magneto switches. The magneto switches are secured by an “instructor key” so passengers can’t kill the engine. The new split mast, together with the new rotor system, reduces stick shake, company officials said. The rotor mast folds to make transport easier and allows storage in a standard car garage. Optimizing maintainability is also a prime focus of the new design. The components are fast and easy to access, officials noted. See the MTOsport 2017 in the Autogyro booth in Paradise City, Space 25.

MyGoFlight revamps Tilt & Swivel Mounts MYGOFLIGHT’s revamped Tilt & Swivel mounting system is made of aircraft grade aluminum. This new mounting system is adjustable and is easy to rotate between landscape and portrait mode while mounted, according to company officials. The Tilt & Swivel mounting system is used in all MyGoFlight jet mounts, including the Gulfstream, Chart Holder, and Universal Jet Mount. Learn more at MYGOFLIGHT.com or in Hangar C, Booth 90.

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Aircraft Judging Award Winners Commercial Displays

Best Indoor Commercial Display, ZenMe, B-88-89 Best Outdoor Commercial Display, Aviat, MD-30-31

Vintage Theater

Vintage Theater Participant, 1944 Stinson Gull Wing N44BF, Richard Epton, Barnesville, GA Vintage Theater Participant, 1941 Boeing Stearman N60885, Tim Kirby, Ocala, FL Vintage Theater Participant, 1936 Spartan Executive N13PH, Pat Harness, Woodruff, SC Vintage Theater Participant, 1950 Piper Pacer N7631K, Bill Porter, McDonald, TN Vintage Theater Participant, 1948 Spirit Of 46 NC3847K, Daniel McDevitt, Social Circle, GA Vintage Theater Participant, 1963 Cessna 150D Taildrager N4111U, David Lowe, Sacramento, KY Vintage Theater Participant, 1940S Top Cub N164CC, Angela Leedy, Pittstown, NJ

Antique (Before 8/31/45)

Grand Champion Antique, 1930 Waco

ASO NC662Y, Dave and Jeannie Allen, Elbert, CO Grand Champion Custom Antique, 1941 Piper J-3 Cub N41FV, Vyfvinkel Frederich, New Smyrna Beach, FL WWII Era Champion Military Trainer Antique, 1942 Stearman PT-17 N62438, Bryan Miller, Tampa, FL

Classic (9/1/45 To 12/31/55)

Best Custom Classic Over 165 hp, 1946 Globe Swift GC-1B N78012, Carolyn &

Jim Roberts, Knoxville, TN Best Custom Classic 101-165 hp, 1950 Piper PA-20 N7631K, Bill Porter, McDonald, TN Perseverance, 1947 Piper Cub Special PA-11 CF-RXW, Paul Aicken/Dave Bruce, Cayuga, ONT Canada Best Custom Classic 0-100 HP, 1947 Piper Cub Special PA-11 CF-RXW Paul Aicken/Dave Bruce, Cayuga, ONT Canada Outstanding Classic, 1947 Swift

N84799, Paul & Sandy Mercandetti, Knoxville, TN Outstanding Classic, 1947 Cessna 140 N1977N, Kaston Keith, Carbondale, IL Best Aircraft: I Don’t Want To Be Judged, 1947-1949 Cessna 195 LC-126C N1ZB, Darren Butcher, Lakeland, TN Best Ercoupe, 1947 Ercoupe 415CD N3632H, William V “Bill” Murry, Ocala, FL Custom Grand Champion Contemporary, 1960 Piper Comanche PA-24-250 N6455P, Lee Hussey, Martinsville, VA Reserve Grand Champion Custom Contemporary, 1959 Piper Apache PA23-160 N4095P, Pam & Pete Torell, Port St Lucie, FL Outstanding In Type Contemporary, 1959 Beechcraft E18S N930R, David Garrett, Belton, SC Outstanding In Type Contemporary, 1968 Piper Arrow N4641J, Tony J Cali, Westminster, SC Tribute To Veterans, 1963 Cessna 150D N4111U, David Lowe, Sacramento, KY

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1966 Cessna 172G N4340L, Nick Paxtecoruo, Key West, FL Best Float Plane Metal, 1957 Helio Courier N5383G, Andrew Stolte, Spring Hill, FL Best Amphibian, 1947 Mallard G73 N98BS, Jack Bart, Greenwich, CT Best Antique Seaplane, 1946 Grumman G44A N86609, Jay Curtis, Gainesville, FL Most Decorative Presentation, 1976 Lake Buccaneer N6012V, Mike Bailey, Sarasota, FL

MA Outstanding Homebuilt, 2012 RV-7A N652RV, Thomas Kracmer, Fort Myers, FL Outstanding Exhibition Showplane, 2016 Panther N908XP, Paul Salter, Jacksonville, FL

Warbirds

Rotorcraft

Best Helicopter Rotorcraft, 2008 Rotorway Exec 162F N162CT, Chris Tronaas, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Light Sport Aircraft

Grand Champion Light Sport Aircraft, Rans S6S N9ZQ, Sue Harrelson, Fredricksburg, VA Reserve Grand Champion Light Sport Aircraft, 2016 Rans S6S N607PJ, Steve Felix, Churchton, MD Special Award For Innovation, 1989 Kitfox Model I/II N215TB, Daniel Wild, Manhatten, KS

Ultralight

Grand Champion Ultralight, 2016 Lightning Bug, Brian Austein, Hernando, MS Innovation Ultralight, 2016 Lightning

Bug, Brian Austein, Hernando, MS Best Trike Ultralight, 2016 Evolution Aircraft-Revo, Amy Saunders, Zephyrhills, FL

Homebuilt

Grand Champion-Plans Homebuilt, 2016 Pitts S/SE N834T, Curtis Cumberland, Woodbine, MD Grand Champion-Kit Homebuilt, 2016 Vans RV-7 N487RV, Richard Dixon, Owensboro, KY Reserve Grand Champion Kit Homebuilt, 2016 Vans RV-8 N837DW, Bruce Brielmaier, Okeana, OH Reserve Grand Champion Plans Homebuilt, 2007 Nieuport 28 N128FF, Blake & Sandy Thomas, The Villages, FL

Best Metal Homebuilt, 2001 Vans RV-4 N595BS, Jason Noll, Geneva, IL Best Composite Homebuilt, 2016 Cherry-BX2 N4UC, Ulrich Christen, Sebastian, FL Best Fabric Homebuilt, 2016 Kitfox SS7 N415KD, Ken Nougaret, Zephyrhills, FL Best Interior Homebuilt, 2014 RV-10 N391ST, Ineke Ashey, Boise, ID Best Workmanship Homebuilt, 1996 RV-6 N51WG, Bill Glattli, Boynton Beach, FL Outstanding Homebuilt, 2016 Vans RV-8 N837DW, Bruce Brielmaier, Okeana, OH Outstanding Homebuilt, 2011 RV-7 N485AM, Richard Mileika, Stoughton,

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A family affair Earlier this week, there was an emotional moment on the Warbird Ramp when a father handed over the keys to his T-34B Navy trainer to his son. It was the culmination of a lifetime of flying in a family that is United by flying. What may be the largest “United Airlines” family began when Dick Russell started flying in 1950. After attending Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he got a job with Capital Airlines in 1955, where he flew the DC-3, DC-4, L-049 Constellation, Viscount 700, DC-6 and DC-7. It was at Capital Airlines where he met his wife, Wilma, a stewardess. She flew until the couple married in 1959. Just two years later, United Airlines acquired Capital Airlines and the couple moved to Los Angeles. He flew the DC-

8, B-720, B-727, DC-10 and retired as a B-747 captain in 1990. The couple had three children and all work for United Airlines. Captain Marc Russell is a 777 captain, Captain Jon Russell flies the B-747 out of San Francisco, while daughter Kristin Davison is a United flight attendant. Her daughter, Kiera, recently earned her private pilot ticket, continuing the family’s flying tradition. At the age of 87, Dick Russell decided to quit flying and pass on his plane to his son, Jon, who will hangar it next to his brother’s T-34B at Camarillo Airport (KCMA) in California. The men are sponsors of the Commemorative Air Force PBJ-1, a B-25 that was in restoration for 26 years and finally flew again in May 2016.

Lycoming rolls out builder tool Lycoming Engines has a variety of interactive op-

Photo courtesy the Russell family

tions at its SUN ‘n FUN display this week in Hangar D, Spaces 41-42, including the Interactive “Thunderbolt Engine Builder” Tool that will enable customers to configure a Thunderbolt engine of their choice. Thunderbolt Engines are genuine Lycoming engines that are factory built, factory tested and factory sup-

ported. The customer chooses the fuel systems, ignition systems, performance enhancements, and finishing options. “We are excited about this tool,, as it helps people to bring their custom Thunderbolt Lycoming engine to life,” said Jeff Schans, Thunderbolt sale manager.

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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 forum topic.

9 am 1 Using iPads in Emergencies, Gary Reeves, ATP, Master CFI 4 Lithium Batteries, Reg Nicoson

11 am 2 Best iPad Practices For General Aviation Pilots, Robert Delaurentis 3 Checklist: Flying to the Islands of The Bahamas, Terry Carbonell 6 A&P/IA Licensing Process and FAR Review, Thomas Black

12 pm 2 Survival Tips For Pilots That Can Save Your Life, Robert Delaurentis

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 from 9 am to 5 pm. 10 am Aircraft Maintenance, David Dagenais 11:30 am Human Factors: Experimental Accident Analysis, Mike Millard, FAA 1 pm UAS Update, James Malecha, FAA

PARADISE CITY FORUMS Light-Sport Aircraft, Sport Pilot and Ultralight forums are held in the Paradise CIty Briefing/

G1000 NXiequipped aircraft at Textron display Textron Aviation’s static display at SUN ‘n FUN includes the Garmin G1000 NXi-equipped Cessna Turbo Stationair HD, Cessna Skylane 182 and Beechcraft Baron G58. The company is also displaying the Cessna TTx with the G2000. Textron Aviation supports the next generation of pilots with initiatives such as the Top Hawk program and the company’s network of Cessna Pilot Centers (CPC). See Textron Aviation in exhibits SNF-001 and SNF-004.

Forum Tent. 9 am Daily Devotional, MASA Tent 9 am Non-Denominational Church Service at Paradise City

1 pm Class of 2017 Florida Aviation Hall of Fame Inductions, Recognition 1 pm Induction of the Class of 2017 Florida Aviation Historical Society Presentation

MUSEUM PROGRAMS

AIRSHOW

10 am A History of Drane Field Airport, Walt Houghton 10 am Innovations in Propulsion, Frank Klatt 11am Selection by the Florida Aviation Historical Society, Movie: TBD

The Sunday airshow launches at 1:30 pm and goes through about 4:30 pm (weather permitting). Slated to perform today are: Art Nalls Viper

Heritage Cavanaugh Gary Ward Geico, Gene Soucy Julie Clark Manfred Radius Mark Peterson Patty Wagstaff Blue Angels


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2017 SUN ’n FUN - Day 6  

This is the April 9, 2017 edition of SUN ’n FUN Today produced at the SUN ’n FUN Fly-In in Lakeland, FL

2017 SUN ’n FUN - Day 6  

This is the April 9, 2017 edition of SUN ’n FUN Today produced at the SUN ’n FUN Fly-In in Lakeland, FL