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Table of Contents One signature changes everything........................................3 Victory’s Arsenal Theater premieres.....................................4 New fly-in app debuts...............................................................9 TORA! TORA! TORA! makes its SUN ’n FUN debut.........13 Tune into SUN ’n FUN Radio..................................................18 Transition to the Sky.................................................................23 Visit AOPA at SUN ’n FUN......................................................24 Building an RV-12 in one week..............................................25 What’s happening today.........................................................26



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One signature changes everything By JANICE WOOD When he signed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that funds the federal government through the remainder of this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, President Donald Trump changed everything at SUN ’n FUN — at least for this year. That’s because included in the bill is a requirement that the FAA cover all costs of ATC services at general aviation events that promote aviation, like SUN ’n FUN and EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. That saves SUN ’n FUN $280,000 this year. That’s another $280,000 that can go towards more scholarships and more educational programs to inspire more kids to choose aviation as a career, according to John “Lites” Leenhouts, SUN ’n FUN president. That’s means another 24 more pilots or another 56 $5,000 college scholarships, he said, doing a bit of quick math. “These scholarships help students go to college, learn to fly and learn to fix airplanes,” he said. Proceeds from SUN ’n FUN — and other activities throughout the year on the SUN ’n FUN campus — go towards educational activities to create more pilots

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and aviation professionals. And many of those scholarships go to kids who never would have considered aviation as a career, according to Leenhouts. “They couldn’t afford to get into aviation,” he said. So, at a time when pilots, mechanics

and other aviation professionals are in such demand, these scholarships help kids afford the training needed to have a career in the aerospace industry, he explained. It was in 2013 when the FAA, under then-administrator Michael Huerta, first forced the big airshows to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to cover the costs

of providing air traffic control services at the fly-ins. Outraged that the FAA was essentially taxing events to promote aviation, GA advocates started lobbying in Washington, D.C., against the requirement. The loudest — and most persistent — voice against the requirement was Experimental Aircraft Association President Jack Pelton. His tireless lobbying efforts made the difference, according to Leenhouts. But, it’s not time to celebrate just yet, according to Pelton. He said it’s important to realize that the language in the omnibus bill provides relief to the airshows for just this fiscal year, lapsing at the end of September. Lobbying will continue to get the provision written into the FAA reauthorization bill, Leenhouts noted. This would give relief to the airshows for several years from an expense that grows every year, adding up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Leenhouts is quick to add that the controllers who work SUN ’n FUN are, without a doubt, the best of the best. “They’re great folks. They really are top-notch controllers, and we enjoy working with them,” he said.

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ISSUE 2 — WEDNESDAY APRIL 11, 2018 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 Arthur Billingsley, Joni Fisher, Frederick Johnsen, Jack Neubacher PHOTOGRAPHERS Matt Genuardi, Jason McLemore Ryan Cleaveland 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. Subscribe to General Aviation News for 1 year at $29.95 or $49.95 for 2 years. The views and opinions contained herein do not necessarily reflect those of SUN ’n FUN Fly-In, Inc. Neither SUN ’n FUN Fly-In, Inc., nor Flyer Media, Inc. endorse or sanction the products advertised herein, and do not assume responsibility for such advertising.

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Victory’s Arsenal Theater premieres By FREDERICK A. JOHNSEN The warbirds that made history for America are fan favorites at SUN ’n FUN 2018. That’s why twice daily, warbird operators and veterans will gather beside a warbird to speak about specific historic military aircraft at the Victory’s Arsenal Theater grandstand on the Warbird ramp. The location is marked on the official SUN ’n FUN map with an orange VAT pennant just below Warbird Country. Today’s sessions are scheduled to feature World War II C-47 transports at 9:30 a.m. and the P-38 Lightning “Glacier Girl” at 11 a.m. It’s a good idea to arrive a half hour early for the vintage pre-show musical program by Theresa Eaman. Theresa sings a varied repertoire of songs from the era of the warbird being discussed. Theresa is a crowd favorite. She sets the stage for the Victory’s Arsenal Theater program by putting everyone in the mood. Victory’s Arsenal Theater follows the highly successful Warbirds in Review format established at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The schedule for the rest of the week includes: Today: 9:30 a.m., Douglas C-47 DDay Squadron; 11 a.m., P-38 Lightning “Glacier Girl” with Steve Hinton Thursday 9:30 a.m., CJ/Nanchang trainers with a speaker from Red Star; 11 a.m., North American P-51 Mustang and Vought F4U Corsair with Jim Tobul and Scott Yoak

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Victory’s Arsenal coordinator Bruce Balough raises crossed arms to marshal an AeroShell T-6 Texan to a stop at the Victory’s Arsenal grandstand on the Warbird ramp Tuesday morning. Friday 9:30 a.m., Curtiss SB2C Helldiver from the Commemorative Air Force; 11 a.m., Bell P-63 Kingcobra and NASA Northrop T-38 with the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing and a NASA pilot Saturday 9:30 a.m., Douglas A-20 Havoc attack bomber from Lewis Air Legends; 11 a.m., North American B-25 Mitchell “Panchito” and Lewis B-25 Sunday 9:30 a.m., Republic A-10 Thunderbolt


II with 1Lt Nick Krygowski; 11 a.m., McDonnell-Douglas (Boeing) F-15 Strike Eagle with Capt. Andrew Ward The pilots and crews of these famous warplanes have stories to tell. The Victory’s Arsenal Theater sessions typically include a quick history lesson about the significance of the aircraft, accompanied by anecdotes from the pilots describing what it is really like to fly a high-performance warbird. An example of the warbird under discussion is parked in front of the grandstand for the event.

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D-Day Squadron debuts this week The Tunison Foundation, a non-profit organization that owns World War II era aircraft, will debut its newly minted D-Day Squadron at this year’s SUN ’n FUN. The group will feature four D-Day Squadron C-47 and DC-3 aircraft that are preparing to cross the Atlantic to return to Normandy next summer for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Flying in for this week’s show are Placid Lassie, Liberty Foundation, and Virginia Ann, C-47 aircraft that are all veterans of the D-Day invasion that sparked the beginning of the end of World War II. The DC-3 Candler Field Express, one of the few remaining original Douglas DC-3 aircraft built in 1940 for the burgeoning airline industry, will also appear with the group. The C-47 is the military version of the DC-3 airliner that was modified for military transport and has become synonymous with the massed paratrooper drop on D-Day. “The D-Day Squadron is a welcome addition to our exciting SUN ’n FUN lineup,” said SUN ’n FUN Director of Business Development Greg Gibson. “We offer an array of warbird activities, and the D-Day Squadron’s goodwill-oriented

program honoring the veterans of D-Day brings value and interest to both aviation and history enthusiasts at our event.” Visitors to SUN ’n FUN will get to see the aircraft in flight each day during the daily air shows. The four vintage flyers will also appear together on static display on the Warbird Ramp for up-close viewing. Their crews will be with the aircraft on site to answer questions, give tours and share more about their preparations for the upcoming trans-Atlantic journey to Normandy, France. The D-Day Squadron will fly in formation overseas before joining up with a larger Allied fleet to drop paratroopers into France in an epic flyover event marking this historic anniversary. “There couldn’t be a better venue than SUN ’n FUN to kick off the D-Day Squadron’s airshow season and promotional tour, and we are honored to fly these four historic aircraft in the show,” said D-Day Squadron Executive Director Moreno Aguiari. “SUN ’n FUN will provide us with a excellent opportunity to showcase the D-Day Squadron to people that appreciate aviation and the important historical significance of these aircraft to honoring the veterans of D-Day.”

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Grunt Style Air Show Majors takes off By JANICE WOOD This year marks the debut of the Grunt Style Air Show Majors, with SUN ’n FUN kicking off the year-long tour. The majors is sponsored by Grunt Style, a company that manufactures and sells clothes that evoke the “American fighting spirit.” As the company explains on its website: “With nearly 500 veterans and patriots, our mission is to deliver the highest quality, most patriotic apparel on the planet, straight to your front door.” So it seemed only natural for the company to team up with Red Frog Events to create the Air Show Majors Tour. Other airshows on this year’s tour are the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach in New York, the Cleveland National Air Show in Cleveland, Ohio, and the CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow in Houston, Texas. The mission of the Grunt Style Air Show Majors is to “celebrate aviation, honor the military, and advance the air show industry through increased mainstream awareness.” According to Mike Birt, Grunt Style’s CMO, when Red Frog Events approached the company about sponsoring airshows, he was all in. “I am a huge fan of aviation and airshows,” he said, noting he attends as many as he can with his son. He acknowledges that attending airshows can be a “hit or miss” proposition. That’s one reason Grunt Style is putting its efforts behind these four airshows this year — and more next year — to let people know what to expect when they attend an airshow in the Grunt Style Air Show Majors. “We want to create a series of airshows for people where there’s an expectation that this is going to be a great event, and it’s going to be well attended by very di-

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Grunt Style display next to Exhibit Hangar A. verse and interesting aircraft that they’ll get to see,” he explains. “It’s all about the fans. We want to create an awesome experience.” But dig a little deeper and you’ll see there’s more to Grunt Style’s sponsorship. The company was founded by an Army drill sergeant and more than 50% of its employees are veterans. And company officials see the problems that military aviation, as well as civilian aviation, is having with pilot and mechanic shortages. “We need to fill these shortages. It is critical,” he says. “If you listen to the Air Force and the Navy, in the next few years it’s actually going to be a strategic issue that’s going to cause readiness problems for us, so we’re concerned from the military side that our Air Force and Navy are going to really have an issue, so that worries us. And then on the civilian aviation side, we’re worried about the pilot and mechanic shortage there too. Can we keep up aircraft operations the way we are right now? Nobody sees flights getting

canceled right now and if you want to fly somewhere you can. It’s not going to be that way if we don’t do something about our pilot shortage today.” As a company with a young customer base, Grunt Style wants to help get youth interested in these career fields, he continues. “We want to help. We want the kids to get as excited about this as I was when I was a kid on my first aircraft. Hopefully, we can educate people about the career opportunities and what an outstanding career field it is to go into.” That’s what makes Grunt Style and SUN ’n FUN such a good fit. The first time Grunt Style officials visited the SUN ’n FUN campus, they were able to meet some of the kids who attend Central Florida Aerospace Academy. “We were blown away by what they do and the professionalism and the courtesy exhibited by those young people and their excitement and love for aviation already,” he says. “That really hit home for us.”

It also helps that the Florida market is a great one for the company. “There’s a lot of military in Florida so when our name is attached to something there, it’s going to help,” he says. “We have a lot of fans down there. And if they see Grunt Style is working with an airshow, then our fans will come to the airshow and get as excited as we are.” Another key factor in the company’s support of airshows is that they are great family events. “You can bring multi-generations to this event and that’s what we want to keep growing,” he says. “We have to look at the future and if we don’t have the younger generations — if it’s just us old guys who have always loved aviation — that’s not the future. We need to get the young generations involved in this.” With an exhibit on the Warbird Ramp and additional locations on the grounds, Grunt Style will have a lot of people at this week’s show. They will be selling the company’s clothes, but more importantly, interacting with the airshow crowds. “We hope people will come out and meet us,” he says. “We love to talk aviation.” One thing that SUN ’n FUN crowds will appreciate about Grunt Style is that by the end of this year, all of the company’s clothes will be made in the USA. The company plans to open a new factory in Texas this year to accomplish this goal. “We’re bringing American clothing manufacturing back and we’re starting it up again,” he says. “But we need fans to support it because American manufacturing isn’t cheap. Let’s get behind this, and let’s bring manufacturing back. Let’s create jobs. We’ve got about 500 employees now, so we create jobs. The more manufacturing we can do in the U.S., the more jobs are staying here in America and not getting shipped overseas.”

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Volunteers work hard and play hard By JANICE WOOD For the volunteers in Paradise City, the week of SUN ’n FUN — and the days leading up to the show — are jam-packed with work. But even with all that labor, the 120 volunteers have a lot of fun, according to chairman Gary Furdell, who has been a SUN ’n FUN volunteer for almost 20 years. “I just love it. I love the atmosphere. I love all the people,” he said. “You get to see these people from all over the world and we camp all week and have a good time. In Paradise City we work real hard all day, but when the airplanes turn off we also have a good time in the evening.” While he’s the man in charge of the area, he says he couldn’t accomplish anything without the “amazing” volunteers in Paradise City. “I would stack my volunteers up against anybody,” he said. “These people come out and they work so hard to put this all together to get it ready for the show.” “My volunteers are everything,” he said. “I’m nothing without them.” “I love volunteerism,” he continued. “I love the fact that this is run by volunteers because Colonel Doolittle said ‘There’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volun-

teer.’ That’s what makes me proud to lead 120 volunteers at Paradise City.” Unlike other areas of SUN ’n FUN where chairman and volunteers have one specific duty, Paradise City volunteers handle all aspects, from registration, to camping, to security, to aircraft operations. New this year is a media team that has conducted interviews with pilots and manufacturers about the airplanes that conduct fly-bys on the grass strip in Paradise City. “We’re going to air them over our PA system instead of just saying ‘Well this is this airplane and this is this pilot’ and what engine is in the aircraft.” He noted that Paradise City has grown by “leaps and bounds,” since he started volunteering in 1999. He reports there are more than 54 vendors in Paradise City, up from just 23 a couple of years ago. “What we have at Paradise City is an extremely diverse group of aircraft — everything from aircraft that land at 12 miles per hour on up to 60,” he said. “We took on the helicopters a few years ago,” he said. “We have all the rotorcraft, gyrocopters paragliders, weight shift trikes, ultralights, all the way up to Light-



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Gary Furdell in Paradise City on opening day of SUN ’n FUN 2018. Sport Aircraft.” With so many different kinds of aircraft, the morning briefing is especially important. “Everyone who comes to our briefings is just in awe because we do a virtual reality flight on a huge screen to show them where the boundaries of our airspace are.” “We’re very, very specific and we’re pretty strict on our pilots,” he added.

But it pays off in safety and a show that can’t be beat. In fact, the flying at Paradise City is one of SUN ’n FUN’s biggest secrets. “When the daily airshow is over, people get in their cars and go home,” he said. “But we fly until sundown. We get a wave of people who come here to watch the planes. It’s definitely the place to come as soon as the airshow is over.

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New app debuts New this year is the We Love Aero app, courtesy of Airbus. The free app, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play, not only has the daily schedule and a searchable map of the grounds, but also livestreaming of the airshow by LiveAirShowTV this weekend, links to YouTube videos about the fly-in, and much more. You can use the app to plan your day, bookmarking attractions, forums and presentations that you don’t want to miss. It also has exhibitor locations, the daily airshow schedule, locations of food and drink vendors, and bios of the airshow performers. Officials at Airbus say the mission of the We Love Aero app is to share their “passion for the fascinating world of aviation.” “Our team is fully committed to showcase incredible airshows, performers and aircraft and to offer you the unique opportunity to enjoy backstage and live videos — from the most famous air events in the world to local community events.” Created by the team at WeLoveAero in 2017, the app is continually updated with new airshows. Recent shows that featured the app include the 2019 Luke Days and the 2018 Yuma Airshow.

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Twin Beech with a twist By FREDERICK A. JOHNSEN You know the classic Twin Beech Model 18, right? It has twin tails, a tailwheel, and a bit of a pug nose. That is until Pacific Airmotive took it into its Burbank shop and created a tricycle-gear, single-tail, high-forehead pointy-nose business aircraft and commuter airliner in the 1960s from this pre-war design. Called the Tradewind Beech, one of three known to exist flew to SUN ’n FUN 2018 from Mena, Arkansas. The crew includes Mike Shepard, Les Perryman, and David Brainerd. The trip to SUN ’n FUN was made at about 180 knots. As radical as the Tradewind Beech appears at first glance, its design has a couple of conservative secrets. The horizontal tail is original Twin Beech structure with new tips at the end in place of the original vertical fins and rudders. And that new towering single tail? The vertical fin is made from part of another Beech 18 horizontal stabilizer, upended and faired with new metal. The nosewheel is free-castering, so ground turning is accomplished with differential braking and throttling, Mike explains. The single-tail Beech at SUN ’n FUN

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It started life as a Beech Model 18, now this vintage Tradewind Beech is the pride of Arkansas visitors Mike Shepard, David Brainerd, and Les Perryman. is one of 48 converted by Pacific Airmotive from surplus U.S. Air Force C-45s. It began life in 1942 as an AT-7 navigator trainer. A decade later, this airframe was one of 900 Air Force Twin Beeches taken back to the Beechcraft factory for revamping to late-model C-45 standards. Its military life ended with seven years of dry-bone storage at Davis-Monthan Air

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Force Base in Arizona before Pacific Airmotive bought it. With its facelift, this airplane’s civilian second career included time with Denali Airlines in Alaska. The enlarged picture windows in the cabin were popular with Alaska passengers flying over the grandeur of the 49th State. Capable of carrying as many as 12 people, this Beech is

configured for six as a business machine. Shepard, Perryman, and Brainerd have had the Tradewind Beech for three years. It’s for sale now, as they prepare to rebuild a pair of traditional Beech 18s. It’s parked south and east of the Warbirds area, next to the paved taxiway. But not for long – in the active SUN ’n FUN environment, the Tradewind Beech may leave today.



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Scenes from SUN ’n FUN

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Ed Lindsay from Sarasota, Fla., taxis his P-51, modified with wing tanks, past the Spirit of Freedom, a Douglas C-54E transport that was used in the Berlin Airlift.

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A slowly flashing lighted yellow X marks a temporarily closed runway to facilitate SUN ’n FUN displays. A restored deHavilland Caribou Vietnam-era transport is parked beyond the X marker.

A HondaJet looks to be towing a fishing boat powered by Honda engines on the ramp during a presentation.

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TORA! TORA! TORA! makes SNF debut For the first time ever, TORA! TORA! TORA! will appear at SUN ’n FUN. Presented by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), the TORA! TORA! TORA! recreation of the attack on Pearl Harbor is complete with authentic Japanese aircraft and lots of pyrotechnics, including an award-winning wall of fire. TORA! TORA! TORA! is scheduled to perform Saturday and Sunday. The show began in 1972, when six replica Japanese

aircraft used in the movie of the same name were donated to the CAF. The Gulf Coast Wing requested the aircraft and began developing an act for airshows. The act debuted at the Galveston Air Show. CAF officials explain that while TORA! TORA! TORA! is designed as a history lesson, it also is intended as a memorial to all the soldiers — on both sides — who gave their lives for their countries. “The intent of the TORA group is to

help generations of individuals throughout the world born after World War II understand that war does not discriminate in the pain it causes and that courageous individuals on both sides lose their lives,” CAF officials say. During an average year, TORA performs in 12 to 16 airshows with eight to 10 aircraft participating in each show. Each performance includes approximately 61 pyrotechnic effects. The average show re-

quires the efforts of 20 to 26 individuals both in the air and on the ground. TORA! TORA! TORA! also requires many volunteers who give of their time and money to share this piece of history. “TORA is more than just another airshow act,” officials note. “TORA is a team of volunteers dedicated to an airshow act that can best be described as a living history museum.”


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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. According to SUN ’n FUN officials, 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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“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 again this year. There is so much going on in the week 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 keep up with events during the week, including the daily airshow. Returning for the third 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.” Every morning from 7 am. to 9 a.m., the live remote morning show will bring highlights from various locations around the campus, including Paradise City, Saturday’s balloon launch, the Vintage Area, and other locations. Meanwhile, on the deck of the radio station, a full slate of interviews is planned throughout the week with sponsors, vendors, airshow performers, and other interesting characters on the SUN ’n FUN grounds. Every day of the fly-in, at around 9:20 a.m., SUN ’n FUN President John “Lites” Leenhouts will be interviewed, sharing the day’s highlights. Among the most important — and interesting interviews — are those with the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., according to Shallbetter.

Officials with Women in Aviation return again this year to present Women Shine at SUN ’n FUN Tuesday through Saturday at 11 a.m. That is followed by lunch with officials from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) daily at noon. Miss an interview you were looking forward to? All SUN ’n FUN Radio interviews are on the station’s archive site Two podcasts will also air over SUN ’n FUN Radio, including the Uncontrolled Airspace General Aviation podcast, which will have two live episodes, one on Tuesday evening and the other on Sunday Morning, as well as the #NotAtSnF18 Podcast hosted by Steve Tupper. Live streaming of all SUN ’n FUN Radio programs is thanks to Live ATC (, an audio streaming

site, which gives the radio station worldwide exposure. The station, which has about 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. If you have a story you think the radio station should cover, Shallbetter invites you to stop by the station to talk to one of the volunteers. Or you can email your suggestions to Also, he asks that you like the station’s Facebook page ( and follow them on Twitter (twitter. com/SnFRadio). Want to find out more? Check out the radio station’s website at


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Free workshops offered daily 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, 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, oxy-acetylene and oxy-hydrogen welding techniques for fabrication of steel structures and aluminum components.

• TIG/MIG Welding of both steel and aluminum. Presented by Lincoln Electric, this workshop covers Tungsten inert gas (TIG) and Metal inert gas (MIG) welding. • Avionics/Electrical installation, in-

SUN ’n RUN on Saturday Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport is hosting SUN ’n RUN, a 5K race, Saturday, April 14, during the fly-in. The race begins at 7 a.m. in the terminal building on the north side of the airport. If you are coming from the SUN ’n FUN campus, it’s best to drive to the terminal, advises Gene Conrad, LakelandLinder Regional Airport manager. “You can park at the terminal,” he notes. Conrad adds that Saturday is also the same morning as the Balloon Launch, so runners will be able to see more than 20

hot air balloons launch skyward (weather permitting). Registration is $25, with the first 150 people registering receiving a T-Shirt. Weeks before the show, close to 100 people had already registered for the event. Registration is open until 9 p.m. April 11. You can register online at RunSignup. com/Race/FL/Lakeland/LakelandAirportSunnRUN5KRun. Proceeds from the race benefit the Lakeland Aero Club and the Lakeland Chapter of Women in Aviation.

cluding the proper wire, terminals, tools and techniques for installation of a reliable aircraft electrical system. • Electrical noise and troubleshooting, proper installation and isolation of circuits to reduce interference and

“noise” in avionics systems. • Fabric aircraft covering, which provides hands-on experience in fabric covering and doping. • Rib stitching, where the attachment of fabric to wing structures is explained and demonstrated. • Composite construction, which includes foam shaping and cutting, fiberglass and resin selection and application and vacuum forming. • Safety wiring and cable swaging, including the use of safety wire and the proper tools for the installation of safety wire and swaging of control cables. This workshop covers bolting, turnbuckles, thimbles, propellers, etc. • Engines and firewall forward installations. 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, SUN ’n FUN officials note. Check in at the workshop 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 unless 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. ATM machines are located on the grounds for those planning to shop at the Parts Exchange. Consignors may claim unsold items or change prices at any time during regular business hours by asking for assistance from 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 tent will close promptly at 5 p.m. and any unclaimed items will become donations to SUN ’n FUN, according to Parts Exchange volunteers.

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, 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 with buying SUN ’n FUN tickets, finding hotels or visiting nearby attractions, including Legoland, Sea World, Busch Gardens,

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Disney and Universal. The tent also features refreshments and a gathering place on the grounds for international visitors, courtesy of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. The tent is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Bose ProFlight debuts Bose introduced its new active noise cancelling headset for the flight deck, the Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset on Tuesday at SUN ’n FUN. Designed for the professional flight deck, the ProFlight is the industry’s smallest, quietest, and most comfortable active noise cancelling communication headset, said Matt Ruwe, senior product manager for Bose Aviation and Military headsets. The ProFlight Headset weighs just 4.9 ounces, features an in-ear configuration, three user-selectable levels of active noise cancellation, and a Tap Control for Talk Through communication function that allows pilots to hear anyone on the flight deck who is not connected to the intercom - without removing the headset or an earpiece. The ProFlight is FAA TSO C139a and EASA E/TSO C139a certified. “We’ve spent over 30 years researching and developing active noise cancelling technology,” said Ruwe. ”The ProFlight Aviation Headset is the culmination of that experience and knowledge, and through the application of proprietary Bose technology, provides a real solution to many of the challenges pilots of crewed and turbine powered aircraft face.”

Visit EAA The ProFlight Aviation Headset will be available worldwide and sold in the U.S. for $995.95. Initial customer deliveries will begin the last week of May 2018. ProFlight will be sold through select authorized Bose Aviation dealers, Bose. com/Proflight, Amazon (U.S. only), select Bose retail stores in North America, and at 800-242-9008.

iFly adds Synthetic Vision Adventure Pilot has added synthetic vision capability to its iFly GPS system. This new feature provides a 3D terrain view, highway in the sky route guidance, RealView airport images and 3D traffic display when paired with a compatible ADS-B receiver. This allows pilots to have a better understanding of their surroundings, company officials said. While AHRS is not required for the new feature to work, it “drastically enhances the user experience and usability if you find yourself in less than ideal conditions,” add company officials.

If not paired with an AHRS device, iFly GPS will use GPS-derived altitude, ground speed, and vertical speed. Synthetic Vision is a free upgrade for paid iFly GPS subscriptions, which start at $69.99 for VFR and $109.99 for IFR. Both options include georeferenced airport diagrams and seamless HD charts with the IFR version adding georeferenced approach plates, as well as IFR High and Low charts. You can see the new features at Adventure Pilot’s exhibit in Hangar D, Booths 8-9 or at

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Family tradition is spark for new sponsor MZeroA’s Jason Schappert was just 8 years old when he attended his first SUN ’n FUN. “This is my hometown airshow,” he says. “My parents would take me when I was little and now I do that with my kids. It’s a family tradition. SUN ’n FUN has a lot of meaning for us.” Of course, it’s a bit different for Jason’s kids as their dad is a top-tier sponsor of the show. That’s a long way from eight years ago when MZeroA first exhibited at SUN ’n FUN. “It’s funny,” he says. “I look at pictures of our first booth and we couldn’t even afford a backdrop. We just had a cheesy banner. It was humble beginnings.” “To now be able to sponsor the show, when back then we couldn’t really afford our exhibit space, is amazing,” he continues. “We have come a long way.” A flight instructor with more than 9,000 hours of dual given, Schappert started MZeroA in 2006 with his wife Ashley. The company offers a popular online ground school, as well as aviation books, YouTube tutorials, and more. During this week’s SUN ’n FUN, Schappert is offering MZeroA educational seminars in a space right outside Hangar D, where the company’s booth is this year.

“Speaking is a very big part of our business,” he notes. And doing it this way allows him to set his own schedule and choose his own topics. It also allows him to offer a seminar more than once. “That way people can come when they can,” he says. “Go enjoy the other stuff and don’t feel like you have to work your schedule around my one time I’m doing a seminar.” Today’s seminars include: • 10 a.m.: Emergency Decision Making In Aviation, Jason Schappert • 11 a.m.: How Drones Are Being Used Today and Into The Future, Matt Krysiak • 12 p.m.: Three Preventative Maintenance Items Every Pilot Should Be Doing, Russ Loving • 1 p.m.: Understanding BasicMed, Larry Diamond, CFII, PharmD Thursday: • 10 a.m.: Emergency Decision Making In Aviation, Jason Schappert • 11 a.m.: How To Buy an Airplane, Ethen Chaffin • 11:30 a.m.: Understanding BasicMed, Larry Diamond, CFII, PharmD • 12:30 p.m.: What You Need to Know About ADS-B, Russ Loving

Friday: • 10 a.m.: Emergency Decision Making In Aviation, Jason Schappert • 11 a.m.: How Drones Are Being Used Today and Into The Future, Matt Krysiak • 12 p.m.: How To Buy an Airplane, Ethen Chaffin Saturday: • 10 a.m.: Emergency Decision Making In Aviation, Jason Schappert • 11 a.m.: How Drones Are Being Used Today and Into The Future, Matt Krysiak • 12 p.m.: Three Preventative Maintenance Items Every Pilot Should Be Doing, Russ Loving

to those same kids and adults.” “SUN ’n FUN gets them excited to fly,” he continues. “Now here’s a 97-page book that tells you how to save time and money in the process of learning to fly and how to get started.” He notes the books will given to all who request one. “They are for anyone who walks up to our booth and says ‘I heard about The Private Pilot Blueprint.’ I’d like a copy for my grandson and one for myself.” MZeroA’s booth is in Hangar D, Booth 92.


Schappert is also giving away free copies of his new book, “The Private Pilot Blueprint.” “This book is everything I wish someone would have told me before I started my flight training,” he says. “I’m giving them away because I remember when I was that 8 year old kid who was obsessed with watching the Blue Angels and running around SUN ’n FUN, but had no clue how to get started,” he says. “And I want to be able to give back

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Transition to the Sky By JONI M. FISHER One of the many educational events hosted by SUN ’n FUN during the year is a new program called Transition to the Sky. Designed to introduce flying to travelers with special needs, Transition to the Sky allows people to experience the process and the procedures of commercial air travel. The step-by-step practice and explanation of how to perform these routine tasks in a realistic environment builds confidence and teaches understanding, according to program officials. Sponsored by AeroShell and SUN ’n FUN, the program simulates an air travel experience from ticketing, check-in, baggage handling, security screening, boarding, and claiming luggage. Education Director Richele Floyd and Robb Williams, executive director of the Aerospace Center for Excellence, act as airline staff and guides. Volunteers also assist by acting as TSA agents and ticketing staff. At the latest event, held March 22, 16 participants and their guardians, including a service dog in training, experienced the program. Some of them came from Noah’s Ark, an assisted living facility for adults with special needs. Others came from outside Polk County. “Everyone was happy and excited to participate,” said Floyd. “I explained why, for example, we have to take off our shoes when we go through security. The service dog had been to Tampa International Airport before, but I understand he was afraid of stairs, so he had to learn how to climb the stairway into the plane, instead of walking through a gangway.” Williams acted as pilot as he explained features of the aircraft and fielded questions. “I have to admit that we have always been nervous about flying because we were afraid of all the unknowns,” said one mother. “An airport can be an overwhelming place for anyone, much less someone with autism. This program gave me an opportunity to watch him move through all the different stations and observe his behaviors. I think he had a great time! He was like a sponge, especially when the pilot was talking about what to expect when you are on a plane. I think all the participants learned a lot and I feel so much better about actually going to an airport.” Several Transition to the Sky events are held throughout the year on the SUN ’n FUN campus and the Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport terminal. Dates for the next event have not been set. Find out more at

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Visit AOPA At SUN ’n FUN By MARK BAKER, AOPA President and CEO Fly-in season, while the busiest time of the year for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), is also the most exciting. And what better way to kick off the season than in Lakeland, Florida, at SUN ’n FUN? With the warm sun shining, the roar of the USAF Thunderbirds, and nearly 200,000 of your closest pilot friends, it really beats any day in the office. More than just an excuse to escape the cooler weather still lingering, it’s a chance to completely experience the Sunshine State in all its glory, with the bonus of some of general aviation’s greatest sights and sounds. AOPA has been attending SUN ’n FUN for years and we always look forward to participating in one of the largest, most entertaining GA air shows in the country. As in years past, AOPA will be at SUN ’n FUN in full force with several seminars, events, and staff to answer all your questions. One of the events I always look forward to is our Pilot Town Halls. These hourlong sessions provide a complete run-

down of AOPA’s top initiatives, including what we’re advocating for on Capitol Hill, updates on BasicMed, our You Can Fly initiative, and all the great services that AOPA provides its members. We’ll have two Pilot Town Halls at SUN ’n FUN. The first will be an ice cream social on Wednesday, April 11, at 1 p.m., and the second will be coffee and donuts on Friday, April 13, bright and early at 8 a.m. The biggest news from Capitol Hill we’re excited to share with Pilot Town Hall attendees is how all the diverse segments of general aviation came together to defeat the airlines’ proposal to remove air traffic control from the FAA. With this hurdle behind us (for now), we can focus more attention on other issues that matter most to pilots, including the potential for a long-term FAA reauthorization and fighting for airport access in the face of egregious FBO fees at some locations. Pilot Town Halls are also an opportunity to learn more about BasicMed, and how it can help you as a pilot. We worked hard to advocate for third class medical reform, and while we have more than 30,000 pilots flying under the new rules, there are still many pilots out there who

are not familiar with it. We’ll also provide in-depth updates on how our You Can Fly initiative is helping grow and support the pilot population. From the 30 new flying clubs in 2017, to the more than 700 students at 29 high schools in 17 states field testing the 9th grade AOPA Aviation STEM curriculum, You Can Fly continues to find unique ways to get more pilots in the left seat — and back in the left seat. AOPA is also collecting feedback from pilots and student pilots (within the last year) for the 2018 Flight Training Experience Survey and Awards. AOPA will use the survey responses to recognize top flight schools and CFIs throughout the country. The survey is open until Aug. 13. You can take the survey at AOPA’s website, under You Can Fly. Our Air Safety Institute experts are also on site at SUN ’n FUN, delivering their industry leading safety seminars. ASI is always releasing new and updated resources to help pilots fly safer, and will hold in-person classes here at SUN ’n FUN on thunderstorm avoidance, real world VFR/IFR scenarios, how to deal with emergencies, and more. For more details, check out AOPA’s full schedule at Experts are also on hand to educate attendees on the many benefits of aircraft ownership, and how to keep it affordable. If you find yourself at SUN ’n FUN with aspirations of owning your own plane, we have staff dedicated to helping you discover all the joys of having your own aircraft, and support to help you find a local flying club, or even help you start your own. And for some inspiration, don’t forget to check out the recently unveiled 2019 AOPA Sweepstakes Super Cub which has been refurbished nose to tail courtesy of

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Mark Baker award-winning Baker Air Service. You’ll be wowed by the brand new, modern avionics panel designed by Aerotronics. See the paint treatment Scheme Designer cooked up to make this year’s Sweepstakes Super Cub recognizable anywhere. Think “traditional with a pop of flair.” While there isn’t enough time for me to share all that there is to love about SUN ’n FUN, I hope you take the time to come see us at the AOPA campus while you’re here. If you’d like to learn more about these and other AOPA offerings at SUN ’n FUN, you can visit And maybe we can convince you to come see us again at one of our four regional fly-ins in Missoula, Montana, June 15-16, Santa Fe, N.M, from Sept. 14-15, Carbondale, Illinois, Oct. 5-6, and Gulf Shores, Alabama, Oct. 26-27. Visit for more details.

Lycoming plans busy week There’s a lot going on this week at the Lycoming Engines exhibit in Hangar D, Booths 41-42. There is an engine on display, as well as genuine Lycoming parts, while fly-in attendees can learn the latest Lycoming news and meet members of the Lycoming team. Frank Lukachinsky, a Lycoming Field Service and Technical Representative, will lead three forums addressing the care, maintenance and troubleshooting of Lycoming engines. The forums are slated for Tuesday at 9 a.m., Thursday at 9 a.m., and Sunday at 9 a.m. All forums will be held in Room 3 of the Central Florida Aerospace Academy. Lycoming Engines and Van’s Aircraft are partnering again on a SUN ’n FUN

show special for Van’s customers. Van’s customers have the option to add an electronic ignition system on their Lycoming engine. Van’s customers can also select performance and color options for their engines via Lycoming’s Thunderbolt product line. Visit the Van’s Aircraft booth in the Northeast Exhibit Area, Booths 12-13, or the Lycoming Engines booth in Hangar D for more information.


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Building an RV-12 in seven days The hugely popular One Week Wonder project, where a complete airplane is built over a seven-day period, is returning to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2018. The 66th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in will be at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH) in Oshkosh July 23-29. This time, the airplane will be a Van’s RV-12iS. Van’s Aircraft will be celebrating the 10,000th RV flying during AirVenture 2018. “The tremendous response to our 2014 One Week Wonder build led us to bring back the project in 2018,” said Charlie Becker, EAA’s director of communities and chapters. “Thousands of people became part of the builder’s logbook in 2014 by pulling a rivet or assisting in another stage of construction. In addition, thousands more discovered the methods and skills that go into building a safe, fun personal airplane. We know that experience will be even better at Oshkosh next year.” More than 2,500 people participated in the 2014 project, which culminated in the successful taxiing of a Zenith CH 750 on the event’s final afternoon. That airplane continues to fly today, visiting EAA chapters and other aviation events throughout the country. It is a testament to the accessibility and possibilities available through

the homebuilt aircraft community, EAA officials note. The RV-12iS aircraft was chosen for the 2018 project because of its popularity, ease of construction, and smooth flying characteristics, EAA officials explain. Construction will begin at 8 a.m. on Mon-

day, July 23 — AirVenture’s opening day — with the goal for completion by the end of the afternoon air show on Sunday, July 29. “I developed the RV series of aircraft 40 years ago to give people a pathway to safe, enjoyable flying in an economical

way,” said Van’s Aircraft founder Richard VanGrunsven. “To showcase the possibilities of the RV-12iS in such a public way as at Oshkosh is extremely exciting. I’m definitely looking forward to watching this building project’s success.”



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Aerobatics and ADS-B By DAVE HUGHES, FAA As of Jan. 1, 2020, ADS-B-Out will be required in most controlled airspace — and that includes pilots who are practicing aerobatics, performing in an airshow, or competing in an event such as SUN ’n FUN. This requirement is no different from the current requirement to use an operating transponder for these types of flight operations. The FAA maintains that the ability of controllers and other pilots to identify and track aerobatic aircraft via ADS-B will enhance safety. According to Sue Gardner, the FAA’s

national event specialist, the agency has three messages for aerobatic pilots: 1. ADS-B equipment does not function properly during aerobatic maneuvers, and the FAA will not penalize any pilot in that situation. 2. ADS-B-Out is valuable for safety when an aerobatic aircraft is not performing dynamic maneuvers. It will transmit an aircraft’s identity and position to controllers and pilots of other aircraft equipped with ADS-B In, even if their aircraft is not being tracked on radar. 3. Equipping with ADS-B Out and In will help pilots of aerobatic aircraft travel safely to and from events. The FAA is developing a new policy on

the aerobatic use of ADS-B, available by this summer. The policy will be accessible in the FAA’s Flight Standards Information Management System (Order 8900.1) and advisory circular, AC 91-45D, Waivers: Aviation Events. Gardner says the FAA policy for ADSB is being written in the same way as for transponders. The transponder rule has no waiver under 14 CFR section 91.205. With few exceptions, pilots are required to turn on the transponder. For instance, while in formation when aircraft are not separated during the maneuvering sequence, only the lead aircraft needs ADSB turned on. This must be authorized by the controlling FAA facility in advance.

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what makes SOARS possible. “One kit, no variances, universally applicable for all.” “The FAA has committed to helping us move this through the process based on the new Part 23 Rules as an example of how rule changes can be utilized to upgrade the current general aviation aircraft population,” he said. “This kit includes

our newest system components based on the 100,000-plus seats with airbags installed in commercial aircraft.” The SOARS is not connected to aircraft power and has a 10-year lift limit before replacement is required. Installation must be accomplished by an A&P mechanic. Find out more at AmSafe’s exhibit in Hangar C, Booth 23 or at

AmSafe introduces SOARS AmSafe has introduced its new State of the Art Restraint System (SOARS) kit at SUN ’n FUN. SOARS was designed for non-FAR 23.562 and experimental aircraft. AMSAFE airbag seatbelts are available on a host of aircraft as original equipment or via STC for many models. But each of those products are customized for the

specific aircraft. In the case of SOARS, this kit will be universal and installed via Form 337, according to officials. AMSAFE representatives are targeting a price of $2,500 for two seats. The kits are available in 2- or 3-point systems. “There will be no custom color, cable lengths, etc.,” said AmSafe’s James Crupi, who noted a lack of customization is

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What’s Happening Today 9:00 AM ForeFlight Power Users. Ryan McBride. CFAA1. (iPad) Building a Homebuilt Project as a Teenager. Isaac Shultz. CFAA-2. Float Flying with Your Light Sport Aircraft. Matt Heintz. CFAA-3. Aviation Spark Plug Design & Maintenance. Brian Cox. CFAA-4. (FAA/IA - Renewal) U. S. Airspace - Can I Fly There?. Joe Kuberka. CFAA-5. (FAA/WINGS – FAA Credit) 1800WXBRIEF The Best of he Future of Flight Service. Joe Daniele. CFAA-6. (iPad) The Piper Cub Club. John Hofmann. CFAA-7. (TC – Type CLub) Compression Testing Aircraft Engines. Bill Ross. CFAA-8. Sling 2 & 4 Aircraft, Building/Fly World Circling Fun. Cecil Jones. CFAA-9. (SP/LSA – Sport Pilot/LSA) Owning and Maintaining Beech Airplanes. Bob Ripley and Curtis Boulware. CFAA-10. Electronic Ignitions - Past, Present, and Future. Brad Dement. CFAA-11.

Rusty Pilots - AOPA Booth AC9. Chris Moser. Exhibit Booth Location.

9:30 AM Portables: From wrist-worn navigators to handhelds and ADS-B/SXM receivers. Garmin. Hangar D.

10:00 AM Care and Feeding of the Cessna Cardinal. Keith Peterson - Paul Millner. CFAA-1. (TC – Type CLub) Airshow Photography 101: Dispelling Myths & Preventing Common Mistakes. Douglas Glover. CFAA-2. Latex Paint for Homebuilt Airplanes. Malcolm Morrison. CFAA-3. Missionary Flying in the United States. Lori Layne. CFAA-4. Why Do I Need to Change My Oil So Often?. Edward Kolin. CFAA-5. Lighting XS, More Power More Fun. Nicholas Otterback. CFAA-6. What Engine Oils Are Right for Your Engines. Steven Strollo. CFAA-7. Legal Checklist for Pilots & Mechanics - Are You, Your Records,

and Your Aircraft In Order?. Kathleen Ann Yodice. CFAA-8. What’s the Deal with Flying My Plane to Cuba?. Guillaume Fabry. CFAA-9. Revmaster 85-hp R-2300 & Turbo. Patrick Panzera, CONTACT! Magazine. CFAA-10. The Benefits of Dynamic Propeller Balancing. David Dykes. CFAA-11. Partnering with GA to Enhance Aviation Safety. Brad Palmer, FAA. FAA Safety Center. (FAA/WINGS)

10:30 AM Rotax 2-stroke upkeep. Phil Lockwood. Paradise City.

11:00 AM Using ForeFlight and IPads in Emergencies. Gary D. Reeves, ATP, MCFI. CFAA-1. (iPad) TFRs/ADIZ and Intercepts, How to Avoid a Fighter Escort. Lt. Col. Matt Schwoopin Housand. CFAA-2. (FAA/WINGS – FAA Credit) Oil and Oil Filters Analysis; Benefits and Limitations of Each. Wayne Odegard. CFAA-3. RSA Fuel Injection Systems & MSA Float Carburators, Maintenance & Troubleshooting. Alan Jesmer. CFAA-4. (FAA/IA - Renewal)

Bellanca Cruisair, Cruisemaster, Viking. Robert Szego. CFAA-5. What You Should Know About Lithium Batteries. Reg Nicoson. CFAA-6. (SP/LSA – Sport Pilot/LSA) Classic Piper Wing Repair. Paul Babcock. CFAA7. (FAA/IA - Renewal) Dynamic Propeller Balancing Process and Benefits. Steve Sennett. CFAA-8. (FAA/IA Renewal) Windshields-Windows Most Everything You Want to Know!. George Mesianrik. CFAA-9. BMW V-12 and Chevy LS3 for Homebuilt Aircraft. Bill Koleno, Titan Aircraft. CFAA-10. Care and Maintenance of Aircraft Tires. Steve Von Waldner - Dresser Tire. CFAA-11. (FAA/ IA - Renewal)

11:30 AM ADS-B Solutions. Pahan Ranasingha. FAA Safety Center. (FAA/WINGS – FAA Credit) ADS-B Solutions: GTX 345/GTX 335 series, GDL 82 and more. Garmin. Hangar D.

12:00 PM Filing for a Seaplane Base. Steven McCaughey.

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What’s Happening Today CFAA-1. (FAA/WINGS – FAA Credit) Bolt-On Performance & Efficiency for Your Aircraft. Darren Tilman. CFAA-2. Risk Management for Commercial Drone Operators. Scott Sky Smith. CFAA-3. FlyQ EFB Introduction. Steve Podradchik CEO. CFAA-4. (iPad) Citabria, Decathlon, Scout and More. Robert Szego. CFAA-5. ExpressJet Airline, Jason Brown. CFAA-6. Aircraft Buy/Sell Contracts. Patrick Phillps. CFAA-7. Aircraft Seat Belt Installation & Safety. Paul Sieli and Travor Ashline. CFAA-8. (A Aerobatic) Goodrich Pneumatic De-Icers, Installation, Care & Maintenance. Ken Heath. CFAA-9. (FAA/ IA - Renewal) Suzuki G Series Engine Conversions. Mark Kettering, AeroMomentum. CFAA-10. A Pilots Fantasy: Touring by Motorhome and LSA. Dr. Bob Jones. CFAA-11. (SP/LSA – Sport Pilot/LSA) Low-cost upgrades for certificated aircraft: G5, GTX 345, GMA 345, and more. Garmin.

Hangar D. Swift Fuels. Brian Stirm. Light Plane/Paradise City.

1:00 PM Flying with the Avidyne IFD550. Gary Reeves. CFAA-1. (FAA/WINGS) Your Own Airport - Make Your Dream a Reality. Gary Stevens. CFAA-2. Gyroplane 101. Robert Snyder. CFAA-3. (SP/ LSA – Sport Pilot/LSA) Medical, Pilot Age and Insurance. Scott Sky Smith. CFAA-4. Planning Your GA Flight Like it Was An Airliner. Planning Yor GA Flight Like it Was An Airliner. CFAA-5. (FAA/WINGS – FAA Credit) Mounting Cameras Without Violation. Ryan Mohr. CFAA-6. LSA Operational and Buying Tips. John Calla. CFAA-7. Switchblade Flying Sports Car:. Brian Purdy. CFAA-8. Intro to Verner Motor Radial Engines - Q & A. Sam Watrous. CFAA-9. Issues to Avoid with Auto Engine Conversions. Stuart Davis, Auto PSRU’s. CFAA-10.

The Third Thatcher - The CX-7 Side-By-Side. Dr. Glen Bradley. CFAA-11. Ice Cream Social with AOPA President Mark Baker - AOPA Pilot Town Hall. AOPA Booth AC9. ADS-B Equipage Countdown. Jens Hennig, GAMA/James Marks, FAA/ Melissa Rudinger, AOPA. FAA Safety Center. (FAA/WINGS – FAA Credit)

1:30 PM Stewart Systems - Modern Aircraft Finishes. Marty Feehan. Light Plane/Paradise City.

1:45 PM Flying with iPad and Android Tablets: Plan, File, Fly, Log with Garmin Pilot. Garmin. Hangar D.

2:00 PM ADS-B Case Study: Exploring Solutions for Every Aircraft. Mike Collins. AOPA Booth AC9.

3:00 PM Discover New Places to Fly. John Hamilton. AOPA Booth AC9. Discover Powered Paragliding. Paul Czarnecki. Light Plane/Paradise City.

Photo by Ryan Cleaveland

Due to space considerations, this is not the complete schedule for today. check the In-Flight Guide or the WeLoveAero app for a complete listing.



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April 11, 2018

Scenes from SUN ’n FUN

Photo by Ryan Cleaveland

Photo by Ryan Cleaveland

Photo by Ryan Cleaveland

Photo by Russell Kasselman

A little rain didn’t stop the prepared from browsing the vendor area on Tuesday, opening day of the show.

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

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

Photo by Frederick A. Johnsen

Not your typical Beech 18, this Tradewind Beech at SUN ’n FUN 2018 features a nosewheel and a single tail.

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2018 SUN ’n FUN Today Day 2  

The Wednesday, April 11, 2018 edition of SUN ’n FUN Today from the grounds of Lakeland-Linder Airport

2018 SUN ’n FUN Today Day 2  

The Wednesday, April 11, 2018 edition of SUN ’n FUN Today from the grounds of Lakeland-Linder Airport