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Table of Contents Making Mustang memories.....................................................3 A&P training changes lives.....................................................5 New home for the Raiders.......................................................8 Judges get to work ...................................................................9 Top 10 things you need to know about ADS-B..................10 Now open: Phillips 66 Pilot Welcome Center....................12 Tune into SUN ’n FUN Radio..................................................14 Calling all female aviators!.....................................................24 What’s happening today.........................................................28



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Making Mustang memories On Wednesday morning, from noon to 1 p.m., more than a dozen P-51 Mustangs arrived at SUN ’n FUN. The Mustangs are from Stallion 51 in Kissimmee, Florida, which provides training in the iconic fighter, and is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year on the grounds of SUN ’n FUN. Stallion 51’s Lee Lauderback piloted his Crazy Horse, while graduates of the training program flew their planes onto the show grounds. All the Mustangs are parked on the Warbird Ramp to celebrate Mustang Day. Today’s Mustang Day flight demonstrations will take place during the airshow, featuring P-51 formation fly-bys, aerobatic demonstrations, and a special USAF Heritage Flight with a F-16 Viper, according to Stallion 51 officials. Lauderback, who was one of the first civilian pilots accepted into the Heritage Flight program, was instrumental in developing the criteria for pilots in the program. His own rule required him to leave the Heritage Flight program when he “timed out” at the age of 65. In honor of Lauderback’s and Stallion 51’s three decades of Mustang excellence,

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the USAF Heritage Flight Program has re-qualified Lauderback so he can join them one more time in a Heritage Flight. Lauderback will be joined in the formation flight with one of the newest members of the Heritage Flight team, Andrew

McKenna, who is graduate number 143 from Stallion’s 51’s Mustang Check-Out program. This will be his first time performing in the USAF Heritage Flight at SUN ’n FUN. Lauderback, who started flying gliders

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ISSUE 3 — THURSDAY APRIL 6, 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.

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MUSTANGS | From Page 3 years of safe flying with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. Lauderback will be one of the pilots receiving the award. He was nominated for the award by golf legend Arnold Palmer just weeks before his death in September 2016. Lauderback was Palmer’s chief pilot for years. He flew Palmer’s Lear 24, Citation series jets and MD 500D helicopter for 17 years, up through 1987. He then started Stallion 51 with his brothers, identical twins Peter and Richard, two of the top P-51 mechanics in the world, and his brother John, who sells Mustangs. Stallion51.com

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(Left to right) Steven Shanahan, Stephen Ohsiek, Jamison Ramsey, Joseph Verdone, and instructor Stefanie Claudio.

A&P training changes lives By BILL WALKER Instructors Stefanie Claudio and Kenneth Catello are licensed Airframe and Powerplant technicians. But they don’t work on aircraft these days. Rather, they are changing lives, training students in their Central Florida Aerospace Academy classrooms to work in the aviation world of tomorrow. Claudio instructs CFAA students in initial training toward the FAA Airframe & Powerplant license. Catello works next door, teaching the adult program, which offers the completion courses that lead to the A&P examination. Claudio currently has 27 students in her program and Catello has 12 with indications his class size will grow substantially next year. Both instructors are members of the Traviss Technical College faculty. Traviss, like CFAA, is part of the public education system in Polk County, Florida, home county of the SUN ’n FUN International Fly-In & Expo. “I teach the high school general and airframe courses for the A&P certificate,” said Claudio, who is a graduate of the Aviation High School in Queens, N.Y. She has instructed at CFAA through the Traviss program for the past three years. Previously, she worked as an A&P for 12 years, including stints with Pan Am World Airways and Federal Express. Catello, a retired U.S. Army officer, said the adult program at CFAA “has a mixture of students from the Aerospace Academy A&P courses and also from Traviss.” Catello’s resume includes work after his Army career with Piper aircraft and 20 years as a middle school history teacher. “I had not taught students before,” Claudio said. “It is interesting. My students are growing up in the age of cell phones and computers. And that wasn’t so much when I was in school. So they have information more at their fingertips.” “The curriculum is an FAA-based curriculum,” she continued. “The amount of hours to be taught does not change. I have three different classes that are at different points in their study.”

Many of her students will study with Catello. Catello, in his fourth year working with students, said everything is trending upward on his A&P class enrollment size. “I know we’re going to have an influx of A&P students next year,” Catello said. “This year we have a full web page (Traviss.edu) on the Traviss Technical College website and it tells more about the A&P program. We have two other instructors in the adult program. Mark Ruprecht teaches powerplant and Gary Roy teaches avionics.” Claudio’s CFAA students get A&P instruction for two hours daily while the adult class is 6.5 hours a day. They both work toward the FAA required number of hours for meeting the A&P study minimums. The high school classes are taken as part of the curriculum at the Aerospace Academy, while students in the adult class must pay to attend. It is a good time to earn an A&P certificate, both instructors said. “We just had a meeting with Delta not too long ago,” Catello noted. “They were concerned that in the next five years there would be a shortage of aircraft mechanics.” Both instructors said many students are not aware that earning an A&P certificate is the gateway to significantly increasing their earnings potential. “I tell my students that the A&P certificate is a great tool that can open a lot of doors for them,” Claudio added.

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ern day Pitts Special.” “The goal behind building this airplane was to have an airplane that had the look, sound, and appeal of the old barnstorming airplanes in the 1930s, which everybody loves,” he continued. “This airplane is smaller than a normal biplane because we wanted to have an airplane that could do some of the things of the modern day Pitts. The goal was to have an airplane that had the best of both worlds in it.” In designing his airshow act, Franklin noted it’s important to look at the performance from the spectator’s point of view and present something that’s different. “That’s always my goal — to be different from what you normally see and hopefully something that they remember,” he said.

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New home for the Raiders By JACK NEUBACHER For more than 40 years, the SUN ’n FUN Refuge Raiders have called home the wooded grounds on SUN ’n FUN Boulevard. Now they have moved their base of operations and campgrounds over to a new home on Rocky Road near the campground area. It was decided last year with the changes that had to be made between Vintage Parking and their old base because of the sight line for the new control tower to the grass strip runway in Paradise City, that the trees must go. The Raiders, too, had to be moved. This move also took the Raiders area and the work they do ­— picking up trash throughout the SUN ’n FUN grounds — out of the public’s eye. Work on their new “digs” started about three months ago with grading and filling. “It’s been a big change,” said Connie Cadwell, co-chairman of the Raiders. “We have more room here, but it’s been a lot of work getting the flow of tractors established.” In past years, they all knew how it worked because it had been set years earlier. But now they have to re-establish ev-

erything to try to improve work efficiency. “One real disadvantage is we went from grass to new sand this year,” she continued. “Many find themselves with some allergy problems due to the dusty conditions and the winds this year, so we are almost continually wetting down the area.” Besides that, they had to rebuild everything they had before. “But there is nothing our men and women can’t accomplish,” Cadwell said enthusiastically. “We are getting along with the big transition. Every negative has an equal positive.” The Raider volunteers number 78. “As they age out we always have new faces to step up and take over,” she said. “Sometimes when one of the long-term volunteers pass or become ill, we lose more than one.”

Out behind the Raiders meeting area, over the bridge, you will find their new mascot, Sasquatch. He will get you if you litter, the volunteers warn. Cadwell, from Dayton, Ohio, has been a SUN ’n FUN volunteer for 21 years, first with security, then when her son turned 16 and he was allowed to join the Raiders, she moved over to the Raiders about 15 years ago. Cadwell ended by reciting the Raiders’ mantra: “Our work is picking up.”

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a white card hung on the propeller. Judges turn in their scores each day. Co-chairmen wear dark blue hats labeled SUN ’n FUN JUDGING. All other judges wear pale blue baseball caps, or straw hats with a blue band labeled SUN ’n FUN JUDGING. “We use the EAA official judging guidelines,” Still explained. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Buehler Restoration Center on Saturday at 6 p.m. At the ceremony awards will be announced for aircraft with the highest judges’ scores in each category. Aircraft volunteers will be awarded service pins for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of judging. One judge, Jack Sellet, has served 42 of the 43 years of SUN ’n FUN. Still also encouraged all volunteers to be on the lookout for unsafe activity. “If you see unsafe behavior be sure to stop and introduce yourself,” he said. “For example, pedestrians are not allowed on the golf cart path.” The path runs along the creek and many refer to it as the “secret” path. “Explain the safety issue and offer them a ride. If they refuse to take the ride or leave the path, go ahead and call security,” he said, stressing the need to maintain SUN ’n FUN’s safety record.

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1. ADS-B Out is Mandated, Not ADSB In. ADS-B Out is mandated, and only within certain airspace. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, you must be equipped with ADSB Out to fly in airspace where a Mode C transponder is required today. Owners can install an ADS-B Out system to meet the rule’s minimum requirements or they can also integrate with ADS-B In avionics and displays to reap the full benefits of ADS-B. Since the advantages of ADS-B In are so extensive, the FAA believes many in the GA community will choose to invest without an ADS-B In mandate. 2. You are required to operate your ADS-B Out transmitter at all times, including while on the surface of the airport. Why? ADS-B Out works by regularly broadcasting position, velocity, and identification information to ATC and other aircraft, to improve situational awareness at all times — on the ground and in the air. 3. Portable ADS-B Out avionics are not an approved option for ADS-B Out. They use a suction-cup antenna to get a usable GPS signal, and must be in the right place or the signal suffers. This puts it in a prime spot to obstruct view, and the wiring potentially hampers controls and instruments. Also, portables might easily transfer from aircraft to aircraft, but you have to input the N-number correctly. If you’re off by just one digit, then your flight plan ID won’t match up with the portable’s transmitted ID. 4. Uncertified Equipment? Check Your Airworthiness Certificate You may install an uncertified transmitter on amateur-built aircraft and light-sport aircraft with experimental airworthiness certificates, if it meets the performance requirements of Technical Standard Order (TSO)-C166b or TSO-C154c. For more details on these Top 10 items, see the full article in the March/April issue of FAA Safety Briefing at FAA.gov/News/ Safety_Briefing. Free copies also are available in the FAA Safety Center at SUN ’n FUN.

For S-LSAs, ADS-B equipment must meet the performance requirements in TSO-C166b or TSO-C154c. The installation (i.e., alteration) must be performed in accordance with an applicable consensus standard and authorized by the manufacturer. You cannot install uncertified equipment, including uncertified transmitters, on any aircraft with a standard airworthiness certificate. Equipment that does not meet the performance requirements of an ADS-B TSO will not be permitted to operate in airspace requiring ADS-B after Jan. 1, 2020. 5. Keep your ADS-B installation instructions from the supplier, including the statement of compliance, in case you have any service problems. 6. You May Not Have To Buy a New Position Source Suitable for ADS-B. Many avionics vendors offer builtin approved position sources, such as WAAS GPS receivers, and package them with ADS-B transmitters. 7. Make sure your ADS-B equipment and GPS equipment is an approved pairing. Any GPS receiver, used as an ADSB position source, must be an approved pairing with the ADS-B transmitter. 8. The airspace you fly reveals the type of equipment you need. If you’re flying in Class A airspace, or operate outside the U.S. in airspace where ADS-B is required, you will need a 1090ES ADS-B Out transmitter. Below Class A in the U.S., you have a choice between a 1090ES or a UAT transmitter. For a detailed look at ADS-B airspace requirements, go to FAA.gov/NextGen/ EquipADSB/Airspace/Requirements. 9. The ADS-B Out mandate applies to foreign operators. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, all aircraft, including foreign-registered aircraft that operate in, or fly through the U.S., must be equipped with an ADS-B Out system that complies with the regulatory performance requirements. 10. Beat the rush, install ADS-B Out now. Don’t wait! Avionics shops may become inundated with last minute appointments.

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EAA’s Mobile Unit on site this week The Experimental Aircraft Association’s “Spirit of Aviation” mobile unit will visit a dozen events — ­ including SUN ’n FUN — in 2017. Visitor experiences include flight time in two Redbird TD flight simulators, a “Welcome to EAA” 360° virtual reality video, and two hands-on EAA-branded activities: A sheet metal cookie cutter build project sponsored by Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, and an FT Venture foam glider build, sponsored by Flitetest. “We want to promote EAA, our passion for flight, and our mission of growing participation in aviation in a way that’s fun and engaging,” said Dave Chaimson, EAA’s vice president of marketing and business development. “The mobile unit brings EAA to life through immersive activities and virtual reality experiences, giving visitors a glimpse into the world of aviation.” The Spirit of Aviation mobile unit, made possible with support from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), made its first stop at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, in January. Other visits throughout the year include May 13-20: Joe Nall Week at Triple Tree Aerodrome in South Carolina; June 28-July 9: Summerfest in Milwaukee; July 24-30: EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Oshkosh, Wisconsin; Aug. 10-20: Illinois State Fair, Springfield, Illinois; Sept. 8-9: AOPA Fly-In, Norman, Oklahoma; Oct. 7-15: Albuquerque In-

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Now open: Phillips 66 Pilot Welcome Center By TOM SNOW SUN ’n FUN’s large layout can be overwhelming to a newly-arrived pilot, especially those who’ve never been here before. However, the Phillips 66 Pilot Welcome Center, which is conveniently located on taxiway Foxtrot near Gate 51 south of the Warbird ramp, is staffed with friendly and knowledgeable volunteers who are eager to answer questions and help pilots get their bearings. On Tuesday afternoon, Sandy Spanier and Philip Schmitz were on duty at the big white Phillips 66 tent and a steady stream of pilots benefited from their knowledge and the goodies they handed out. Pilots who fly to SUN ’n FUN also qualify to enter a daily drawing for a prize worth $500 or more. The welcome center offers pilots a central location for all information and services available at SUN ’n FUN. Flight planning and self-service weather briefings are available. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. Although Schmitz, a non-pilot snowbird from Missouri, has volunteered for five years, he’s a relative newbie compared to Spanier, who was in on the founding of

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up this big,” continued Spanier while the French National Jet team, Patrouille de France, performed overhead in the afternoon air show. “I like SUN ’n FUN’s focus on education and I’ve enjoyed meeting some of the students,” she said. “Also, I like that the property is now used for so many other events throughout the year, such as car shows.”

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

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The SUN ’n FUN workshops are popular, not only among homebuilders, but also with aviation enthusiasts who want to try their hand at various aspects of aircraft building or maintenance. All of the workshops are staffed by a combination of amateur and professional instructors with experience in the subjects they present. Many hold FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) ratings. Most of the volunteer instructors are builders themselves and enthusiastically share their experience with novice builders. The workshops include: • Woodworking, which includes construction of wing ribs, fuselage, jigs and tooling and adhesives. • Metal fabrication, which includes sheet metal selection, cutting, drilling and riveting, fabrication of all metal aircraft components. • Metal shaping, which covers the shaping of custom compound shapes in aluminum using various metal shaping techniques and equipment. • Oxy-fuel Welding of both steel and aluminum. • TIG/MIG Welding. • Avionics/Electrical installation, which covers the proper wire, terminals, tools and techniques for installation of a reliable aircraft electrical system. • Electrical Noise, which includes the proper installation and isolation of circuits to reduce interference and “noise” in avionics systems. • Fabric Aircraft Covering, where you can get hands-on experience in fabric covering and doping. • Rib Stitching, which demonstrates the attachment of fabric to wing structures. • Composite Construction, which in-

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

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

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

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

International Visitors Center provides warm welcome Visitors to SUN ’n FUN from around the globe are invited to stop in at the International Visitors hospitality tent, which is located at the treeline in the Southeast Exhibit area. From the front gate walk directly towards the flight line and stop at the trees. At the tent, you’ll find volunteers who are continually working to meet the needs of guests expected to arrive in Lakeland this week from more than 80 countries. The tent features a board that tracks visitors. Each international visitor is asked to register and stick a pin in a world map depicting “home.” Translators are at the tent to assist in communication needs, from buying tickets to finding a hotel to getting tickets to nearby attractions, including Legoland, Sea World, Busch Gardens, Disney and Universal.

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

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

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

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

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Aircraft insurance: Building and flying By BOB MACKEY Whether you are building or flying, there are a few things you should know about aircraft insurance so you aren’t wasting your money and you have the insurance protection you paid for. During the building phase you have essentially two risks: Someone gets hurt while working on the project and the project is damaged or destroyed. The first risk is your potential legal obligation for the medical and related expenses if someone is injured as a result of your ownership and/or building of an airplane. The second is your potential financial loss if the project is damaged, destroyed, or disappears. If you are building your airplane at home or some other place where you already have insurance, you may not need it for this risk because it is already covered. As an example, if you are building your airplane in a residential shop, your homeowners insurance should apply. You can check with the insurance broker who arranged this insurance for you. If you are building an airplane someplace where you do not have insurance, such as a rented hangar at the airport, then you will probably need insurance I can pretty much guarantee you the potential loss or damage to the aircraft project itself is not covered by your homeowners insurance. You should check this with the broker who arranged your homeowners insurance policy. If your broker tells you that your homeowners policy does cover the value of your project, get that in writing from the insurance company! Here are a couple examples of a typical aircraft project insurance policy: You want to make sure you switch from a project insurance policy to an aircraft insurance policy when you are ready to start moving your aircraft under its own power, such as taxi tests and ground handling. Also you should make sure that your broker set up the insurance with no exclusion for in-motion coverage even though the aircraft does not have an Airworthiness Certificate yet. Okay, you are ready to fly! Here is where you have options. Essentially there are two insurance coverage elements you Bob Mackey is senior vice president with Falcon Insurance Agency, the official administrators of EAA Insurance Solutions. A commercial pilot with an instrument rating, he has been involved in the aviation insurance industry for over 35 years. Bob can be reached at bmackey@ falconinsurance.com.

will have in your aircraft insurance policy. The first is liability insurance in case you hurt someone or you damage property that belongs to someone other than you. TypicalBob Mackey ly liability insurance will provide $1 million per occurrence with $100,000 per passenger. The other insurance coverage you will have to look into is physical damage insurance. Here you can consider one of four options: No insurance, ground only not-in-motion, ground only including taxi, and all risks, flight-taxi-ground. The more you cover, the more you will pay. I always recommend that builders go with all risk physical damage insurance for their first insurance policy. Why? Well, it’s simple: New pilot and new airplane — what could go wrong? Plenty! After working so hard and making your aircraft perfect, why take the risk? Next year or even two years downstream when you are comfortable with your airplane and your airplane is comfortable with you, then revisit maybe one of the ground only options, or you can even go naked…no physical damage insurance. Whatever you do, make sure your broker gets all of the options for you to consider and then you can size up your own level of comfort with the risk. Just make sure you do not wait until the last minute to work with your broker to arrange your aircraft insurance. Another thing: Make sure you are ready to fly. Transition training is a critical part of flying any new airplane. Insurance companies know from their own experience that transition training is extremely important and most aviation insurance companies are going to make it a stipulation of coverage unless the pilot has ample and recent experience in the make and model aircraft. One of the most important things to remember is to work with an aviation insurance broker who listens to you, has the knowledge and reputation necessary to get all of the options for you and arrange the right insurance, and then you are going to get the best price. Enjoy the fly-in! Feel free to stop by the EAA Insurance Solutions administered by Falcon Insurance Agency in Exhibit LD-7/LD-13. Or you can call 866-647-4322, or go to EAAInsurance.org after the fly-in.


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Calling all female aviators! By KELLY MURPHY WAI Director of Communications With a focus on the future of aviation and all the various career opportunities available for women in aviation, the 14,000-strong Women in Aviation International accomplished its goals to connect, engage, and inspire at its 28th annual International Women in Aviation conference last month. “Welcoming 4,500 attendees, including representatives from 19 countries, at our conference this year brought the traditional enthusiasm for our gathering,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “We represented every age group during our three-day event from WASP Dawn Seymour’s 100th birthday party to hosting more than 200 young people from ages 7 on up during Girls in Aviation Day Orlando. Combining technology with the enthusiasm and variety of backgrounds and expertise of our attendees was the ideal formula for a successful conference.” In addition to nearly 50 education sessions on aviation careers, general aviation and safety, history, leadership, maintenance, and military, personal de-

velopment seminars were also held for those starting their career path or looking to make a transition. One of the highlights was the closing banquet to induct this year’s Pioneer Hall of Fame members. With thousands in attendance, the evening honored the First Class of Women Naval Aviators; Elizabeth “Betty” Everts Green, co-founder of Missionary Aviation Fellowship; and Lt. General Stacye Harris, the highest-ranking African-American woman military pilot in all the United States armed forces. The program also included the final scholarship awards of the conference, including type ratings and other flight training scholarships — from recreational and sport pilot to commercial and CFI certificates — as well as other aviation scholarships in areas including maintenance, engineering, management and more. A total of $643,274 was awarded this year through 120 different scholarships. Since the inception of the program, WAI has awarded nearly $11 million in scholarships. Applications for the 2018 scholarship program will be available online at WAI.org later this summer. With a focus on increasing its interna-

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“It was a perfect venue to launch our new marketing campaign #IamWAI that helps us to showcase the diversity of our membership who represent all segments of the aviation industry,” notes Chabrian, who noted that 2,500 buttons were quickly handed out at the WAI membership booth, prompting another shipment to be ordered for more events this year. Through a new ad campaign and social

media posts, “WAI will continually feature photos of our diverse members, as our slogan says: We are pilots, mechanics, air traffic controllers, airport managers, aerospace engineers, flight attendants, astronauts, educators, enthusiasts, and members of the military,” she said. “We are Women in Aviation International.” A successful Girls in Aviation Day Orlando with more than 200 young people also helped promote the marketing campaign with their own slogan: “We are the Future of Aviation.” “Our members loved seeing the girls at the conference, recognizing that we are sowing the seeds for future pilots and technicians,” Chabrian said. “For many of the girls, Girls in Aviation Day is their first exposure to the possibility of aviation as a career. We have thousands of role models for them who are glad to spend time and answer questions.” The girls also took part in a variety of handson activities, including some hosted by the Association of Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM), which celebrated its 20th anniversary during the conference. If you’re not a member or want to add to your WAI-logoed wardrobe, stop by WAI’s booth in Hangar A, Space 57. WAI.org

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Innovators move down production line Commuter Craft, the company behind the Innovator, reports that ShipTwo, the company demonstrator, and AlphaOne, the first customer built aircraft, are moving down the production line. “If we continue on our current schedule, these two aircraft will be flying by Oshkosh,” states Commuter Craft’s Richard Hogan. “But we are going to take our time and only fly them if they are truly ready.”

Refinement has increased the length of the Innovator, he noted. Added length has allowed nearly 2 feet of additional baggage space behind the seats. Gull wing doors have been added, which Hogan claims makes the Innovator “one of the easiest aircraft on the planet to get into.” A service tunnel under the aircraft has been added so owners won’t have to pull out upholstery to service many of the sys-

tems. Aerodynamic improvements have also been made to the nose where the canard attaches. While the Innovator will not be on site at SUN ’n FUN, visitors to Commuter Craft’s Space N-31 can fly an updated simulator, learn more about the folding wing system and get “fitted” for your flight seat. CommuterCraft.com

SUN ’n FUN and WAI partner for lunch Women in Aviation International’s Connect Lunch is scheduled for Friday at noon in the Buehler Aerospace Center. WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian will moderate a panel discussion with panelists Patty Wagstaff, six-time member of the US Aerobatic Team and an airshow star; Barbara Walters-Phillips, an aviation education teacher in Orlando, Florida, who incorporates aviation principles

that support non-traditional careers for girls; Abingdon Mullin, airline pilot and entrepreneur who develops and markets watches for female pilots, divers, and mechanics; Kelly Murphy, director of communications and editor-in-chief for Aviation for Women magazine; Karissa Strickland, Lakeland Linder Regional Airport Operations specialist; and Brittany Dieker, a recruiter for United Airlines.

“This lunch is a chance to have fun, relax and listen to these very interesting women share their adventures in their aviation careers and lives,” said Chabrian. “We appreciate the partnership with SUN ’n FUN and being able to host this lunch right on the show grounds.” Tickets for the WAI SUN ’n FUN Connect Lunch are available for $20 on site at the WAI booth in Hangar A, Space 57.

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Career Fair attracts hundreds

The fourth annual SUN ’n FUN Career Fair presented by JSFirm.com was held Wednesday inside Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum. More than 300 applicants attended the career fair, as well as 13 companies looking to hire pilots, mechanics, and other professionals.

Allied Pilots Association members meet during fly-in By ELIZABETH WALKER The Allied Pilots Association invites members and their guests to a meet and greet social each evening of SUN ’n FUN through Saturday night, according to the group’s Family Awareness Committee

Chairman First Officer Doug Hancock. The social, at which food and beverages are being served, is being held from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. daily at the organization’s hospitality area in the Overflow Camping Area. “This is a chance for the members to get

to meet each other, as well as meet the officers of the organization,” Hancock said. He noted the Allied Pilots Association is the union representing the pilots of American Airlines. “Our president, Captain Dan Cary, and secretary/treasurer Captain Pam Torell

will be on hand to talk with pilots,” Hancock said. Signs with the Allied Pilots Association logo are posted throughout the SUN ’n FUN Expo campus showing where the nightly event is being held, Hancock added.



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Sea Dart paves way for museum This is an excerpt from “Unfreeze Your Bird,” the definitive history of SUN ’n FUN as told by Bud Davidson. Davidson will be at a booth between SUN ’n FUN Radio and Sunset Grille. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to the permanent education endowment. Activity for a museum on the SUN ’n FUN grounds started in 1982, when SUN ’n FUN was notified that a museum proposed for Kissimmee, Florida, was not going to materialize. They had acquired from an aviation museum in Seattle, Washington, a rare experimental Navy aircraft called the Sea Dart. Built by Convair, this aircraft has a checkered history. This particular airframe was never equipped with an engine, but given by the manufacturer to the Pacific Museum of Flight in Seattle, which transferred it to what was started as an SST Museum near Orlando. When a group arrived at the Kissimmee site to pick up the Sea Dart, it had been stolen. The wings and vertical stabilizer had been sawn off, then the entire aircraft loaded onto a trailer and hauled, supposedly to be sold for scrap. It was located in Tennessee by police and ultimately re-

turned to SUN ’n FUN. SUN ’n FUN now had the challenge of restoring it to display status. After getting it reassembled, workers were attempting to haul it across the airport to the north side where it could be painted in December 1985. In crossing Runway 9/27, the wheels under the front of the aircraft collapsed...right in the middle of the runway. The airport had to shut down this runway

for several hours while SUN ’n FUN crews figured out how to lift this very heavy airframe back onto something that would get it rolling again. Just another exciting day at SUN ’n FUN. The saga of the Sea Dart continued when the Navy attempted to lay claim to the aircraft. On investigation, it was found to have two serial numbers. The actual ownership of this airframe was never

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proven to be in possession of the Navy since it went directly from the manufacturer to Seattle. But, it was built under contract with the Navy. The prototypes that were flown by the Navy displayed serious shortcomings. At speeds on the water fast enough to lift a jet powered large airplane of this kind, the water skis took a terrible beating. While it was a great concept to have a jet powered airplane that could be off loaded from any ship into the water and then flown, was surely tempting. As most seaplane owners would be quick to tell you, floatplanes take a lot of pounding, and many owners remove sensitive flight instruments to avoid damage. Being on water skis did not reduce the pounding. In June 2002 the name of the museum had officially been changed to Florida Air Museum at SUN ’n FUN. The Florida Legislature that year decreed that the Florida Air Museum be known as the “Official Aviation Museum and Education Center of the State of Florida.” What’s in a name? To be sure, this becomes a foundation for a role in museum circles that speculation alone can envision today. Let there be no doubt, this was a major achievement.



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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 in front of each forum title.

9 am 1 Things Every iPad Pilot Should Know, Bret Koebbe 2 Swift Fuels, Unleaded AvGas, Chris D’Acosta 3 Composites 201, Michael Bergen 4 Garmin GTN and Avidyne Pro Tips, Gary Reeves, ATP, Master CFI 5 Lycoming Engine Care and Maintenance, Frank Lukachinsky 6 Pilot’s Bill Of Rights I and II What do they say? Kathy Yodice 7 Air Traffic Control Without an ATC Tower, Michael Muetzel 8 FAA Enforcement 101 for IAs, Justine Harrison 9 The Midget Mustang & Mustang II homebuilts, Chris Tieman

10 Revmaster 85-hp R-2300 & Turbo, Patrick Panzera 11 Zenith Aircraft: Light Aircraft Kits for First Time Builders, Sebastien Heintz 12 Continental Motors Lean of Peak: Myths, Legends and the Naked Truth, Ron Humphrey

10 am 1 ForeFlight 201: Intermediate, ForeFlight 2 Aircraft Engines: How often do you change your oil? Edward Kollin 3 Cessna 120 and 140 Maintenance, David Lowe 4 Wireless Connectivity in the GA Cockpit: Getting more utility from your avionics, Tom Harper 5 Are you a student musician? Your Skills are in Demand in Aviation, John Zapp, Sr. 6 Disappearance in an Alaskan Valley: Vanished in MVFR and How to Avoid, Marshall Severson 7 The $100 Snapshot: Aerial Art and a Reason to Fly, Mike Brown

8 Electronic Ignition Systems for Aircraft, Michael Kobylik 9 Flying Beech Airplanes, American Bonanza Society 11 Blind/Pulled Rivets and Modern Sheet Metal Construction for Amateur Builders, Matt Heintz 12 Aviation Mastery, Jason Schappert

11 am 1 ADS-B: Ask the Experts, Pete Ring 2 Finishing Aircraft the Waterborne Way with Stewart Systems, Andy Humphrey 3 Superior Air Parts, Making Flying Affordable, Bill Ross 4 Fun Flying in the Rocky Mountains, Joe Kuberka 5 Flying in the AirVenture Cup Race and into Oshkosh, Carl Houghton 6 What Everyone Should Know About FAA Enforcement, John and Kathy Yodice 7 Ercoupe Maintenance, Lynn Nelson 8 Which RV is right for you? Van’s Aircraft Crew

9 There’s More to METARs than just the weather, Veronica T. Cote 10 Aeronca Aviators Club, Robert Szego 11 S heet-metal light aircraft construction for first time builders, Sebastien Heintz

12 pm 2 The Art of Flying IFR: Situational Awareness, Doug Stewart 3 F lying Around the World Can Be Safe and Fun, Carol Ann Garratt 4M  ountain Flying, Gary Reeves, ATP, Master CFI 5 G uerrilla Marketing for small or start up aviation or drone businesses, Scott Sky Smith 6 A ir America: Dangerous Evacuations, Marius Burke 7 D esigning the Perfect Paint Scheme, Craig Barnett 8 F lying the WX24 Pilot Weather Application, Paxton Calvanese 9 LSA Buying and Flying Tips, Louis Mancuso 10 S uzuki G Series Engine Conversions, Mark



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Kettering 11 Trailer LSA Tour USA: How to Do It Successfully, Dr. Robert Jones 12 Flying, Maintaining and Restoring Short Wings Pipers, Steve Pierce

1 pm 1 Wireless Avionics Today Larry Rivera 2 The Art of Flying IFR: Communicating Command, Doug Stewart 3 Your own airport...Yes, you can! Gary Stevens 4 TFRs and NORAD Intercepts: How to avoid a Fighter Escort 5 Airships: Past, Present and Future, Richard G. Van Treuren 6 Airspace Simplified, Radek Wyrzykowski 7 Self-Fly International Vacations, Justine Harrison 8 How Not To Get Violated Using a GoPro, Ryan Mohr 9 Look Up: Clouds Tell a Story, Veronica T. Cote 10 Pegasus 58 hp 1/2 Continental O-200 Conversion, Pete Plumb 11 Emerging Aviation Technologies, Steve Podradchik 12 How to Avoid a Runway Incursion, Donna Wilt

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 GA & Commercial Programs Update, James Viola, FAA 10 am FIRCs: Providers’ Considerations, Allan Kash, FAA 11:30 am BasicMed and Medical Reform, John Linsenmeyer, FAA 1pm ADS-B Solutions, Matt Schloss, Gulf Coast Avionics

PARADISE CITY FORUMS Light-Sport Aircraft, Sport Pilot and Ultralight forums are held in the Paradise City Briefing/ Forum Tent. 9 am Daily Devotional, MASA Tent 10 am Rotax 912/914 Service & Operating Tips, Phil Lockwood, Lockwood Aviation 12 pm Training 101: UL, SP, Rec & Private Pilot, Timm Bogenhagen, EAA UL/LSA Programs 1:30 pm Seaplanes 101, Steve McCaughey, Seaplane Pilots Association 3 pm Discover Powered Paragliding, Paul Czarnecki, Planet PPG

MUSEUM PROGRAMS 10 am Law Enforcement Use of Drones, Dr.

Alan Frasier 10 am Innovations in Propulsion, Frank Klatt 11 am Flying to Alaska: A fair weather, flatland pilot’s experiences, Bill Walker 2 pm Save the F-4 Phantom, Walt Houghton

AOPA EXHIBIT PRESENTATIONS A variety of presentations will be held throughout the week at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Exhibit Booth AC9 11 am ADS-B Panel Discussion: Exploring the benefits of ADS-B, Mike Collins 11 am Autograph Signing at AOPA Campus,

Patty Wagstaff 12 pm The Brave New World: Flying Under BasicMed, Gary Crump, Jared Allen 1 pm Sirius XM: What you need to know about Weather, Scott Dimmich 2 pm TFRs/ADIZ and Intercepts: How to avoid a NORAD Escort, Lt. Col. Mike ‘Alvin’ McMillin 3pm DPE Tells All: DeMystifying Your FAA Flight Test, Ken Wittekiend, Michael Phillips

AIRSHOW The Thursday Airshow launches at 2 pm and goes through about 5 pm (weather permitting). Slated to perform today are: Aeroshell Aerobatic Team


Gene Soucy Mustang Celebration Demo Blue Angels Practice

EVENING ENTERTAINMENT At Corn Roast Area 6-8 pm: House of Troubled Blues

EVENING MOVIE At Ace’s Flying Flix in the Campgrounds 7:45-10pm: It’s A Mad, Mad,Mad, Mad World


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

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