March 27-April 1, 2012
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Look for a lot of new products this year at PilotMall.com, the “Official Aviation Superstore of SUN ’n FUN.” “We have over 300 new products,” said Neil Glazer, president of PilotMall.com, 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, PilotMall.com 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.
PILOT BRIEFING CENTER
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, PilotMall.com 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. PilotMall.com 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. PilotMall.com
Photo courtesy PilotMall.com
The official superstore of SUN ’n FUN
The April 1, 2012 edition of SUN 'n FUN Today produced daily during the show in Lakeland, Florida.