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Table of Contents Historic RV on grounds.............................................3 An international flavor.............................................. 3 Flying around the world............................................4 The family flying station wagon..............................8 Flying high after the tornado................................. 16 SUN ’n FUN’s official superstore......................... 17 Thunderbirds to dazzle crowds........................... 18 ‘FIFI’ lands at SUN ’n FUN.................................... 20 Black Diamonds: The home team....................... 22 Commemorating Apollo 17.................................... 23 Celebrating 100 years of Marine Aviation.............. 24 Tune in to SUN ’n FUN Radio................................ 25 Flying High Coffee fuels SUN ’n FUN.................. 26 Flying Musicians to perform all week................ 27 Splash-In at Fantasy of Flight .............................. 30 AvBid Aircraft Auctions returns........................... 31 International Visitors Tent..................................... 31 Don’t miss the Florida Air Museum..................... 32 Parts Exchange opens........................................... 34 Congressman to host Town Hall meeting.......... 36 Expansion plans at the museum.......................... 44 What’s happening today........................................ 46 The first Fire Hub..................................................... 48 From Britain to the U.S. and vice versa.............. 54

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Today’s Highlights

The world’s busiest airport This week, Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport (LAL) is the busiest airport in the world, according to SUN ’n FUN officials. While actual arrival numbers aren’t available for this year, traffic has been steadily arriving since the weekend. Parking lots were filling up early, as well as campsites. Typically about 160,000 people visit SUN ’n FUN during the week-long airshow. On a quick tram tour around the grounds on Tuesday, SUN ’n FUN board member Gene Strickland reported that about 60% of the people who attend are aviation enthusiasts, while the “rest are curious.” And people attend from all over the world. In fact, as early as Tuesday morning, the airshow had attracted visitors from 81 foreign counties already. “About 90% of our visitors are from the U.S., while the rest are from other countries,” he said. Other numbers he shared during the tour: The Central Florida Aerospace Academy, located on the campus across

from the Florida Air Museum, expects to see attendance double next year to about 500 students. Meanwhile, 3,000 volunteers join with the fly-in’s paid staff of about 30 to put on this year’s show. There are 500 or so exhibitors on the grounds, in hangars and in the outdoor areas. While last year’s numbers were skewed due to the tornado, they do give SUN ’n FUN officials some idea of what to expect this year. For instance, on opening day last year, 730 people attended 52 forums, while the

next day attendance rocketed to 1,231 forum attendees. In the workshops area, the weekend was the busiest with more than 2,000 people on Friday and 2,500 on Saturday. A good indicator of attendance, obviously, is to look at the parking lots. While they were filling up quickly on opening day this year, last year opening day saw the parking lots 25% full with 1,825 cars. That number skyrocketed on Saturday last year, with close to 7,500 cars parked in the lots, which meant they were 98% full, SUN ’n FUN officials said.



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Historic RV among us By BEN SCLAIR With history all around the show grounds this week, be sure to catch a glimpse of the truly historic before it leaves. The first RV-1 built, 40 years ago by Richard VanGrunsven himself, is on site in the manufacturers display area. The RV-1 will depart Friday on the RV-1 Summer Tour organized by the Friends of the RV-1, which is “dedicated to the historical preservation of the VanGrunsven RV-1.” The tour will go to many parts of North America, including Canada and events out west before landing in Oshkosh for 40th anniversary of Van’s Aircraft.


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Issue 2 — Wednesday March 28, 2012 Publishers John “Lites” Leenhouts Ben Sclair Editorial Staff Meg Godlewski Janice Wood Advertising Larry Price Mickey Price PRODUCTION Russell Kasselman Distribution Arthur Ward Paulette Ward Contributing Writers J. Douglas Hinton Deb McFarland Jack Neubacher SUN ‘n FUN Today is published each day of the SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In by Flyer Media, Inc., publishers of General Aviation News and Living With Your Plane. Copies of SUN ‘n FUN Today are distributed free of charge throughout the fly-in grounds. Subscriptions to General Aviation News, $35.00 for two years (at the fly-in). Visit our exhibit space, C-62. The views and opinions contained herein do not necessarily reflect those of SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In, Inc. Neither SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In, Inc., nor Flyer Media, Inc. endorse or sanction the products advertised herein, and do not assume responsibility for such advertising. © 2012 Flyer Media, Inc., SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction of photos or articles by any means is prohibited without written consent.

An international flair By MEG GODLEWSKI SUN ’n FUN attracts people from all over the world, including this group of travelers from Brazil, who took time on opening day to pose in front of this replica of the 80%-scale 1918 Fokker D-V11 that stands in front of the Vintage Clubhouse. The kit is manufactured by Airdrome Aeroplanes in Holden, Kan., and is a replica of one of the most used German fighter aircraft from World War I. The attention to detail and workmanship is truly something that deserves to be seen and admired close up. Also to be admired is the flight experience brought to the show by this group of Brazilians “There is over 100 years of aviation experience here,” said Ismael Souza, proudly gesturing to the group. The men spent several minutes pouring over the Fokker before heading off to look at the other vintage. The airplane is owned by Robert Basley, president and CEO of Airdrome Aeroplanes. The company produces kits for replica World War I aircraft. “If you have seen the movies ‘Flyboys’ and ‘Amelia’ you have seen our airplanes,” Basley said with pride, noting that the company produces kits for the Fokker Triplane, Endecker E3, Sopwith Camel and Sopwith Pup, to name a few. You can see the Fokker in front of the Vintage Aircraft Club House.

From left to right: Neveder Motta, Ismael Souza, Tales Jardim, Gaspar Ritter and Arsenio Neiva.

Earthrounders hold reunion Have you ever wanted to fly around the world? Those lucky pilots who have held a reunion before SUN ’n FUN began and hosted a variety of forums on opening day. Another forum will be held today at 1 p.m. in Room 11 of the Central Florida Aerospace Academy, according to Bob Gannon, chairman of the Earthrounders 2012 reunion. To become a member of the Earthrounders, a pilot must have flown a single- or twinengine plane around the world. Gannon, who has flown around the world twice, said the group’s reunion attracted 53 “Earthrounders” from Spain, Germany, Australia, Russia, Papua New


Guinea, Austria, Switzerland, Brazil, England, Canada, and many from the U.S. “This is truly an international fly-in,” Gannon said. “We have attendees who recently returned from an Around the World flight, while one of our attendees recently celebrated his 87th birthday and is getting ready for his third Round The World flight from our reunion.” The group’s website is a resource for pilots contemplating an around the world flight. It includes information on how to plan a flight, a message board, stories of other Earthrounders, a chronology of around the world flights, and more.

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Get ‘The Final Roundup’ at Warbird ramp It has taken four years to gather all the photos and stories, but “The Gathering of Mustangs and Legends: The Final Roundup” is now available. The book chronicles the Gathering of Mustangs and Legends, “The Final Roundup,” held four years ago in Columbus, Ohio. The event brought together more Mustangs and the men and women who flew them than any other time since the end of World War II, according to officials with the Gathering Foundation.

The event was an unforgettable experience for everyone who made the pilgrimage to Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio in September of 2007, said those officials, who spent the last few years compiling the best photos and stories from that weekend. Pilots and renowned aviation photographers from all over the world came to the Gathering and the book is a compilation of their work that fills more than 260 pages, with more than 450 photos capturing the

special moments of the weekend that has been referred to as the “Warbird Woodstock.” The limited-edition coffee-table book also includes bios and historical and current photos of the 49 Legends who attended, as well as studio setting photos of the Mustangs that participated in the Gathering. Autographed copies of book are available at the Stallion 51 “Crazy Horse Chalet” on the Warbird flight line all week.

pilots could head to combat duty during World War II. The WASPs finally received military recognition in 1977. Come to the Ninety-Nines Building

on Club House Row, south of the Flying tent, to purchase tickets for the luncheon, as well as the chance to meet some of these remarkable women. “You just might meet some of them on Wednesday or Thursday as they tour the field!” said Elaine Morrow of the Ninety-Nines. “Also stop by to learn about The Ninety-Nines and the educational and aviation services we offer worldwide and our history,” she said, noting the group was formed in 1929 with Amelia Earhart as the first elected president. The luncheon will be held in a building next to the Florida Air Museum. A Meet & Greet begins at 11:30 a.m., with the luncheon slated to begin at noon. Cost is $18 per person.

Ninety-Nines host WASPs The Ninety-Nines (International Organization of Women Pilots) are again hosting the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) at SUN ’n FUN and fea-

turing them at a luncheon on Thursday, March 29. The WASP were civilian volunteers who ferried and tested planes so male

Lamar gets Cessna PMA Lamar Technologies recently received a PMA for pre-1996 Cessna single-engine aircraft. Due to high demand for original equipment 14- and 28-volt regulators, the company has PMA’d the DGR3 and DGR6 regulators it supplies Cessna, company officials said. The regulators fit Cessna 150 thru Cessna 210 series aircraft. While at SUN ’n FUN, Lamar officials also noted that in the past two years it has become apparent that availability of electrical contactors/solenoids that are being used in general aviation has diminished. “Many of the manufacturers are reducing their production or have stopped selling into the GA market for liability reasons,” officials said, noting that Lamar Technologies has been supplying these parts to GA airframe manufacturers for more than 15 years and have a steady supply for the GA market. Find out more at the Precision Airmotive/Lamar Technologies booth in Hangar B, Space 65-66.

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The family flying station wagon By MEG GODLEWSKI There are many men who will tell you that when they suggested the idea of buying an airplane to their wives, it very nearly resulted in divorce. But Kenneth Spivey Jr., from Vestavia, Ala., says he had a completely different experience when it came to the purchase of his Cessna 170B. “My wife actually MADE ME go buy this airplane!” he insists. Spivey learned to fly in his early teens and bought a Cessna 140 right out of college. He married Sylvia, his high school sweetheart, and they used the airplane for trips. That worked out fine until the children, two sons, arrived. That’s when his wife insisted on a four-place airplane and he bought the Cessna 170B. The airplane, N8317A, spent two years in restoration. It is painted candy-apple red and off-white. The detail of the cockpit, especially the upholstery, will take your breath away. You can find Spivey’s C-170B in the Vintage Aircraft section of the show grounds. A more detailed story on the Spivey family airplane will appear in an upcoming issue of General Aviation News.

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Olivers Flying Circus back for 31st year By BEN SCLAIR Steve and Suzanne Oliver started ride hopping at SUN ’n FUN 31 years ago in 1982. They’ve been back every year since. The experience of flying in an open cockpit aircraft has seen a resurgence as times have gotten tight, Steve told me opening day of SUN ’n FUN. For the more timid passengers, Steve asks but two questions upon landing: Did you enjoy the ride? and would you go again? Both are nearly always answered with an enthusiastic yes, he said. As if on cue, a trio from Atlanta walked up, wallets in hand, wanting a ride. Steve asked if they’ve ridden before, to which Steve Ashby responded, “Every year since 1982.” Oliver turned to me grinning and said, “I swear, these folks aren’t a plant.” Ashby has dutifully shown up each year since the Olivers first at SUN ’n FUN — a ritual of sorts. Ashby and fellow ride hoppers Cathy and Jim Anderson came for her first ride and his 20th, or so. The four of us climbed aboard the 1928 New Standard D-25, Steve and I wedged into the front row, Cathy and Jim enjoying the back row of the passenger cabin with ferry pilot Clay Hammond at the controls. Incidentally, Oliver bought the New Standard from Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome and launched an eight-year rebuild that replaced everything but the baggage door.

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Dynon Skyview classes Dynon Avionics will offer courses in the operation of its SkyView system during this week’s airshow. The classes will last 3.5 hours and will be held in the mornings and afternoons on Thursday through Sunday. During the seminars, current and prospective owners of SkyView systems will be working with real SkyView units, configuring them for various ground and flight operations. Instruction will be provided by Kirk Kleinholz, CFII and SkyView expert. Classes will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel adjacent to the airport. Classes are structured with limited seating to assure no more than two students are at each SkyView display. The classes are being offered at $30 per person. Advance ticket purchase is required through “Brown Bag Tickets,” an on-line event ticketing service that can be found on the Dynon website at For those pilots planning to switch from analog to digital/electronic instrumentation, there will be opportunities to explore glass panel systems, cockpit resource management, and procedures for safe transition, said Robert Hamilton, director of marketing. “Pilots should be proficient with their avionics during flight, and customers are telling us that the hands-on training is a good, fast way to get up the learning curve,” he said. Find out more about Dynon at its exhibit in Hangar A, Spaces 34, 35, 36, or at


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Appareo unveils weather for iPad Just Aircraft upgrades Just Aircraft is offering upgraded options and modifications to the Highlander LSA for the Alaska market. The Highlander, made famous by the “Dead stick takeoff” video at, is powered by a Rotax engine with 2,000 hours TBO, according to company officials. It sips 5 gph of auto fuel for 100 mph, while it’s wings fold in five minutes with no need to disconnect fuel lines or flight controls, company of-

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On opening day of SUN ’n FUN, Appareo introduced a wire-free weather receiver for the iPad that requires no monthly subscription. Dubbed Stratus, it combines an ADS-B and GPS receiver into a single unit that wirelessly streams NEXRAD radar, text weather, TFRs and aircraft position to the ForeFlight Mobile app for iOS devices. “Stratus delivers exactly what pilots have been asking for — a simple, smart and subscription-free way to view in-flight weather on their iPad,” says Sporty’s Pilot Shop Vice President John Zimmerman. “It’s incredibly easy to use, with just one button and virtually no setup.” The portable design includes an internal eight-hour battery, a high-gain inter-

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Last March 31, Mike Stewart, founder and flight lead of Team RV, and Tad Sarent, flight lead, were in the airshow briefing at SUN ’n FUN, eagerly anticipating the team’s debut at the nation’s second largest airshow. “This was a big deal for us,” Stewart recalled. But as the briefing got underway, he got a text: One of the team’s planes was upside down, destroyed by the F1 tornado that roared through the grounds. “I went up front and showed Wayne Boggs (the air boss) and then everybody’s phones went off,” he said. At that moment, he realized that the airshow ­— and Team RV’s SUN ’n FUN debut ­­— wouldn’t be happening that day. What soon became apparent is that two of Team RV’s 12 RVs were totaled in the storm, including the one Sargent had spent two years building with his son. “When I got that text, I had a lump in my throat,” Sargent recalled Monday as the team prepared for its “second” debut at this year’s SUN ’n FUN. “When I got the first view of it, the reality hit home. It was mangled metal that represented years of sweat and money and it was never to be used again.” While his wife cried and his son was upset, Sargent said he got right down to business, working with NationAir, the team’s insurance company, who “made us whole” and looking immediately for a new airplane. And he wasn’t the only one. Also totaled in the storm was the RV-3 owned by the team’s crew chief, Tony Spicer, while six other planes were damaged.

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Team RV includes (front row, left to right): Charlie “Bones” Plunkett, Ron “Smokey” Schreck, Mike “Kahuna” Stewart, Jerry “Widget” Morris; and (back row, left to right), Tom “Dubes” Dubrouillet, Greg “Greese” Reese, Len “Leggs” Leggette, Bob “Subob” Goodman, Tad “Stripes” Sargent, James “Chatterbox” Clark, and Danny “Speedy” Kight. Not pictured is Robert “RB” Gibbons, who was at home awaiting the birth of his child. It was then that the team’s motto, “No Wing Man Left Behind,” sprang into action. The teammates worked with each other to repair the planes they could, look for new planes, and deal with the myriad maintenance issues caused by the storm. “The whole team rallied,” Stewart said. Amazingly, the 12 pilots of Team RV were performing again within a month of

the tornado, thrilling crowds at a show in Vidalia, Ga. As the team prepared for its second debut at SUN ’n FUN, there were a few nerves, Stewart admitted. But he said those would soon disappear once the 12 pilots were in their RVs and ready to take off. “When I crawl in that airplane and strap it on, nothing else in the world

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matters,” Stewart said. One of the most unique airshow performers in the country, Team RV began 10 years ago at an airport near Atlanta when Stewart approached Bob Goodman, an Air Force pilot who had flown F-15s, and asked about formation flying. “He took me under his wing and I was completely hooked,” he said. Soon other RV pilots were joining in and before they knew it they were asked to do a fly-by at a parade. In the past decade, the team has evolved and now performs in about 15 airshows a year, recently adding aerobatics to the formation flying. But while they are airshow stars, the Team RV pilots are down to earth. “We get to perform in planes we built in our garages,” Stewart said. “We hope to inspire people to continue working on their plane or start building one of their own.” Team RV will be performing in today’s airshow and are in the homebuilt area, ready to talk airplanes with all comers.

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The LEAP Electric Flight Program, which includes the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize, is now a program of the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation. The directors of the Lindbergh Foundation and Creative Solutions Alliance, the nonprofit organization that runs LEAP, felt that since the missions of both organizations are so closely aligned, it made sense to combine efforts to create a joint program that will make a lasting impact on the future of aviation, officials said. “We are very excited about this development,” said Lindbergh Foundation Chairman and CEO Larry Williams. “The LEAP program is an ideal addition to the Lindbergh Foundation’s programming, particularly for our Aviation Green Alliance program. The addition of the LEAP program will allow us to expand our efforts in green aviation initiatives, and offers a new audience for the Foundation.” Inspired by the legacy of Charles Lindbergh, the XPRIZE Foundation and pioneers throughout history, the LEAP Electric Flight Program was founded to accelerate advances in the electric aircraft industry through a range of activities, from prizes to advocacy. In addition to the Lindbergh Prizes, LEAP is also the home of the Electric Aircraft Development Alliance (EADA), an electric aircraft industry group. LEAP’s high school education program supports the LEAP Electric Flight Program by connecting students with innovators. The students then showcase the industry through video storytelling. “This is an electrifying time for general aviation,” said Erik Lindbergh, founder of LEAP. “Visionary thinkers are taking

risks. The field is alive with novel approaches and is rich in activity and experimentation. I am excited about the great potential for advancement in electric aircraft, which I believe will change the way we move about the planet. Combining the energies of LEAP and the Lindbergh Foundation will help to accelerate the development of a green aviation industry.” Lindbergh will continue to support and promote the LEAP program on behalf of the Lindbergh Foundation. Yolanka Wulff, LEAP CEO, will become the executive director of the Lindbergh Foundation. “We have long desired to reach out to the high school audience with our balance message,” said Reeve Lindbergh, honorary chairman of the Lindbergh Foundation. “Through this merger of two very fine organizations, LEAP and the Lindbergh Foundation, we have the opportunity to reach young people and inspire in them a love of aviation and the environment. We hope that their relationship with the Lindbergh Foundation will be a lasting one, and that some of these bright young people may even apply for a Lindbergh Grant one day.” “It’s thrilling that this announcement comes during the Lindbergh Foundation’s 35th anniversary year,” said Williams. “The LEAP program gives the Lindbergh Foundation a fresh initiative for the 21st century and holds tremendous promise for a successful future for the foundation as young people build an appreciation for aviation and the environment just as Charles Lindbergh did in the 1960s.”,,


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requirements. Additional pre-flight planning tools available with the app include access to the AOPA Airport Directory, fuel pricing information to help plan refueling stops, as well as built-in calculators to estimate fuel burn, enroute legs and arrival times. With Garmin Pilot, users can enter a flight plan and view it on the map screen. From there the app allows the pilot to overlay weather, pan across the entire route, pinch-to-zoom or graphically modify any leg of the flight. When the flight plan is ready, Garmin Pilot makes it simple to file, amend and close the flight plan via DTC DUAT or CSC DUAT(S). For frequently traveled flights, Garmin Pilot saves all flight plans within the app so they can be easily accessed and filed again in the future. Using the built-in GPS receiver or compatible external receiver (sold separately), Garmin Pilot provides full enroute navigation capability on its moving map, while showing ETE, ETA, crosstrack error, distance to waypoint and current position. Pilots can also navigate with Garmin’s patented Panel Page, a GPS-derived instrument pack that displays a graphical HSI directional display and indicators for groundspeed, altitude and vertical speed. After takeoff, pilots can continue to view

real-time weather information by wirelessly connecting to XM WX Satellite Weather through the Baron Mobile Link paired with a satellite weather receiver (sold separately, subscription required). Garmin Pilot includes IFR high and low enroute charts, VFR sectionals and Garmin FliteCharts. Optional geo-referenced FliteCharts and SafeTaxi diagrams are available to assist in navigating approach procedures and unfamiliar airports, and all charts can be downloaded to the device for easy access while in flight. Garmin Pilot is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play, formerly the Android Market, as a free download for the first 30 days. After that, pilots can pay a monthly fee of $9.99 or an annual subscription of $99.99. Pilots can upgrade the standard FliteCharts to geo-referenced FliteCharts for an additional $49.99 annually. Geo-referenced SafeTaxi diagrams are available for an additional $29.99 annually. Customers who currently subscribe to Garmin Pilot My-Cast can upgrade to Garmin Pilot for free by downloading the update in the App Store or Google Play. Features vary based on mobile platform. Find out more at Garmin’s exhibit in Hangar D.

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Garmin International has released Garmin Pilot, a new aviation app for iOS devices, including the iPad and iPhone, and Android-based mobile devices. The app offers general aviation pilots navigation, trip planning, DUAT(S) filing, weather and electronic flight bag capabilities. “From integrated flight decks to mobile apps, Garmin is committed to providing our customers with a broad suite of best-in-class products,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing. Capabilities start with pre-flight planning, providing the information pilots need to make better-informed flight decisions, officials said. With access to the most comprehensive aviation weather information for the U.S. and Canada, pilots can check NEXRAD radar, visible and infrared cloud imagery, METARs, TAFs, AIRMETs, SIGMETs, PIREPs, NOTAMs, winds and temperature aloft, TFRs and lightning data. Pilots can also overlay weather on the map, add text-based weather widgets and use the NavTrack feature to look ahead along the planned route to preview weather conditions. Using their DUAT(S) account, pilots can receive and log FAA-approved weather briefings that meet legal briefing

Conversion Kit or installed with the Cub Drum Brake Assembly. Grove’s Disc Brake Conversion Kit is a modern design disc brake system for the Cub, which improves braking and ground handling, according to company officials, who note there is no “soft pedal” feel. The kit, STC approved for the J-3, J-4, J-5 and PA-11 through PA-20 Series aircraft, comes with installation instructions, all parts, special tools and FAA STC Documentation. Installation requires standard hand and riv-

et tools while using your existing wheels, tires, master cylinders and brake lines. Also available is Grove’s new FAA PMA approved P/N 682-521 Master Cylinder Assembly for the Aviat Husky models A-1, A-1A, A-1B, A-1C-180 and A-1C-200. It is a direct replacement for the original Sky International Master Cylinder and is compatible with Aviat Husky brake assemblies. Find out more at Grove’s exhibit in Hangar C, Space 57.

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Museum expanding to meet growth Wednesday’s ribbon cutting at the new Piedmont Hangar Aerospace & Technology Lab highlights the latest addition to the expanding facilities that are being built on the SUN ’n FUN campus. Over the past 10 years, site improvements supporting SUN ’n FUN’s educational mission and carried out year-round via programs offered through the Florida Air Museum have included the Tom Davis Education Center ($750,000); the Buehler Restoration Skills Center ($400,000); the Cessna Sales and Marketing Center ($350,000); and refurbishment of the former maintenance building into the initial Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) facility ($500,000). These projects alone total more than $2 million. Add the new CFAA facility to this and it brings the total value of capital improvements

throughout SUN ’n FUN’s educational corridor to nearly $10 million. FAM has a trustee responsibility for these assets and is working to maximize their year-round potential. Following is a brief overview of each facility that falls under the purview of the FAM staff and supported by a group of talented and dedicated volunteers: The museum remains the primary building showcasing aviation history through the display of artifacts, interactive exhibits and diorama displays on aviation history. It is also the home of the Florida Aviation Hall of Fame and houses executive offices and the Kelch Board Room. The Buehler Restoration Skills Center is a climate controlled, year-round facility designed and built to facilitate aircraft maintenance and restoration efforts and to

enhance skills associated with those functions (sheet metal fabrication, woodworking, fabric covering, composites, engines, basic welding, etc.). It will continue to serve as a “hands-on” center for CFAA students who are working on special projects. The Buehler Center will soon feature additional programming designed for adult “hands-on” activities. The Scott Crossfield Center originally served as the maintenance facilities for the SUN ’n FUN campus until the CFAA was conceived. Major renovations and climate control elements were added. Today, the spaces located in the Crossfield Center are being transformed into classrooms, offices, simulator spaces and workshops. The Aviation Reference and Research Library is a unique collection of materials and artifacts collected over more than

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Those of us who have earned our pilot certificates already know the joy of flight, and our family and friends reap the benefits of our training. But that joy is something people still yearning to take wing can only imagine. If you are one of those people, or you know one of those people, the AOPA Learn to Fly Center, located inside the AOPA Tent here at SUN ’n FUN, can remove a lot of the guesswork. The AOPA Tent is next to the PilotMall store, across from Hangars A and B. “Whether you’re dreaming of learning to fly or already in flight training, the Learn to Fly Center is here to help,” said Brittney Miculka, AOPA’s manager of prospective pilot and youth outreach programs. “AOPA staff members will be available to answer all of your questions and you can even try your hand at the controls of a full-motion flight simulator,

thanks to the generous support of Redbird Flight Simulations.” While there, prospective student pilots can learn more about AOPA’s “Let’s Go Flying” program and current student pilots can take a closer look at “My Flight Training (,” AOPA’s new webbased personalized support tool for student pilots. “Let’s Go Flying” ( is geared toward anyone who is interested in learning to fly, but is not ready to begin lessons. The website offers a wealth of information and inspiration, and even provides a searchable database of flight schools across the country. You can enter your zip code and find flight schools near you that offer introductory flights. You can also sign up for a free monthly electronic newsletter that will help you become more familiar with aviation before you begin flight training.

If you’re already in flight training, you can enroll at, a powerful tool for student pilots to help you through flight training and track your progress through six key milestones: Introductory flight, student pilot certificate, first solo, solo cross-country, knowledge test and practical test. “MyFlightTraining” takes the content of Flight Training magazine and personalizes it for students anywhere in their flight training curriculum. Anyone who completes an introductory flight will be offered a free logbook. After obtaining a student pilot certificate, a student will have the opportunity to get a free T-shirt to wear during their solo that features a dotted line on the back for an instructor to cut to ensure that the “shirt tail” tradition stays alive. There’s a monthly sweepstakes where any student who enters a milestone could

win $1,000 toward their flight training or one of four $100 gift certificates from ASA, Jeppesen, King Schools, and Sporty’s Pilot Shop. Additionally, AOPA has launched the AOPA Flight Training Excellence Awards to recognize schools and instructors who utilize key practices that help students successfully complete their training. “Becoming a pilot is such an incredible, life-changing experience,” said Miculka. “Regardless of where you may be in your flight training journey, we hope to see you at the AOPA Learn to Fly Center in the AOPA tent.” Student pilots who enroll in the free “MyFlightTraining” program at the Learn to Fly Center will receive a free water bottle. While you’re there, enter the daily drawing at any computer kiosk. You could win one of many great prizes!

the long-term plans, a separate Hughes archival storage and display area is envisioned that will become the basis for specialized research and visitation. FAM Pavilion and Hospitality/Conference Room was built as the first important step in expanding the museum into a first class destination facility. It offers food service capabilities and a Hospitality/Conference (“community”) room and is a popular choice for meetings.

The Tom Davis Education Center was built as a youth education headquarters and includes dormitory space, classrooms and offices for educational programs. It is the current headquarters for the summer education programs and also serves as a location for numerous community meetings through the year. The Davis Center facilities are also used to support CFAArelated programs and activities. The Piedmont Hangar Aerospace &

Technology Lab is a 4,000-square-foot facility that is the new focal point for FAM’s expanding education programs and activities. The newest addition to the campus features a multi-functional teaching environment that can be adapted to accommodate one large or several smaller classroom areas; a computer laboratory; teacher workspace/offices; and other support facilities. Hangar display areas, campgrounds and

undeveloped land parcels offer opportunities for expansion. Additional facilities on the campus that have been utilized include those operated by the CFAA, the FAA, the Cessna Sales and Marketing Center, and Lakeland Linder Regional Airport who ­— along with the City of Lakeland, Polk County and the Polk County School Board — have been outstanding (and engaged!) partners in furthering our collective educational mission and interests.

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FORUMS - held at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy across from the Florida Air Museum

9 a.m.

10 a.m.

11 a.m.

1: Understanding ELTs & PLBs Products & Process, Ryan Deck

1: Flying the Caribbean-Ev-

2: Maintaining & Overhauling

2: Bellanca Champion Club

Franklin engines, Robert Still

3: Weather in the cockpit, Glen

erything you need to know, Jim Parker

Cruiser. Cruisemaster, Viking, Robert Szego

12 p.m. 1:

Professional Pilot job search planning. Kit Darby


2: Bellanca Champion Club

2: Real Estate with Runways

2: Dynamic propeller balancing, Kelsey Wood

3: Tips & Techniques for im-

3: How to get started in home-

3: Turbocharged engine systems...The how and the why, Clif Ives

Citabria, Decathlon, Scout, Robert Szego/Jerry Melhaff, Jr

Cessna Cardinal, Keith Peterson

proving your Flight Performance in RVs, Jan Bussell

correlation between Aviation & Music, John Zapp

4: Safety in Helicopter flying, Ed Di Campli

4: Avoid the base to final turn

accident, Gordon Penner

5: iPad takes flight! Presented

5: Avidyne Avionics Overview,

4: Symphony in the Sky: A

by MyGoFlight, Charles Scheider

6: The Fury: Building and Fly-

ing the Dream, Curt LoPresti/ J.W. “Corkey” Fornof

7: IRAs and Aviation Real Es-

tate, Noel Marshall/Bob Warner

8: The best aircraft for you —

An accident prevention perspective, JJ Greenway

9: Update on the transition

to Satellite Navigation, Leo Eldredge

10: 2 and 4 cylinder VW conversions, Scott Casler

11: Everything you should

1: Flying in the Mountains, Joe

1: Fly Your Plane around the World, Thierry Pouille

3: Care and Feeding of the

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“Live the Dream,” Kathie Beaty & Carol Vandervliet

building, Chad Jensen

4: Flying aerobatic for safety, Gorden Penner

4: Basic Spray Painting, Ron

5: Navigating Special Use Airspace, Capt. Todd Lobato

5: Accidental Death Insurance (Insurance for YOU!), Bob Mackey

5: Quick-Build/Super afford-

6: Short Wing Piper Club, Why you should join Peter Lubig

6: The Cessna 170, A great classic taildragger, Dale Faux

6: The Cessna 170, A great classic taildragger, Dale Faux

6: How to plan a Cross Country Trip, Michael Combs

7: Interior Renovation in Production Aircraft, Dennis Wolter

7: The Art of Short Field TakeOff and Landings, John Hook

7: Ultralights…Low cost fly-

8: Aircraft Engine Lubrication: Why didn’t my engine make TBO? Edward Kollin

8: Ultimate Aircraft Buying

7: Flying the Aspen Evolution Flight Display System & Connected, Panel, Scott Smith 8: Aircraft Inspection Tech-

niques for Homebuilders, Bill Evans

9: Next generation of aviation

Forward for Vans RV-12, Pete Krotje

Tom Harper

training, Robert Brannam

10: Elippse Propellers, Patrick


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know about learning to fly, Dr. Peggy Chabrian

Guide, Scott Sky Smith

9: Jabiru Engine & Firewall 10: 100-hp 6 cylinder air cooled Corvair engine, William Wynne 11: LSA for flight training Sport

Pilot through ATP, Donato Martino

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9: The Cub Club, Steve Krog 10: Converting Geo/Suzuki

Auto engines 60-115-hp for aircraft, Jeron Smith 11: Making the right decisions, Kristi Dunks NTSB


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9: Fabric Restoration, Clyde Smith

10: Designing & Installing Tip Tanks for experimental aircraft, Mick Myal 11: Around the world in a Light Sport Aircraft, Margi & Gerard Moss

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10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Showcase Fly-bys



8 p.m. At the Florida Air Museum’s

Pilots Association: A look at what’s happening at the Seaplane Pilots Association (SPA) from the organization’s Executive Director.

11 a.m.: John Burton/Ernie Sanborn,

5 p.m. Piedmont Hangar Ribbon Cutting, new Piedmont Hangar near Tom Davis Education Center

FAA FORUMS in the Production Studios in the FAA Building 9 a.m.: Making the Right Decisions, Kristi Dunks, NTSB

10 a.m.: Interceptor, Operations, TFRs

and You: Lt. Col. Ray Bonita, NORAD, Peterson AFB

11 a.m.: Pilot Profi-

ciency Program, Part I, Bryan Neville, FAA Safety Team Outreach Manager

Florida Air Museum, “Dreams for Tomorrow,” A look back at the accomplishments of the past year and an exciting glimpse into what the future holds for the Florida Air Museum and its expanding education programs.

1 p.m.: Judy Rice: “Wings Over Oman – India – Thailand,” Pilot/educator Judy Rice shares her adventures on a once– in-a-lifetime experience — in the air and on the ground — during her flight from Oman to India to Thailand in a singleengine airplane.

Needle Benders. Don’t forget to bring yours for show and tell.

1 p.m. Failure to Follow Procedures:

1 p.m.: Annual Tea Party. 2 p.m.: Donna Roller, owner of DSO

ance Industry Perspective, JJ Greenway, President, Avemco Insurance Co. Barry Byrd, FAASTeam Program Manager

9:30 p.m. (or at the conclusion of the Evening Program, in the AOPA Pavilion): Apollo 13 Based on the true story of the ill-fated 13th Apollo mission bound for the moon. Astronauts Lovell, Haise and Swigert were scheduled to fly Apollo 14, but are moved up to 13. It’s 1970, and Americans have already achieved their lunar landing goal, so there’s little interest in this “routine” flight until things go very wrong, and prospects of a safe return fade. Starring Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon and Gary Sinise.

10 a.m.: Quilt Show with The Lakeland 11:30 a.m.: Sandy Griner shares what’s new from Pampered Chef.

Aerostars Black Diamonds Julie Clark Kevin Coleman Ed Hamill Rob Holland Greg Koontz Dan Marcotte Jim “Fang” Maroney Melissa Pemberton Walt Pierce Jim Pietz SoCom Mark Sorenson Team RV Nikolai Timafeev Warbirds Jane Wicker Michael Wiskus Matt Younkin



12 p.m. Intelligent Flying: An Insur-


AOPA Pavilion: Dr. Harrison H. Schmitt, the last of 12 humans to step on and explore the surface of the moon as part of the Apollo 17 mission, will speak about the mission as part of the Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 17 and the Apollo “Lunar” Program. He has been inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame and is the author of “Return to the Moon.” Copies of his book will be available for purchase, with Dr. Schmitt on hand after the program to sign them. Sponsored by Nikon.

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the five (you have to be at least 12 to join the CAP), echoed his friend’s sentiment: “Working on the Fire Hub was hard, but it was a great project and I hope we can do something like that again.” Gibson Eads, 16, saw the importance of the project immediately and is now a RAF advocate. “It sounded like a fun project and in the end I was proud of what we had done — it looked really good. Plus, I really like what the RAF does because I’m learning to fly out of a grass strip.” Gibson’s 12-year-old brother Nolan, who joined the CAP just last year and who has some glider time out of the same grass strip, feels the same way: “It just seemed like a great thing to work on and to get out there to SUN ’n FUN.”

By CONNIE SUE WHITE Flying magazine managing editor and guest writer When Civil Air Patrol Seminole Composite Squadron Deputy Commander Kenny Eads asked a group of five cadets to volunteer for a unique mission, it caught on like wildfire. The assignment: build the first-ever Fire Hub on the SUN ’n FUN campgrounds. Eads explained to the young men that it would the be the first of 50 Fire Hubs planned across the United States as part of the Recreational Aviation Foundation’s latest fund-raising initiative to help support the organization’s mission to “preserve, protect, maintain and create recreational airstrips across the country.” People would be able to show their support of the effort by purchasing a brick that they could have their name, N-number or even a dedication engraved on before setting it into the Fire Hub. Even more important, though, was the hope that the Fire Hubs would attract pilots and aviation enthusiasts by giving them a common place to gather at the end of the day to share their stories. The cadets — all in various stages of

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Cadets Gibson Eads, Nolan Eads, Luka Jurkovic, Nick Owen and Aaron Stalnaker hard at work bringing the Fire Hub to life. flight instruction — accepted the opportunity with the enthusiasm special to youth, despite it meaning they’d each have to sacrifice a chunk of their spring break. “We jumped right on it,” explains 16-year-old Nick Owen, who has been a cadet for three years. “It looks amazing and I’m happy we helped on the first one to be made.” The boys toiled for eight to 10 hours each day over the course of three days, shoveling out and hauling away approximately 10 yards of soil to create the pit

for the hub, then backfilling the pit with some 12 yards of crushed limestone and then, finally, toting the brick pavers that had been freshly cut by Eads over to the mason to lay. There was something that sounded a lot like relish — and beyond his years — in 13-year-old Luka Jurkovic’s voice when he proudly explained that, though “the second day was the hardest because it was the longest, this is something you don’t get to do everyday.” Aaron Stalnaker, 12, the newest cadet of

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With AOPA signed on as the main sponsor for the Fire Hubs, a lot had to happen before the first hub’s construction — and fast. First was picking the location. SUN ’n FUN donated the campsite area at the top of Poberezny Road, appropriately located near the campground entrance, providing easy access. The site just so happened to be the favorite camping spot for long-time SUN ’n FUN participant and Cedar Knoll Flying Ranch owner Bill Lowery, so the next step was breaking the news to him that the campsite had been “appropriated.” When RAF Director and Florida Liaison Tim Clifford made the phone call to break the news to his fellow aviator and friend, it turned out there was nothing to “break.” Lowery, who happens to be a general contractor, wanted in: “If you’re going take my campsite, I’m going to build it right.” He immediately had the plans reviewed by a local architect and suggested modifications so the design could withstand not only time but also be easily manufactured “out of the box” for the next 49 hubs. The rest is history. Lowery spread the news to Eads, who knew exactly who to recruit for the task. In the end, the project took only nine days, from Clifford’s first phone call to Lowery to the laying of the last brick. The RAF Fire Hub was officially set to flame Tuesday evening by AOPA President Craig Fuller and SUN ’n FUN President John “Lites” Leenhouts, and is now open to the public for story telling. You can be sure these five cadets and budding pilots will soon tell their Spring Break for Pilots’ story around the SUN ’n FUN Fire Hub when they return Thursday to begin performing their official CAP duties at the fly-in. Find out more about the RAF Fire Hub project and how you can donate a brick at

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as a pilot,” said Kirby Ortega, chief pilot for Cessna Aircraft. “As soon as I hear the audio callout, I’m looking for it. On previous systems, if a pilot hears a traffic callout, they have to look at their multifunction display, determine if the target is above or below them and determine their position relative to the nose of the aircraft. With the TAS callouts, you know all that immediately and your eyes can stay up off your instruments. You know exactly where to look when you hear ‘traffic, three o’clock low, one mile.’ As a pilot, you’re always looking for better information, more information, and rapid notification. This system updates once per second, whereas traditional radar sweeps can take as long as 12 seconds. A lot can happen in 12 seconds.” Another feature that comes with the Garmin GTS 800 Traffic Alert System is the integrated recognition function. If the TAS detects oncoming traffic within a certain range or properly equipped aircraft, it will automatically activate the aircraft’s pulse recognition lights, officials explain, providing even greater visibility to other pilots in the area. Cessna representatives expect this integrated recognition feature to be certified by the FAA in early this month. Find out more at the Cessna exhibit next to the FAA Building or at

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From Britain to the U.S. and vice versa By MEG GODLEWSKI Richard Epton grew up in England, but as an adult he immigrated to America, and now lives in Brooks, Ga, southeast of Atlanta. He’s the proud owner of an American airplane that saw military service in the British Navy during World War II, a 1944 gull-wing Stinson, which was known as an AT-19 by the military. “It was one of 500 that was sent to Britain for the Royal Navy as part of the Lend Lease Act,” he said. “Instead of being used in the Far East or Europe, it went to Trinidad and it was used to look for U-boats or for radio training. It came back to the United States in 1946 and went to Consolidated Vultee to be demilitarized so it could be sold on the civilian market. It was the 77th type that Consolidated Vultee put through it books, and it became known as the V-77.” You can find Epton’s V-77 in Vintage Aircraft parking. Look for a more indepth piece on his beautiful bird in an upcoming issue of General Aviation News.

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