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Table of Contents Chinese aviators honor the Flying Tigers..............................3 22 years and counting...............................................................4 Teaching the next generation..................................................5 Learn how to build a plane.......................................................6 Aerospace Educators Workshop Saturday.........................7 LiveAirShowTV to produce daily coverage of fly-in..........8 Alpina new official timekeeper for SUN ’n FUN................12 Fly Like A Girl.............................................................................26 What’s happening today.........................................................28



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Chinese aviators honor the Flying Tigers By JONI M. FISHER On Thursday morning, a group of Chinese and Americans gathered beside the B-25J “Panchito,” an aircraft similar to the one used during the famous Doolittle Raid on Tokyo. The Chinese came to honor American airmen who fought with the Chinese against the Japanese in World War II. In particular, they commemorated the Flying Tigers. The Flying Tigers were American pilots who volunteered to help the Chinese fight the Japanese. They flew P-41 Warthogs. Chinese farmers and villagers protected the Flying Tigers and kept them safely beyond the reach of the Japanese. In retaliation, the Japanese massacred a quarter of a million Chinese citizens. The American government did not learn about the massacre until after the war. The Chinese guests included De Qiu Jiang, the chief test pilot for the Chinese Air Force, and Yan En Yu, chairman of China’s largest airline. Welcoming the Chinese were officials with the EAA Warbirds of America: Executive Director Bill Fischer, Vice President Jim Tobul, Past President Rick Siegfried, and Board Member Jim Olzacki.

In an exchange of gifts, the Chinese presented three red and gold banners written in English and Chinese about the Flying Tigers and the common bond formed with the Chinese people during World War II. The EAA Warbirds of America presented the Chinese guests with an EAA book about aircraft and commemorative pins.


One of the banners read “The sacrifices, honor and heroism of the Flying Tigers that fought for the Chinese people will forever be remembered by the people of China. The heroic stories of the Flying Tigers will be told for generations.” Another read “Remember History. Cherish Peace.”

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22 years and counting... By ELIZABETH WALKER The Royal Air Force Air Cadets marked their 22nd visit during this year’s SUN ’n FUN. And they were led for the 11th straight year by Camp Commandant Squadron Leader John Wohlgemuth. “The cadets arrived on March 28,” he said, noting there are 32 cadets and 13 staff members in the group. The staff and cadets, five of whom are returning for a second year, pay their own way. The RAF cadets are a familiar and popular volunteer group at SUN ’n FUN. “This year we are working in general aircraft, camping and general aircraft parking and warbirds,” Wohlgemuth said. “We are clearing the ramps during the airshow. And I think the public is surprised to see the British cadets also working at the ticket booth. We have a lot of languages represented in our group, so they have been helpful.” The cadets camp in a reserved area designated the Cliff Mullins campground after one of the founding officers of the trip. “One of the neat things that has happened is that SUN ’n FUN has put in concrete slab bases at the campground that replace the rotten wooden decking that our large tents sat on. That was set up before we arrived and it is nice to have.” “We’ve got the kitchen area and the two trailers that stay here,” he continued. “We have our own chef with us again this year, Sgt. Nigel Thomas.” The group visited U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa where they were briefed by a British staff officer. Many of the cadets also took high-tech parachute training. “I want to be a paratrooper,” said Cadet Sgt. Robert Szewczyk, 16, who noted that in the parachute training “you have virtual RAF CADETS | See Page 5

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Teaching the next generation By BILL WALKER Keith Smith recruits students for the Central Florida Aerospace Academy with an unusual opening question: “I ask, what are you going to be doing when you’re 26 years old?” According to Smith, the chief administrator at CFAA, that question provokes a lot of responses from middle schoolers. “They tell me I want to be a football player or a dancer or whatever. I also ask how many of them don’t know what they want to do and how many are considering aviation,” he said. “What I find is that the students don’t have a clue as to what is being offered in aviation.” Smith uses his visits with Polk County students to describe the advantages offered by studying at CFAA. “Any student in the county can attend,” Smith said. “And during SUN ’n FUN I put together an activity day for four of our biggest feeder schools. We show them what is at the school, what we do.” CFAA students study in one of four tracks. “Engineering and aerospace are our two biggest tracks,” Smith explained. “I would say in numbers we are probably about 40% aerospace, 30% engineering, 20% avionics and 10% Airframe and Powerplant.” Smith, who was a businessman before beginning a second career as a teacher and school administrator, is particularly effective in outlining the merits of studying at CFAA. “We have math, social studies, science, English and language arts,” he said. “And on top of the four core subjects, we offer Spanish and Air Force Junior ROTC. We have the same clubs that Kathleen High School offers. And we have the Lakeland Aero Club, a high school flying club in which nearly 100 of our students have soloed during the past five years.” Smith’s recruiting success over the past five years shows up in the enrollment numbers. “When I got here there was about 150 kids and we had 12 females,” Smith said. “I had about three African Americans. We are still a long way from where we want to be, but we are now close to 80 to 100 RAF CADETS | From Page 4 reality goggles and you are off the ground. You seem to float. We learned how to steer the parachute. There are fantastic options here. And being here exposes you to an incredible variety of aircraft.” “I’ve always wanted to do a skydive,” added Cadet CWO Elli Rudd, 19. “The training sort of grounded the idea that I would like to do that. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.” Before coming to Lakeland, the group visited a Commonwealth War Graves site

10% off all H3R Aviation Fire Extinguishers. females. And I’ve got about 25% female, about 9% African American, 25% Hispanics. We are recruiting and it is paying off.” Current enrollment is 340 students. “The maximum number of people we can have in the building is 499 people,” he added. Smith, who is officially listed as an assistant principal at Kathleen High, runs CFAA as the sole administrator. The school has 23 teachers. “All students have to do is show an interest in coming here and basically have graduated the eighth grade,” Smith said. “We require that they maintain a 2.5 grade point ratio and they have to get the certification in their track.” The education choices of last year’s graduating class of 45 students provides an example of the impact of aerospace education, Smith said. “About 50% of the class started out pursuing something in aviation,” he said. “We had two who came back and started the A&P adult program. Three went to Embry Riddle and another 10 or 15 went to Polk State. I would feel very safe in saying about 50% are involved in aviation study.” “The school is such a great opportunity for kids,” he continued. “I see it every year, watching them become men and women. I can’t imagine another position that I would enjoy more than this. It is great to get up and go to work each day.” in the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Arcadia, Florida, where 23 Royal Air Force Cadets are buried. “These cadets died while in flight training in South Florida during the Second World War,” Wohlgemuth said. “We put poppies on every single grave.” A highlight of the week is a pizza party with Civil Air Patrol cadets at the Piedmont Hangar Friday evening. The group will finish their volunteer work on Sunday, then take a day visiting in Orlando before flying back to England on Tuesday.

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There’s a lot of activity in the Metal Fabrication workshop at SUN ’n FUN. Volunteers are showing not only fly-in attendees, but students at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy, how easy it is to build an airplane. “It takes people from knowing nothing to a better understanding of what it takes to build a plane,” said volunteer Stewart Smith. “It gives people a better understanding of how an aircraft is assembled.” One of the volunteers at the workshop, Jim Watts of Gulfport, Mississippi, was on the other side of the table just a few years ago. “I came here in 2012 and met with Jim Davies and he showed me all about installing rivets,” he recalled. “It gave me the confidence to build my own plane, now I’m passing that along.” Watts built an RV-7A after attending that workshop. Two kit companies, Van’s Aircraft and Zenith Aircraft, have donated items for the workshop. Van’s donated the materials that allow attendees to build a special wrench that takes off RV wheels. Zenith donated materials for building a notebook, according to Burl Nelson, another volunteer. The notebook was popular with a handful of students from the CFAA, who tackled the project with gusto. Interested in trying it yourself? Volunteers are standing by. According to Nelson, it takes about 30 minutes to complete one of the projects, which you get to take with you.


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Aerospace Educators Workshop Saturday By JANICE WOOD On Saturday morning, about 125 teachers will descend on the SUN ’n FUN campus for the annual Aerospace Educators Workshop. This is the 30th year for the workshop, according to Barbara Walters-Phillips, chairman of the Aerospace Educators Workshop. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. the teachers will attend a variety of workshops showing them how to incorporate aviation into their curriculums. Keynote speaker this year is Astronaut and U.S. Senator Bill Nelson. “We are very excited to have him speak to us about his mission to space, as well as update us on what is happening now with the space program,” she said. The workshop will also host several new presenters, including Dan Foard, who will talk about drones, and Walter Houghton, who will share his expertise on the history of Florida’s military airports. Jim Brough from the FAA’s education department in the New England Region will present a session on using the E-6B for planning cross-country trips, while Cleve Carter will talk about space and

aerospace. Just added a few days before SUN ’n FUN began is a session on robotics. Last year’s Ray Lien Award winner, Gabe Gabrielle, will also present a session on NASA resources and the space program. An annual presenter is Dr. Charley Rodriguez from Southern Illinois University, she said, noting he brings new “gizmos” to share each year.

This year’s Ray Lien Award winner is Tom Sarko from Palm Beach County. “Tom is an outstanding aerospace educator and we look forward to him joining us for this special award presentation during the luncheon,” she said. Four lucky teachers will be selected in a random drawing to fly with the AeroShell Aerobatic Team during the 9 a.m. session. “This is an amazing opportunity for teachers and only available at the SUN ’n

FUN Aerospace Educators’ Workshop,” she said. “It has become a highlight of the workshop.” The annual workshop is making a difference for area teachers. “When I am attending aviation events throughout the year, teachers come up and tell me they have attended the workshop and are looking forward to coming back,” she reported. “Some teachers are excited to talk about lessons that were shared by our presenters that they now use in their classrooms. Others are very excited that they have gotten presenters to come to their schools and speak to their classes. Of course, we always have some who want to know who the astronaut will be this year. That is another tradition of our workshop and a highlight for the teachers.”

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LiveAirShowTV to produce daily coverage of fly-in On-board video from performers’ cockpits added Starting today, LiveAirShowTV will produce eight hours of live video coverage daily at SUN ’n FUN through Sunday. Returning fans may remember that LiveAirShowTV produced limited coverage of the 2016 event for the demonstration of the Red Bull Air Race series, featuring pilots Kirby Chambliss and Michael Goulian. This year, LiveAirShowTV will cover each day’s full schedule, using some of the same “jumbotrons” used for the presidential inauguration and one of the same production units used by NFL Productions during Super Bowl week. “We are very excited about this year’s production of SUN ’n FUN, one of the world’s top aviation events,” said LiveAirShowTV President Jeff Lee. “This year we’re really stepping it up to work with the organizers, performers and announcers to create a new standard for entertaining airshow fans” “Last year, LiveAirShowTV did a great

job putting together a professional production of the Red Bull Air Race demo and several other performers on very short notice,” said Greg Gibson, SUN ’n FUN Director of Operations. “This year we wanted to expand on that and offer some great new opportunities for our sponsors and more value for our attendees” Even better, LiveAirShowTV has added live in-cockpit video to its coverage this weekend. The in-cockpit video is provided by OnBoard Images through a sponsorship from MzeroA Flight training. On-Board Images is headed by Mark Magin, an innovator in providing live video from airshow aircraft, and the recipient of the airshow industry’s highest honor, the ICAS Sword of Excellence. He is one of the pioneers of live on-board video transmission from extreme sources, such as aerobatic aircraft and unlimited hydroplanes.

The AeroShell team captured by on-board video. “We have worked with nearly every performer on the circuit today,” Magin said. “They know and trust us to install systems in their aircraft. It allows us the take the airshow fan to the one place they cannot go — the cockpit of their favorite performer.” SUN ’n FUN’s Gibson said fly-in officials are excited about the live on-board video, because “it takes things to the next level. We know our fans are going

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By TOM SNOW If you plan to build a Glasair Sportsman 2+2 from a kit, you should probably place an order sometime within the next year or so, according to company officials, who recently advised the FAA of plans to apply for certification of the popular plane under Part 23. Once certification is achieved, the company expects to slowly transition out of the kit business. “Kit sales these days favor our Two Weeks to Taxi builder assist program at the factory,” said Rick Paul, Glasair Aviation’s Director of Marketing, “but we can only accommodate around 17 of those builds a year and prospective customers are asking if they can buy a certified Sportsman.” “Our Merlin Light-Sport model was certified a year ago,” he continued, “and we think we understand what’s needed to get the Sportsman through the process.” The move marks a significant change of direction for Glasair Aviation, an Arlington, Washington company founded in 1979 and now owned by Chinese investors. Its original offering, the speedy twoseat, low-wing Glasair I kit plane, was introduced at Oshkosh in 1980. The original Glasair progressed through three models over the years and the Glasair III, although no longer available as a kit, is still competitive in the Sport Class at the Reno Air Races. Approximately 1,700 Glasair kit planes are now flying. The Glasair Sportsman is based on the GlaStar, a high-wing design introduced in 1996 as a two seat high wing utility plane. Instead of the pre-molded composite construction of the original Glasair models, the GlasStar was designed with a tu-

bular steel frame enclosed in a composite skin. The wings and tail are conventional aluminum structures. The enlarged Sportsman version of the same basic design features a 2+2 configuration, with a rear door added and the option of two rear-facing passenger seats or lots of luggage space. An optional belly pod is also available, as are floats and skis. With folding wings and a landing gear that can be changed from tricycle to taildragger configuration in a matter of hours, the plane has been popular with kit builders, especially after the factory introduced its Two Weeks to Taxi builder assistance program. The option offers customers the opportunity to assemble their kit at the factory under the FAA’s 51% rule, which requires the builder to do more than half the work. With guidance from factory experts and access to all the tools and jigs required, customers progress much faster than they would on their own. Typically, builders are able start the engine and taxi their new plane after only two weeks of assembly. Finish work and painting is done later. The Sportsman on display at SUN ’n FUN in the Manufacturers Display Area, Space 21C, was built by a group of high school students under the Build a Plane program sponsored by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). GlasairAviation.com

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Lots of sun, lots more fun By WILLIAM E. DUBOIS, Race 53 We’re lined up two abreast on Lakeland’s big Runway 27, slightly staggered like fighters on an aircraft carrier’s deck. Ahead of us a flight of two massive T-28 Trojans in Navy colors thunder down the runway. The T-28s lift into pale morning sky and the tower radios that it’s our turn to takeoff. The lead plane begins his roll. When he breaks ground, the plane ahead of me starts rolling. As he rotates, the plane to my left powers up. As soon as I see daylight under his belly, I advance my throttle to the firewall and give chase. I’m racing in the fifth annual Sun 40 Sprint...oh wait. My bad. This isn’t a race. It’s a speed trial. No racing going on here in this busy airspace. And it’s true. The leader of the pack has landed and tied down by the time I reach the halfway point, so it could hardly be called a race now could it? The field was light this year for the Wednesday Showcase event, with four planes competing: Bruce Hammer in a Glasair 1TD-T, Pete Fontaine in an RV8, Les Burrill in a Midget Mustang, and me in my turbine-powered, record-breaking, national champion Ercoupe. OK, I lied about it being turbine-powered. It does, however, hold a world speed record, and it did take the second-place national champion slot for production airplanes in the Sport Air Racing League last year.

I lift off, climb out, and turn on course, the planes ahead of me already dwindling to specks. It’s hazy and bumpy out on the course. And even though it’s only midmorning, and I’m 1,500 feet up, it’s hot. I decide that because it’s SUN ’n FUN — ­ and because I have no competition in my class — I’ll slide my canopy open. That adds some drag, which slows me down a bit, so I don’t normally fly for speed that way, but it seemed in the spirit of the event. What could be more Fun ‘n the Sun than racing...err...speed trialing open-cockpit? And it’s a glorious way to welcome spring, with the sun on my face and the wind in my hair. I tuck my notes on turn names, frequencies, and procedures under my right leg so the sheet of paper isn’t sucked out of the cockpit and into the slipstream, and then settle in for the ride, which is over all too soon. How’d I do? I came in third place...uh...third fastest in the speed trial. How did a ‘Coupe manage to out-pace one of the other very fast planes in the trial? Burrill’s Midget Mustang shed its spinner on the course. He withdrew from the trial and executed a textbook precautionary landing at one of the trial’s alternate airports, leaving me a spot on the podium. Here’s the 2017 Sun 40 Sprint speed trial results: • Hammer: 197.4 kts • Fontaine: 173.3 kts • Me: 97.22 kts Join us next year at SUN ’n FUN’s speed trial and see how you measure up!

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As GA gathers in Florida, clouds loom in Washington, DC By ED BOLEN, NBAA President On behalf of the more than 11,000 members of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), let me be among the first to welcome you to one of the most anticipated aviation gatherings on the calendar, the 2017 SUN ’n FUN International Fly-In Expo. SUN ’n FUN brings together tens of thousands of general aviation pilots, aircraft owners, and enthusiasts to enjoy the very best our shared aviation community has to offer. As we celebrate the excitement and diversity of this vital American industry this week, I must also warn of troubling clouds on the horizon for the GA community, in the form of a new proposal to privatize our nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system. A decades-long lobbying effort by the big airlines is now reflected in language, contained in the President’s recently released budget proposal, to privatize ATC. We can be sure that the introduction of supporting infrastructure legislation, as part of continuing congressional debate over FAA reauthorization, is only a matter of time. Under such a proposal, the ATC system — which currently serves the public’s interest, and is overseen by the public’s elected representatives in Congress — would be turned over to a non-governmental entity effectively with an airlinecentric board of directors. There are many reasons NBAA has long been concerned about such measures, including the strong likelihood that such an entity would be funded through new and onerous user fees levied against GA operators. However, privatization poses other, equally pressing concerns. For example, without Congress to ensure that the nation’s airports and airspace are available to all, the small and mid-size towns that rely on access to general aviation for everything from civil services, to emergency support, to business access and more, could have their access threat-

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ened. That is why opponents of ATC privatization extend far beyond the aviation industry, encompassing such diverse groups as conservative and Ed Bolen liberal think tanks, consumer groups, rural organizations, federal and local policymakers, and a demonstrated majority of American citizens.

NBAA has taken action to combat the threat of ATC privatization, including joining with 15 other aviation groups in sending letters to the congressional leaders who have jurisdiction over aviation, warning of the negative consequences that a privatized ATC system would have — not only for business aviation, but for our entire nation. While the White House budget proposal represents a blueprint, Congress is the final authority on the funding of aviation programs. That means that when legislation is introduced calling for a privatized ATC system funded through user fees, it

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Alpina new official timekeeper for SNF For its first year at SUN ’n FUN, Swiss watchmaker Alpina is making a big splash. The new official timekeeper of the fly-in, Alpina also is a sponsor of airshow star Michael Goulian. The company is also exhibiting at SUN ’n FUN for the first time, displaying a variety of watches in its exhibit on the Warbird Ramp, right next to Goulian’s trailer. “Michael Goulian’s personality and extreme aerobatic talents compliment the status of the Alpina brand in pilot watches,” says Oliver Van Lanschot Hubrecht, Alpina brand manager. This year, Goulian will appear at 10 of the most distinguished airshows in the United States, as well as eight Red Bull Air Race World Championship events around the world, Hubrecht noted. According to company officials, Goulian embodies an “Alpinist,” which is someone who lives by the Alpinist principles: Be perseverant. Think independently. Trust your instincts. Don’t forget your roots. The alpinist always seeks performance and progress when facing a challenge in extremely demanding environments, company officials added. Alpina manufactures watches for the

most demanding environments, like the air, for example, said Morgane Leynaud, Alpina’s marketing manager, who is at the company’s SUN ’n FUN booth. “Michael entails what an alpinist is because he is really strong in a crazy environment — the air — so we think he is the perfect match to our brand,” she said. She noted that the company partners with a variety of ambassadors around the world who thrive in harsh environments, like the mountains or diving in the ocean.

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“Our three big environments are air, land, and sea, and we have ambassadors for the land and sea, but we didn’t have anybody for air,” she said. That’s when they set their sites on Goulian and SUN ’n FUN. “We feel that it’s the perfect audience to reach, just to let them know that we have amazing pilot watches at an affordable price,” she said. While the company makes a variety of timepieces, it’s biggest seller is the pilot

watch line, she noted. “For many years, we have seen that pilot watches are our best collection and the strongest in terms of style and volume of business,” she said. “We wanted this year to emphasize this, so we decided to partner with Michael Goulian.” “I’m honored and humbled to be partnering with Alpina,” Goulian said. “Their dedication to innovation, excellence, perseverance and adventure are traits that my team and I live by every day. We’re excited to help Alpina show the world their beautiful line of pilot watches.” At the SUN ’n FUN booth, you can see pilot watches, as well as other watches made by the company, including smart watches. AlpinaWatches.com

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

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Tune in to SUN ’n FUN Radio By JANICE WOOD “Don’t Miss Out — Tune In.” That’s the message that SUN ’n FUN Radio Chairman Dave Shallbetter wants everyone on the SUN ’n FUN grounds — and beyond — to get this year. There is so much going on during the week of the fly-in that it’s impossible to be everywhere to enjoy it. But with SUN ’n FUN Radio’s remote broadcasts and live streaming, you can virtually attend the evening programs, airshows, and more during the week. Returning for the second year is the SUN ’n FUN Radio Mobile Studio, powered by Aviators Hotline. The specially equipped vehicle will roam the grounds seeking out stories throughout the fly-in. “If you see them, stop and say hi,” Shallbetter says. “You could be our next interview.” A full slate of interviews is planned throughout the week, with some of the most important — of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) — planned for Thursday and Friday. Every day of the fly-in, at 9 a.m., SUN

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podcast from the radio station’s porch. And just added is another podcast, #NotAtSnF17, which will be recorded and streamed live between the day and evening airshows. Live streaming of all SUN ’n FUN Radio programs is thanks to Live ATC (Live-ATC.net/SNF), an audio streaming site, which gives the radio station worldwide exposure. The station, which has a cadre of 40 or so volunteers, is always looking for more help. If you are interested in volunteering, stop in at SUN ’n FUN Radio during the week. The station is located at the end of Club House Path next to the Quiet Birdman Clubhouse and across the road from the Sunset Grill. And if you have a story you think the radio station should cover, Shallbetter invites you to stop by the station and talk to one of the volunteers. Or you can email your suggestions to SnFRadio@gmail. com. Also, he asks that you like the station’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/SnFRadio) and follow them on Twitter (twitter. com/SnFRadio).

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ACE Piedmont Aerospace Laboratory (C-4) 2

ACE Buehler Aerospace Skills Center (D-4) 8

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

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

ACE Aerospace Discovery at Florida Air Museum (D-4) 5

ACE Lakeland AeroClub Headquarters (E-4) 11

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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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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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Insured? Maybe, maybe not By BOB MACKEY John owns a 2000 Van’s RV-6A. He is the “Named Insured” — the person who paid for and owns the insurance policy — on an aircraft insurance policy purchased from ABC Insurance Co. He is also a named pilot on the policy. His friend, Tom, is also a named pilot on John’s policy, which means he is also insured by the policy. Let’s look at what that all means when an accident happens.

Accident #1

Tom is flying John’s airplane, with John’s permission, for a pleasure flight to another airport. During the flight the engine fails and Tom makes an emergency landing in a parking lot. John’s airplane is insured for $60,000 and the insurance company declares the plane a total loss. There are 10 cars in the parking lot valued at $200,000 that also are destroyed. The post-accident investigation determines the engine failure was due to a broken exhaust valve. The insurance company pays John for his airplane and pays the owners of the cars for their loss and obtains a release from each owner. There are a few other expenses associated with the accident, which the insurance company covers. Claim closed.

Accident #2

John and Tom are flying in John’s airplane. The purpose of the flight is for Tom, John’s friend and a CFI, to give John a Flight Review. During the flight Tom demonstrates how to make a shortfield landing. During the touchdown he over-rotates, causing the plane to balloon and subsequently land hard on the nose gear. After the accident the insurance company determines John’s airplane, which is insured for $60,000, is a total loss and pays John. The insurance company next advises Tom they intend to seek recovery from Tom — known as subrogation — for the $60,000 they paid John. Fortunately Tom purchased flight instructor insurance from XYZ Insurance Co., so he was able to turn this claim over to that insurance company, which negotiated a settlement with ABC Insurance Co. Both claims closed.

Accident #3

Tom is flying John’s airplane, again

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with John’s permission. He is taking another friend on their first flight in a small airplane. During the flight Tom says “watch this” and proceeds to fly very low Bob Mackey over a lake. He misjudges the pull-up at the shoreline and hits the trees, destroying the airplane and injuring both himself and the passenger, as well as damaging a home on the lake. The insurance company paid John for his airplane and also settled the claims with the passenger and the home owner on John’s behalf. The insurance company then proceeded to subrogate against Tom for the full amount they paid: $500,000. The claims for John are closed. Unfortunately. Tom did not have any other insurance. In Accident #1 Tom was covered because, although he is a flight instructor, he was not engaged in the role of a flight instructor at the time of the accident. Further, it was not his fault the engine quit. In Accident #2 Tom was not covered because, although he was a named pilot, he was engaged in the role of a flight instructor at the time of the accident. Luckily, he had flight instructor insurance. In Accident #3, although Tom was a named pilot, the insurance company decided to exercise its right of subrogation due the nature or the accident — “watch this.”


If John wanted to make sure his friend Tom is covered, including while giving John a flight review, he could have asked his insurance broker to make Tom an “Additional Insured,” which supersedes the status of an “Insured” and includes a “Waiver of Subrogation” in favor of Tom, which means the insurance company could not pursue recovery from Tom in the event of a loss or a claim. There is a possibility the insurance company may charge John an additional premium to provide the “Additional Insured” and “Waiver of Subrogation.” This would also work for the ramifications of Accident #3, however the “watch this” factor will also make it pretty difficult for John to get insurance for his next airplane if he intends to have Tom as a named pilot. Want to find out more? Stop by the EAA Insurance Solutions booth at SUN ’n FUN at Exhibit LD-7/ LD-13 or call 866-647-4EAA (4322) or go online to EAA.org/Insurance after the fly-in.

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Airshow performer David Martin distinctly remembers the first time he performed at SUN ’n FUN. “It was in 1999 and I had the new airplane,” he recalled. “Nobody had ever seen the CAP 232 before.” The first few years he performed here was when he was on the U.S. Aerobatic Team. “The whole team would fly,” he said, noting they didn’t fly together, but the entire team was here to raise support for the team. It was while he was on the Aerobatic Team that he discovered the CAP 232. “I was on the US Aerobatic Team in the 1998 World Championships, which were held in Slovakia,” he said. “I was flying an Extra. The French won and they were flying the CAP 232. We were watching them and they looked like they weren’t working as hard as we were, so we thought their plane was better. I test flew one over there and decided to get one.” He notes the plane has all the performance needed to compete, but it also has well-balanced controls. “I think it’s still one of the best at that,” he said. He notes that his airshow act was devel-

oped through his competition flying. “In the world competition, we fly an airshow flight called the four-minute flight and that’s how I developed my airshow act,” he said. “It’s not totally the same, we have to fly higher in competition and we only have four minutes to do it. But, the CAP was really well-suited for that and it transfers right over to airshow flying.” Like many airshow performers, SUN ’n FUN is the first show of the season for Martin, who will perform in today’s and Saturday’s airshow. “It’s always my first show of the season,” he said. “It’s fun. There’s more pilots here than a normal airshow, which I like. You tailor your show for the pilots. The people that run SUN ’n FUN are always great people who are fun to work with. I’ve met a lot of friends there. And, not only do I like flying in airshows, I like airplanes and I like to go look at stuff. I’ve probably bought more stuff at SUN ’n FUN that anywhere else.” “You also see a lot of your friends that you haven’t seen all winter,” he continued. “It’s fun. It’s a really good airshow. The venue is good — it’s an easy airshow to fly. Different airshows have different airspace problems and SUN ’n FUN

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doesn’t really have any, so from a pilot perspective, it’s not hard to fly.” When he takes to the skies today and tomorrow, fans will note a few changes in his routine. “We’ve changed the music and we have fine-tuned things,” he said. Martin is known in the aerobatic community for his ability to tumble the plane in unparalleled style and accomplishing gyroscopic maneuvers never duplicated by others. He grew up in an aviation family in Texas, where both his father and grandfather were airline pilots. He started flying with his father in the family’s 1959 Bonanza when he was 12. His first aerobatics were in his grandfather’s 1941 Fleet biplane. His grandfather had been a barnstormer in

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the 1930s and insisted that he learn aerobatics as a part of his basic training. As a high school graduation present, his parents gave David an aerobatic course with Duane Cole. This was when he set his goal to become a World Aerobatic Champion. After graduating from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a degree in aviation, he flew corporate jets for several years until he joined the Texas Air National Guard. He graduated from Air Force Pilot Training, F-4 training and F-16 training at the top of his classes. He decided to seriously pursue competition aerobatics in 1994 after buying an Extra 300S. Since earning a place on the United States Aerobatic Team in 1997, he attended five World Aerobatic Champion-


ships, winning an individual gold medal and three team bronze medals. In 2001, he won the United States National Aerobatic Championships. What advice does he have for young people who may want to follow in his footsteps? “Past the basic training, you need to get good instruction in aerobatics,” he said. “And, then the International Aerobatic Club, which is part of EAA, sponsors all the aerobatic contests. They have a lot of good programs. You can find instructors and you can go places and get critiqued. You’ve got to get a good airplane. I know people say they can’t afford a good airplane. I understand that. You can rent airplanes.” “I recommend competition first, because that’s what I did,” he continued. “I flew a lot of competitions before I flew airshows. It just gets you in the right discipline and teaches you how to train properly and correct for wind.” “You know, everybody I know who’s really wanted to has been able to do it,” he continued. “A lot of pilots are pretty good about helping kids. There’s a lot of programs to help kids.” And once you set your mind to it, he says, there’s something you absolutely have to do: Practice. “What I’ve done over the years is a lot of practicing,” he said. “Practice makes perfect. It really does.”

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Fly Like A Girl By JANICE WOOD As you wander around SUN ’n FUN this weekend, keep an eye out for a documentary film crew, who are working on a full-length film, “Fly Like A Girl.” A trailer for the film is being shown on the jumbotron, while the filmmakers from Indie Atlantic Films roam the grounds shooting for the documentary. An interview with the producers also will be broadcast on the giant screen on Saturday. The idea for the film came from Katie McEntire Wiatt, a teacher who has

moved into the filmmaking business. The idea is to reveal the contributions women have made to aviation and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), as well as highlight the many women who are doing extraordinary work in aviation and STEM today. Fly Like a Girl also examines why many young girls don’t see themselves in an aviation/STEM related field and how society can begin to change this perception, she said. During her time as an elementary school teacher, she saw first-hand the gap in confidence in girls in her classroom.

“I remember one student in particular was struggling with a math problem. She said, ‘Ms. Wiatt, girls just aren’t good at math.’ This student’s statement had a profound effect on me. Perhaps because it reminded me of a math teacher I had in fifth grade who told me ‘some girls, like you, just can’t do math.’ I couldn’t shake the feeling that this was a very common experience for many young girls.” Still in the early days of production, Fly Like A Girl already has interviews with three-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion Patty Wagstaff, World War II WASP Bee Haydu, and others.

The producers, who have been selffunding the project up to now, have begun crowdsourcing on Indiegogo.com. One of the perks for investors is a special Fly Like A Girl SUN ’n FUN T-shirt. Once they leave SUN ’n FUN, the producers will travel around the country, raising awareness for the film and interviewing more people. “The outpouring of support from the aviation community has been amazing,” Wiatt said. “It seems everyone we reach out to wants to be involved in helping to tell the story.” FlyLikeAGirl.film



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Working for you: the GA Camping Crew By IRIS MORRIS In the early years of SUN ’n FUN, camping with your plane was in a small area on the east side of the field. Adair Henderson, who was chairman, and Iris Morris flew Piper Tri-Pacers and were in the newly formed Tri-Pacer Owners Club (later known as the Short Wing Piper Club). As the show grew, the campground moved west. It was the “raw dirt” or the Papa taxiway extension project. Adair and Iris acquired an old mobile home so the crew would have a place to get out of the weather. About this time Adair handed off

chairmanship to George Klitsch. The west end of the runway was used as a dump for construction debris, trash, and other unwanted items. The Short Wing Piper crew cleaned it up, determined to give General Aircraft Camping (GAC) guests the best service possible. Somewhere along the way, SUN ’n FUN started calling the trailer the Short Wing Piper Building, and made signs for it. While many of our volunteers are members of the Florida chapter, volunteers come from around the country and Canada to volunteer. Safety and the well-being of guests is the first priority of these volunteers. SUN

’n FUN also provides shuttle service for the General Aviation campers.

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The Short Wing Piper Club also has an information booth in the Type Club Tent, a place where you can post information about buying, selling, and learning about joining the Florida Chapter or the International Short Wing Piper Club. Florence “Tyke” Klitsch is in charge of the tent, and all members at the information booth assist with GAC. After 37 years of serving as chairmen, Iris and George have passed the torch to others. Jim Morris is now GAC chairman,

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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 Fun Flying in the Rocky Mountains, Joe Kuberka 2 On and Off Airport Emergency Landings, David Joseph 3 Dynamic Propeller Balance, Michael Fox 4 Lithium Batteries, Reg Nicoson 5 The New Lancair and where we are headed, Mark and Conrad Huffstutler 6 Maintenance Records for Owners and Pilots, James L. Goldman 7 Advanced FlyQ EFB, Steve Podradchik 8 Flight to Alaska in our 1950 Pacer, Gary Winter 9 Flying Beech Airplanes, American Bonanza Society 10 Superior Air Parts Engine Options for Kit

Builders, Bill Ross 11 The Midget Mustang & Mustang II Homebuilts, Chris Tieman

10 am 1 It’s More than Just Weather: DUATS on the iPad and Android, Kyle Everson 2 Short Field Takeoff and Landings, Captain John Hook 3 Quickie Aircraft Builders, Jerry Marstall 4 Dynamic Propeller Balance, Steve Sennett 5 Cool Places to Fly Your Plane, Guillaume Fabry 6 Flight Planning for the 21st Century, Tom Slater 7 Maintenance and Inspection of Standard and Tunes Exhaust Systems, Darren Tilman 8 I am a Sport Pilot Now What Can I Do? Carl Houghton 9 Blind Pulled Rivets and Modern Sheet Metal Construction For Amateur Builders, Matt Heintz 11 Flying to the Islands of the Bahamas, Terry Carbonell

12 Continental Motors Presents new technology for cylinders, Ron Humphrey

11 am 1 ForeFlight 101: Beginners, ForeFlight 2 Windshields, Windows and Canopies: Tap my Knowledge, George Mesiarik 3 Risk management for commercial drone operations, Scott Sky Smith 4 Avoiding Unwanted Legal Action By the FAA, Anthony G. Ison 5A&P/IA Licensing Process and FAR Review, Thomas Black 6 Secrets Only Pilots Know About Airports, Tom Slater 7 Care and Maintenance of Goodrich De-Ice Boots, Ken Heath 8 Team SFS, Ravi 9 Tips and Techniques For Flying Van’s RV, Jan Bussell 10 Continental Motors TITAN Aircraft Engines, Experimental Aircraft, John Heitland, James Ball 11 LSA Buying and Flying Tips, Louis Mancuso

12 pm 1Ten Most Common iPad Mistakes, Gary Reeves, ATP, Master CF 2 B uilding and Flying Thatcher CX4/CX5/CX7, Dr. Glen Bradley 3 O xy/Acetylene Gas Welding Aluminum and Steel 4 A fresh conversation about upset and spin recovery, Jim Alsip 5 A irparks: Selection and Landing on Turf, Ron Heidebrink 6 S eaplane Safety is No Accident, Steve McCaughey 7 P ilot-Plane-Plan: Safety’s Big Picture! David St. George 8 C hinese Aerobatic Airshow Invitation, Sherry Forum 9 F loats for Light Aircraft Zenair Floats and Full Lotus Floats, Matt Heintz 10 1 00hp 6 Cylinder Air Cooled Corvair Engine, William Wynne 11 YOU Can Fly Aerobatics. Yes, you, Beth Stanton



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1 pm 1 What you need to know about ADS-B, Tom Harper 2 US Airline Pilot Job Market 2017 and Beyond, Kit Darby 3 TFRs and NORAD Intercepts: How to avoid a Fighter Escort, Lt Col Tom Gustin 4 Flight debrief in the Age of Technology, Gary Reeves, ATP, Master CFI 5 Obtaining FAA Field Approvals, Paul Babcock 6 Installing Glass Panels in Experimental Aircraft, David Weber 7 FAA Enforcement and Appeals, Pat Phillips 8 Taming the Tailwheel, James Guldi 10 Rutan Aircraft Flying Experience, Ryszard Zadow 11 What you should know about Lithium Batteries, Reg Nicoson

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 Maintenance and the Law, John Carmen, A&P, IA 10 am Wright Brothers Master Pilot Awards, John Duncan, FAA 1 pm Meet The FAA, FAA Senior Panelists

PARADISE CITY FORUMS Light-Sport Aircraft, Sport Pilot and Ultralight forums are held in the Paradise CIty Briefing/ Forum Tent. 9 am Daily Devotional, MASA Tent 10:30 am Swift Fuels: Future of Unleaded Avgas, Brian Stirm, Swift Fuels 12 pm Drones 101, Tim Schmelzer, Alex Rodriquez, Michael den Hartog 1:30 pm Flying Safe In & Around Florida, Steve McCaughey, Seaplane Pilot’s Association 3 pm Modern Aircraft Finishes, Andy Humphrey, Stewart Systems

MUSEUM PROGRAMS 10 am Meet the Crews of the Legendary SR 71 SR 71 Pilots 10 am Design and Development of the SR-71, Crews of the SR-71 Blackbird, HABUs 10 am Innovations in Propulsion, Frank Klatt 12 pm WASP Forum - Q&A Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) 1:30 pm Florida Air National Guard F-16 Dedication, General Forrest Clark 2 pm Howard Hughes’ Mysterious Life After His Fake Death, Major General Mark Musick

AOPA EXHIBIT PRESENTATIONS Presentations will be held throughout the week at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Exhibit, Booth AC9 8 am Coffee & Donuts (AOPA Pilot Town Hall), President & CEO Mark Baker 10 am Non-Towered Case Study: What Went Wrong, Jason Miller 11 am ADS-B Panel Discussion: Equipping for the ADS-B mandate, Mike Collins 11 am Autograph Signing, Patty Wagstaff 3 pm Aspen Avionics: NTSB’s Most Wanted: Preventing Loss of Control Accidents, Scott Smith

AIRSHOW The Friday Airshow launches at 1:30 pm and goes through about 5:30 pm (weather permitting). Slated to perform today are: Warbirds AeroShell David Martin Gary Rower Geico Jessy Panzer Jim Peitz Kyle Franklin Matt Chapman


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EVENING ENTERTAINMENT At Corn Roast Area 6-8 pm: Country Spice Band

EVENING MOVIE At Ace’s Flying Flix in the Campgrounds 7:45-10pm: High Road to China


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Send your shots Did you shoot a great photo at SUN ’n FUN this morning or afternoon? Want to see it in tomorrow’s edition of SUN ’n FUN Today? Bring your camera to the SUN ’n FUN Today trailer near the Cessna display by 1 p.m. We can download your photo and then we’ll put the best ones in the next day’s paper. Or, you can text photos from your phone to (253) 228-1634. Be sure to include your name, the names of any people in the picture and a few details about what’s happening in the shot. Not every picture will make the paper, so bring us your best and get that instant gratification of seeing your name in the paper the next morning.

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The April 7, 2017 edition of SUN ’n FUN Today from Lakeland, FL. Produced by General Aviation News.

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The April 7, 2017 edition of SUN ’n FUN Today from Lakeland, FL. Produced by General Aviation News.

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