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Table of Contents Phillips 66 Aerostars invite kids to the party........................5 RAF Cadets...................................................................................6 Flight to the Future......................................................................9 The Preflight Show premieres tomorrow...........................10 TORA! TORA! TORA! makes SUN ’n FUN debut...............13 Tune into SUN ’n FUN Radio..................................................18 Free workshops offered daily................................................19 Reaching the next generation...............................................23 What’s happening today.........................................................27



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Singer sets the mood for Victory’s Arsenal Theater By FREDERICK A. JOHNSEN Part of the attraction of major aviation events like SUN ’n FUN is the sensory smorgasbord of sights and sounds that can only be fully appreciated in person. If the harmonic purr of a P-38 Lightning warbird is music to your ears, then the melodic song stylings of Theresa Eaman, rendering classics from the American songbook, is the vocal equivalent of that aural experience. Theresa works her magic twice daily at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at the Victory’s Arsenal Theater grandstand in the Warbirds area. It’s a show well worth seeing — and hearing. Theresa has a stage presence at once polished and personal, and a wardrobe to match the songs of the era she is representing, from the 1940s to the 1960s. Her vocal performances set the tone for each day’s presentations at Victory’s Arsenal Theater on the Warbird Ramp. Theresa travels from North Carolina to practice her craft at several east coast air shows, as well as the huge EAA AirVenture gathering in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, each summer. With a sound system recording providing a rich big band to back her up, Theresa delivers songs with into-

nation and a bit of theatrics that conjure a wartime USO show or a vintage radio broadcast. Over the years, Theresa has noticed three classic songs that rise to the top: “White Cliffs of Dover,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “I’ll Be Seeing You”. “Those are the three that get the most reaction and the most requests,” she says. Even to listeners who may not have heard them before, the lyrics to songs like “I’ll be Seeing You” can stir emotions when Theresa interprets them. It’s living history that complements the historic warbird backdrop behind Theresa

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Theresa Eaman personalizes the Victory’s Arsenal programs at SUN ’n FUN 2018 with a medley of vintage songs appropriate to the era of aircraft under discussion. at Victory’s Arsenal Theater. Her costuming includes original vintage dresses plus the occasional reproduction piece. “Hats were my addiction for a long time,” Theresa says, her eyes shaded by a large black fabric saucer that first made a fashion statement during World War

II. Proper white gloves accent her hand movements as she playfully scolds with lyrics like: “Don’t sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me!” You came to SUN ’n FUN to experience aviation live. So did Theresa Eaman, and she shares her classic interpretations with an ever-growing audience of fans.



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Helping the show run smoothly By JANICE WOOD SUN ’n FUN Sponsor Phillips 66 is all about keeping the world running smoothly. And while that’s a tagline for the company’s products, it also could be said about the company’s sponsorship of the annual fly-in. This is the second year Phillips 66 has sponsored the Pilot Welcome Center, the first point of contact for pilots flying into the show. “The Welcome Center is the best opportunity to get in front of all the pilots,” said Phil Sontag, Phillips 66 brand director. And, of course, pilots, aircraft owners and mechanics are the market the company is trying to reach “The best of the best are in attendance at SUN ’n FUN and this gives us an opportunity to be face to face with our customers, our fans, and our brand supporters,” he said. “It also gives us an opportunity to thank them for their business and their loyalty to our brand.” Besides the Welcome Center, Phillips 66 also has an exhibit in the North Exhibit area, Booths 29-30, where it is selling its products. Pilots shouldn’t worry about hauling cases of Philips 66 XC or Victory Aviation lubricants back to their airplane. The company is providing a free shuttle service with the purchase of any product. Anyone who buys at the show will also receive the 2018 Phillips 66 Aviation cap. “It’s a pilot favorite because it is one of the few caps out there that does not have a

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Phillips 66 Pilot Welcome Center. button in the top of the cap, which makes it really nice when pilots are flying and wearing their headsets,” Sontag noted. But there’s more at the booth than products — there are answers. “We’ll have the booth well-staffed with lots of expertise,” he said. “These people are the most knowledgeable and in the know about aviation and lubricant needs of airplanes and their engines. We’ll have several hundred years of experience at the show.”


Phillips 66 also sponsors the Aerostars, an aerobatic precision team, that performed in Tuesday and Wednesday’s airshows.


At this year’s SUN ’n FUN, the Aerostars unveiled a new fleet of Extra 300 aircraft with a new airshow routine. “We are really excited to unveil the new fleet of ships,” Sontag said before the show, noting the team flew Yak-52s for the past 10 years or so. The Aerostars will sign autographs every day at the company’s exhibit. Last — but certainly not least — there will be cameras following the Aerostars around the SUN ’n FUN campus for a feature story on the History Channel called “It’s How you Get There.” “It’s built around the Aerostars and the airplanes and our theme ‘The highway to the runway,’” Sontag noted.

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Aerostars invite kids to the party By JANICE WOOD The Phillips 66 Aerostars are tackling the pilot shortage head-on, debuting a new program at SUN ’n FUN aimed at kids. “All four of us are career pilots — 30plus years each — and we’re looking around and there is a rather large demand for pilots,” said Harvey Meek, team lead. “We got to thinking that it’s not really a mainstream career like doctor, lawyer, teacher, or police officer. So if a young person is interested in aviation, who do they go to? We found that a lot of times the traditional guidance counselor route does not help a young person find the best or the most comprehensive information.” “Our aim is to introduce young people to aviation careers, including the possible options for pilots and, to a lesser extent, maintenance careers, and then let’s drill down into how you can get there, what it takes, and what are the pathways to becoming a pilot, because they are wide and varied,” he continued. “All we have to do is plant the seed and the kids will make sure it grows.” Those first seeds will be planted in two 45-minute presentations this week, one at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday at the museum and one at 9 a.m. Friday at the Pavilion next to the museum. The hope is that the team can take the new Young Aviators Program to other airshows around the country to inspire even more kids. There are also plans to take some kids

up for rides with the team as a way to inspire them even more. The four pilots have a wealth of experience to share about different pathways to a successful flying career. For instance, Harvey completed an aviation program at a traditional college, then joined the military where he was fortunate enough to fly fighters. His next gig was at a foreign airline, then he landed at American Airlines. “But Gerry Molidor had a very different pathway,” Harvey said. “He got going in civil aviation as a young man and got picked up by United Airlines in his early 20s, and that’s where he’s been for more than 30 years.” David Monroe’s story is similar to Gerry’s, but Paul Hornick’s story is quite different. “He was talking with his wife about buying a motorcycle, and of course, she said, “What? That’s dangerous. Why don’t you learn how to fly?’” Harvey said with a laugh. “And that’s how he got bit by the flying bug.” “Flying for us is not a job,” he continued. “The old joke in the Air Force was ‘do these guys know they are paying us for this much fun?’” And that’s what the four Aerostars hope to accomplish with the new Young Aviators program: Passing on their love of aviation. “We want to bring young men and women into this profession,” he said. “We want to invite people to come to the party!”

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Cadets celebrate RAF centennial By JONI M. FISHER Fifty Royal Air Force Air Cadets and 15 staff members are serving as volunteers in this, their 23rd year of SUN ’n FUN. Their campground, near the Early Bird Volunteers campsite, is named after the late Cliff Mullins, who organized the first cadet trips here. The cadets pay their own way at $1,500 each and stay in tents. “We now have trailers as well. SUN ’n FUN maintains our campground all year round. Before we arrived, they evicted the creepy-crawlies from the trailers and had things set up for us for our two-week stay,” Squadron Leader John Wohlgemuth said. The cadets range from 16 to 20 years old, and they hail from London, Kent, Essex, Surrey, Sussex, and Middlesex counties in England. This year they have an equal number of males and females. The cadets work all week marshaling aircraft. They also help with registration at the ticketing area and keep the public safe while aircraft taxi. Some assist on tours of the The Movie Memphis Bell (the aircraft used in the movie, not the original aircraft) on the warbird ramp and all will attend the Honor Flight’s return on Wednesday night in their blue uniforms. Most of the time the cadets wear MTP (multi-terrain pattered camo), berets, and orange vests. “Many of our cadets are interested in aviation careers. Some have flight training,” said Wohlgemuth. “The practical workshops are a big draw. And this year marks the Royal Air Force Centennial.” During SUN ’n FUN week, nine cadets will fly to Washington, D.C., for the Royal Air Force Centennial celebration. They will visit Smithsonian museums in Virginia and Washington D. C. and attend a reception that will include U.S. senators and 3-star military officers. During their second week here, they will tour MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa and meet with British military serving there. They will also visit the Kennedy Space Center and lay a wreath at the cemetery in Arcadia, Florida, where 23 British pilots are buried. “Instructor John Paul Riddle is buried there. He passed away in 1989 and he requested to be buried near his students,” said Wohlgemuth. Riddle was one of the founders of the Embry-Riddle Flying School. “About 11,000 of our pilots trained over here and then went back to confront the Luftwaffe. They trained in the PT-17A Stearman and AT6A Harvard,” he said. Wohlgemuth mentioned the recent death of a Thunderbird pilot that led to the cancellation of the Thunderbirds coming to SUN ’n FUN this year. He then said,

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RAF cadets fill many roles, including marshalling aircraft, during the show. “We lost a Red Arrow recently. He was a former cadet, an engineer.” After hours, the cadets plan to share pizza night with the Civil Air Patrol and the Lakeland Aero Club members. Wohlgemuth added the cadets always participate in the volunteer parade on Sunday when they get to make noise to wake up campers.

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RAF cadets raise the Union Jack at Arcadia Cemetery.

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AeroShell ramps up SUN ’n FUN activities By JANICE WOOD From Warbirds to virtual flight, AeroShell covers it all this week AeroShell is one of the longest — and biggest — sponsors of SUN ’n FUN and this year the company is taking things to the next level. AeroShell has had a strong presence at SUN ’n FUN for a very long time, according to Rodney Eckert, who is in charge of marketing in the Americas for Shell Aviation Lubricants. AeroShell officials look at SUN ’n FUN as a “key opportunity for us to network, engage and, frankly, learn from our customers,” he said. “Our brand is very much about the end user. We try to provide products that help meet their needs, which is reaching time before overhaul and protecting the engine on their airplanes.” “It’s an opportunity for us to not only tell people thank you for your business, but see which direction the market’s going, and educate people on our products and why they need to take proper care of their aviation engines and why they need good oils,” he continued. AeroShell is a key sponsor of one of the newest events at this year’s SUN ’n FUN,

the Victory’s Arsenal Theater on the Warbird Ramp. It’s a good fit for AeroShell, according to Eckert. “We have a lot of patriotism and affinity for our veterans and the Warbird community,” he said. “A lot of the airplanes and pilots that will be featured on Victory’s Arsenal Theater actually used our products back in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s and many of those same airplanes use our product today.” “We’re a brand that’s been trusted for generations. Pilots rely on AeroShell to keep their engine running” he continued. “If you look at a plane from the 1940s that is still flying today — and it’s been running on AeroShell the whole time — that’s a testament to our product.” The AeroShell Aerobatic Team will perform at this week’s SUN ’n FUN and will also be featured at Victory’s Arsenal Theater. “The AeroShell Aerobatic Team are some of the best pilots in the world and have been thrilling crowds for over 30 years,” he said. “And that’s what the Victory’s Arsenal Theater’s going to recognize. I encourage SUN ’n FUN attendees to take part in this activity throughout the week as we recognize legendary pi-



lots, their aircraft, and hear their stories as rarely told before.” AeroShell is also a key sponsor of another relatively new program on the SUN ’n FUN Campus, Transition to the Sky. This program prepares people with special needs — from kids to grownups — for a commercial flight. It seeks to ease the flying process by showing them what to expect in the TSA line to what it’s like to get on a plane, and fasten their seat belts. According to Richele Floyd, program director, the organization is happy to have AeroShell on board. “We are grateful for AeroShell’s support with the Transition to the Sky program that is offered free of charge and benefits people with exceptionalities overcome the obstacles associated with air travel,” she said.

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During the week, there will be a lot of activities at the AeroShell exhibit, which is in Hangar C, Booth 85. The AeroShell Aerobatic Team will be at the exhibit every day from 11 a.m. to noon, signing autographs and taking pictures. Plus there’s a chance to fly virtually with the team at the booth. The plan this

year is to have spectators virtually fly a night show with the team. “It’s a great experience that bring formation flying at night to life,” Eckert said. The booth also will have a series of technical seminars from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. every day. “People will have a chance to learn from our gurus and have all their oil and engine-related questions answered,” he noted. As a bonus, all who attend the technical seminars will receive a free hat. Eckert adds that AeroShell will have great specials on the company’s products at the booth. Plus the booth will be stocked with AeroShell branded merchandise, literature, a special SUN ’n FUN poster, and more.

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Flight to the Future By JANICE WOOD Every year during SUN ’n FUN a premiere fundraiser is held. This year’s Flight to the Future dinner and silent auction will be held today at 6 p.m. at the Buehler Restoration Center. All proceeds generated during the event will be given to support Aerospace Center for Excellence STEM education programs, including more than $430,000 annually in scholarships for students pursuing aerospace and aviation careers, according to John “Lites” Leenhouts, SUN ’n FUN president. “Our noble cause is to repopulate the aerospace industry by bringing young men and women into it and crossing that first major hurdle, which is a substantial financial burden to get into the business,” he said. Funds raised at the dinner will be used for summer camps, college scholarships, flight scholarships, as well as to hire aerospace and STEM educated teachers to engage students throughout the region, sharing education of the STEM environment through aviation, he noted. “The money goes into the Aerospace Center for Excellence, which is the educational component of SUN ’n FUN —

that’s why we all do what we do,” he said. “The educational component reaps the benefits of the gala, so either it goes directly to a student from grade school, middle school, high school, or college, adds teachers, or adds to the Aerospace Discovery facility. It enhances all the programs we do throughout the year to get kids and young men and women engaged in the world of aerospace.” Anticipated proceeds from this year’s event are expected to be between $75,000 and $100,000, Leenhouts reported. He notes it’s not what is raised annually at EAA AirVenture. “I’d love to be raising half a million dollars. But the one thing you have to realize is we don’t have the star power of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) or the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), because we don’t have membership. We literally are an island that promotes people joining AOPA, EAA, NBAA and HAI. We want them to go out and join those organizations. We do not want to have a membership base. But remember when you don’t have a membership base, then you’re just relying on the philanthropic support of those that come to your event, or see what you do and want to support it.”

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The Preflight Show premieres tomorrow LiveAirshowTV returns to SUN ’n FUN this year, bigger and better than ever. From Friday through Sunday, LiveAirShowTV will produce eight hours of live video coverage of the fly-in. Those at SUN ’n FUN can watch the action on the giant Jumbotrons, while fans who can’t be at the show can see — and hear — everything livestreamed online at starting at 10 a.m. each day. And there’s something new this year: The Preflight Show. Modeled after televised sports pregame shows, the show will feature Mark Allen as the anchor and renowned airshow announcer Ric Peterson as the color commentator. The show will include interviews with celebrities and notable people from a variety of interesting and influential aspects of the airshow and aerospace industries. The daily show will also feature stories and content from every corner of the world of aviation. Scheduled to appear are Michael Goulian, an airshow star and Red Bull Air Race veteran and current points leader; Dick Cole, the last surviving Doolittle Raider; Aaron Tippin, country music superstar and pilot; Stallion 51’s Lee Laud-

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erback, the highest time P-51 pilot in the world; Kirby Chambliss, airshow star and Red Bull Air Race champion; and the AeroShell Aerobatic Team. “Basically think Game Day for SUN ’n FUN,” says Jeff Lee, LiveAirShowTV president. “We’ll be set up on the Warbird ramp, about half way down, on the runway side just like Game Day,” he said. “It will be an hour-long show in the morning, right before the manufacturer’s showcase. We’ll talk about what’s going to happen during the day, interview some guests, then come back after the manufacturer’s showcase to transition to the airshow,” he said.

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The Preflight Show will be shown on the Jumbtron screens for those who can’t make it to the actual location on the Warbird Ramp. The morning segment is slated to begin at 9:30 a.m., with a second segment kicking off at 12:30 p.m., running up to the beginning of the daily airshow. “Get up close to your favorite stars and performers in this one-of-a-kind experience, and be on hand for special surprises and giveaways,” SUN ’n FUN officials say. The Preflight Show also will be broadcast online at Last year’s live broadcasts from SUN ’n FUN reached over a half a million peo-

ple, so Lee is excited about what this year will bring. “I always tell people I’m sitting in the director’s seat and I’m thinking about the guy in Des Moines, Iowa, or Bangor, Maine, and now we are hearing from people in South Africa and France,” he said. “I’ll ask where you are watching from and I’ll hear New Zealand. It’s like — you’re kidding — we have people watching in New Zealand. That’s incredible.” For those on the airshow grounds, the LiveAirShowTV crew is increasing the information it will be disseminating, planning to include aircraft statistics, pilot statistics and more. “We are adding to the broadcast so it’s more than just following airplanes through the sky,” Lee said. Also returning this year is in-cockpit video from On-Board Images, which is headed by Mark Magin, a pioneer of live on-board video transmission from extreme sources, such as aerobatic aircraft and unlimited hydroplanes. “We are doing whatever we can to enhance the experience of the fan no matter where they’re watching,” Lee said. “We’ll be the first ones to tell you you can’t beat the experience on the ramp. But if you just can’t be there, we’re the next best thing.”



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Six powered parachutes motored in calm evening air above a P-51 Mustang at SUN ’n FUN after Tuesday’s rains.

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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. 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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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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“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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GA stands strong By ED BOLEN NBAA President and CEO 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 Lakeland, Florida, this week. SUN ’n FUN is always an exciting time when our vibrant general aviation (GA) industry celebrates its many strengths and successes. As I’m sure you know, our shared GA community recently learned that air traffic control (ATC) privatization language has been stricken from a long-term reauthorization measure for the FAA in the U.S. House of Representatives, following extensive opposition from the industry and across America. On Feb. 27, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-9-PA) announced he would set aside his proposal for stripping congressional oversight of ATC included in House bill H.R. 2997. Everyone involved in fighting this proposal — including a strong chorus of opposition from the GA community and a diverse, informed and united coalition of hundreds of local leaders and decision makers — should be proud of the significant effort in keeping our national ATC system operating in the public interest. Indeed, our industry came together like never before, and clearly told Congress that placing control over ATC in the hands of a private, airline-dominated board was a risk we simply could not take. That said, it’s also important to note this most recent attempt toward privatizing control over ATC was not the first time the idea has been promoted in Washington, D.C. In fact, the nation’s big airlines have

attempted to wrest oversight of the national airspace system for more than two decades. Despite seeing those efforts rejected once again, they’re unlikely to Ed Bolen stop pushing for privatized ATC any time soon. Naturally, NBAA has been concerned about this concept, in part because today’s ATC system serves the public interest and is overseen by the public’s elected representatives in Congress. Without such oversight to ensure the nation’s airports and airspace are available to all stakeholders, 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 that access threatened. Now, however, it is time to focus our full attention on a long-term FAA bill that ensures the U.S. has the world’s best air transportation system for decades to come. As we all know, long-term reauthorization of the FAA and the continuing modernization of the nation’s aviation system are national priorities we all share. We look forward to working with the chairman and other congressional transportation leaders on both sides of Capitol Hill, on a bipartisan basis, to advance a long-term FAA reauthorization package that serves all Americans, and ensures the U.S. has the world’s best air transportation system for decades to come. Again, thanks for your mobilization on this important issue, and enjoy SUN ’n FUN this week.

Hartzell shows off new props Hartzell Propeller is exhibiting its next generation prop technologies at this week’s show. “Hartzell’s latest Top Prop, a threeblade swept metal propeller for the Piper Turbo Lance and Saratoga, was awarded an STC in late March,” said Hartzell President Joe Brown. “It delivers significant takeoff and climb performance improvements and has terrific ramp appeal.” In addition, Hartzell’s carbon fiber Trailblazer props are available on 17 aircraft models, with several more in process, according to company officials. Hartzell Trailblazer propellers are available on American Champion Scout/Denali Scout, Aviat Husky, Avipro Bearhawk/ Patrol, Cessna 172 (Stoots Aviation STC), Cessna 177RG (Tornado Alley Turbo STC), Cessna 182 (Wipaire STC with IO-

550 engine), Cessna 182 (Wipaire Boss 182 Conversion-with IO-580 engine), Cessna 185 (Wipaire STC with IO-550D engine), Cessna 206/T206H (Wipaire STC), CubCrafters XCub, CubCrafters Carbon Cub FX-3, CubCrafters Top Club - CC18-180(A), Extra 330 XC, Glasair Sportsman, PA-18/12 Super Cub (Professional Pilots STC), Van’s RV-8, and the WACO Classic Great Lakes. These aircraft and propellers, as well as many other Hartzell next generation designs, are on the ramps at SUN n’ FUN. Hartzell’s exhibit in Hangar B, Booths 34-35, features a Trailblazer propeller. Aerobatic champion and airshow star Mike Goulian will be performing during the show in his Extra 330XC, utilizing the Hartzell Claw propeller.

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Rocket Man shares his expertise and putting them in the museum as the Innovations in Propulsion exhibit. “We cleaned up all the engines and I wrote descriptions of all the engines,” he said, adding he also wrote a flyer that had photos and descriptions of all 15 engines. The exhibit includes everything from a 1905 Anzani Aircraft Engine, a Jupiter liquid rocket engine, and a Hypersonic Ram Jet. The Space Exhibit began when Frank found an 11’ Jupiter rocket in a Sanford, Florida, salvage yard. He added various models and lots of artifacts of his own to create an outstanding exhibit on man’s ventures into space, according to SUN ’n FUN officials. The best part of volunteering, according to Frank, is the opportunity to talk to people, from aviation folks to the general population, as well as people from across the globe. “Just two weeks ago I was talking to two guys from Finland, both engineers, who visited the museum,” he recalled. Meet Frank yourself at the museum’s Innovations in Propulsion exhibit during this week’s fly-in. He has a wealth of information and an engaging personality that draws you into his stories — and he’s got lots of stories!

By JANICE WOOD For long-time volunteer Frank Klatt, his expertise in aviation and rockets has helped create exhibits in the Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum, including the Space Exhibit and the Innovations in Propulsion exhibit. That makes sense as Klatt was instrumental in working on the engine that powered John Glenn’s first flight into space while working as an engineer at Rocketdyne. He also was an associate program manager on the Space Shuttle main engine. It was while he was at Rocketdyne that he was “discovered” by a local TV station that interviewed him about Glenn’s historic flight. From there he began lecturing around the country until his retirement. Frank continues that outreach today at the museum, sharing stories about the Innovations in Propulsion exhibit and more. He loves sharing everything he knows. “I can explain every one of these engines,” he said Tuesday at the museum. “When I’m talking to people, I’m the only one who knows which end the fire comes out, so that makes me the ‘expert,’” he added with a laugh. The snowbird, who spends half the

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Frank Klatt at Aerospace Discovery on opening day of SUN ’n FUN 2018. year in Lakeland and the other half in St. Mary’s Ohio, started volunteering about 15 years ago with his wife, Bonnie. They stayed in the Early Bird Campground for about eight years, and have volunteered in a variety of locations around SUN ’n FUN, including the Me-

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Reaching the next generation By JONI M. FISHER While the annual fly-in is the busiest time on the SUN ’n FUN campus, that doesn’t mean it is empty the other 51 weeks of the year. Many educational programs are held throughout the year, including Aerospace Discovery Day, a day-long event that attracts families, scout troops and youth organizations. The last Aerospace Discovery Day was held Oct. 7, 2017, attracting hundreds of kids. Everyone had free admission to the Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum, tabletop simulators, rocket building and launching, a solar-filtered telescope, static aircraft to climb, craft stations, demonstrations of the principles of meteorology, and stations to construct a model wing rib, and a balsa glider. Students aged 14 and up had access to the Redbird full-motion flight simulator in the Lakeland Aero Club hangar. For a $5 Flight Pass, students had allday use of a bounce house, dart games, dodge ball, face painting, and a supervised climbing rock wall. Robin McFarland, director of SUN ’n FUN volunteers, supervised the stomp rockets. “This is one of my favorite events,” she said. The Stomp Rockets attracted the younger children. They built their tube rockets at a table and then placed them over a small pipe that was attached to tubing that connected to an empty liter-size soda bottle. By stomping on the plastic bottle, students launched their paper rockets 5’ to 20’ in the air.

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Five-year-old Matthew and his father set up a stomp rocket. At another rocket-building station, students assembled rockets to launch later in the afternoon in a field off Rocky Road on the far southwest side of the airport. The launch window was set by the control tower since these rockets fly up 200’. Volunteers from the University of Central Florida’s Chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) supervised the building and launching of these rockets. Volunteers John and Katie Brutcher and Mike Brady of the Imperial Polk Astronomical Society set up an 8-½” Meade telescope with a solar filter. Students lined up to learn about the telescope and to peer through it to see sun spots. Meanwhile, Bruce Campbell manned a table marked Weather. Campbell served

for 55 years as an Air Force meteorologist and is a SUN ’n FUN volunteer. He demonstrated the Coriolis-effect by connecting two plastic soda bottles partially filled with water. He also created a cloud in a jar while he explained how dew and clouds form. Unfortunately, weather meant that first flights had to be rescheduled. According to Lakeland Aero Club President Mike Zidziunas, gusty winds and occasionally overcast skies did not create the kind of conditions for first flights that the club wanted. However, 20 teens showed up to practice in the club’s Redbird full-motion flight simulator. Lakeland Aero Club members taught in the simulator and introduced participants to the club’s 12,000’ hangar.

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62 Skedaddle By DAVID HUGHES, FAA With Hurricane Irma closing in, Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) played a significant role in the seamless pre-dawn evacuation of 62 Embry Riddle University training aircraft from Daytona Beach to Alabama in early September. “It’s a remarkable day when 62 general aviation aircraft line up to depart five minutes in trail of one another in 12 groups from Daytona Beach International Airport in the middle of the night,” said Bob Molden, FAA Operations Manager at Daytona Tower. The success of the operation, which began around 2 a.m. on Sept. 9, 2017, was attributed by Embry Riddle officials to the skills of the university’s instructor pilots, FAA controller assistance, and the situational awareness provided by ADS-B. All of the university’s aircraft are equipped with ADS-B Out so they can report their position every second to the FAA. Pilots can also see other Embry Riddle aircraft in the stream of traffic because all 62 also have ADS-B In. Embry Riddle was an early adapter of ADS-B technology and equipped its

cockpits with early generation equipment in 2003, which it has since upgraded to meet the FAA’s new requirements. A team of Embry Riddle instructor pilots coordinated their plans with each of the FAA air traffic control facilities that would handle the aircraft before departing. The plan was to space the departures out in 12 groups of five aircraft each flying five minutes in trail of one another, said Veenen Udayan, a check pilot and assistant manager. “Once in flight ADS-B allowed each pilot to see the progression of the fleet of aircraft ahead of them. The great thing about that is if the pilot of one aircraft was talking to Jacksonville Center and another to Atlanta Center, each pilot could see where the other one was going to get a good idea of what was happening,” Udayan said. In addition, ADS-B In enabled the Embry Riddle pilots to see weather graphics and data over the FAA’s Flight Information Service-Broadcast. Pilots could see other aircraft flying nearby, even those without ADS-B Out, by watching a cockpit display fed by the FAA’s Traffic Information Service-Broadcast (TIS-B). TIS-B shows the Embry Riddle pilots the same picture a controller sees based on both ra-

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The flightline at Embry-Riddle University. dar returns and ADS-B Out reports. ADS-B also helped the Embry Riddle aircraft land at Auburn, Alabama, which is an uncontrolled airport with no tower. “Pilots could see three or more aircraft in front of them on the ADS-B cockpit display and see which runway they were moving toward. This way everyone knew they had enough spacing to land safely and so ADS-B helped a lot with the progression of the evacuation,” Udayan said. As dawn approached, the line of aircraft headed west. Forty-two aircraft touched down at Auburn University Airport, while the remaining 20 landed at BirminghamShuttlesworth International Airport. Universities with aviation programs stick together and Auburn has helped Embry Riddle park its training aircraft during previous hurricanes. When Hurricane Matthew hit the Jacksonville area in 2016, all of Embry Riddle’s aircraft headed for Auburn, which boasted enough ramp space for all the aircraft and enough hotel space there for all the pilots. This time the aircraft had to be split up between two airports to find bunks for all the pilots. University officials made the decision to fly the aircraft out of harm’s way once it became clear the winds of Irma could easily flip aircraft parked on the ramp. Eight of the university’s other aircraft were safely stored in the Daytona Beach hangar. Embry Riddle officials were able to watch the exodus develop on an ADS-B operations display. The aircraft involved in the evacuation included 44 Cessna 172s, eight Piper Arrows, nine Diamond DA42 aircraft with twin diesel engines, and one Beech Baron twin. When Molden woke up at 5:30 a.m. on the morning of the evacuation, he took a screen shot of a FlightRadar24 display on his phone. The app showed a straight line of aircraft headed west from Daytona Beach. He emailed it to the tower supervisor, noting that it was a nice looking line

of aircraft and an outstanding job by the controllers there. When it came time to return to Embry Riddle five days later, ADS-B cockpit displays helped pilots taking off at Auburn time their departures. When an aircraft was next in line for takeoff, the pilot would watch the aircraft ahead take off, then wait five minutes before requesting an IFR clearance from Atlanta TRACON. Once the clearance was issued the pilot would have a two to three minute takeoff window. Udayan said the pilots could follow the track of the aircraft that just got airborne on their cockpit ADS-B display. Molden said when some of the returning Embry Riddle aircraft were entering the airspace, Daytona Beach TRACON and Tower lost their radar feeds due to a transmission line outage. Controllers were able to track the Embry Riddle aircraft using ADS-B and clear them to land for another 20 minutes. After that there was a pause in operations as some nonADS-B equipped airline aircraft entered the area. “ADS-B not only allowed Embry Riddle pilots and university officials to keep an eye on the line of aircraft leaving Daytona Beach, it helped us get the aircraft back here safely from Alabama in time to resume training just five days after Irma passed through,” Byrnes said.

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Seaplane Pilots Association gets Searey Progressive Aerodyne revealed at SUN ’n FUN that it is providing a Searey Adventure SLSA for the next year to the Seaplane Pilots Association. The donation is designed to “expand the goodwill and public outreach that the Seaplane Pilots Association provides to the general public on behalf of the general aviation and water flying communities,” company officials said. “SPA is extremely thankful to Progressive Aerodyne for providing the association with this exciting opportunity and partnership to expand our public presence with this great example of an affordable and very capable little seaplane,” said SPA Executive Director Steven McCaughey.

The Searey Adventure was designed as an entry-level SLSA amphibian taildragger. The Adventure shares its airframe with the Searey Elite SLSA, but at a much lower price point, according to company officials. The Searey Adventure is available with a standard Rotax 912ULS, optional 912iS, or turbocharged 914. ADSB compliance and pilot transition training is included at the base price of $124,000. “At Progressive Aerodyne we are committed to pilot safety, ongoing training and the responsible use of our waterways,” officials said. “These themes are consistently echoed by the Seaplane Pilots Association. As active members of the seaplane community, we all benefit from the work

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done by the Seaplane Pilots Association and we hope this airplane will assist them in the continuation of their mission.”

You can see the plane at the company’s display in the Manufacturers Display Area, Booth 28B.

Textron’s piston aircraft line-up at SUN ’n FUN Textron Aviation is showcasing its Beechcraft Baron G58 and Bonanza G36 and Cessna Skylane 182 and Turbo Stationair HD 206 piston aircraft this year’s show. “We’re always excited to interact with the passionate aviators at SUN ’n FUN who are the backbone and future of general aviation,” said Chris Crow, vice

president of Piston Sales. “Time and time again we lead the segment with our trainers and high-performance piston aircraft – a testament to our loyal customers and the strength of the Cessna and Beechcraft brands.” Textron Aviation is also showcasing the new aftermarket Epic Eagle Head-up Display (HUD). It is designed for light gener-

al aviation aircraft and minimizes distractions by equipping pilots with flight and navigation information on a full color HD display for enhanced situational awareness. Visitors can see and interact with the HUD in the company’s Skylane 182 demonstrator on static display. Those in the market for a Turbo Stationair HD can use a new online configurator

tool to create a snapshot of their custom aircraft. Customers can choose everything from exterior striping schemes and colors, interior configurations, additional avionics and other features to best meet their mission needs. Pricing is automatically calculated. The Textron exhibit is at the corner of SUN ’n FUN Road and Laird Drive.



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See ForeFlight 10 demo at SUN ’n FUN ForeFlight will demonstrate a slate of upcoming enhancements at this week’s fly-in. “Over the last 10 years, ForeFlight has been focused on giving pilots the most elegant and capable integrated application to make flying safer and more enjoyable,” said Tyson Weihs, ForeFlight co-founder and CEO. “ForeFlight 10 builds upon our decade of innovation, delivering fantastic new safety and awareness features, an improved UX with a powerful new search function, and smart airspace capabilities. We think pilots are going to love and ap-

preciate what ForeFlight 10 has to offer,” he added. With the upcoming release, customers will experience improved app-wide Search functionality that is smarter, faster, and more consistent across app views. ForeFlight 10 automation gives users the option to automatically download chart and data updates when they become available. With the app running, downloads will automatically start when connected to an internet Wi-Fi network. New with ForeFlight 10 is Hazard Alert, a feature that detects and warns of threat-

ening obstacles and terrain using visual and audio alerts that display app-wide. Hazard Alert detects proximity to airports and the approach path and automatically adjusts the scan to reduce nuisance alerts. Hazard Alert enhances ForeFlight’s existing mobile hazard awareness feature set. Improved airspace features in ForeFlight 10 include Airspace in Profile View, Automatic Airspace Highlight, and Expanded Global Airspace Details. You can see these features at the ForeFlight exhibit in Hangar C, Booth 92.

Lightspeed Aviation works to create new pilots Lightspeed Aviation efforts to expand the pilot community continue in 2018. The company announced a handful of programs on Tuesday at SUN ’n FUN. The first program targets past Lightspeed Aviation Foundation recipients to incentivize scholarship participation. Those qualifying organizations that offer a minimum of $5,000 and above scholarships will receive Lightspeed Zulu 3

headsets to serve pilots during training and their launch into the aviation world. Early 2018 participants will include the 99s, Whirly Girls Foundation, and Liftoff Learning. The goal is to expand this program in 2019 to organizations beyond just the 50 prior Lightspeed Aviation Foundation recipients. “As opportunities emerge, we’d love

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to do our part in accelerating the growth of interest, action, and ultimately pilots enjoying the benefits of aviation worldwide,” said Allan Schrader, president/ founder of Lightspeed Aviation and the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation. For 2018-2019, Lightspeed is partnering with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) to further enhance the “You Can Fly” program.

Lightspeed will donate Zulu 3 headsets for the Rusty Pilots, flying clubs, and Flight Training Experience programs. In total, more than $50,000 worth of headsets will be used to attract, inspire, and reward continued pilot growth, according to Schrader. See LightSpeed Aviation in Hangar B, Booth 46-47.

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What’s Happening Today 9:00 AM

10:00 AM

iPad as a MFD. Ash Vij. CFAA-1. (iPad) Considerations in Aircraft Painting & Vinyl Application. Craig Barnett. CFAA-2. Lycoming Engine Care and Maintenance. Frank Lukachinsky. CFAA-3. (FAA/IA - Renewal) Aviation Spark Plug Design & Maintenance. Brian Cox. CFAA-4. (FAA/IA - Renewal) Flying to Alaska - Mountain Flying Tips & Tricks. Joe Kuberka. CFAA-5. (FAA/WINGS – FAA Credit) Business Aviation & Tax Reform. Johnathan Levy & Suzanne Meiners-Levy. CFAA-6. Taylorcraft Owners Club. John Hofmann. CFAA7. (TC – Type CLub) Interactive VFR Refresher Workshop. Michele L. Rush. CFAA-8. (FAA/WINGS – FAA Credit) Building Your Own Airplane: Rivets & Sheet Metal Construction. Matt Heintz. CFAA-9. (SP/ LSA – Sport Pilot/LSA) Flying the Beech Bonanza and Baron. Thomas Turner. CFAA-10. (TC – Type CLub) Want to Get the Most Out of DUATS?. Kyle Everson. CFAA-11.

ForeFlight Fundamentals. Ryan McBride. CFAA-1. (iPad) Airparks-What to look for - Landing on Grass. Why?. Ronald Heidebrink. CFAA-2. The $100 Snapshot. Aerial Art and a Reason to Fly. Mike Brown. CFAA-3. Ercoupe Maintenance Q & A. Lynn Nelsen. CFAA-4. (TC – Type Club) Seaplanes 101. Steven McCaughey. CFAA-5. (FAA/WINGS – FAA Credit) The Midget Mustang & Mustang II Homebuilts. Chris Tieman. CFAA-6. Aircraft Seat Belt Installation & Safety. Paul Sieli and Travor Ashline. CFAA-7. (A Aerobatic) Rotary Engines in Experimental Aircraft. Aubrey Thompson. CFAA-8. (AE - Alternative Engines) Where Should I Fly My Plane Internationally?. Guillaume Fabry. CFAA-9. Installing, Flying and Maintaining the Revmaster VW Conversion. Glen Bradley, Thatcher CX5. CFAA-10. (AE - Alternative Engines)

Flying in the Airventure Cup Race and Into Oshkosh. Carl Houghton. CFAA-11.

10:30 AM Rotax 912/914 maintenance. Phil Lockwood. Light Plane/Paradise City. (SP/LSA – Sport Pilot/LSA)

11:00 AM Still Confused About ADS-B? Let Us Help!. Tom Harper. CFAA-1. (iPad) TFRs/ADIZ and Intercepts, How to Avoid a Fighter Escort. Lt. Col. Matt Schwoopin Housand. CFAA-2. (FAA/WINGS – FAA Credit) Ten Important Marketing Tips for Small & Start Up Aviation or Drone Business. Scott Sky Smith. CFAA-3. RSA Fuel Injection Systems & MSA Float Carburators, Maintenance & Troubleshooting. Alan Jesmer. CFAA-4. (FAA/IA - Renewal) International Travel in a GA Aircraft-Flying Pole to Pole. Robert DeLaurentis, Zen Pilot. CFAA-5. What You Should Know About Lithium Batteries. Reg Nicoson. CFAA-6. (SP/LSA – Sport Pilot/LSA) Complete Guide to Aeronca. Joe Smokovitz.

CFAA-7. (TC – Type CLub) Obtaining FAA Field Approvals. Paul Babcock. CFAA-8. (TC – Type CLub) What You Should Know About FAA Investigations & Enforcement. John Yodice and Kathy Yodice. CFAA-9. BMW V-12 and Chevy LS3 for Homebuilt Aircraft. Bill Koleno, Titan Aircraft. CFAA-10. (AE - Alternative Engines) I’m a Sport Pilot, Now What Can I Do?. Carl Houghton. CFAA-11. (SP/LSA – Sport Pilot/ LSA)

12:00 PM Avionics Reimagined by Levil Aviation. Ricardo Leon. CFAA-1. (iPad) Flying Around the World Can Be Safe and Fun. CarolAnn Garratt. CFAA-2. Tips on Trailering a Folding Wing Plane to tour the USA by LAS & Motorhome. Dr. Bob Jones. CFAA-3. (SP/LSA – Sport Pilot/LSA) FlyQ EFB Advance. Steve Podradchik CEO. CFAA-4. (iPad) Spyder Corvair Engines and The Saberwing Airplane. William Clapp. CFAA-5. (AE Alternative Engines)

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What’s Happening Today ExpressJet Airline Inc.. Jason Brown. CFAA-6. Put Some Dust On Your Wheels - Fly Africa!. Nicholas & Crristina Hanks. CFAA-7. GIRL GONE WILD’erness Flying: Tips, Tricks & Tales. Ramona (SkyChick) Cox. CFAA-8. Zenith: Aircraft for Sports Pilots. Sebastian Heintz. CFAA-9. (SP/LSA – Sport Pilot/LSA) Suzuki G Series Engine Conversions. Mark Kettering, AeroMomentum. CFAA-10. (AE Alternative Engines) Exiting the Hold: Reaching Your Aviation Goals. Jolie Lucas. CFAA-11. Experimental Amateur Built Certification. Charlie Becker, EAA. Light Plane/Paradise City. (SP/LSA – Sport Pilot/LSA)

1:00 PM Top 10 IPad Mistakes. Gary D. Reeves, ATP, MCFI. CFAA-1. (iPad) Your Own Airport - Make Your Dream a Reality. Gary Stevens. CFAA-2. Buyer Beware! Five Things to Look for Before You Buy.. Scott Sky Smith. CFAA-3. So What Exactlly is that AWOS Tellong You?. Lawrence Langerbrake. CFAA-4. Flying the New Evolution 5 by Aspen Avionics.

James Buck. CFAA-5. Slick Magneto Maintenance. Joe Logie. CFAA6. (FAA/IA - Renewal) LSA Operational and Buying Tips. John Calla. CFAA-7. Loss of Control ie. Tailwheel Trouble. James Guldi. CFAA-8. Maintaining Piston Aircraft Engines & Avoiding Costly Difficulties. Bill Ross. CFAA-9. (FAA/IA - Renewal) Pegasus 58 hp 1/2 Continental 0-200 Conversion. Patrick Panzera, CONTACT! Magazine. CFAA-10. Piston Ignition Systems Maintenance. Zach Lincolnhol. CFAA-11. SPA Water Landing Directory App 101. Steve McCaughey. Seaplane Hospitality Tent.

1:30 PM PU Able Flight-Rotax LSA Engine Maintenance. Brian Stirm, Purdue University. Light Plane/Paradise City. (SP/LSA – Sport Pilot/LSA)

3:00 PM Autogyro 101. Bob Snyder. Light Plane/ Paradise City.

Seminars from MZeroA

Sponsor MZeroA is offering educational seminars in a space right outside Hangar D, where the company’s booth is this year. Seminars include: 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

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Rainy day reflections of F6F Grumman Hellcat that served as part of the first Blue Angels demonstration team.

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2018 SUN ’n FUN Today Day 3  

The Thursday, April 12, 2018 edition of SUN ’n FUN Today from the grounds of Lakeland-Linder Airport

2018 SUN ’n FUN Today Day 3  

The Thursday, April 12, 2018 edition of SUN ’n FUN Today from the grounds of Lakeland-Linder Airport