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News from Headquarters

Article | Apr 21, 2014

AOPA hosted a breakfast meeting at Sun 'n Fun for flying club enthusiasts.

Sun 'n Fun 2014 by the numbers

Article | Apr 08, 2014

AOPA Online takes a look at the numbers generated at this year's Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Fla.

Members weigh in on AOPA's Rusty Pilot initiative

Article | Apr 08, 2014

Attendees interviewed at Sun ‘n Fun applaud AOPA for the new Rusty Pilot initiative.

Scenic Sun 'n Fun

Article | Apr 08, 2014

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels returned to wow the crowd with exquisite precision flying, and the next generation began to dream.

Lightspeed names 2014 grant finalists

Article | Apr 07, 2014

The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation named 15 aviation charities as finalists in the 2014 Pilot's Choice Awards program April 2 at Sun ‘n Fun.

Notable quotables from Sun ‘n Fun

Article | Apr 07, 2014

AOPA Online captures interesting quotes from the 2014 Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Fla.

Bonanza pilot wins King Schools sweepstakes

Article | Apr 04, 2014

Patrick Timmons has won the King Schools "Let Us Be Your Mentors" sweepstakes.

King Schools creates new online pilot forum

Article | Apr 04, 2014

A new online forum created by the King Schools targets aspiring and current pilots.

FAA hands out master pilot, mechanic awards at Sun 'n Fun

Article | Apr 04, 2014

Former FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, Women Airforce Service Pilot Bernice Haydu, and Sun 'n Fun founding director Billy Henderson were among the recipients of the FAA's Wright Brothers Master Pilot and Charles Taylor Master Mechanic awards.

Briefing: Where it all began

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

It was 1939 and war was looming in Europe. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was president of the United States.

OpenAirplane expands to individual aircraft owners

Article | Apr 03, 2014

OpenAirplane has expanded its network of rental aircraft to individual owners who can make their airplanes available to a growing pool of pilots.

Synthetic advisory elements demonstrated

Article | Apr 03, 2014

Components for a synthetic air traffic advisory system were demonstrated at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport during Sun ’n Fun.

Stratus adds animated radar, split-screen attitude

Article | Apr 03, 2014

The Stratus Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) receiver from Sporty’s Pilot Shop has added a split-screen attitude view, animated radar, and an iPad-battery-saving feature, Sporty’s announced April 2.

Sights of Sun 'n Fun

Slideshow | Apr 03, 2014

Aircraft of all shapes and sizes are gleaming under the Florida sun, and there is plenty of fun being had at Sun 'n Fun, too.

Be a member of the club

Article | Apr 03, 2014

AOPA sees the formation and promotion of flying clubs as a key initiative to bring more people into the flying community.

Quicksilver intros Sport 2S, expands assembly sites

Article | Apr 02, 2014

Quicksilver’s latest product is the new Sport 2S, a 65-horsepower Rotax 582-powered two seater made of aluminum tubing and Dacron-covered airfoils.

Couple donates Twin Bee to Vermont school

Article | Apr 02, 2014

Californians Jeanette and Roger Glazer have enjoyed their Twin Bee UC-1 for the past six years, but recently considered selling it. Instead the Seaplane Pilots Association convinced the couple to donate their storied aircraft.

JetBlue flies students to Sun 'n Fun

Article | Apr 02, 2014

With fanfare provided by the Florida Air Force ROTC Honor Guard and Drum Corps, a JetBlue Airbus A320 arrived on Lakeland Linder Regional Airport’s Runway 5 bearing 120 students and school leadership from Long Island City, N.Y., and York College, Pa.

FreeFlight cuts ADS-B prices

Article | Apr 02, 2014

To encourage more aircraft owners to invest in ADS-B technology sooner, FreeFlight Systems is cutting the price of its universal access transceiver kit through the end of the year.

Airvan gets executive interior option

Article | Apr 02, 2014

GippsAero, the aircraft manufacturing arm of Mahindra Aerospace, has introduced a new executive interior for its GA8 Airvan utility airplane.

Tri-Motor offers vintage flying experience

Article | Apr 02, 2014

The Ford Tri-Motor passenger briefing covers the usual items, with a few twists—like the fact that one emergency exit is through the roof, or that you’ll need to climb uphill through the aisle to get to your seat.

AOPA members love their pancakes

Article | Apr 02, 2014

More than 200 attendees packed AOPA's Big Yellow Tent on April 2 to feast on free pancakes at the association's first breakfast at Sun 'n Fun, which featured a Q-and-A session with AOPA President Mark Baker.

Fly for $300 a month, Baker says

Article | Apr 02, 2014

With the high cost of avgas and new aircraft prices soaring, is it possible to fly for $200 or $300 a month? "The answer is, you can," said AOPA President Mark Baker at a panel discussion April 1.

Discovery Aviation buys Liberty XL-2, tests utility twin

Article | Apr 02, 2014

Discovery Aviation will manufacture the two-place Liberty XL-2, and flight testing has been completed for the new Discovery 201, a twin-engine, multi-role utility aircraft.

What portable ADS-B receivers don’t tell you

Article | Apr 02, 2014

Portable, receive-only ADS-B devices may not provide a complete picture of traffic near your aircraft.

Premier progresses with 172 diesel upgrade

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Premier Aircraft Sales is upgrading Cessna 172s with Centurion 2.0 turbodiesel engines and Garmin glass panels with touch-screen avionics.

DeLorme cuts inReach service fees

Article | Apr 01, 2014

DeLorme has cut inReach service fees, and the satellite communicator has been approved for Lockheed Martin’s Adverse Condition Alerting Service and FAA satellite reporting in Alaska.

AeroShell's Able Flight scholarship honors Alan Henley

Article | Apr 01, 2014

AeroShell has funded an ongoing flight training scholarship for Able Flight in honor of Alan Henley, the paralyzed former AeroShell Aerobatic Team leader.

Scheme Designers hosts scavenger hunt

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Scheme Designers, the design company that creates paint schemes for everything from light sport aircraft to airliners—as well as this year’s AOPA Sweepstakes Debonair—is hosting a scavenger hunt at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla.

A new start for Stemme

Article | Apr 01, 2014

The ultra-sleek, ultra high-tech Rotax-powered Stemme S-10 is back on display at Sun 'n Fun 2014, but that’s not the company’s big news. Under newly named President Mark Stevenson, Stemme has established Stemme USA, Inc.

TBM 900 debuts to public at Sun 'n Fun

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Daher Socata is on hand at Sun 'n Fun with the first two of the four new TBM 900s recently delivered to the United States. It was the first public showing of the new design.

Tecnam starts expansion in United States

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Tecnam, an Italian firm well established in Europe, is making significant investments aimed at growth in the United States, including introducing the Astore light sport aircraft.

LAMA looks to future of light sport industry

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Light sport aircraft manufacturers may take on a growing share of general aviation aircraft deliveries, according to an industry forecast and analysis by the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association.

Experimental avionics in Flight Design C4

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Flight Design and Garmin will pioneer the use of experimental avionics with its four-seat, composite C4 aircraft.

Rotax lowers fuel burn, boosts performance with 912 iS Sport

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Rotax BRP unveiled a new version of its 912 iS fuel-injected engine at Sun 'n Fun that the company says offers a shorter takeoff run, a steeper climb rate, the best flight range in its class, and easier operations.

Garmin pilotizes the VIRB camera system

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Garmin's VIRB action camera now includes a host of accessories to make it more useful in the cockpit. An audio cable captures intercom and ATC communications, and a new removable filter reduces propeller blur.

Sun 'n Fun welcomes arrivals

Slideshow | Apr 01, 2014

AOPA Technical Editor Mike Collins captured the gathering crowd with a camera at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Fla.

Redbird launches simulator challenge

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Redbird Flight Simulations is encouraging pilots from all over the world to show their stuff in the company's new 'Flying' Challenge Cup.

Meet Rod Machado, join Baker for pancakes at AOPA campus

Article | Mar 31, 2014

Attendees can meet with flight instructor and author Rod Machado or join AOPA President Mark Baker for a pancake breakfast as part of AOPA’s expanded offerings at the 2014 Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-in and Expo.

Treasure hunt, rebates among Sun 'n Fun deals

Article | Mar 31, 2014

Bonus gifts with headsets, rebates for GPS units, and an on-site treasure hunt are among the special offers from sellers during the 2014 Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-in and Expo.

Policy change riles LSA industry

Article | Mar 26, 2014

A draft FAA policy would prevent some light sport aircraft from carrying passengers, flying over densely populated areas, or flying at night. AOPA and the light sport aircraft industry oppose the changes.

AOPA offers safety seminars, more at Sun ‘n Fun

Article | Mar 20, 2014

Seminars at AOPA’s expanded Sun ‘n Fun campus feature safety topics presented by the Air Safety Institute, John and Martha King, and flight instructor and author Rod Machado.

Always something going on at AOPA campus at Sun ‘n Fun

Article | Mar 11, 2014

Whether you’re at Sun ‘n Fun for a day or the week, there will always be something happening at the expanded AOPA campus.

Cost comparison

Pilot Magazine | Mar 11, 2014

A visitor pulled up to my hangar in an S-class Mercedes recently with a few questions—and assumptions—about flying.

Briefing: Spend a Saturday with AOPA

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

For the first time in its seventy-five year history, AOPA will meet its members where they fly and share the joy of flight at a series of one-day regional fly-ins.

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.

Brazil’s Wega debuts

Article | Apr 10, 2013

Fresh from a 4,000-nautical-mile shakedown cross-country flight, Brazil’s brand-new Wega is attracting a lot of attention at the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Fla. The Wega is an all-composite, experimental-category airplane built in the Santa Catarina district in Brazil.

Fun in the sun

Article | Apr 10, 2013

Thousands are flying in and attending the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo this year, and they are finding plenty of time for some sun. Lakeland, Fla., has had warm temperatures and sunny skies for the start of the event, and similar conditions are forecast for the rest of the week.

Redbird launches AOPA Jay, growing sim community

Article | Apr 10, 2013

Students and pilots who want to practice fly-in procedures to events like Sun ’n Fun or EAA AirVenture, brush up their basic flight maneuvers, or test their skills with new flight situations have a new option for a personal flight simulator, Redbird Flight Simulations announced April 10. Redbird officially launched the AOPA Jay, a single out-of-the-box unit, during the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Fla.

Zenith breaks from STOL mold

Article | Apr 10, 2013

Conventional tires and wheel pants distinguish the CH 750 Cruzer from its STOL predecessors. Zenith Aircraft Co.

A Fleet with a history shines in the Florida sun

Article | Apr 09, 2013

Stan Sweikar worked for 24 years to restore his award-winning 1929 Fleet Model 2 after engine failure forced a landing that clipped its wings.

AOPA sweeps Debonair debuts at Sun ’n Fun

Article | Apr 09, 2013

The AOPA Sweepstakes airplane, a 1963 Debonair, debuted at the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In and Expo. The team at Santa Fe Aero Services worked overtime to install the aircraft’s brand-new, upgraded instrument panel in time for AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne to fly the Debonair to Lakeland, Fla., in time for the show.

Flight Design delays C4 for Part 23 rewrite

Article | Apr 09, 2013

Flight Design plans to certify the four-place C4 under revised Part 23 standards, delaying first deliveries until 2015. A mockup of the new aircraft was on display at Sun ’n Fun.

Foreflight releases big update, new Stratus announced

Article | Apr 09, 2013

Pilots can get subscription-free weather and traffic and make iPhones act as standby attitude indicators with the second-generation Stratus ADS-B receiver from Sporty’s Pilot Shop, the company announced. Stratus, which formerly offered subscription-free weather via ForeFlight, now offers additional capabilities in a new unit unveiled at the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo at Lakeland, Fla.

Learn about Aero-Space Reports escrow discount at AOPA tent

Article | Apr 09, 2013

If you’re kicking tires and talking aircraft pricing at the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo, stop by the AOPA tent to talk to staff members about all that buying an aircraft entails, from title services to insurance. AOPA Strategic Partner Aero-Space Reports announced April 9 that it is offering a 10-percent discount on escrow transaction fees to AOPA members.

MW Fly brings new engines to Sun ’n Fun

Article | Apr 09, 2013

Italy’s MW Fly, a spinoff of MW Motor Sports, has brought its new line of Aeropower engines, designed for light sport and experimental aircraft to the United States to debut at the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo. The engines have been adapted from technology used to build motorsport engines.

Sun ’n Fun welcomes thousands

Article | Apr 09, 2013

Sun 'n Fun President John Leenhouts has shifted the event's focus from "spring break for pilots" to a year-round effort to educate, inspire, and promote the love of aviation. Sun 'n Fun President John Leenhouts, right, is interviewed by AOPA Live Executive Producer Warren Morningstar on April 8 as final preparations were nearing completion.

Sun ’n Fun 2013 opens

Article | Apr 08, 2013

Pilots from around the country already are descending on Lakeland Linder Regional Airport for the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In and Expo.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2013

A single-engine aircraft is parked in front of a hangar at Lakeland Municipal Airport in Lakeland, Florida, circa 1937. Lakeland Municipal Airport opened on Lakeland Hills Boulevard in 1935.

Forums to advance aviation set at Sun ’n Fun

Article | Mar 27, 2013

No doubt you have heard about The Center to Advance the Pilot Community, AOPA’s energetic and far-reaching initiative to increase the number of student pilots who go on to earn a pilot certificate, and to reverse the decline in the number of active pilots. So, consider yourself invited to meet the center’s team members and participate in four forums that they will present at the thirty-ninth annual Sun ’n Fun Fly-in and Expo, April 9 through 14 at Florida’s Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.

Special Sun 'n Fun admission discounts for AOPA members

Article | Mar 14, 2013

AOPA members can enjoy a $5 discount off daily admission to the thirty-ninth annual Sun ’n Fun Fly-In every day of the show from April 9 through 14 in Lakeland, Fla.

A flying club is born

Article | Feb 13, 2013

Retired Air Force officer and Iraq veteran David Miller is hoping that his dream to create a flying club will take off by May. He’s basing the new club at Florida's Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, also home of Sun 'n Fun.

Sun ‘n Fun, Florida Air Museum consolidate leadership

Article | Aug 15, 2012

Sun 'n Fun President John R. "Lites" Leenhouts has assumed leadership of the Florida Air Museum to streamline efforts at the two organizations and expand the scope of the museum.

Sun 'n Fun plans new dates, many improvements for 2013

Article | Aug 02, 2012

Grass will be mowed instead of burned, the show will launch in April instead of late March, and organizers pledge the 2013 edition of Sun 'n Fun will be more accessible and easier to navigate.

Sun 'n Fun exec targets youth to grow pilot population

Article | Jul 20, 2012

Sun 'n Fun is converting to a year-round aviation-training machine, aiming its efforts at children and adults, but getting kids into aviation is the priority. Initiatives include redirecting the Florida Air Museum toward teens and putting qualified youngsters into flight training.

Time running out to support medical exemption

Advocacy | Jun 12, 2012

If using medical self-certification and a driver's license to fly single-engine aircraft with 180-horsepower or less, four seats or fewer, and fixed landing gear for recreational purposes is up your alley, now is your chance to make that scenario a reality. With only 20 days to support the AOPA/EAA medical exemption request, submit comments supporting it now.

Hot topics at Sun 'n Fun

Article | May 05, 2012

One new program that created a lot of buzz in the tent is the new Pilot Protection Services (PPS), which AOPA officially launched on May 1. By enrolling in PPS, you not only benefit from the advice and assistance available through AOPA’s Legal Services Plan, you also get access to a variety of other services that can help you protect both your pilot and medical certificates. Learn more at www.aopa.org/pps

Through the lens: Sun ‘n Fun frame by frame

Article | Apr 05, 2012

AOPA’s 2012 Sweepstakes Husky takes center stage in front of AOPA’s tent at Sun ‘n Fun.

Pilots speak out on medical petition at Sun 'n Fun

Advocacy | Apr 04, 2012

Thousands of pilots who streamed through the AOPA Tent at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla., logged support for an effort by AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association to reduce the burden of the third class medical.

Airport Support Network volunteers gather at Sun 'n Fun

Article | Apr 03, 2012

Airport Support Network volunteers and their guests learned about AOPA initiatives and new regulatory developments that can affect their home bases on March 30 during Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla.