Sun 'n Fun

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AOPA is a proud, Official Sponsor of the SUN ’n FUN Fly-In and daily airshows!

Discounted admission for AOPA members!

Purchase your tickets online and enter AOPA217 to receive $5.00 off the daily rate or $30.00 off the weekly rate.

Stop by and explore all three areas in AOPA's expanded Campus:

Join us in the Main Tent at the AOPA campus for these exciting opportunities:

  • Renew your membership and take advantage of our $5 off show special.
  • Shop for the latest AOPA merchandise.
  • Talk with experts from AOPA’s Pilot Protection Services.
  • Check out the latest offerings and get quotes from AOPA Insurance Services and Aircraft Finance.
  • Meet AOPA staff and tell us about the things most important to YOU!

You are welcome in our Courtyard:

  • Get a first-hand look at the 2015 “You Can Fly” Sweepstakes airplane – the Reimagined152!  
  • Take a load off in our outdoor seating area and meet new friends under the shade of an AOPA umbrella.
  • Learn about AOPA’s “You Can Fly” program and get the latest from our flying club, flight training, and Rusty Pilot experts.

Don’t miss the activities in the Big Yellow Tent:

  • Learn new skills, hear from GA’s most trusted and knowledgeable experts, and have your questions answered during hours of education sessions and safety presentations.
  • Meet AOPA Ambassador and air show star Patty Wagstaff.  Get an autograph, too!
  • Join us for gatherings of other like-minded pilots - flying club members, flight schools owners, AOPA donors, Airport Support Network volunteers, and more!

Tuesday, April 21

10:00 – 10:45 Weather and Traffic on Your iPad: What You See and What You Don’t with Eric Rush
An incomplete picture could lead to disaster if you don't know what you're missing. Learn the pros and cons of ADS-B traffic on your iPad.

11:00 – 11:45 Advanced iPad Flying with John Zimmerman
From the basics of weather theory to real world tips about flying, this seminar is packed with information you can use on your next flight. 

12:00 – 12:45 NORAD: TFRs, Special Use Airspace, and Intercepts with Kevin Roethe
Learn how to avoid TFRs and what you should do if intercepted.

1:00 – 1:45 Jeppesen: Cleared For Takeoff with James Morgan
Get detailed info on airport diagrams, including how charts are indexed, revision and effective dates, lighting, usable runway lengths, alternate and takeoff minimums and more.

2:00 – 2:45 Future-Proof Avionics: New Panels for Old Airplanes with Tom Haines
A building block to upgrading your avionics for a lifetime of flying.

Wednesday, April 22

9:00 – 10:30 FREE! Coffee and Donuts w/ Mark Baker: AOPA Pilot Town Hall
Talk with Mark Baker and learn about AOPA’s latest efforts in Washington, D.C. and other key AOPA initiatives over fresh coffee and donuts.
                                        

11:00 – 11:45 Garmin: Using the iPad to Plan, File, and Fly with Jan Mackenzie
Learn how to turn your iPad into the ideal cockpit companion.

12:00 – 12:45 Not the Flight Service Station You Once Knew with Joe Daniele
Fly more safely by learning more about Lockheed Martin’s newest pilot-centric capabilities available at www.1800wxbrief.com.

1:00 – 1:45 The Kings on Unwanted Adventure with John & Martha King
Combining humor and real-world experience, the King’s will present the “universal lessons” they learned from years of traveling by light plane throughout the U.S. 

2:00 – 2:45 The Art of Aerial Photography with Chris Rose
Join AOPA Photographer Chris Rose as he discusses the techniques and challenges with capturing the images that appear in the association's publications each month. 

3:00 – 3:45 FreeFlight: What is ADS-B? with Peter Ring
Learn about the “ins” and “outs” of ADS-B, why it exists, and what we as pilots need to do in order to meet this basic mandate requirement.

Thursday, April 23

10:00 – 10:45 Handling In-Flight Emergencies with Rod Machado
Rod will provide you with ideas for successfully avoiding and coping with some of the most serious airborne problems.

11:00 – 11:45 Maximum Fun, Minimum Cost – Building and Growing a Flying Club with Kelby Ferwerda
Join AOPA Flying Club Manager, Kelby Ferwerda, in a discussion about affordable, social flying.

12:00 – 12:45 Air Safety: Loss of Control with Bruce Landsberg
Recently added to the NTSB’s “Most Wanted” list of safety concerns, you won’t want to miss these Life-saving tips and advice on an important topic by a leading expert.

1:00 – 1:45 Mind over Matter: Strengthening the Weakest Link with George Perry
Being a safe pilot requires more than good stick and rudder skills. Learn simple techniques to increase pilot performance and reduce pilot error by a leading expert.

2:00 – 2:45 Avidyne: Improving Technologically Advanced Cockpits with Tom Harper
The NTSB & Air Safety Institutes’ studies of Technologically Advanced Aircraft (TAAs) provided significant findings and safety recommendations.  Learn how Avidyne has leveraged these findings in the development of next generation of avionics.

Friday, April 24

10:00 – 10:45 Laugh and Learn with Rod Machado
Laugh and learn with Rod as he shares some of the newest and craziest stories from his most recent as well as his past adventure.

11:00 – 11:45 Mind over Matter: Strengthening the Weakest Link with George Perry
Being a safe pilot requires more than good stick and rudder skills. Learn simple techniques to increase pilot performance and reduce pilot error by a leading expert.

12:00 – 12:45 Garmin ADS-B Solutions for the Future with Jim Alpiser
This seminar will discuss the technicalities surrounding ADS-B, address commonly asked questions and highlight a variety of Garmin Vantage ADS-B solutions that can help aircraft owners receive added safety benefits while satisfying global ADS-B requirements.

1:00 – 1:45 The Top 5 Things You Need to Know About FAA Enforcement with Kathy Yodice
Be prepared should you find yourself stopped on the ramp by the FAA or in receipt of a certified letter.  Learn how to be cooperative and avoid acting against your best interests with the valuable tips and information you’ll get from this important seminar.

2:00 – 2:45 Weather and Traffic on Your iPad: What You See and What You Don’t with Eric Rush
An incomplete picture could lead to disaster if you don't know what you're missing. Learn the pros and cons 
of ADS-B traffic on your iPad.

Saturday, April 25

7:30 – 8:00 Rusty Pilots Breakfast & Seminar (rsvp at www.RustyPilots.org)                               

8:00 – 11:00 Rusty Pilots Seminar with Mark Grady
Life may have gotten in the way, but the dream of flight can be yours again. Find out how returning to the skies is easier than you may think.

12:00 – 12:45 Reducing Cockpit Stress Between the Sexes with Rod Machado
Use Rod’s ideas to help smooth cockpit relations to allow you and your cockpit companions to have an enjoyable and safer flight.

1:00 – 1:45 Free! Ice Cream Social w/ Mark Baker: AOPA Pilot Town Hall
Cool off with refreshing ice cream while Mark talks about the AOPA’s latest efforts in Washington, D.C. and other key AOPA initiatives.

Sunday, April 26

11:00 – 11:45 After the Crash: Surviving an Aircraft Accident with Mark Grady
Although the odds of a crash are slim, the potential consequences are harsh. Learn how to prepare and take basic precautions to maximize your chances of survival and rescue.

12:00 – 12:45 NORAD: TFRs, Special Use Airspace, and  Intercepts with Kevin Roethe
Learn how to avoid TFRs and what you should do if intercepted.

1:00 – 1:45 Jeppesen: Climb Via… with James Morgan
James will provide you with detailed information on departure charts and flying a full departure procedure. 

Can’t Make It This Year?

If you can’t make it to SUN ’n FUN, AOPA media will be on-site, bringing the latest news and happenings to your desktop. 

Check out highlights from 2014 – we’ll be sure to cover the best and brightest from Sun ‘n Fun 2015, too!

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