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Table of Contents Aerospace Teachers Workshop today.................................3 A journey to the future to honor the past..............................5 Building Chris’s Bliss..................................................................8 Classic Caribou carries cargo...............................................10 TORA! TORA! TORA! makes SNF debut..............................`2 Car show today.........................................................................14 Replica Sopwith Schneider at fly-in....................................23 Free workshops offered daily................................................19 Portable Planetarium brings space to students...............26 What’s happening today.........................................................27



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Aerospace Educators Workshop today By JANICE WOOD This morning teachers from around the country will gather at the Aerospace Educators Workshop, held annually on the Saturday of SUN ’n FUN week. This is the 31st year for the workshop, according to Barbara Walters-Phillips, chairman of the Aerospace Teachers Workshop. And in those 31 years, it has grown to cover a lot of different interests. “Of course it’s very STEM focused, but we have aviation, space, and drones — just a real variety,” she said. Planning for this year’s workshop began the day after the 2017 workshop was over. “Right after this year’s workshop I’ll start looking for next year,” she said. “As I meet people who are interesting and I think would be good presenters, I invite them. Also, the people on my committee are on the lookout as well. Richelle Floyd, the education director at SUN ’n FUN, has helped me get a couple of presenters as well.” The theme this year is looking to the future. “We know that there are going to be

Some of the seminars will be held in the Piedmont 727 classroom. many new jobs that aren’t even in existence yet,” she said. That led to the 15 seminars that will be held throughout the day, including HandsOn Aviation Science and Aerodynamics, Align the Stars for Students, and Quadcopters and Competitions. During the day, teachers get a tote bag and resources to implement the aviationbased curriculum in their classrooms. The Civil Air Patrol also will share information about the 15 different STEM kits

that are free to teachers. Students from the Central Florida Aerospace Academy’s Unmanned Aerial Squadron will also speak to the teachers about the drone club, Barbara noted. And while teachers are the main focus, they are not the only ones invited to the workshop. “We are trying to offer something for classroom teachers K through 12, but also for informal educators — people who work with scout groups, youth groups and so on,” she continued.

“If they’re teaching aviation to young people, then they are also invited to participate in the workshop.” And while teachers have pre-registered, any teacher on the SUN ’n FUN grounds is invited to attend the workshop, which is expected to have between 100 and 150 participants. SUN ’n FUN President John “Lites” Leenhouts is the keynote speaker. He will talk about the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), explaining what is happening here on campus and what’s going to be offered to young people in the future. But there’s more. “Keeping with our tradition of having an astronaut, we’re having a surprise guest appearance by retired astronaut Lieutenant General Thomas P. Stafford,” Barbara revealed. Stafford was an astronaut on both the Gemini and Apollo missions, and is a sought-after speaker. And while most of the teachers are from the U.S., she says the “real goal is to make this just like the fly-in, which is international.” “We would like the workshop to be international,” she concluded.


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Inspiring the sky dreamers By JANICE WOOD Returning for its second year as the official timekeeper of SUN ’n FUN is Swiss watchmaker Alpina. The company also is a sponsor of airshow star Michael Goulian. “Aviation has always been part of Alpina’s DNA,” says Morgane Leynaud, Alpina’s marketing manager, who is at the company’s SUN ’n FUN booth on the Warbird Ramp. She notes that while the company makes a variety of timepieces, it’s biggest seller is the pilot watch line, she noted. At the SUN ’n FUN booth, you can see pilot watches, as well as other watches made by the company, including smart watches. “We are really excited to be back and to continue to show that we have this history in aviation and that we have a great appreciation for this airspace,” she said. “That’s why we are back as an official timekeeper for the show.” Sponsoring SUN ’n FUN is a great way to put Alpina in front of the right audi-

ence, she adds. Alpina also expanded its exhibit space this year, which is next to Goulian’s trailer. Alpina watches are being sold in several locations around the SUN ’n FUN campus, including the Banyan Pilot Shop exhibit in the North Exhibit Area, Booth 88, and, of course, the Alpina exhibit. New this year at the Alpina exhibit is the addition of International Diamond Center, which has seven locations around Florida. “They are the perfect partner for us, so we’re excited they are here,” she said. Company officials also are excited to be included in the list of guests who will be interviewed on the LiveAirShowTV stage this weekend. During this week, Alpina also is offering rides in the Alpina-branded airplanes. “The idea is to inspire all the sky dreamers, as I like to call them,” she said. “We want to inspire all the future pilots, all the air show enthusiasts, and the people who love this universe and have a passion for it.”

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Stallion 51 launches new website When SUN ’n FUN kicked off, Stallion 51 launched its new website. According to company officials, the website has many “innovative” features, including updated navigation, photos, videos, and information regarding Mustang and Texan facts, as well as stories

sharing the P-51’s and T-6’s heritage. With these innovations, the website will be more mobile friendly for smartphones and tablets, company officials note. There’s also a live ramp and hangar camera feed to virtually access daily flight operations of the P-51 Mustangs, T-6 Tex-


an or the L-39 TurboJet. You will be able to witness firsthand the sound of the Merlin engine starting up to taxiing out to the runways for takeoff. “The only thing better is if you were here in person,” officials say.

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Two D-Day veteran C-47s held formation over SUN ’n FUN Thursday.

A journey in the future to honor the past By FREDERICK A. JOHNSEN Imagine more than a squadron of Douglas C-47s winging across the Atlantic in three-ship formations, joining up with 15 more from Europe and as far away as South Africa. The armada will sweep across France 75 years after the Normandy invasion of June 6, 1944. That dream is the goal that animates Moreno “Mo” Aguiari, executive director of the non-profit D-Day Squadron. Mo and others from the Squadron came to SUN ’n FUN with two of the C-47s that are scheduled to make that historic flight next year. And both of those Douglas transports are pedigreed veterans of the original Normandy landings. This is no last-minute lark. It’s a serious venture estimated to need a lot of donations and volunteers to succeed. “The budget is $2.6 million,” Mo says. He is upbeat about the ability to raise the needed funds and in-kind support, but he is always on the lookout for donations. Volunteers and owners of C-47s and similar DC-3s around the U.S. are working on the project. “The plan is to continue building the momentum up to France,” Mo explains. As honorable as the 75th anniversary mission to France is, that’s not the end of it. Mo embraces the story of the citizensoldier, the American G.I. who stepped away from a peaceful civilian life and parachuted into the hell of war over Normandy. He likens the C-47, evolved from the civilian DC-3, as a metaphor for that transition that brought the full might of the United States to bear on the Axis in World War II. Mo sees an opportunity for ongoing educational programs honoring those citizen-soldiers and their can-do attitude long after the last anniversary C-47 re-

turns from France. Getting 20 C-47s that are three-quarters of a century old across the Atlantic requires informed planning. Lists of likely spare parts are being compiled, and Mo says logistics planners are looking at the possibility of having several spare engines available for quick changes should that become necessary at any point along the route of flight. The veteran C-47s and DC-3s will follow the classic World War II North Atlantic ferry route to England, stopping in Labrador, Greenland, Iceland, and Scotland to gas up before reaching Duxford in the UK. Because some en route facilities have limited gasoline trucks, the overseas migration will be timed with cells of three C-47s arriving and departing before the next cell gets there to assure a smooth flow, Mo says. A C-47 can tank enough gasoline for each leg of the trip, including the possibility of weather diversions, but some planes may carry auxiliary tanks to stretch that. As the momentum builds for the Atlantic crossing, the American C-47 crews will participate in safety training next spring. Their bold journey is scheduled to kick off in May with a formation flying parade over New York City, along the Hudson River. The C-47s will unite with their foreign counterparts at Duxford on June 2, 2019, with commemorations honoring the D-Day flights before the armada flies to Caen, France, on June 5. The historic effort is called Daks Over Normandy. Dak is short for Dakota, the British name for the C-47. Four days in France will be a whirl of Normandy commemorative flights, including jumps by 250 paratroopers riding under World War II-style parachute canopies, Mo explains.

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Scenes from SUN ’n FUN

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A brace of T-28 Trojan trainers roars past the Lakeland control tower during Thursday’s warbird air show.

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Lakeland Aero Club members Leah Nichols, Kathryn Esker, Trey Hannum, and Cameil Ray answer questions about their project to build a Sonex Motorglider.

Building Chris’s Bliss By JONI M. FISHER Members of The Lakeland Aero Club are building an experimental Sonex Motorglider to fulfill a father’s promise. When Leslie Johnson made plans to build a the motorglider with his son, no one knew his son Chris had cancer. “The garage was set up with tools, supplies, workbenches, you name it,” said Lakeland Aero Club Director Mike Zidziunas. “His son went into the hospital and by the time he passed away, they’d never

drilled the first rivet.” Leslie Johnson was shattered. As a volunteer at SUN ’n FUN, he approached the Lakeland Aero Club. “He’d promised his son he’d get the plane built, but he was too shattered to do it by himself,” said Zidziunas. “He donated the tools, the kit, everything to the club. He comes by to check on the progress. He lost a son and gained ten kids.” The Lakeland Aero Club was so grateful they named a room at their facility the Chris Johnson Briefing Room. Students working on the project dis-



played the plans and parts already completed at the club’s hangar during SUN ’n FUN. Pilot and builder Bob Perry of New Smyrna Beach stopped by to ask questions. He is building the same kit plane. When complete, the fabric-covered aircraft will be painted in a white, black, and red color scheme to show the Central Florida Aerospace Academy’s school colors. Most of the students at the Lakeland Aero Club attend CFAA. “Sonex says you build this in three years,” sophomore Sean Stoltz said.

“That’s the time it might take experienced team to build it. I’d take that estimate, multiply it by two, and add more time on that. I’ve grown up with this because my dad and I worked on building a TEC Champ.” “We’re getting a kit engine AeroVee with 95 horsepower,” Stoltz said, “so we’ll learn how the engine works while we build it.” The Lakeland Aero Club names their aircraft. Once completed, their Sonex Motorglider will be named Chris’s Bliss.

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The AEA Technology Incubator is designed to demystify the path forward to producing parts for certified aircraft with a focus on producing these parts under FAA oversight. The best and most successful way to demystify anything in aviation is to open the path for communication, AEA officials note. The AEA Technology Incubator will include presentations and discussions focused on understanding the FAA regulatory structure, as well as Part 23 and production regulations, guidance, and policies. In addition, the AEA Technology Incubator will offer ample opportunity to interact with the association staff, FAA personnel, and other attendees. The goal of the AEA Technology Incubator is simple and straightforward: • Encourage new technologies. • Encourage the promotion of safetyenhancing technologies. • Facilitate and encourage the communications between new aviation entrants and the FAA. You can fill out an application to attend the AEA Technology Incubator at www. Questions can be sent to Ric Peri, AEA vice president of government and industry affairs, at

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Doug Jeanes flew the Cavanaugh Flight Museum’s deHavilland Caribou to SUN ’n FUN.

Classic Caribou carries cargo By FREDERICK A. JOHNSEN Earlier this week, SUN ’n FUN hosted a rare airlift aircraft that resonates with veterans of the war in Southeast Asia. It’s a deHavilland CV-2 Caribou. If airlifters, those classic carriers of cargo and combat troops, sometimes get overshadowed by the fighters and bomb-

ers, that does not detract from the pivotal significance of the transport mission to the success of military operations. The Caribou was built in Canada with short field performance in mind. The U.S. Army used it as the CV-2, bringing troops and supplies into rugged airstrips in Vietnam where larger USAF C-123s and C-130s dared not go. By 1967, a re-

alignment of missions in the services saw the Army Caribous transferred to the Air Force, which redesignated these tactical airlifters as the C-7. Doug Jeanes, director of the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison, Texas, headed up the crew flying the Caribou at SUN ’n FUN. He is enthusiastic about spotlighting the importance of airlift heritage at air

shows. He also offered a glimpse into the future of Caribou cargo displays. The Cavanaugh crew is developing a Vietnam-era tactical flight demonstration that includes the Caribou, A-1 Skyraiders, an O-2, A-37, and UH-1 helicopter. Look for this demonstration to debut at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas next month.




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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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Car show returns this weekend The fifth 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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VOLUNTEERS’ TIPS GO TO EDUCATION: Dennis Bryant, Jon Rising, SUN ’n FUN President John “Lites” Leenhouts, Tim Kirby and Paige Kirby with a giant check for $2,500 for the Aerospace Center for Excellence. The money came from tips to the Coconut Flyers Tiki Hut. Lites noted that this donation was unusual as it was made by people who volunteer at the fly-in. Bryant, owns Dunedin Brewery in Dunedin, Florida, also donated the beer truck for the Coconut Flyers.



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• 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-

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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Women in Aviation reaches out to SUN ’n FUN crowds By KELLY MURPHY WAI Director of Communications Who are the members of Women in Aviation International? They are pilots, mechanics, air traffic controllers, airport managers, aerospace engineers, flight attendants, astronauts, educators, enthusiasts, and members of the military. Representing diverse professions and expertise among a wide range of ages and cultures, WAI provides year-round resources, as well as multiple networking and mentoring opportunities. With a growing number of chapters around the world — 117 in 17 countries — WAI also connects members in their local communities. This chapter network is already making plans to host the fourth annual international Girls in Aviation Day (GIAD) on Oct.13, 2018. WAI estimates the program will expand again, reaching approximately 15,000 girls, ages 8-17. We welcome anyone with a passion for aviation to get involved and help inspire the next generation of aviators. Find a chapter near you at Hundreds of chapter members attended last month’s 29th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Reno, Nevada, March 22-24, and were able to participate in an array of sessions to help with GIAD preparations, and to provide information on fundraising, leadership, collegiate chapters, and mentorship. The annual conference is an important part of WAI membership as it provides a unique experience to share a passion for aviation and aerospace. During the three-day event, #WAI18 attendees were offered education sessions, professional development seminars and workshops, keynote speakers, an exhibit hall, Pioneer Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and Girls in Aviation Day Reno. Some 3,200 WAI members and friends, representing 21 countries and a variety of ages and backgrounds, took advantage of networking and mentoring. This year marked a number of new additions to the conference agenda, including Minute Mentoring, an Aerospace Engineering Meet & Greet session, an open public session for new and professional drone operators, lots of chapter specific leadership sessions, and designated Super Mentors (WAI members with 30 years or more experience in the aviation and aerospace industry who have “Been there. Done That”). WAI also unveiled a new Jobs Connect feature at­ Connect. Corporate members are now able to upload for free any job or internship openings at their companies for WAI

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south of the FAA building. members to access and apply for. This growing section of the WAI website will continue to expand in the type and number of positions available for our unique membership. The website also now features eight language translations on each page, including Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. In 2019, WAI will celebrate its 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Long Beach, California. Please save the date March 14-16, 2019, and we hope to see you there!

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Here at SUN ’n FUN, our local chapters will be volunteering at the WAI exhibit in Hangar A, Booth 57, and are anxious to sign up new members and take your photo to enhance our #IamWAI social media campaign. Individual membership is $45 and a special student rate of $32 a year is a great way to connect, engage, and inspire the future of aviation. Be sure to tune into SUN ’n FUN radio each day at 11 a.m. for Women Shine at SUN ’n FUN hosted by WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. Lots of WAI members will be interviewed sharing their personal stories of their aviation journey. You can live stream the show at SNF or listen locally on 1510 AM. WAI also hosted a Connect Lunch, sponsored by Mooney International and Piedmont Airlines, on Friday. A panel discussion featured pioneering role models, including aerobatic airshow pilot Julie Clark, NOAA Cmdr. Cathy Martin, Piedmont Airlines pilot recruiter Talia Roffman, and six-time member of the U.S. Aerobatic Team Patty Wagstaff. John and Martha King also were guest speakers.

Get a taste of Oshkosh with one of our forums at SUN ‘n FUN. Saturday, April 14 8:30 a.m. ..........EAA’s IMC and VMC Club – How it Can Benefit Your Chapter! Presented by Radek Wyrzykowski

10:00 a.m......... When the Engine Goes Quiet Presented by John Townsley

11:30 a.m. ........ Airspace for Dummies

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Belite brings bevy to fly-in Belite Enterprises showed up at SUN ’n FUN with a host of new things to talk about and show off. The most obvious is its upgraded twoseat experimental Chipper (pictured on the cover). Chief among Chipper’s upgrades is a new all-metal STOL wing, a Big Bore 114-hp engine from Edge Performance of Norway, and 21” tundra tires. In that configuration the Chipper posts a 120 mph cruise, but Belite CEO Jim Wiebe is just starting the verification of data as this version of Chipper is just days old. But Wiebe does expect the speeds to increase with smaller tires and fairings. Other upgrades include: Long range 47-gallon fuel tanks, improved leg room, new seats and upholstery, refinished cowl, new windshield, and a new paint scheme. The base Chipper airframe kit is $11,995, and the taildragger finishing kit is $3,995. An FAA approved Quick Build configuration is a $10,995 option, in which the wings, rear fuselage and cabin are assembled and shipped to the builder, saving about half of the build time. Radiant Instruments, a Belite company, recently introduced its new BINGO Fuel Detector, which provides an indication of fuel presence or absence. Typical installation will be the point in the tank where

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Belite’s newly upgraded Chipper 2-seat experimental at SUN ’n FUN 2018. the pilot wants to be alerted. An alternate version will produce a distinctive visual alarm when water is detected. “This product continues our development of innovative, disruptive products for the aviation industry,” said Wiebe. “Pilots always want more accuracy out of fuel systems, and this product provides

Tested fluids to date include gasoline, jet fuel, and hydraulic fluid. The Bingo Fuel Detector is priced at $99.95 and the Fuel/Water Detector is $199.95. For more information see or and at SUN ’n FUN in Booth 46 in Paradise City.

them with feedback when fuel is at a specified level.” The fuel detector screws into any 1/8 NPT port and works off of standard power, from 10 to 32 volts. The device includes a remote-mounted LED alarm that reads green for presence of fuel and red for absence.

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Replica Sopwith Schneider at fly-in By JONI M. FISHER Their love of aviation and history have led Retired USAF Colonels Blake and Sandy Thomas to build replicas of World War I aircraft. Last year at SUN ’n FUN, they brought the replica they built of a 1917 Nieuport-28. This year, they brought a replica 1915 Sopwith Schneider they built in 2012. It took them 688 hours to build it from the kit designed by Robert Baslee of Airdrome Aeroplanes. Baslee’s company built the planes used in the movies “Fly Boys,” “Amelia,” and “Game of Aces.” If you haven’t heard of the Sopwith Schneider before, it’s understandable. The U.S. had only one of them in use during World War I and it was on floats. Blake and Sandy dove deep into research on this early warbird. “Tom Sopwith loved yachts and seaplanes. The Sopwith Tabloid was built as a racing seaplane. In 1914, he modified it and won the Schneider Air Race in Monaco. He then called the modified version the Schneider,” Blake said. “After the war began, it was used as a scout plane for reconnaissance. Because they didn’t have radios, they’d fly over enemy positions and report back what they saw,” he said “They also carried handguns and steel darts with a charge in them. They used these steel darts on enemy airships and balloons. There were 136 built during World War I and they were used by the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Service. The U.S. bought one and it was stationed in Pensacola.” “There are two of these in museums in England and they’re replicas because the planes were all destroyed during the war,” said Blake. Eventually, the warplanes were armed with a Lewis machine gun, bombs, or steel darts, according to Blake. “The gun mounted on the side would shoot through the propeller, which had a metal deflector on it. Occasionally, the bullets would break into fragments and ricochet back at the pilot. You can imagine it’s the worst case of friendly fire.” The gun mounted on Blake and Sandy’s aircraft is a replica that was used in movies to match the look of the real gun, which shot 7.7 mm or 303 bullets. Blake and Sandy’s Sopwith Schneider (N394FF) has 50 hours on it. It has no windshield and no floats. It has sideby-side seating for two and there are two antique instruments on the panel— a compass and an altimeter. The plane has a 39-mph stall speed and though the original had no brakes, they installed mechanical brakes. Sandy hand painted the concentric circles on the wings and fuselage. “Originally, it had a VW engine, but it would overheat,” Blake said, “so we put a Lycoming O-320 in it.”

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“Uncle Sam’s hat in the ring painted on the side of the aircraft represents the preWorld War I status. After we entered the war, the hat was turned upside down, like you would throw a hat, to show that we were joining the fight,” said Blake. Blake and Sandy plan to fly the aircraft to the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in Dayton, Ohio. The WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous will be held

Sept. 22-23 at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Sandy and Blake will wear re-enactor’s garb — a fighter pilot uniform for Blake and a volunteer driver uniform for Sandy. After building an RV-7, a replica 1917 Nieuport-28, a 1915 Sopwith Schneider, and restoring a WWII jeep, what will their next project be? “Our next airplane will be a ’43 Stearman,” Sandy reported.

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PAPR Chase By JOHN CROFT FAA NextGen Outreach Pilots accustomed to receiving live ADS-B traffic updates from FAA radar through the Traffic Information ServiceBroadcast will feel blind — and less safe — if that service gets shut off. But that is exactly what might happen if their ADS-B equipment is transmitting hazardous information or performing incorrectly during a given number of flights. Under a change to the ADS-B ground infrastructure software made in midDecember, aircraft flagged by the FAA’s ADS-B performance monitoring system as not complying with the criteria spelled out in the ADS-B rule could be placed on a No Services Aircraft List, or NSAL. Once on the list, the aircraft will no longer receive traffic from FAA radar through the TIS-B uplink, and the aircraft’s ADSB information will not be displayed on controllers’ screens. While the onboard ADS-B equipment does not alert pilots to such errors, the FAA’s Public ADS-B Performance Report, or PAPR (pronounced paper), does. The agency is asking equipped pilots to check their systems regularly using the

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ADS-B-equipped pilots can request a performance report over the internet after a flight in “ADS-B rule” airspace. Reports are sent via email, typically within 30 minutes of filling out the form. PAPR, a free check completed online at after a flight in airspace with ADS-B coverage.

Traffic Information Services-Broadcast, or TIS-B, gives a pilot equipped with ADS-B In the location of surrounding traffic under FAA radar surveillance. Pilots receive the analysis, which rates the actual performance compared to ADSB specifications, through email shortly after submitting the request. “Understanding the issues we’re seeing with ADS- B avionics over the past three years, I recommend that pilots who are flying every weekend check their ADS- B performance every fourth or fifth flight,” said James Marks, the FAA’s ADS-B Focus Team lead. Typical issues include aircraft transmitting the wrong ICAO codes (a fixed number set during aircraft registration), wrong flight identification (tail number), incorrect air-ground registration (the ADS-B unit reporting that the aircraft is in the air when it is on the ground, and vice versa) and position errors. Marks notes that an ADS-B system is more complex than a transponder, and its performance is dependent not only on the properly functioning and configured avionics but also dependent on the availability of GPS/WAAS services, the FAA’s ADS-B ground infrastructure and its available coverage, terrain and other factors. “Just because your ADS-B passed the initial test after installation doesn’t neces-

sarily mean your system will comply with the rule afterward,” Marks said. Marks has a team of nine avionics inspectors and three analysts working full time to identify and analyze errant ADSB outputs. When avionics problems are confirmed, they notify the aircraft owner. Marks and his team have shifted their ADS-B compliance machinery into high gear as equipage nears 50,000 aircraft and the 2020 mandate looms less than 22 months away. Under the changes made in December, an aircraft can be placed on the NSAL if the ADS-B-equipped aircraft is emitting “erroneous or hazardously misleading” information. “Over the past three years, FAA monitoring has identified some ADS-B Out aircraft with non-performing equipment transmitting data used by ATC and ADSB In-equipped aircraft that present a safety hazard to the National Airspace System,” according to an FAA notification of NSAL to the public on Dec. 20, 2017. NSAL aircraft, those with persistent or more serious problems, are a subset of the so-called non-performing equipment aircraft, the latter of which number in the thousands. Marks’ team is trying to reach owners of all NPE aircraft through a mass mailing of notification letters, hoping to correct the issues before having to place the aircraft on the NSAL. As of mid-January, more than 400 aircraft were on the list, mostly foreign-registered airliners with a common ADS-B Out issue for which a fix has been developed. Marks expected the number of general aviation aircraft on the list to increase over time. “Our goal will always be to resolve avionics issues first when possible to avoid the need to put an aircraft on the NSAL,” he said. For pilots, the FAA’s actions highlight the importance of regularly requesting a PAPR, not the least of which is that the cover page will tell you in red if you are on the NSAL. Specific issues with the unit also are highlighted in red, and anything red means the aircraft has NPE. “A lot of pilots install the ADS-B equipment and assume everything is fine,” Marks said. “If it’s not, a member of my team will contact them at some point.”

Young Aviators Fly-In The inaugural Young Aviators FlyIn will be held June 8-10, at the Triple Tree Aerodrome in Woodruff, S.C. Cayla McLeod, 19, and Ryan Hunt, 23, are coordinating the event, which has the theme of “Celebrate, Aviate and Educate” the next generation of aviators. The free event is open to all and has already garnered

support from Textron Aviation, Auburn University, EAA, Middle Georgia State University, Averett University, Middle Tennessee State University, USAeroFlight, the Vintage Aircraft Association, Warbirds of America and more. Contact Cayla at 678-590-7677, Ryan at 404-8056719 or

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Aviat Husky front seat pushed forward to making getting into and out of the back seat easier.

Husky rolls out with new enhancements Aviat Aircraft has landed at SUN ’n FUN with more than a dozen enhancements to the venerable Husky. “The Husky has a proud heritage. It’s reliable, safe and built with quality craftsmanship,” said Stuart Horn, president, Aviat Aircraft. “We listened to our customers and have been working hard to make enhancements that we know pilots and passengers will enjoy.” Enhancements and options include: • A new trim system with an elevator trim tab that reduces trim workload and system pressures. • A factory extended landing gear op-

tion that extends the gear 4”, moves the tires forward 2’ and makes the gear 12” wider. • The rear seat and rear stick can easily be removed via a few quick-release pins transforming into more than 35 cubic feet of cargo space. • The front seat now moves forward and aft, improving comfort and visibility for pilots of any height and makes it easier to get in and out of the plane for pilots, passengers and cargo. • Heated seats are now an option for both pilot and passenger. • New seat covering options include

stitch pattern and colors. • Garmin G500 TXi 10.6” touchscreen display. • SAM digital standby altimeter and attitude. • A Genesys Aerosystems S-TEC 3100 Digital Flight Control System autopilot. • A new glove box and device storage cubby. Visit Aviat Aircraft at SUN ’n FUN in the Manufacturer’s Display area, Spaces 30C and 31B, or at

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Aviat Husky elevator trim tab is new for 2018.



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Hone your homebuilding skills Brian Barrett just bought a Van’s RV14. The kit is supposed to be delivered next week, so he stopped by the Workshops Area at SUN ’n FUN to help get prepared for the homebuilding process. “I need to reintroduce myself to the experimental community,” the Santa Clarita, Calif., resident said. “I came by the Sheet Metal and Riveting Tent particularly because my plane has 10,000 rivets in it and I haven’t touch a rivet gun in years.” That’s exactly why the volunteers who run the workshops show up every year at SUN ’n FUN. Many of them were in Brian’s shoes years ago and now return to pay it forward, says Jim Watts of Mississippi. “I came here before I started my project,” he said. “While I had lot of experience with the mechanical aspect, I had

never done sheet metal before.” “I met a gentleman who spent an hour with me, telling me the right things to do and the things to avoid,” he said. “It made a big difference.” He said it’s important for new homebuilders to hone their skills before they unpack their kits from the box. “One of the things I learned here was to be patient,” Watts said. “Don’t go out and just jump on a project. Take a while to hone your skills.” He notes that it’s not uncommon for new builders — in their excitement — to start working on their planes, then make a mistake that will take a long time to fix. This year at the workshop, participants have a variety of projects they can work on, including building a rudder for a Zenith CH-750 and an axle nut wrench

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produced by Van’s Aircraft. Putting each of these together teaches the same skills

builders will need on their aircraft projects, said volunteer Burl Nelson.

Epic Optix debuts full-color Head Up Display Epic Optix unveiled a full-color, true Head Up Display (HUD) at SUN ’n FUN. The HUD is being brought forward in coordination with partners, Textron Aviation and Banyan Pilot Shop. During SUN ’n FUN, visitors to the

Textron chalet across from the FAA building will have the opportunity to check out the HUD. Attendees will be able to interact using the Skylane 182 demonstrator. The HUD also will be displayed and demonstrated at the Banyan booth.

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YouTube celebrity pilot, steve01kinevo, will be at the Banyan booth in the North exhibit area, Booth 88, on Saturday. He will award a free Epic Eagle HUD and Stratus 2S to a lucky winner. The Epic Eagle is a portable, carry-

on HUD designed for light GA aircraft. It is powered through the aircraft power and receives data via Wi-Fi from a pilot’s iPad or mobile tablet. The Epic Eagle can work with both iOS devices and Android devices. Price: $1,999.

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What’s Happening Today 8:30 AM Preventing Loss of Control. Dr. Earl Weener, NTSB. FAA Safety Center. (FAA/WINGS – FAA Credit)

9:00 AM Single Pilot IFR Made Easy. Gary D. Reeves, ATP, MCFI. CFAA-1. (IPAD) Sling 2 & 4 Aircraft, Building/Fly World Circling Fun. Cecil Jones. CFAA-2. (SP/LSA – Sport Pilot/LSA) Advance Bush & Mountain Flying - Techniques & Procedures. Milne -CC- Pocock. CFAA-3. (FAA/WINGS – FAA Credit) Aircraft Battery Airworthiness. Chris Holder. CFAA-4. (FAA/IA - Renewal) LogTen Pro Ground School: Electronic Logbook. Heather McCarthy. CFAA-5. (IPAD) Business Aviation & Tax Reform. Johnathan Levy & Suzanne Meiners-Levy. CFAA-6. Innovator: 1st Class Performance Comfort For 2. RIchard Hogan. CFAA-7. Fly Your Plane to the Bahamas, Caribbean & Cuba. Jim Parker. CFAA-8. Building Your Own Airplane: Rivets & Sheet Metal Construction. Matt Heintz. CFAA-9. (SP/

LSA – Sport Pilot/LSA) Forum - Not Currently Scheduled. CFAA-10. Flying with Kids. Ramona Banks and Virginie Rollin. CFAA-11.

10:00 AM 1800WXBRIEF The Best of the Future of Flight Service. Joe Daniele. CFAA-1. (IPAD) Latex Paint for Homebuilt Airplanes. Malcolm Morrison. CFAA-2. AYA (Worldwide Grumman Owners Group). Bob Gibson. CFAA-3. Secrets Only Pilots Know About Airports. Tom Slater. CFAA-4. (FAA/WINGS – FAA Credit) Getting Your Airline Pilot Job = Fast. Kit Darby. CFAA-5. (YOUTH – Youth) Maintenance & Inspection of Exhaust Systems. Darren Tilman. CFAA-6. (FAA/IA Renewal) Seaplanes 101. Steven McCaughey. CFAA-7. (FAA/WINGS – FAA Credit) Flying the Beech Bonanza and Baron. Thomas Turner. CFAA-8. (TC – Type CLub) Cessna 120-140 Maintenance Forum. David Lowe. CFAA-9. (MN - Maintenance)

Issues to Avoid with Auto Engine Conversions. Stuart Davis, Auto PSRU’s. CFAA-10. (AE Allternative Engines) Flying in the Airventure Cup Race and Into Oshkosh. Carl Houghton. CFAA-11. Congressional Town Hall. US Congressmen TBA. FAA Safety Center.

10:30 AM Light Sport Flying and Buying TIps. John Calla. Light Plane/Paradise City. (SP/LSA – Sport Pilot/LSA)

11:00 AM Growing General Aviation. Tim Busch. CFAA-1. Overcoming The Fear of Flying For Pilots and Aspiring Pilots. Robert DeLaurentis, Zen Pilot. CFAA-2. AYA (Worldwide Grumman Owners Group). Bob Gibson. CFAA-3. RMK-abe METARs: Reviewing the Weather & Breaking the Codes at the End of the Report. Veronica T. Cote. CFAA-4. A&P / IA Licensing Process and FAR Review. Thomas Black. CFAA-5. (FAA/IA - Renewal) Electronic ignitions - Past, Present, and Future. Brad Dement. CFAA-6.

Elimination of Inefficient Ducting for More Efficient Air Conditioning. Peter Schiff. CFAA-7. Flight-powered STEM Education Engages Students. Roland Pinto. CFAA-8. (YOUTH – Youth) Turbine DC-3s - Current Uses & Advantages. Joe Karabensh. CFAA-9. Forum - Not Currently Scheduled. CFAA-10. I’m a Sport Pilot, Now What Can I Do?. Carl Houghton. CFAA-11. (SP/LSA – Sport Pilot/ LSA)

11:30 AM BasicMed Program Updates. Bradley Zeigler, FAA. FAA Safety Center. (FAA/WINGS – FAA Credit)

12:00 PM Compression Testing Aircraft Engines. Bill Ross. CFAA-1. (FAA/IA - Renewal) 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) Building an Airplane as a Group-School Project. Sebastian Heintz. CFAA-4. (SP/LSA –

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What’s Happening Today Sport Pilot/LSA) Spyder Corvair Engines and The Saberwing Airplane. William Clapp. CFAA-5. (AE Alternative Engines) Designing the Perfect Paint Scheme/Vinyl Design. Craig Barnett. CFAA-6. Oil and Oil Filters Analysis; Benefits and Limitations of Each. Wayne Odegard. CFAA-7. Innovator: 2 Week in Factory Build Program. Richard Hogan. CFAA-8. Switchblade Flying Sports Car: Nearing Takeoff. Ken Chatham, II & Ken Chatham, Sr.. CFAA-9. 100hp 6 Cylinder Air Cooled Corvair Engine. William Wynne, The Corvair Authority. CFAA10. (AE - Allternative Engines) Look Up! Clouds Tell a Story. Veronica T. Cote. CFAA-11. Round Table Discussion for UL/LSA Pilots. Paul Czarnecki & Media Team. Light Plane/Paradise City. (SP/LSA – Sport Pilot/LSA)

1:00 PM Fun Family Flying - Living the Ultimate Fly-In Lifestyle. Mike Ciochetti. CFAA-1.

Top 10 Dumbest Things Pilots Do to Cause Accidents. Michele L. Rush. CFAA-3. (FAA/ WINGS – FAA Credit) TKM Avionics/New MX 155: A Modern Replacement for Bendix Kings Aging KX-155. Bob Hart. CFAA-4. Planning Your GA Flight Like it Was An Airliner. Michael Karrels. CFAA-5. (FAA/WINGS – FAA Credit) Corrosion Prevention - The Right Way to Go. John Bakos. CFAA-6. (FAA/IA - Renewal) Want to Get the Most Out of DUATS?. Kyle Everson. CFAA-7. Loss of Control ie. Tailwheel Trouble. James Guldi. CFAA-8. Lean of Peak: Myths, Legends and the Naked Truth. Ron Humphrey. CFAA-9. (MN Maintenance) UL Power, UL260i 95 HP @ 164 lbs. Robert Helms, UL Power. CFAA-10. (AE - Alternative Engines) From Basement to Billionaires. Tom Burden. CFAA-11. (YOUTH – Youth) UAS Regulatory Environment. Chris Huebner, FAA. FAA Safety Center. (FAA/WINGS – FAA

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1:30 PM Seaplanes 101. Steve McCaughey. Light Plane/ Paradise City. (SP/LSA – Sport Pilot/LSA)

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SUN ’n FUN Today –

April 14, 2018

Scenes from SUN ’n FUN

Photo by Samantha Davis

The Spirit of Freedom shining in the sun on the heavy aircraft parking ramp.

Photo by Jason McLemore

Rebekah McLemore accompanied her father, SUN ’n FUN Today photographer Jason McLemore, on a tour of the show Thursday. Rebekah said she enjoyed the “big planes” and fell asleep before leaving the parking lot on the way home.

Photo by Ryan Cleaveland

Jon Rising checking to see if his Nash Metropolitan fits into the back of the deHavilland Caribou on the heavy aircraft ramp. Was he hoping to get the keys to a bigger ride?

Photo by Chuck Rackow

Photo by Matthew J Genuardi

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2018 SUN ’n FUN Today Day 5  

The Saturday, April 14, 2018, edition of SUN ’n FUN Today from the grounds of Lakeland-Linder Airport

2018 SUN ’n FUN Today Day 5  

The Saturday, April 14, 2018, edition of SUN ’n FUN Today from the grounds of Lakeland-Linder Airport