April 8, 2013
Pilots from around the country already are descending on Lakeland Linder Regional Airport for the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In and Expo. Known as the spring break for pilots, Sun ’n Fun signals the start of the flying season for many. AOPA’s Sweepstakes Debonair has arrived for the show, ready for AOPA members’ inspection of the work that’s been done so far.
A banner is hung to identify the AOPA sweepstakes Debonair.
Aircraft parking volunteers prepare for the rush of arrivals.
Blue paint on this Pitts Special still smells fresh.
Bright red engine cowls adorn a Grumman Widegon.
Conversations occur everywhere--like the nose of this Navion.
Fly-in volunteers look at a Piaggio P180 turboprop.
Pushing the sweepstakes Debonair into position at the AOPA tent.
Reflections are seen in the polished aft fuselage of this Epic.
Stearman parking begins on Row 3 in the Antiques and Classics area.
This Cessna Cardinal RG taxis at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.
Two Army Aviation Heritage Foundation helicopters arrive in Lakeland.
Two Stearman biplanes fly an overhead arrival pattern.
Wade McNabb cleans a classic Staggerwing displayed at the Beechcraft exhibit.
Wings fold on this SB2C5 Helldiver to save space.
Sun n Fun,
The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
There is no shortage of pilots in eastern Washington, but there does seem to be a scarcity of clubs in that part of the country.
The first fly-in meeting of the Young Presidents' Organization's Aviation Network drew more than 150 people to Alpine Airpark, an upscale fly-in community in the natural beauty of far western Wyoming.
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