March 29, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
It took three workers to push the Embraer Phenom jet onto boards during set-up day at Sun `n Fun in Lakeland, Fla., on a very wet March 28, to keep it from sinking into the mud. Both the Phenom 100 and 300 are ready for visitors.
Many of the aircraft expected to arrive March 28 couldn’t push through the rainy Florida skies, leaving a huge amount of display work to be completed after the show opens. A deluge hit central Florida that day with more rain on the way. Sun ’n Fun workers, however, took the weather in stride, calling it “liquid sun.”
The Phenom, built in Brazil and assembled at a new factory in Melbourne, Fla., on the state’s east coast, has quickly captured a significant portion of the light jet market.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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