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Table of Contents Fire Hub lit.................................................................... 3 You could own this Piper Cub..................................4 Cessna Connects in the Cloud................................6 WASP plane makes SUN ‘n FUN debut............. 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

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Thank you performers

“SUN ’n FUN wouldn’t be what it is without the generous donation of worldclass airshow performers each year,” said President John “Lites” Leenhouts at the dedication of the Flight Path of Fame, which rings the Vertical Riser. The inaugural class of honorees includes announcer extraordinaire Roscoe Morton,  performers  Patty Wagstaff and Sean D. Tucker, John Mohr, and the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team.



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Craig Fuller, AOPA president (above right), John “Lites” Leenhouts (center), SUN ’n FUN president, and John McKenna, RAF president, kick off the story

telling after the inaugural fire is lit in the RAF Fire Ring Tuesday. Fuller, Leenhouts and McKenna placed the Fire Ring’s first engraved bricks. It is one of 50 planned around the country. Bill Lowery who has camped at the corner of Poberezny and Charlie Roads in the SUN ’n FUN campground for years lost his long-time spot this year. When Recreational Aviation Foundation Directory Tim Clifford called Lowery to tell him he was bumping him from his camping spot he’d enjoyed for years, Lowery got upset — not because he was bumped, but because, as an RAF supporter and contractor, he was upset he wasn’t asked to help with site construction.


Lightspeed Foundation unveils finalists for grants

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Wednesday at SUN ’n FUN, Allan Schrader, president of Lightspeed Aviation and the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation, revealed the names of 20 charities, selected from hundreds of nominees, that will benefit from grants to be awarded this year. The foundation is launching its third year of partnering with the pilot community to identify worthy causes and to give pilots a voice in who they will support to make a difference, Schrader said. Nearly $250,000 has been awarded in the first two years. Finalists are: Air Charity Network, Angel Flight East, Angel Flight Soars, AOPA Foundation, Aviation Career Enrichment, Bahamas Habitat, Build A Plane, Civil Air Patrol, EAA Chapter 44, EAA Chapter 106, Hope Air, JAARS, Liga International-The Flying Doctors of Mercy, Mission Aviation Fellowship, The Ninety-Nines, Planes of Fame Air Museum, Recreational Aviation Foundation, Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum, Wings of Hope and Youth Aviation Adventure. All aviation enthusiasts can vote in the Pilot’s Choice Awards online at The top five charities will each receive a check for no less than $10,000, he reported.

Lightspeed Aviation customers will also have a special opportunity to participate when they register their Lightspeed headsets and vote in the Customer Choice Awards. The top five customer choice vote recipients will each receive $5,000. Every finalist will receive a grant of no less than $1,000. “We’re more excited than ever about the impact we can make together to grow the aviation community,” Schrader said. “Organizations like AOPA and EAA have allowed us to join with them in reaching out to bless other organizations that are doing ‘good’ in the aviation community. It’s certainly our sincere hope that pilots, aviation enthusiasts, for-profit and non-profit organizations will join in the efforts to grow aviation and make a positive impact on our world.” Schrader reported the foundation received more than 900 nominations ­­— with some organizations getting as many as 100 — while 70 organizations submitted formal applications. He expressed regret that his foundation could help just 20 organizations, but noted, “I would like to see 10 other foundations created to support this community we are all so passionate about.” Find out more at Lightspeed’s exhibit in Hangar D, Spaces 51-53.


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Issue 3 — Thursday March 29, 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.

This Piper Cub could be yours EAA, AOPA file for medical exemption For 75 years, the Piper J-3 Cub has been the classic definition of the perfect little airplane for many people. In honor of the Cub’s 75th anniversary in 2012, EAA is making it possible to win your very own J-3 while you help inspire the next generation of aviators. A 1940 Piper Cub is the grand prize in the annual EAA Aircraft Sweepstakes, which each year awards an aircraft to a lucky entrant. The Sweepstakes Cub, similar to the one on display at the EAA Pavilion this week at SUN ’n FUN, is fully restored and features a Continental A-658 engine with fewer than 100 hours since overhaul and airframe restoration; original equipment including Piper factory wheel pants, TrickAir Sport 1500 Snow Skis, and sealed struts, Slick magnetos, and 12-gallon wing tanks. It’s the perfect airplane for EAA to award as the grand prize, as the Cub’s 75th anniversary will be celebrated at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this summer (July 23-29), with several hundred Cubs expected to be attend, EAA officials said. You can pick up entry forms at the EAA Pavilion in the Northeast exhibit area, spaces 39, 40, 63, and 64 and enter to win the Cub or any of the other prizes to be awarded, including a Sea-Doo watercraft,

SnapLock diamond tile hangar flooring, and prizes from BOSE, Hamilton Watch, and ICOM. No purchase is required, but your donation helps support EAA’s aviation education programs. Flight. You can also enter the sweepstakes online at Meanwhile, on March 20, EAA and AOPA submitted a formal request to the FAA asking for an exemption to the medical requirements for recreational pilots. Currently, FAA regulations require all private and recreational pilots to hold at least a third-class medical certificate. EAA and AOPA are asking the FAA for an exemption to that rule, which would

give pilots who fly recreationally the option of getting a third-class medical or participating in a recurrent online education program that will teach them how to self-asses their fitness to fly. The education program will cover aeromedical factors and exceed the training presently mandated by the FAA, EAA officials said. Participating pilots would also be required to hold a valid driver’s license. EAA’s David Oord and AOPA’s Kristine Hartzell will present a joint forum on the medical exemption request on Friday, March 30, at 11 a.m. in Room 6 at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy.

Fly in for your medical AVMed 51 at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) in Florida offers aviation medical exams, and more. As part of Stallion 51, Dr. William Busch believes that working with pilots as an advocate for their personal medical proficiency is what an AME can do to keep pilots “healthy and flying.” That’s why he also advises pilots on lifestyle changes that promote wellness for years to come. Busch retired from the Navy as a captain flight surgeon. He has more than


5,000 hours in more than 30 different types of military aircraft and is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, an ATP and a Senior AME. The Pilot Wellness Program to help educate young pilots on practices that will help keep them healthy and flying for many years to come. They also work with older pilots to help them identify medical issues before they escalate and potentially cause the loss of flight privileges. Find out more at Stallion 51’s exhibit on the Warbird Ramp.

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Cessna connects in the Cloud On opening day of SUN ’n FUN, Cessna Aircraft introduced a custom-designed interactive online portal called Cessna Connect. The customized, cloud-based program provides a way for Cessna owners to streamline their record keeping, track flights, log expenses and tax reports, and connect with other owners and enthusiasts, according to officials with the general aviation giant. The subscription-based service is designed to work with a desktop computer as well as an iPad or iPhone, officials noted. Fully automated aircraft record-keeping will keep users connected to Cessna Authorized Service Facilities, allowing for automated service requests or reminders, as well as electronic record-keeping, officials said.

Pilots will also be able to keep maintenance facilities informed about their aircraft. “With Cessna Connect, a pilot may use an iPad to scribble a question or problem, and instantly their Authorized Service Facility and/or the Cessna factory will have them on our radar,” said Kirby Ortega, Cessna pilot chief. The system can function as a pilot’s logbook, as well as track maintenance and other paperwork, he explained. “For the first time, a Cessna pilot or owner will be able to pick up an iPad and within seconds they will have complete access to maintenance records, flight records, and their group of aviation friends. This is an important development because it streamlines the record keeping and opens up the social aspect of flying, all with a single application,” said Lori

Lucion, Project Manager for Cessna Connect. One of the key features of Cessna Connect is the ability for pilots to use it even outside of network coverage, according to Ortega. “I fly the plane and Cessna Connect keeps track of all the details. I can record a squawk in the air, or confirm my flight right from my iPad and my account will be instantly updated,” he said. The system also features comprehensive aircraft status and pilot currency details, provides a direct connection to Cessna Product Support and Cessna Authorized Service Facilities while using iPhone and iPad apps for online and offline use. Pilots may also use the system for analysis of the Garmin-equipped MFD data logs, maintenance tracking, schedules and reminders, flight-path generation with

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Google Earth 3D, as well as a logbook function complete with hours and expiration warnings. Cessna Connect also provides a customizable platform to the user to share their enthusiasm for flight with the aviation community. Pilots will be able to interact, see who has been where, and show off their plane and their accomplishments, Cessna officials said. They might also share flights and photos through a live feed, and invite fellow owners into their Cessna circle of friends to exchange ideas and discuss flying. Applications are currently in development for use on other mobile PDAs or tablets. Find out more at Cessna’s exhibit near the FAA Building on the SUN ’n FUN grounds or at

NextGen and the GA pilot How does NextGen affect GA pilots? The FAA’s Director of NextGen Performance and Reporting, Gisele Mohler, will provide a briefing on Thursday at 10 a.m in the FAA Production Studios in the FAA Building highlighting the new technologies and procedures that will transform the national airspace system. NextGen is moving forward, FAA officials said, noting that during 2011, the agency improved airport access for general aviation by continuing to publish Wide Area Augmentation System Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance approaches, bringing the total nationwide to nearly 2,800. A major initiative to streamline departure and arrival traffic at 21 metroplexes is well underway, officials add, explaining a metroplex is a metropolitan area encompassing multiple airports, which can include both commercial and general aviation. More than 300 Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast radio stations were operational by the end of 2011, providing coverage to the coastal United States, and along the border with Canada. Look for information on these accomplishments and more, as well as an overview of NextGen planning, in the 2012 update to the NextGen Implementation Plan, available at You can also get a copy of the report by scanning the QR code.

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The first Blue Angel ride

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Before the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s precision flight demonstration team, climbed into pretty blue jets, they climbed aboard Grumman Bearcats to wow the post World War II-crowds. John O’Connor from Chicago gives SUN ’n FUN visitors a taste of what was by bringing his Blues- inspired Grumman to the show. Look for an in-depth story on his plane in an upcoming issue of General Aviation News.

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‘Demo heaven’ for LSA Mall in 2013 By BEN SCLAIR The LSA Mall will move locations for SUN ’n FUN 2013. Now located in the Southeast Exhibits area this year, the Mall will be moving to an area just outside the formal entrance of Paradise City. At an opening day press conference, Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) President Dan Johnson, stated three strong reasons for the move: 1. Larger area to grow. 2. Numerous site improvements included ditch and tree removal (for better and safer flight operations) and ILS berm removal. 3. Flying during the airshow will be allowed, making this “demo heaven.”

“Demo flights are shut down for four, or more, hours each day for the airshow,” Johnson said. “This move will allow LSA marketers to continue demonstration operations. The only exception is for some of the military jet teams, which require sterile airspace, and some of the warbird acts.” The move, with the added bonus of continued operations during the airshow, was SUN ’n FUN’s idea, Johnson noted. While a few details have yet to be worked out, Johnson felt comfortable all will be settled prior to 2013 exhibitor packet mailing. “This move has great potential for one of the only two segments the FAA predicts will grow over the next 20 years,” he said.

It’s all about safety By BEN SCLAIR The Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) are nearing completion of an agreement for a third-party audit for Light-Sport Aircraft manufacturers. In 2010, the FAA put the LSA industry on notice when it issued its Light Sport Aircraft Manufacturer Assessment.

The report recommends, among other items,  that industry, “continue assessments of manufacturers, extensions, and distributors.”  Since the industry wrote the LSA standards into existence, the FAA would rather the industry assess itself, and share the results, officials note. ERAU, as a potential third-party auditor, last year came to the attention of LAMA, according to LAMA President

Dan Johnson. With field offices in 160 countries, ERAU conducts audits (and other services) for many organizations, including the U.S. military, he said. These third-party audits will cost a manufacturer a good deal of money. “About $15,000,” according to Johnson. But in addition to a thorough examination of the manufacturer, their various processes and a nice shiny report, it will also buy credibility that a trusted, outside audit can de-

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Want to see a Great Lakes Biplane? Stop by WACO Classic’s display in the Northeast Exhibit Area, Spaces 9-11. Twelve orders have been placed for the $245,250 tube-and-fabric tail-dragging beauty. WACO has parts approval, and an order at the show will be delivered at the end of 2013.

Take a ride in EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor One of Oshkosh’s best experiences is coming to SUN ’n FUN for one morning only, offering a unique view of the fly-in’s grounds and the Lakeland area. EAA’s vintage 1929 Ford Tri-Motor will be at SUN ’n FUN Thursday morning, offering rides from 7:30 a.m. until noon. The aircraft will be located at the northwest corner of the Warbirds area. No reservations required, as only walkup tickets are being sold. It’s $80 per seat.

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WASP Stearman makes it to SUN ’n FUN Although World War II ended more than 50 years ago, the Womens Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, are still a little known chapter from that conflict. Since the program is not common knowledge, it’s not a surprise that very few, if any, of the airplanes they flew are still around ­— unless you look in Row 2 of the Vintage Aircraft display area. The 1942 Boeing Stearman B75N1, bearing construction number 75-322, was based at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, from Feb. 10, 1943, to Aug. 12, 1944. There it helped thousands of young women learn to fly the Army way. After graduating, their job was to take over the non-combat flying jobs so that men could be sent to war. The airplane belongs to Michael Porter of East Liverpool, Ohio, who has owned it since 1998. “It was sort of a flying wreck in civilian markings,” he recalled. He got in touch with the Air Force, the Smithsonian and the WASP Museum in Denton, Texas, in effort to get information about the airplane. Porter poured over the online photos supplied by the WASP Museum until he spotted what he thought was his aircraft. “I emailed the museum and asked for a high resolution copy of the image and they sent it immediately,” he said. “There it was, my airplane, second from the left.” Next came the painstaking 11-month restoration. Among the details are the placards, which include a weight and balance cheat sheet for the instructor in the front seat. Porter flew the airplane to the WASP reunion in Sweetwater in 2007. “There were 30 WASP in attendance,” he said. “At least four of them were sure that they had flown this airplane. I asked them to sign the inside of a wing panel.

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Look for a lot of new products this year at, the “Official Aviation Superstore of SUN ’n FUN.” “We have over 300 new products,” said Neil Glazer, president of, which sells more than 4,000 products online and has operated the 4,000-squarefoot retail store located across from Hangar B for four years. Glazer notes that he and other company officials spent the last year finding new things for the store, including more gift items, more toys, and even some aviation art. “There’s a lot of cool new stuff,” he said. But don’t worry: The store will still carry official SUN ’n FUN merchandise, as well as Thunderbirds merchandise. And because the weather last year was so bad, still has a supply of 2011’s official merchandise for those pilots who didn’t get a chance to get here. One item that was particularly popular last year was the “I Survived the SUN ’n FUN Tornado” T-shirt, which sold out in minutes after going on sale just two days after the tornado. This year, the shirt will be available in a sapphire blue. Last year’s shirts were only available in gray. The store also carries a full line of pilot supplies, charts, books, headsets, and transceivers.

Stay in the know In addition to the complimentary Internet Cafe co-located with the Tourism Information Center near Sunset Grill and in Hangar E, guests can get wireless Internet access for a fee from BrightHouse Networks, a SUN ’n FUN sponsor. WiFi access is $9.95 for one day or $29.95 for the week. Stop by the Internet Cafe for more information.


Want to keep up with everything that’s going on around the airshow grounds? You can get event updates by texting SNFUPDATE to 69050 and weather alerts by texting SNFALERT to 69050. You can stop the texts by texting STOP to 69050.


Come to the Pilot Briefing Center next to the showers by the Vintage Headquarters for the latest information on taxi procedures, field opening and closing schedules, availability of tie-downs, fly-by information, demonstration ride staging, information relative to the grass strip, and radio frequencies.


Several self-briefing weather stations provided by XmWx Satellite Weather are available at Vintage, Homebuilt, Lightplane, Warbird and Choppertown HQs, Aircraft Camping Registration, GA Parking, Seaplane Parking, the Pilot Mall store, and the Florida Air Museum.

Besides the store, will operate four merchandise tents around the grounds: Near the new Kid Zone by the main admission window, in front of the Sunset Grill, near the VIP seating area, and near the Warbird Ramp. There also will be a mobile cart driving through the grounds with merchandise for sale. also is featuring several free giveaways to the first 1,000 customers, including ball caps, key chains “and other pilot swag,” Glazer said. The store also will feature an exhibit by Angel Flight Southeast, including the opportunity to find out more about the group’s Texas Hold’em fundraiser, slated for Saturday, March 31. The store will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the fly-in.

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‘FIFI’ lands at SUN ’n FUN The Commemorative Air Force brings one of its stars, “FIFI,” the last airworthy B-29 Superfortress, to this week’s airshow. With a place of honor on the Warbird ramp, “FIFI” will be open for ground cockpit tours, when not in operation. Tours are $5 for adults and $2 for children 5-12. World War II and Korean veterans can tour the bomber for free, as well as active duty military. The bomber also will be giving rides during the show. The B-29 holds 10 passengers — four in front (including the bombardier) and six in the rear gunner’s compartment. Passengers in the gunner’s compartment are not able to move to the front of the aircraft because the bomb bay separates the two cabins. Passengers must be at least 12 years old. Rides will be offered Wednesday through Sunday. Check at the Commemorative Air Force tent on the Warbird ramp for available times. Rides range in price from $595 to $1,495, depending on where you sit. The Commemorative Air Force is also bringing its RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit to SUN ’n FUN. The one-of-a-kind exhibit, dedicated to the Tuskgee Airmen, is housed in a 53-foot customized trailer with sides that slide out to create a 30-seat climate-controlled movie theater with a 180° screen. The original movie, “RISE ABOVE,”

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is certain to entertain as well as educate viewers, CAF officials note. In the movie “RISE ABOVE,” a young student with the dream of becoming an astronaut finds out that his new friend fought in a long-ago war as a pilot. He also learns that the man had to overcome many obstacles to reach his goal and that any goal worth having is worth working for. Tuskegee Airman Col. (ret) Charles E. McGee plays himself. “Col. Mac” holds the U.S. Air Force record for most combat missions — 409 over three wars. The movie highlights who the Tuskegee Airmen are and how they overcame so many obstacles to be allowed to train and fight as the first black U.S. Army Air Corps pilots. The film also features the

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story of the more than 14,000 other black men and women who trained hard to support the pilots. The courage and determination they all exhibited in the 1940s as they rose above adversity to meet their goals still has the power to inspire Americans today. In addition, the movie will give viewers a thrilling feel for what it’s like to fly a P-51C Mustang! “RISE ABOVE” was created by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Adam White of Hemlock Films. Admission to the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit, which is on the Warbird Ramp, is free with on-site registration of a valid email address.,


Country music star Aaron Tippin in concert The Commemorative Air Force is also bringing the Red, White & Loud Tour starring Aaron Tippin to SUN ’n FUN. The country music star will take to the stage in the AOPA Pavilion Thursday at 8 p.m. His concert is sponsored by Scotts Miracle-Gro. Known for his patriotic songs, Tippin is a platinum-selling recording artist and songwriter with 13 albums and more than 30 singles, including “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagles Fly,” “You’ve

Got to Stand for Something” and “Kiss This.” A long-time pilot, Tippin soloed on his 16th birthday. He became a commercial multi-engine instrument-rated pilot by the age of 18 and his also helicopter-qualified. A certified aircraft and power plant mechanic, he owns a 1941 Stearman, a 1946 J3 Cub and 1959 Helio Curior — all in flying condition. He also is qualified to fly the B-29 “FIFI.”



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Black Diamond Jet Team: The Home Team When the Black Diamond Jet Team performs during this week’s airshow, you may see the crowd react a bit more enthusiastically. That’s because the Black Diamonds are Lakeland’s “home team,” based right here at Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport (LAL). The team’s fleet of five L-39s, two MiG-17s, as well as their maintenance and support personnel, are headquartered in hangar and office space in the old Piper Aircraft building. Last year, the team performed at SUN ’n FUN under the name Heavy Metal Jet Team. But when Gene Conrad, the manager of LAL, approached the team about relocating to Lakeland — after getting the backing of City Hall and the SUN ’n FUN management team — the jet team moved here permanently. Since landing in Lakeland, the Black Diamond Jet Team has added another aircraft to its routine. In addition to the four aircraft precision formation of L-39s, the team also features two solo performers flying MiG-17s. The L-39 formation is led by Lt. Colonel Jerry “Jive” Kerby, USAF (retired). Civilian Jared “Rook” Isaacman flies the right wing, while Doug “Tut” Demko takes the left wing position. The slot position is flown by Major Sean “Stroker” Gustafson, USAF Reserve, while the dynamic L-39 position is taken by Major John “Slick” Baum, USAF. Captain Dale

“Snort” Snodgrass, USN (retired) fills the lead solo position at the controls of a MiG-17, while his opposing solo pilot

is Commander Mike “Buick” Eberhardt, USN (retired). The Black Diamonds are slated to per-

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Commemorating Apollo 17 Dr. Harrison H. Schmitt, one of three crew members of Apollo 17, the final historic mission that concluded the Apollo program, will speak Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the AOPA Pavilion. His presentation commemorating the 40th anniversary of that mission is sponsored by Nikon. Apollo 17’s crew was the last of 12 humans to step on the surface of the moon. The mission concluded the Apollo program, which spanned nine years from 1963 to 1972. Schmitt served as Apollo 17’s Lunar Module Pilot. He joined two other NASA explorers on the mission, Eugene A. Cernan, Commander, and Ronald E. Evans, Command Module Pilot. Schmitt was the first scientist-astronaut to land on the moon. Over the course of 75 hours on the lunar surface, he and Cernan set up six automated research stations, gathered 243 pounds of material, and used the lunar rover vehicle to cover 30.5 kilometers of the lunar surface. Schmitt has had a storied career as geologist, pilot, astronaut, administrator, businessman, writer, and U.S. Senator. He has been inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame and the International Space

Dr. Schmitt on the moon during the Apollo 17 mission. Hall of Fame and has received honorary degrees from eight U.S. and Canadian universities. Dr. Schmitt is co-founder and chairman of Interlune-Intermars Initiative, Inc., created to advance the private sector’s acquisition of lunar resources and Helium-3 fusion power.

He also is the author of “Return to the Moon,” which describes a private enterprise approach to providing lunar helium-3 fusion energy resources for use on Earth. The book will be available at the presentation and Schmitt will be available for autographs.


Check out the new Kid Zone A new attraction this year is the Mobile Mountain Aviation-Themed Kid Zone, just east of the Main Entrance. The Kid Zone features jump castles, and a state-of-the-art combination that features a full rock climbing wall and a 200-foot zip line. Meanwhile, other SUN ’n FUN Youth Activities are based at the new Piedmont Hangar, east of the Tom Davis Educational Center. This area is filled with a variety of interesting aviation-based activities, SUN ’n FUN volunteers said. Children of all ages will be fascinated by the flight simulator lab featuring the HotSeat Flight Simulator. Visitors also can enjoy multimedia presentations and movies. Plus, no visit would be complete without an opportunity to try out the Kid Air II or Scamp, always popular attractions. And, just in case anyone is hungry, hot dogs and snacks are available. School tours also begin and end in the Youth Activities Area, allowing hundreds of students, teachers, and chaperones to experience a major aviation event, many for the first time.


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Part of the festivities this week includes a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Marine Corps aviation. Marine Corps aviation took off May 22, 1912, when First Lieutenant Alfred Cunningham was assigned to Annapolis, Maryland, for flight training, followed by First Lieutenant Bernard Smith. Those two Marine officers became the first of a long line of Marine aviators. While the first Marine aviators flew in the Navy’s B-1, designed by the Wright brothers, today’s pilots fly a variety of aircraft, including the Bell AH-1W Cobra, the CH-46 Sea Knight, the MV-22 Osprey, and the Sikorsky CH-53 Stallion, as well as the F/A-18 Hornet, the EA-6B Prowler, and the AV-8B Harrier. As part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary, The Parris Island Marine Concert Band will perform Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. at the AOPA Pavilion next to the Florida Air Museum. The 50 musicians will perform selections including patriotic marches, overtures, and instrumental solos.


Military aircraft expected to be on display this week include the C-130J Hurricane Hunter, KC-135 Stratotanker, F-16C, T-34, F-5, MH-53 Sea Stallion, T-38, F-18, T-45 Goshawk, C9B Skytrain, and F-18C.

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Tune in to SUN ’n FUN Radio Want to stay on top of all the happenings at SUN ’n FUN? Tune in to SUN ’n FUN Radio on 1510 AM or listen worldwide on the Internet at The radio station will have more than 30 volunteers covering every aspect of the fly-in, according to Volunteer Radio Chairman Dave Shallbetter. “We’ll have updates on news and happenings around the fly-in, great interviews with aviation notables, up-to-date schedules of events, interviews with sponsors, vendors and guests,” he said. New this year is “Today’s Highlights with Lites,” with new SUN ’n FUN President John “Lites” Leenhouts, who will be on each day with updates about the flyin. Also new is “The Voices of Vintage.” A special location has been set aside in the Vintage area for a mock “old time studio” where SUN ’n FUN Radio volunteer host Jack Neubacher and others will chat with various guests about owning, restoring and flying vintage aircraft. Returning this year is “The 99’s Present,” featuring the 99’s special guests, including the World War II Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). Women in Aviation also will return this

Workshops slated SUN ’n FUN Workshops can help you learn all the skills necessary to build your own plane or work on any other project that uses the same tools and techniques. Experienced instructors guide you through the techniques for each skill and answer your questions about specific projects. Many of the workshops are approved by the FAA for credit towards the annual requirements for IA renewal and the A&P Awards Program. To get credit for attending, pick up a time sheet at the information booth and have the Workshop Instructor sign it. Workshops are ongoing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Workshops area, which is near the Buehler Restoration Center and the Florida Air Museum. Workshops are held on everything from Engines, Aircraft Woodwork, Avionics/ Electrical, Basic Sheet Metal, Cable Swaging, Composites, Computer Workshop (flight planning to GPS navigation to computer-aided design), Fabric Covering, Metal Shaping, Propeller Carving, and Welding. In the evening, stop by the Compass Rose in the Core Area and stargaze during the Astronomy workshop.

Handicapped Services Handicapped Services is located on the west side of the Admissions building in the Main Admissions Plaza. Information is available concerning all accessibility concerns.

year with its special segment, “Women Shine at SUN ’n FUN.” “AOPA’s Special Guest” will feature a special guest each day, including an extended interview with AOPA President Craig Fuller on Thursday. The station also will feature interviews with SUN ’n FUN sponsors, vendors and advertisers, guests and aviation luminaries, as well as remote broadcasts of the daily and night airshows, remote broad-

casts of select evening programs, and much more, Shallbetter said. Also returning this year are live podcasts. Tuesday will be Jeb Burnside, Dave Higdon and Jack Hodgson, the voices of The Uncontrolled Airspace Podcast (UCAP). Wednesday will be Flight Monkeys and The Pilot’s Flight Podlog. Thursday will be The Pilot’s Journey and the premiere of Powered Sport Flying. Friday is the annual aviation podcast feature, The Gathering of Aviation Podcasters (or The GAP), a kind of open mic night for aviation podcasters, Shallbetter explained. Saturday is the virtual podcast, “Not at SUN ’n FUN 12” and the Stuck Mic AvCast. Wrapping up the week of podcasts will be UCAP on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. “The SUN ’n FUN Radio volunteer


staff does its best to bring you all the happenings at SUN ’n FUN, but we need your help,” Shallbetter said. “Please let us know of any special events, interesting stories, or neat people you think we should cover for our radio listeners. You can come by the studio, which is on the end of Club House Row, near the Sunset Grill, email, or message us on twitter @SnFRadio. “Special thanks to Dave Pascoe and for sponsoring the audio streaming (as well as streaming several Air Traffic Control frequencies) on, The Uncontrolled Airspace Podcast for sponsoring the station’s highspeed Internet, Sennheiser for providing equipment support, the SUN ’n FUN staff, and a very special thanks to the SUN ’n FUN Radio volunteer staff, who make it happen,” Shallbetter concluded.


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Flying High Coffee to fuel SUN ’n FUN The folks at Flying High Coffee have prepared 500 pounds of top-grade coffee beans for this week’s airshow. The company, founded by a pilot, is the new official coffee of the airshow. “We’ve carefully combined a very special blend of top-grade coffee beans to bring to Lakeland,” notes Rob Riggen, the founder and president of Flying High Coffee, which donates a portion of its profits to non-profit aviation education efforts. “We chose three Arabica varieties from Central and South America to create a full-bodied and complex, yet accessible, cup of coffee for people to enjoy during the week.” The company is serving brewed hot and iced coffee from three locations: Near the Main Gate, just east of the FAA building towards the flightline, and in Hangar E, where the location includes a sit-down WiFi cafe. Riggen expects to serve between 8,000 and 12,000 cups of coffee during the week. Riggen, who is a CFII and lover of fine coffee, has a personal goal of doubling the donation his company gave to the Able Flight and Girls With Wings programs in 2011. He also hopes to add another aviation not-for-profit benefactor to his program of funding aviation charities via coffee sales. “The intention all along of Flying High Coffee is to provide stable and dependable streams of funding to our not-for-

profit programs,” Riggen says. He estimates that millions of dollars of profit are “pumped out” of the aviation industry each year through aviation’s voracious appetite for caffeine. “If we can brew and sell all 500 pounds of our ‘#SnF12 Blend’ we will be in good shape for advancing our program.” Besides selling coffee by the cup, Flying High Coffee also will be selling coffee for pilots to take home. You can buy the whole beans or have the folks at Flying High Coffee ground the beans for you.

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Flying Musicians to perform all week Celebrate music and aviation all week with The Flying Musicians Association. Members of the organization will be playing throughout the week at a variety of venues, including the Sunset Grill and the Sennheiser S1 Stage at the Corn Roast (near the campgrounds). Flying Musicians Association member Ravi will be the opening act for Aaron Tippin’s “Red, White & Loud” concert Thursday at 8 p.m. at the AOPA Pavilion near the Florida Air Museum, while another member, Jeremy Brady, will be the opening act for Saturday’s Abbott & Costello evening. Another member, Elgin Wells, will perform the National Anthem at the beginning of the airshow Thursday through Saturday, while Friday he takes to the skies, performing his aerobatic routine in the Night Airshow.


Members also will present a number of forums and seminars throughout the week, so check the daily schedules. Just added to the schedule are kid jam workshops at 10 a.m. each morning Tuesday through Saturday. Kids are invited to bring their musical instruments, including band instruments, to the Sennheiser S1 Stage near the Corn Roast, and learn how to jam, said John Zapp, FMA founder. The musicians also will be playing near the three Flying High Coffee locations, at the Main Gate, just east of the FAA building towards the flightline, and in Hangar E, which is a sit-down WiFi cafe. The idea is create a coffee house atmosphere at the coffee shops during the week. Anyone interested in learning more about the association can approach the musicians at any of the venues or go to

See the latest in the air with Showcase Fly-Bys The Showcase Fly-Bys are featured daily from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for manufacturers and individuals to display their aircraft in the air in the Fly-By pattern at show center while having it described over the public address system. Pilots and their announcers are given

a briefing at the Fly-By and Showcase Briefing building. Briefings are daily at 8, 9, and 10 a.m. and include a description of the Fly-By pattern, staging and launching times. The Showcase crew will be on hand to stage, launch, and recall each aircraft on a discrete radio frequency. Each aircraft or group of manufac-

turer’s aircraft have exclusive use of the Fly-By pattern for 6 minutes while their representative extols its virtues over the PA system. The same planes can fly on multiple days if times and slots are available, and they usually are, SUN ’n FUN officials said. Want to get a bird’s eye view of the

show, but don’t want to fly yourself? Try Ride Hoppers. You can fly with Fred Cabanas in a Pitts Special; Mike Ginter in a T-6, Steve Oliver in a New Standard; or with Otto in a helicopter. The Ride Hoppers tents can be found near the Warbird ramp. There is an extra fee for the rides.


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The SUN ’n FUN Splash-In will once again be held at Fantasy of Flight on Lake Agnes in Polk City, Florida. The Splash-In, an event dedicated to seaplanes and float flying, is held every year as part of the fly-in. A few years ago, Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks invited the seaplanes to his facility and it has been there ever since. This year’s Splash-In will be held Thursday, March 29. The Splash-In site at Lake Agnes will be operational Wednesday, March 28, through Friday, March 30. There will be a fly-by briefing at 9 a.m. March 29 for seaplane pilots who want to participate in the fly-by, slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. All seaplanes in the fly-by will fly from Lake Agnes to Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport, home of the SUN ’n FUN campus. After returning from the fly-by, pilots will compete in a variety of contests, including water-bombing and spot landing. Friday, March 30, has been designated the rain date for the Splash-In festivities. A seaplane banquet will be held, rain or shine, Thursday, March 29, in the Fantasy of Flight banquet hall. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online at Sun-n-Fun. org. Find out more about Fantasy of Flight and Kermit Weeks’ collection of airplanes at

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AvBid Aircraft Auctions has teamed with SUN ’n FUN for two live aircraft auctions on Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31. The two-day event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is located on the south side of Lakeland Linder Regional Airport near Chopper Town. AvBid will offer a variety of LightSport Aircraft (LSA), turbine, piston singles, and light twins. Also up for bid will be several vintage and collector aircraft from the Florida Air Museum. New this year is the addition of aviation memorabilia items, according to AvBid officials. Many aircraft will be offered absolute to the last and highest bidder, with no minimum bid, auction officials note. The AvBid auction facilities include

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ramp space for more than 100 aircraft, indoor seating, plasma screen monitors for previewing aircraft information, and live video streaming for bidders who are un-

able to attend the auction in person. AvBid also offers live one-on-one bidding with a personal bid assistant via telephone during its auctions.


“Our auctions are patterned after the auto auction industry with each aircraft being brought through a showroom hangar and presented to potential buyers. The aircraft’s specifications are shown on large flat screen monitors as the auctioneer describes the aircraft in detail,” said Sam Sirani, AvBid’s operations manager. Potential bidders have ample opportunity to inspect the aircraft prior to the auction and most aircraft have their logs digitized for online viewing. AvBid uses a quick closing process that allows buyers to accept delivery in as little as 24 hours, officials add. For more information and to see the aircraft slated for this week’s auction, go to

International Visitors Tent is ‘home away from home’ Located near the main gate, SUN ’n FUN’s International Visitors Center provides a “home away from home” for the hundreds of international visitors who come from around the globe to participate in the airshow each year. Each year, 30 to 40 multi-lingual volunteers greet more than 1,000 visitors representing more than 60 countries. “At any given time, visitors may hear five to eight languages being spoken in the tent, including German, French, Por-

tuguese, Spanish, and Japanese,” says Michele Van Dorn, International Visitor chairperson. The center provides assistance with everything from medical needs, hotel and transportation arrangements, and translation services. There is also a message board so international guests can post messages ranging from planes for sale to saying hello to someone they met last year. This year, Gulf Coast Avionics will

sponsor the International Welcome Party, which will be held Friday, March 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the International Pavilion, located next to the Florida Air Museum. All registered international visitors are invited to attend. “Every year we see more and more international visitors attending the show,” said Gulf Coast Avionics’ Rick Garcia. “They are a significant part of the total attendance and many of them come looking to fill specific needs from various exhibi-

tors and vendors. We feel it is important to make this special hospitality available to them.” Gulf Coast Avionics will also support the international attendance by giving away a limited number of T-shirts and hats at its booth in Hangar D, Space 28-33. A gift redemption card will be included in the international visitor registration pack. In addition, Gulf Coast Avionics will have its interactive showroom open and staffed during the show.


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Don’t miss the Florida Air Museum By JOHN BURTON President, Florida Air Museum This past year has been exciting and challenging at the Florida Air Museum (FAM). Exciting because we added and/ or enhanced several exhibits, expanded our educational activities, and added a new facility to our campus: the Piedmont Hangar Aerospace & Technology Lab. Challenging because we continue to face an increase in the demand for educational programs offered through FAM at a time when our nation ­— and the world — continue to recover from a prolonged economic recession. Even so, our success in our first year operating under our new charter has been simply outstanding. Highlights of the past year are clearly indicators of more great things to come. The new “Aerospace & Technology Lab” at the Piedmont Hangar is put into use daily. This 4,000-square-foot facility provides a multi-functional teaching environment, a computer lab, teacher workspace and support facilities for the adjacent Tom Davis Education Center. Thanks to a generous donor’s additional support, we’ll also be receiving a kit aircraft that will become the focus for our “hands-on” educational activities in this new space. Education programs presented at various locations throughout the year reached more than 10,000 elementary and middle school students, sharing our focus on sci-

ence, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Under the leadership of our education team supported by volunteers, we enhanced FAM’s STEMtastic programming, including Saturday Camp; a School Holiday series of camps; and an extensive summer camp program. We’re also in the final stages of launching two web-based outreach efforts with engaging curriculum modules and online learning with our unique STEMtastic teaching concept. Destination Aviation is truly our marquee program and 2011 was a huge success. This intense summer experience

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By MEG GODLEWSKI The crowds on the flightline are expected to be bigger this year due to the appearance of the Thunderbirds. While this means more people will see your pride and joy, it also can put your airplane at greater risk for inadvertent damage. Although you can’t be there all the time, there are some things you can do to protect your airplane when you aren’t around. “Do not touch” placards are a must. These are provided for display aircraft when you register. These cardboard sleeves slip over the propeller. Verify the security of your aircraft tiedowns. If you use single stakes, insert them into the ground at a diagonal. A stake inserted on a diagonal takes more force to lift out of the ground than one driven straight into the ground. You may want to invest in the “claw” type of aircraft tie-down. Instead of a single stake in the ground, there are three at different angles. As the name implies, it resembles a claw when used properly. According to pilots who use them, they are easier to install and remove, yet provide sturdier protection than the one-stake varieties. Make sure gust locks are installed correctly. Do not leave anything near your airplane that can be thrown, such as a football or a Frisbee, a model glider or even extra tie-down stakes. Also don’t leave

any cleaning products that have a spray trigger around. One unsupervised kid is all it takes to do damage. Put these items out of sight. Be careful of the position of your propeller. In camping areas experienced campers recommended that you turn the propeller so the blades are vertical. Someone walking between rows at night is less likely to hit the blade. In adverse weather, such as high winds, do not try to “save your airplane.” If the wind is blowing hard enough, the plane could flip over and land on you. The aircraft can be replaced. You can’t.


Take all the expensive portable items, such as yoke-mounted GPS and headsets, out of your cockpit. Either lock them up or hide them well. Although most people are honest, there are some folks who see large events as an opportunity to steal. Taxi a little bit slower than you would normally, especially if there are lots of people around. Some of them may be aviation novices and may walk with their backs to the aircraft or on taxiways instead of on footpaths, and could step into the line of a wing. Supervise the refueling of your aircraft.

Getting up close to an airplane is privilege, not a right. For first-timers, here are some rules to remember when you visit the flight line: • Do not walk in front of an airplane that is taxiing toward you. • Do not walk with your back to a moving airplane. When an aircraft approaches, step off to the side, well clear of the wings, and turn to face the pilot. Wait until the aircraft moves by before you start moving again. • Don’t touch the airplanes without the owners’ permission. • Be careful about walking beneath the wings of airplanes because sometimes oil and fuel drip. • Be careful that you do not walk into a propeller or pitot tube or trip over wheels or tie-down ropes. • Hold small children by the hand to make sure they don’t dart out in front of a moving airplane. • Do not let your children play with things that can be thrown, such as toy airplanes. If a thrown item hits an airplane, it can damage it. • If you are looking into an airplane, be careful not to lean against it. • Be careful about jewelry, watches, belt buckles, cell phones and cameras. These can accidentally scratch or even tear the skin on an aircraft. • Do not sit on aircraft.

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Check out the Parts Exchange in Hangar E Do you need a particular part for that restoration project in your hangar? Is the sport of the hunt for that item part of the fun for you? If the answer is yes, then you should stop by the Parts Exchange (PX), located in Hangar E. The PX opens to the public at 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 27. Hours of operation through April 1 are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sales stop at 12 noon, Sunday, April 1. Items for sale come from individuals and aviation businesses from around the country. All items must be related to aviation. Traditionally that means you’ll find everything from parts to books and tools at the tent. State law prohibits the acceptance of tires or batteries. In previous years, misfortunes caused by hurricanes and other weather-related events boosted the number of damaged aircraft, which meant a wide selection of airframes and parts, according to PX volunteers. All transactions are cash only, as there is no way to run credit cards at the Parts Exchange. However, there are a number of cash machines on the show grounds.

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Calling all shutterbugs SUN ’n FUN and Nikon are hosting a photo contest for attendees to share their visions of flight. To enter the contest, register online at ( and then meet Friday, March 30, at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy located on the SUN ’n FUN campus, across from the Florida Air Museum. Registration is limited to 35 people. Contestants will receive a briefing on contest rules and categories. You must have your own camera, as well as access to a computer and Internet to submit your images. Three entries are due no later than 10 p.m. on Friday, March 30, from each participant via email for judging. Winners will be announced Saturday, March 31, at 9:30 a.m. by Nikon aviation photographer Bill Fortney and José Ramos, SUN ’n FUN’s resident photographer. The grand prize is a Nikon P7100 camera. There will be other prizes as well. A few of last year’s winners are pictured here. AN AIRSHOW OASIS Take a moment from your hectic day to discover the Nature Trail. Experience Florida’s natural beauty with 16 stations located along the boardwalk. The entrance to the Nature Trail is behind Hangar E.

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U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), perhaps one of the most ardent advocates of GA in the U.S. House of Representatives, will host an “Aviation Issues” Town Hallstyle meeting Saturday, March 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. in the production studio of the FAA Building. Top leaders from GA’s alphabet groups, including the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, National Business Aviation Association, and the Commemorative Air Force, are expected to attend the meeting

as well, according to SUN ’n FUN officials. Graves, a long-time pilot who owns a Stearman and is restoring a rare Beech Model AT-10, is co-chair of the General Aviation Caucus, sharing duties with Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.). Founded in 2009, the GA Caucus is one of the largest caucuses in the House of Representatives, with 167 members. The mission of the caucus is to educate the entire Congress on the importance of general aviation to both national transportation and our economy.

The Town Hall meeting will be held in the FAA Production Studios so that it can be streamed live to a global audience over the Internet. If you plan to attend the Town Hall meeting, you may want to get there early. Unlike the AOPA Pavilion, which has plenty of seating, the FAA studios has just 150 seats. If you can’t get into the Town Hall meeting, you can watch it online at FAA­ Click on the “View Safety Seminars LIVE” link on the home page.

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Third Annual Lindbergh Foundation Day Thursday The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation will hold its third annual Lindbergh Foundation Day and Aviation Green Alliance Forums on Thursday, March 29. A series of hour-long forums and panel discussions will be held at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy starting at 9 a.m. “This full day of forums will highlight exciting developments where aviation and the environment intersect, as well as provide an historical retrospective of where we’ve come from, and what lies ahead in the future of aviation,” said Lindbergh Foundation board member and forum organizer John Petersen. “We are especially

pleased that 2012 Lindbergh Award Recipient, Dr. Forrest Bird, and Erik Lindbergh will be joining us as featured presenters for this year’s program.” “The topics covered this year are at the very core of the Lindbergh Foundation’s desire to encourage solutions, acknowledge progress and communicate ideas that affect general aviation,” said Erik Lindbergh. “My grandparents would have been intrigued to have heard these lively and informative sessions, all of which address aspects of the past, present, and future of aviation.” Later that day, the Lindbergh Foundation will hold its 35th annual awards cer-



Meet the man behind the Comet! Peter Funk, founder of B & F Technik and designer of the exciting FK12 Comet and popular FK9 light sport aircraft, will be attending Sun-n-Fun 2012, Thursday and Friday. See the Comet with the new Lycoming AEIO-233 and the FK9 in the Hansen Air Group booth (N7&19) near hangar D. The Comet and Lycoming AEIO-233 will also be displayed in the Renegade Light Sport booth (SE 21) in the southeast aircraft display area. Hansen Air Group 770-427-6311 Renegade Light Sport 816-282-8635

emony at nearby Fantasy of Flight, honoring Dr. Forrest Bird as 2012 Lindbergh Awardee, and James Ray as this year’s Spirit Award winner. “This is a particularly significant year for the foundation,” noted Chairman Larry Williams. “We are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Lindbergh Foundation, as well as the 85th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s New York-to-Paris flight.” The Lindbergh Foundation Day program schedule includes: 9 a.m. Will You be Flying in 2022? Half of GA will be Grounded, presented by Rj Siegel, CEO, LoPresti Aviation Engineering; 10 a.m. The Future of Aviation: A Futurist Looks Toward the Horizon presented by John Petersen, founder, The Arlington Institute; 11 a.m. Making Flying Environmentally Friendly: A Review of 35 Years of Progress, a roundtable review presented by Lindbergh Foundation Directors Larry Williams (CEO, BRS Aerospace) and David Treinis, Vice Chairman, Lindbergh Foundation; 12 p.m. From Aircraft Oxygen Systems to Infant Ventilators presented by Dr. Forrest Bird, a veteran pilot and pioneer of the respirator industry; 1 p.m. Electric Airplanes: What’s Happened, What is Coming, presented by Erik Lindbergh, LEAP Electric Flight Program, and Electric Aircraft Development Alliance (EADA). LEAP includes the LEAP Electric Flight Program and the

LEAP Education Program. Inspired by the legacy of Erik’s grandfather Charles Lindbergh, the X-PRIZE Foundation and pioneers throughout history, LEAP was founded to stimulate the ingenuity of modern innovators, Lindbergh said. LEAP does this through video showcasing, international events, prize philanthropy, and its education nonprofit. EADA’s mission is to advance the development of electric flight. It is supported by an international alliance of those involved in electric flight from kitplane manufacturers to multinational corporations, from pilots to engineers, to students, from amateurs to professionals, officials explained. The Lindbergh Foundation is a nonprofit organization that focuses on technological breakthroughs to address aviationenvironmental issues. Its programs are devoted to supporting, honoring, and educating individuals, through three major programs: the annual Lindbergh Award, presented to individuals for significant contributions toward balancing nature and scientific innovation in their work; the Lindbergh Grants program, which provides grants in amounts up to $10,580 (the cost of building the “Spirit of St. Louis” in 1927) for research or education projects that will make contributions to the technology/environment balance; and a variety of educational events, including the new Aviation Green Alliance.,


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Kochan, a human factors research scientist and Designated Pilot Examiner, who discusses aeronautical decision-making issues; FAA airworthiness expert Steve Keesey, who addresses aircraft preflight issues and introduces the FAA’s new Advanced Preflight Program; and CFI Rich Stowell, a seven-time Master Instructor and the 2006 National Flight Instructor of the Year, who talks about techniques for recovering from loss of control events. The 2012 FAASTeam Safety Stand“This program is incredibly rich with down — Loss of Control: Don’t Be Surpractical information, and includes natuprised, Be Prepared! — makes its debut ral breaks where program participants can during this week’s airshow. engage in discussion before moving on The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee identified to the next scenario,” loss of control-inflight said the FAASTeam’s “This is the best as the #1 cause of faKevin Clover. “This tal general aviation Standdown program is the best Standdown accidents over the last program the FAA has the FAA has decade. Consequently, produced to date.” produced to date.” this year’s FAASTeam The 2012 Safety Safety Standdown ofStanddown will debut — FAASTeam’s Kevin Clover fers a multi-layered apMarch 31, in the FAA proach to help pilots reBuilding starting at duce the risk of an inflight loss of control. 11 a.m. The program will then be presented at more than 90 locations across The recently videotaped program is the country in April. Feature articles hosted by FAA Research Psychologist by the on-camera talent will also apDr. Katrina Avers and includes interpear in the March/April edition of FAA views with FAA Director of Flight StanSafety Briefing magazine, and additiondards John Allen, accident survivor Baral resources will be made available at ry Hyde, and three loss of control subject matter experts, including Dr. Janeen

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Balloon Launch set for Saturday Hot air balloons will be showcased early Saturday morning with a spectacular balloon launch. Pilots participating in this launch are seasoned airshow veterans from around the world. Hot air balloon pilots carry an FAA-issued pilot’s license in the Lighter than Air category. In addition to passing the traditional written tests, a pilot is specially trained in balloon mechanics, safety, procedures, and the unique flight characteristics of balloons. Rated as private or commercial, pilot competence can only be attained by extensive experience in actual flight, officials note. Balloon events at SUN ’n FUN include limited daily demonstration flights from the ultralight field, also known as Paradise

City, by commercial firms, usually around 7 a.m. The balloons also will participate in a “Balloon Glow” on Friday during the night air show. This is when the balloons inflate, but do not launch. On Saturday morning, weather permitting, balloons will be launched in a traditional “Hare and Hound” race. This involves chasing a single balloon after it takes off. This balloon acts as the hare and floats in the air for a short while before other balloons are allowed to take off. The balloons that follow are the hounds. The winning balloon is the one that lands closest to the hare. If you want to catch all the action, you’ll have to get up early. The Balloon Launch takes place between 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m.

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six or seven twin Comanches he’s owned over the years gave him the motivation to bring the V-Twin to market. The V-Twin is the Velocity XLS fuselage firewall forward (remember, this is a pusher). Where the engine of the XLS belongs, a two-part molded empennage and rudder exists. Two Superior IO-320 engines are slung on the wings facing aft. Gone are the winglets, which improves drag a bit. Velocity is offering deposits ($5,000) for a quick-build delivery position. The kit is available for $110,000 here at SUN ’n FUN.

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The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation will present the Lindbergh Award and the Lindbergh Spirit Award at a celebration at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, tonight. Legendary inventor Forrest Bird will receive the 2012 Lindbergh Award and Florida businessman-philanthropist James C. Ray has been named recipient of the Spirit Award. “This is a significant year as we are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Lindbergh Foundation as well as the 85th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s New York-to-Paris flight,” said Lindbergh Foundation Chairman and CEO Larry Williams. “We are particularly pleased and honored to be recognizing such exceptional aviators as Dr. Forrest Bird and James C. Ray during this historic year.” Ray, pilot, businessman, and philanthropist, will receive the 2012 Lindbergh Spirit Award, which is given every five years for pioneering achievements in an aviation career with the spirit and character that represents the best of this nation. While working in Hawaii as a steelworker for the Navy, Ray was an eyewitness to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Shortly thereafter, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and flew a total of 30 B-17 missions from Rattlesden, England, including raids on German factories, and was a lead pilot on a D-Day attack on enemy headquarters in Normandy, France. Additionally, Ray served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. After the war, Ray flew his Cessna 170B on business and personal trips that took him to 58 countries and every Caribbean island with a landing strip. He has accumulated more than 3,500 hours

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in single-pilot Citation jets flying across North America as a rancher, oil and gas explorer, and real estate developer. A successful businessman, Ray has provided start-up funding for more than 300 businesses including Compaq Computer, Eclipse Aviation and Cirrus Design Ray’s philanthropy is predominantly dedicated to aviation-oriented youth education programs. He made a significant contribution for the building of the Central Florida Aerospace Academy on the grounds of SUN ’n FUN. The James C. Ray Scholarship Fund was established to offer financial support for Polk County High School merit students. In 2009, he received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University of North Dakota. “We believe that Mr. Ray’s interest in supporting both innovative education and

business ventures at an early stage of development, particularly to advance solutions for air and pilot safety, is uniquely aligned with the philosophy behind the Spirit Award,” noted Lindbergh Foundation Vice Chairman David Treinis. Bird will receive the Lindbergh Award, which is bestowed annually upon an individual whose life’s work demonstrates a balance between technology and our environment to improve the quality of all life on earth. Meeting Orville Wright, along with encouragement from his father who was a World War I pilot, led Bird to his first solo flight at age 14. He soon began working on multiple pilot certifications, which eventually led to service in the U.S. Army Air Corps beginning in 1941. During World War II, he piloted nearly every aircraft in service, including early jet aircraft

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On Monday evening before SUN ’n FUN kicked off, about 200 people, including cadets and adults from the Civil Air Patrol and Naval Sea Cadets, met with their counterparts from the British Air Cadets, as well as Norwegian high school students from Nannenstad School in Oslo, Norway. Gathered at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy, the cadets and students had to opportunity to mingle, dine on pizza and strawberry shortcake, and “trade” unit insignia, which has been a tradition for cadets at previous SUN ’n FUN airshows. The CAP and British Air Cadets have held a presence at SUN ’n FUN for a number of years, assisting with preshow setup, logging and parking aircraft arrivals, and providing crowd control. CAP also maintains a display during the airshow showcasing its three missions in the areas of leadership, emergency services, and aerospace education, and maintains an Incident Command post for call-out in the event of overdue aircraft or field search for aircraft that haven’t closed out flight plans. Cadets were also given a presentation by Captain Judith Rice from Promoting student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Capt. Rice allowed the cadets to examine the Cirrus SR-20 that will be used in her around the world flight

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British and CAP cadets gathered at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy this week for a “meet and greet.” scheduled to start in the fall of 2013. Students from across the country are encouraged to register and follow her flight online, as well as participate in discussions during the event. “This event is a great opportunity for our members to form friendships that they will carry for a lifetime,” said Major Len Goellner, Group 3 Commander of the FLWG CAP. “We were honored to host this opportunity for fellowship to give our members the opportunity to share and learn from their counterparts in other countries.”

The British, with 45 cadets and nine senior staff, are from the Southeast region of England, representing the counties of London, Kent, Essex, Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. Under the sponsorship of the Royal Air Force, their organization closely parallels the Civil Air Patrol program. From the Nannestad High School in Oslo, Norway, 17 technical students and seven teachers are attending SUN ’n FUN to further their aviation studies. An initiative of the Norwegian government, it is designed to encourage and train 16,000 students in various engineering fields at

the college level, with technical specialty education starting in the high school. US Naval Sea Cadets numbered 15, and 75 Civil Air Patrol cadets represented the west side of the Atlantic. The Navy League sponsors the sea cadets, and the Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the US Air Force. “The pre-show meet and greet with the cadets will help break down any cultural barriers, and will cement relationships that will last beyond the end of Sun-n-Fun 2012,” said Lori Bradner of the Central Florida Aerospace Academy

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

9 a.m.

10 a.m.

11 a.m.

Room 1: Will you be flying in 2022? Half of GA will be grounded, Rj Siegel

Room 1: The future of aviation: A futurist looks toward the horizon, John Peterson

Room 2: Modern Day GPS

Room 2: Fly Your Plane around Africa, Thierry Pouille

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Room 3: Interiors in Experimental Aircraft, Dennis Wolter

Room 4: Making the transition to a Glass Panel, Kirk Kleinholtz

Room 5: Tomorrow’s Aviation Workforce, Jerry Carlon

Room 6: Seat safety and con-

Room 3: Flying with the iPad,

12 p.m.

Room 1: Making flying environmentally friendly: A review of 35 years progress, Williams/ Treinis/Weeks

Room 1: From aircraft Ozygen

1: Electric airplanes: What’s happened and what is coming, Eric Lindbergh

Room 2: Basic vibration analy-

Room 2: Sonex Aircraft Hornet’s Nest Research & Development, Jeremy Monnett

2: Getting great photos with your digital camera including aerials, Jon Hooper

sis, Kelsey Wood

Room 3: Aviation Scholarships...Not just for kids, Dr. Peggy Chabrian

Room 3: Taylorcraft Founda-

Room 5: Airparks: The selec-

Room 4: Teach a basic aero-

Room 6: Fabric repairs, main-

Room 5: Learn to fly Helicop-

homebuilt, Chad Jensen

tion process, Ron Heidebrink

batic course, Greg Koontz

ters, Chris Dancy

struction, Jim Fix

tenance, problems and fixes, Jon Goldenbaum

Room 7: AOPA’s Aircraft Partnership Program, David Kruger

Room 7: LSA Buying and Flying Tips, Manncuso/Rathmell

should know about FAA Enforcement, John Yodice

Room 8: Spark Plug design and

Al Nase

Room 9: Top 10 Aviation Insur-

Room 8: Airplane Insurance (Knowledge = Savings $$$), Bob Mackey

Room 10: HKS 700,T, 4-stroke

tenance, Skip Carden

maintenance, Vince Bechtel ance Myths, Jim Lauerman

turbocharged 709cc 77-80 HP 127 lbs., Frank Porter

Room 11: All-Metal construction for Light Aircraft made easy, Matt Heintz

systems to infant ventilators, Dr. Forrest Bird

Room 4: Flight testing your

Bret Koebbe

Room 9: Ercoupe Care & MainRoom 10: Revmaster 85hp R-2300 & 110hp R-3000, Patrick Panzera Room 11: AeroVee Engine and AeroCarb: Sport Pilot Power, John Monnett

Volunteers are near all the entrances and exits to help you find the right classroom for the forum you are seeking.

1 p.m.

Room 6: What every Pilot Room 7: Aeronca Maintenance, Room 8: Reinventing the Flight

Paul Babcock

Room 4: Stall upset spin recovery, Jim Alsip

4: The Ins and Outs of ADS-B, Ted Lester

Room 5: Navigating Special Use Airspace, Capt. Robert Estrada


Room 6: Using Waterborne: It’s

6: 5 Common Pilot Errors, Ja-

Room 7: Jabiru Engines & Air-

7: Owner-Produced Parts:

Room 8: Electric Aircraft De-

8: Aeronca Aviators Club,

easier than ever! Jason Gerard

craft-Maintenance, updates, etc., Pete Krotje

School Model, Eric Crump

velopment Alliance Neil Cosentino

Room 9: Air Traffic Control…

Room 9: Aircraft Sheet metal

Trust but verify! Scott Dunham, NTSB

Room 10: 100-hp 6 cylinder air

cooled Corvair engine, William Wynne

Room 11: Luscombe Light Sport operations, Doug Combs

Introducing the ProBalancer Sport

3: Classic Piper wing repair,

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for Kit Built Airplanes, Marc Bourget

Room 10: Converting Geo/Suzuki Auto engines 60-115-hp for aircraft, Jeron Smith

5: Taming the Tailwheel, Jim son Schappert

The rule and how we can help, Mark Erickson


9: Aircraft Sheet metal for Kit Built Airplanes, Marc Bourget

10: Auto flight PSRU and Whirl Wind propellers, Bill Koleno 11: LSAs in flight training, results of 3500+ hours, Jim Julius

Room 11: Improving aerodynamic performance of Ultralight Aircraft, James Wiebe Flying Club & Bulletin Board for Pilots and People Interested in Flying and Sharing Expenses, etc.


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What’s happening today 7:30 a.m.


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vice with Missionary Aviator at Florida Air Museum AOPA Pavilion.

Aeroshell Aerostars Julie Clark Kevin Coleman Corkey Fornof Michael Goulian Greg Koontz Bill Leff Jim “Fang” Maroney David Martin John Mohr Otto Jim Pietz Manfred Radius SoCom Skip Stewart Patty Wagstaff Jane Wicker Michael Wiskus Matt Younkin

10:30 a.m. Seaplane Fly-by

10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Showcase Fly-bys

12:30 p.m. A special fly-by to honor James C. Ray Splash-In at Lake Agnes at Fantasy of Flight

cross-country experience to vividly illustrate principles of risk management and pass along practical and insightful tools you will use forever.

1 p.m. User of Unmanned Aircraft, Alan Frazier, University of North Dakota

FAA FORUMS In the Production Studios in the FAA Building

9 a.m.: Air Traffic Control: Trust But Verify, Scott Dunham, NTSB, Senior Air Traffic Control Investigator 10 a.m. NextGen Air Transportation

System and GA, Gisele Mohler, FAA Director of NextGen Performance and Outreach

11 a.m.: Teaching and Learning to Fly

in High Performance Aircraft, K. Hackney, VP Platinium Aviation Holdings

12 p.m. The CFI Roles: Learning, Teach-

ing, and Evaluating, Diego Alfonso, FAA Operations Inspector, Orlando FSDO


1 p.m.: John Burton/Ernie Sanborn, 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.

10 a.m.: Jose Ramos, SUN ’n FUN’s

Official Photographer discusses what it’s like to photograph some of America’s most recognized front-line military aircraft and his latest “assignment” at SUN ’n FUN.

11 a.m.: John and Martha King: “The

Kings on How to Avoid Unwanted Adventure,” After an aircraft accident and discovering their own sense of vulnerability, John and Martha say they have become “born again pilots.” The Kings use humor and stories from real-world

LADIES PAVILION 11 a.m.: Katherine Bentley, a certified

instructor for Wilton Cakes, will be teach how to make rose cake decorations.

EVENING PROGRAM 8 p.m. at the Florida Air Museum’s

AOPA Pavilion: Country music star and pilot Aaron Tippin will perform his “Red White & Loud” musical tribute to America’s freedom and to those who have sacrificed to protect it. The concert is sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co.

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pilots like you to promote flying and spread the good news stories that general aviation generates. It also means helping us reduce the dangerously Craig Fuller high student pilot dropout rate, which has risen as high as 80 percent. Over the last few years, there has been a dramatic decrease in the number of hours that pilots are flying general aviation aircraft. In order to encourage pilots to get back in the skies and give enthusiasm and purpose back to many pilots, AOPA is an-

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nouncing the Keep ʼem Flying Challenge, which was inspired by the Georgia Air Challenge. Hosted by the Atlanta Aero Club, the Georgia Air Challenge had 308 participants who flew an estimated 1,500 hours from July 1, 2011, through Aug. 12, 2011. Steve Champness, president of the Atlanta Aero Club, felt the Georgia effort could be expanded, and worked with AOPA to create the national challenge. This sweepstakes runs from April through the end of July. Eligible pilots must take part in at least one of the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s online courses and quizzes, fly at least five hours, and visit five airports that are more than 50 miles apart. The challenge is open to any aircraft category, class, or type. Those in the Lighter than Air and Glider aircraft cate-

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gories are exempt from the last two tasks, but instead must make five flights. Participants must be at least 19 years old, hold at least an FAA Student Pilot Certificate, and the flight must be conducted under and in accordance with FAR Part 91. The grand prize winner will receive a cash award of $2,499. The second place winner will receive $1,000, while the third place winner will receive $500. Four fourth place winners will receive $250 each. The results and winners will be announced during the AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs. And, each time you complete an ASI online safety course you will receive an automatic entry into the Tougher Than A Tornado Husky Sweepstakes!

Pioneer Wall unveiling The Pioneer Luncheon and Pioneer Wall unveiling will be held today on the SUN ’n FUN grounds. The Pioneer Wall, located on the patio on the west side of the Florida Air Museum, is dedicated to all of the SUN ’n FUN pioneers, featuring plates with each volunteers name. Plans call for Billy Henderson, SUN ’n FUN’s first executive director, and Lyle Flagg, the first president, are expected to do the unveiling. The luncheon begins at noon, with the unveiling scheduled for 1 p.m.

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Daytona Beach, (East Coast of Florida). Taxiway homes from $450,000, non-taxiway homes from $200,000, condo’s from $139,000. Lots-available. Long and short term rentals available. SPRUCE CREEK FLY-IN REALTY, Pat & Lenny Ohlsson, 800-932-4437.

NO MORE Winter. Direct Ocean Front Estate near Vero Beach/Florida. 5BR-5BA. $1,800,000. 772-971-5157, 772-464-1994. Close to SunN’Fun. Come & see it. ORLANDO AREA Aviation-properties, hangars, hangarrentals, Some priced like bank-owned. Chandelle Properties. Call Ron Henderson 407-712-4071 Keller Williams/Advantage II Realty SARASOTA FLORIDA Hidden River Airpark, 2640’ paved+ lighted runway, lots w/homes 5-20acres. Katty Caron, Realty Executives 941-928-3009 FLORIDA, OCALA, Leeward: 2 homes w/ large hangars, 3bed/2bath. $299K & 5bed/4bath $599K. owner 305992-0812,

SUN ‘n FUN ‘n LEARN Avemco Insurance Company has made accident prevention one of our top priorities. Join us today as we present a fun and informative forum designed to help make you a better, smarter, and safer pilot. Stop by our booth and talk with our aviation insurance specialists. They’ll show you why over 90% of Avemco® customers are so happy, they renew their policies.*

Top 10 Aviation Insurance Myths Jim Lauerman, Executive Vice President Thurs. 3/29/12 - 9:00 a.m. - Room 9 Learn how aviation insurance offers a unique perspective on accident prevention through findings gleaned from analyzing data not readily available from other accident reporting services. Along the way you will discover the most pervasive myths that prevent pilots from getting the right insurance coverage. Separate fact from fiction about insuring your aircraft for the right value, the hidden secrets of liability coverage, and the potential risks of flying an aircraft you don’t own. *90+% customer retention based on average 2011 monthly renewal data for the Direct Approach Aircraft Insurance Policy A subsidiary of HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc.

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Plug and Play for Straight & Level Since being introduced to the Cirrus fleet, the DFC90 Digital Autopilot has received rave reviews from industry pundits and customers alike. Now, the DFC90 is being offered to a number of aircraft and autopilot configurations as a simple plug & play solution. Since its introduction, it has become the number one attitude-based, digital retrofit autopilot sold into aircraft in the last year. Please visit to see what pilots are saying about their new autopilot. Call 800-AVIDYNE to find out if your aircraft is eligible for an upgrade. DFC90 + Aspen Pro PFD

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“The S1’s ANR worked like I created a custom headset for my environment only” - Plane and Pilot Magazine August 2011 “Pressing “the adaptive ANR button” results in a quieter headset in all phases of flight” - AOPA Pilot Magazine August 2011 “The S1, once it has re-sampled the cockpit sound, cuts down cockpit noise more than any other competitor” - The Aviation Consumer October 2011


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Say Again? A Musician’s Insight into Pilot Hearing Loss Friday, 11:00 • Florida Air Museum

Live Your Dream Friday, 12:30 • Sun ‘n Fun/AOPA Pavilion

How to Get More Flight Students Saturday, 11:00 • Central Florida Aerospace Academy, Room #8

From Strings to Wings Tales of a Flying Musician

LOOKING FOR THE BEST AVIATION HEADSET? The Sennheiser S1 Digital is the ONLY premium ANR headset to feature: Smart adapt digital ANR customizing and optimizing noise reduction to the user’s aircraft environment Built-in mic bias voltage for cell phone use even when the headset is powered down Headband tension adjust for customized comfort Treble boost for customized audio clarity Peak-level protection for hearing protection Ear pad comfort zones specifically designed to accommodate sunglasses Specifically designed communication and music filters to optimize sound Bluetooth phone and music connectivity See these Sennheiser Premium Aviation Headset Dealers to experience the S1 Digital: Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. | Gulf Coast Avionics | Marv Golden Pilot Supplies | Pacific Coast Avionics | | | Sporty’s Pilot Shop | Sarasota Avionics

Saturday, 13:00 • Florida Air Museum Also, catch Ravi on Thursday night, performing LIVE at 19:00 as he opens for Aaron Tippin!

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An island state of mind By MEG GODLEWSKI Looking for a place to relax after a hard day of tromping around the flyin? Set your course for the Island Time Oasis located in the Vintage Aircraft display area. You’ll find the Tiki Bar located in the second row of airplanes, between two beautifully restored Stearmans. The bar/lounge is run by the Coconut Flyers from Ocala, Florida. “We work hard, we play hard,” says CF’s Tim Kirby.”Our company is Coconut Flyers. We do aircraft restorations, we do barnstorming, we do airshows, we do photo shoots, we’ve done some TV stuff and we do maintenance and restorations, mainly on vintage and antique — ­ the classic stuff.” The Island Time Oasis was created to give people a place to unwind and watch the air show, he said. “We say we like to do everything with an island state of mind,” Kirby explains.

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The March 29, 2012 edition of SUN 'n FUN Today produced daily during the show in Lakeland, Florida.