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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.

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.

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.

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.