April 12, 2013
By Julie Summers Walker
Sun ’n Fun President John “Lites” Leenhouts announced April 12—the fourth day of the thirty-ninth annual Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo—that attendance is up 5 percent over the past two years.
“The camping area is packed, vendors tell me merchandise is selling, and we’ve got lots of airplanes,” he said. The newly formed Paradise City location for light sport aircraft is also a success, he said.
There were two incidents at Thursday’s splash-in on Lake Agnes—two SeaReys were involved in non-fatal accidents; one of the aircraft was totaled. Leenhouts did not have details on the incidents, but wind had curtailed some activities yesterday.
In other announcements, veteran airshow legend Bob Hoover will be inducted into the Sun ’n Fun Flight Path Hall of Fame, and JetBlue Airlines has partnered with Sun ’n Fun in its “Kids in the Cockpit” campaign.
AOPA Director of Publications and Managing Editor for AOPA Pilot and Flight Training, Julie Summers Walker joined AOPA in 1998. She is a student pilot still working toward her solo.
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Elbit Systems has upgraded infrared systems that see through darkness and weather for nearly visual landings and takeoffs, as well as taxi operations.
Universal Avionics now offers the Insight Integrated Flight Deck with embedded synthetic vision.
The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive to require continued repetitive inspections of aft fuselage structures for cracks on some models of Bellanca airplanes.
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