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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

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.

P-51 Mustang romps to become Challenge Champion

Article | Apr 03, 2012

After 62 pairings of some of aviation's most respected aircraft, it came down to two mighty and beloved airplanes. Pilots voted and talked smack, with one winner prevailing in AOPA's Favorite Aircraft Challenge. Even though the powerful and storied Douglas DC-3 put up a courageous fight in the finals April 1 and 2, it could not attract enough votes to overcome a wave of support by P-51 fans, who helped crown the Mustang as 2012 Challenge Champion.

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.

VFR in to IMC: Learn to escape the odds

Article | Apr 03, 2012

The Air Safety Institute put pilots' skills at VFR-into-IMC scenarios to the test through a Redbird full-motion simulator at the AOPA Tent during Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla. The goal was to convey the seriousness of VFR flight into instrument conditions and reinforce basic skills - aviate, navigate, communicate.

GA roots focus of Graves' town hall

Advocacy | Apr 02, 2012

Protecting pilots and antique aircraft, the beginning and foundation of general aviation, were the focus of a town hall hosted by Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) March 31 at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla.

Meet the Thunderbirds No. 3 pilot

Article | Mar 31, 2012

Air Force Maj. Caroline Jensen, the fourth woman to hold a flight slot with the Thunderbirds and the second to fly the No. 3 jet, is the last of the team to touch down at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla., on March 29. "I'd like to meet a bunch of kids this weekend and have them send me an email some day and say, 'Hey, I met you at Sun'n Fun 2012 and now I'm going to be Thunderbird No. 3."

Piper reaffirms commitment to training market

Article | Mar 29, 2012

Piper Aircraft CEO Simon Caldecott said the business has been realigned around the M-class airplanes (Matrix, Meridian, Malibu), twins, and training aircraft. "I want to get Piper heavily back into the training business," he said.

Apollo astronaut looks to the future at Sun 'n Fun

Article | Mar 28, 2012

Forty years ago, Harrison Schmitt set foot on the moon, emerging from the Apollo 17 lunar module in a valley deeper than the Grand Canyon.

Foundation dedicates fire circle at Sun 'n Fun

Article | Mar 28, 2012

Friendships are forged around campfires, particularly in the backcountry, where pilots seek out pathless woods and scenic vistas. One of the first jobs to be done after securing an aircraft in the midst of natural wonders is lighting a fire, as AOPA President Craig Fuller noted March 27 at Sun 'n Fun.