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Sun ’n Fun Today -

March 27-April 1, 2012

Judging airplanes: Is yours a winner?

To Benefit Angel Flight Southeast (AFSE) March 31, 2012 cards? Ready to play some Registration 5:30 pm—6:30 pm Angel Flight Southeast, which coordinates free air transportation for children and adults with medical or compelling humanitarian needs, will host a charity Texas Hold’em Tournament March 31 on the airshow grounds. For$90.00 more than Registration 25 years, Angel Flight Southeast has been helping people throughout Florida and the Southeast. All pilots donate their time, aircraft, fuel and experience for each mission, so there is never a charge to the patient. Last year the organization coordinated more than 2,500 missions throughout the six state region it serves.

Proceeds from the tournament go directLakeland-Linder Airport ly to Angel Flight Southeast’s mission. The tournament will be held at the CenCentral Florida Aerospace Academy tral Florida Aerospace Academy on the 4141 Medulla Road Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL).

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Cost per player is $90, with early registration of $45 if registered by March 27. Registration, which begins at 5:30 p.m. on Top Prizes Include: the day of the tournament, includes entry PilotMall Cert. to$500 the event, dinner andGift initial chips. You can findTelevision out more at 40” or call 352-326-0761.

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over the airplane. The better it is, the more time it takes. When two or more aircraft are very nice in the same category, much time will be spent to ensure that the most deserving aircraft wins.” Want to increase your chances of winning? Kress offers these tips: “Be there when it is judged. Be prepared to explain questionable areas. Make sure that it is clean. Have the aircraft opened up so the judges can see all the aircraft’s qualities. Have presentation documentation, such as pictures, aircraft paperwork, etc., handy. Have proof of authenticity, if it applies. Old airplanes may have many mods. In many cases, we are looking for aircraft as they came out of the factory when they were built. Authenticity is King.” Warbird judging has been suspended this year by the EAA Warbirds of America, who have conducted the Warbird judging for a number of years at SUN ’n FUN. In recent years, participation in the Warbird judging program at SUN ’n FUN has declined, association officials said. “The SUN ’n FUN aircraft judging team plans to continue to judge aircraft as it has in the past, always trying to improve the quality of our work,” Kress noted. “We are hopeful that Warbird judging will resume with minimal delay.”

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You’ve just spent a wonderful day at SUN ’n FUN and are ready to fly home. During your preflight inspection you notice the nose strut of your mighty Cessna 182 is completely flat. All is not lost (max 3,000 chips) — one quick call to the Emergency Maintenance Team can get you on your way. Limited seats available - Sign Up Today! The team doesn’t do big repairs, but can Top 6 qualify for end-of-season tournament! help with smaller repairs, such as replac352-326-0761 ing fluids or charging a battery. Most of the volunteers are Airframe and

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Ever wonder what’s involved in making your aircraft an award winner at SUN ’n FUN? The first step is to get in the game. When owners register their aircraft at arrival, they can request a Judging Registration Form. To be eligible for judging, the aircraft owner must be a member of the Florida Air Museum or the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), said Leonard Kress, chief judge at SUN ’n FUN. There is no charge to register for judging. The SUN ’n FUN judges follow the criteria outlined in the Official EAA Judging Standards Manual, which is available at, he added. “Our judges are judging the aircraft based on their experience as aircraft builders, restorers, and aircraft maintenance technicians as to what constitutes quality, authenticity and safety,” Kress said. “Rest assured that all the judges are veterans in their respective areas.” Kress notes that the time it takes to judge an aircraft varies. “In some cases it is obvious that the aircraft, although a nice airplane, just does not meet award-winning standards. The time spent will minimal,” he said. “In other cases it is obvious that an aircraft is a real prize and much time is spent going

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plant mechanics so they can at least tell you which tool you will need to borrow to take care of the problem. Tools are kept in the emergency repair kiosk, which is at the approach end of Runway 5. Inside the mobile building are tools the team loans out to pilots to help them get their aircraft back into the air. Hours are from 8 a.m. to an hour or so after the air show. If the aircraft is too heavily damaged or

sick beyond their capabilities, the volunteers can tow it to one of the FBOs at the airport for more extensive repairs. JUST YOUR TYPE The Type Clubs tent is located adjacent to Vintage Headquarters. Members of organized clubs dedicated to a particular aircraft are in the Type Club Tent, ready to answer your questions.

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