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,
For decades, pilots have headed to Bay Bridge Airport in the Chesapeake Bay for scenic coastal flying and great seafood. Check it out after attending the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4.
A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.
The first A-29 Super Tucano was delivered Sept. 25, a tangible victory for Embraer and workers in the new factory in Jacksonville, Florida.
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