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Sun 'n Fun Radio celebrates 20 years

Article | Jan 27, 2014

Sun 'n Fun Radio will celebrate 20 years on the air at this year's air show.

Product promises help with landings

Article | Jan 20, 2014

Having trouble with knowing when to flare for landing? An inventor has an idea for letting you know when to level off above the runway.

Spreading aviation

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

It’s a bright, breezy day at the seaplane base in Lakeland, Florida, the second day of the 2013 annual Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In and Expo. The winds are a little strong—gusting to 20 mph—but the crowds are gathering for the events.

Healthy options popping up at airshows

Article | Aug 03, 2013

For such a health-conscious demographic as pilots whose ability to continue their passion or career depends on good health, airshows that target aviators are some of the unhealthiest attractions.

Roscoe Morton, pilot, beloved EAA announcer dies

Article | Jun 19, 2013

Roscoe Morton, long the lead voice of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s summer celebrations, honored as the “essence of EAA,” has died.

David Clark changes course for comfort

Article | Jun 19, 2013

The latest headset design by David Clark Co. is a significant departure from the clamp, priced and designed to compete with brands known for comfort.

Arthur Godfrey Aviation Foundation announces scholarships

Article | May 17, 2013

New scholarship opportunities from the Arthur Godfrey Aviation Foundation seek to draw more young people into aviation.

Be a part of AOPA's Flying Clubs Discussions at Sun 'n Fun

Article | May 03, 2013

My wife and I are both of British extraction, we met and began dating when members of a small flying club in central Scotland. I’ve sometimes joked that Janet and I are the ultimate expression of how flying clubs can create lasting relationships! Like many British pilots, both of us came over to Florida for flight training.

This bird really flies

Article | Apr 28, 2013

Imagine a take-it-out-of-the box-and-plug-it-in device that, within minutes, can transport you into aviation experiences and adventures anywhere in the world. Redbird Flight Simulations founder Jerry Gregoire thought that idea might be a winner, too.

ASN volunteers honored at Sun 'n Fun

Article | Apr 13, 2013

More than 50 Airport Support Network volunteers joined AOPA staff at the annual breakfast at the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo recognizing the volunteer efforts at local airports. ASN—established in 1997—has grown to represent more than half of the public-use airports across the country.

Graves encourages GA activism

Article | Apr 13, 2013

Pleased with the success of a House of Representatives campaign to garner support opposing a federal $100-per-flight user fee for general aviation, Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) encouraged Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo attendees to assure that their representative and senators are members of the respective GA caucuses.

Apr. 12, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Apr 12, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 15 — April 12, 2013 Zenith breaks from STOL mold Burt Rutan developing new seaplane HISTORIC AIRPORT TO REMAIN OPEN QUIZ ME: CFII CURRENCY Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Sun 'n Fun News Zenith breaks from STOL mold Zenith Aircraft Co.

Helicopter rides carry visitors back in history

Article | Apr 12, 2013

Huey pilots clear the turn from crosswind to downwind at Lakeland. Landing zone manager Lee Stuart directs the AAHF Cobra.

Sun ’n Fun attendance up

Article | Apr 12, 2013

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.

Sun ’n Fun news briefs

Article | Apr 11, 2013

Sun n Fun news briefs Mayor proclaims WASP commemoration day Lakeland, Fla., Mayor Gow Fields proclaimed April 11 Women in Air Service 70th Anniversary Commemoration Day.

Breezy day at Sun ’n Fun Splash-In

Article | Apr 11, 2013

The skies were blue, the air hot but not steamy—a perfect day for the Sun 'n Fun Splash-In except for one thing: the wind. Some 35 varieties of seaplanes flew in for the day to participate in the grapefruit bomb drop and spot landing contests, and to enjoy a day on Florida’s Lake Agnes.

Diamond updates DA40 interior, dealers downplay job cuts

Article | Apr 11, 2013

The 2013 Diamond DA40 XLT on display at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo. Diamond Aircraft dealers carried the company flag to Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo, holding a press conference to announce the updated DA40 XLT model for 2013 and the recall of some workers recently laid off by Diamond Aircraft in London, Ontario.

DiamondShare offers new take on sharing an airplane

Article | Apr 11, 2013

John Armstrong explains the DiamondShare program at Sun ’n Fun. Three Diamond Aircraft dealers have devised a program that may put a brand-new, four-seat aircraft within reach of many pilots who, for now, can only dream of owning a 2013 DA40 XLT (or XLS).

JetBlue flies students to Sun ’n Fun

Article | Apr 11, 2013

Parker Quinlan More than 75 students from New York and Florida received the trip of a lifetime on April 11 when a JetBlue Airways Airbus A320 picked them up and flew them to Lakeland, Fla., for the thirty-ninth annual Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo. David “Scott” Malcomb, an instructor at JetBlue University College of Technical Operations, pitched the idea to his airline.

Lightspeed Foundation announces grant finalists

Article | Apr 11, 2013

AOPA President Craig Fuller and Lightspeed Aviation President Allan Schrader announce the finalists for the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Pilot’s Choice Awards. To applause and laughter, the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation announced the finalists for its annual Pilot’s Choice Awards grants program on April 11 at the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo.

New kits allow for easy use of in-cockpit cameras

Article | Apr 11, 2013

Recognizing the growing trend among pilots to fly with in-cockpit cameras, Sporty’s Pilot Shop is offering two kits and two paths to share flight experiences. John Zimmerman, Vice President of Sporty’s of catalog division, told reporters at the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo that the ubiquitous Apple iPhone 4 and 5 have excellent quality HD video cameras built in, but they can be challenging to use in the cockpit.

Sun ’n Fun airshow wows crowds

Article | Apr 11, 2013

Pilots nationwide and spectators from the Lakeland, Fla., area flocked to the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in anticipation of the daily airshows and other happenings at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. The daily airshows are shorter this year to accommodate more fly-in traffic and make up for the cancellation of the U.S.

Vulcanair drops in at Sun ’n Fun

Article | Apr 11, 2013

Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo attendees got a glimpse of an updated Vulcanair twin model as it was en route from the company factory in Italy to its new owner in Brazil. The retractable gear P68R now carries a Garmin G950 panel and numerous interior and other enhancements.