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Don’t miss the Volunteer Parade, which kicks off at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. The parade starts at the “old” announcer’s stand in front of the FAA Building, goes out through the campground, then back to the announcer’s stand. It usually takes about 15 minutes. The parade was started many years ago “as an early morning antic” by Freddie Quinn and the Ground Safety Crew, according to Suzy Eickhoff, a SUN ’n FUN volunteer and Quinn’s daughter. “They were all staying in the Back Acres Campground and were getting ready to go out to the field to work,” she recalls. “You know how guys on motorcycles can get — one races his engine and they all have to do it. They decided my dad should lead the group as the Grand Marshall and it became a parade.” Over the years the parade has evolved.

Photo by Ben Sclair

Don’t miss the Volunteer Parade

Today, all volunteers are invited to participate. “They are encouraged to decorate their work vehicles and join the fun and foolishness,” she says. When Quinn passed away several

years ago, the tradition of Grand Marshall changed. Now, a committee decides at the end of each parade who will be Grand Marshall for next year’s parade. This year’s Grand Marshalls are the Emergen-

cy Response Team. Suzy Eickhoff encourages everyone to watch the parade. “It’s great fun in a very short period of time!” she says.

AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs If you are an active pilot or want to get back into flying, the AOPA Aviation Summit is the place to be. General aviation’s premier trade show and convention will take place at the Palm Springs Convention Center Oct. 11-13. AOPA Aviation Summit has something to offer all pilots, whether you are an aircraft owner, a pilot who rents, or are trying to get back into flying after a hiatus.

The AOPA Summit experience includes new pilot learning sessions, interactive educational content, aviation exhibitors with new technology, and brand new evening events, including jeep tours, live music and surprises so guests can unwind after the show. Pilots will walk away with knowledge on how to get the most out of their flying. In addition to all the interactive dis-

plays, educational opportunities and hundreds of exhibits, there will also be time for more social events. The goal in Palm Springs is to offer a range of activities that will allow pilots to connect in a meaningful way while taking advantage of the best the city has to offer, AOPA officials said. If you cannot attend in person, pilots and members will still be able to participate by watching AOPA Live coverage.

The return to Palm Springs also means the return of the popular Parade of Planes, traveling the mile from Palm Springs International Airport to the convention center. Palm Springs is the only city that allows for this option. AOPA will also use the Aviation Summit to reveal the lucky winner of this year’s Tougher Than A Tornado Sweepstakes aircraft, the 2011 Aviat Husky.

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April 1, 2012 SUN 'n FUN Today  

The April 1, 2012 edition of SUN 'n FUN Today produced daily during the show in Lakeland, Florida.

April 1, 2012 SUN 'n FUN Today  

The April 1, 2012 edition of SUN 'n FUN Today produced daily during the show in Lakeland, Florida.