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Shake off the winter cold at Lakeland Linder Airport

Now in its 44th year, SUN ‘n FUN continues to rank in the top 10 of the largest, most entertaining air shows in general aviation. They don’t call it the spring break of fly-ins for nothing. Start the 2018 flying season off right in Lakeland, Florida, joining nearly 200,000 aviation fans from more than 60 countries.

Check out vintage warbirds, hands-on workshops, forums, exhibits, music, great food, and kids’ activities. You can even camp onsite. Feel and hear the roar of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the AeroShell Aerobatic Team, or any of the performances by Matt Chapman, Mike Goulian, Patty Wagstaff, and Julie Clark as they rip through the sky. Give the kids a shot at flying too, with the aviation-themed Kid Zone and Mobile Mountain.

Plus, AOPA members receive a special discount! Save $30 off a weekly pass or $5 off daily passes by using AOPA217 in the discount code box during checkout at

Make the AOPA Main Tent Your First Stop

Visit the AOPA campus to attend educational seminars in our Program Pavilion, get up close to the AOPA Super Cub Sweepstakes airplane, and learn about drones. Meet AOPA staff and share what’s on your mind, learn more about your AOPA membership benefits, and see what products and services are best suited for your aviation lifestyle.

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  • BasicMed with AOPA: Get all your questions answered and learn about our “Fit to Fly” resources. How does the new reform help you? How do you get back into flying? What are the benefits of the medical reform for current AOPA pilots? We have the answers for you at the AOPA campus.
  • Learn with AOPA: Check out the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s free seminars to make you a better, safer pilot.
  • Protect with AOPA: From AOPA’s in-demand legal and medical services to its many different personal and aviation insurance products, you’ll be covered while you’re flying. Our experts will be on hand to answer your legal and medical questions, so stop in and say hello.
  • Own with AOPA: We’ll show you how to make aircraft ownership more affordable and accessible to you. We also offer refinancing and avionics upgrade options. Get a free rate quote from one of our aircraft finance specialists. 
  • Fly with AOPA: Learn about our quick, easy, affordable, and flexible ways to finance your training.
  • Explore with AOPA: Along with our popular flight planning tools (free to members), we can help you select a travel destination and offer you travel discounts – after all, there are many places to fly, people to meet, and memories to make.  And don’t forget to check out our 2018 regional fly-in schedule for additional places to explore. 
  • AOPA Pilot Gear Store: Show off your aviation pride with gear for pilots and aviation enthusiasts— there’s something for everyone!
  • Membership Deals: Take advantage of AOPA membership show specials and ask about our Drone membership.

The AOPA Program Pavilion – Where Learning is Always Fun


  • Two Pilot Town Halls with AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker
  • Excellent aviation skills and safety seminars including:
    • Thunderstorm avoidance
    • Accident Case Studies involving CFIT (Controlled Flight Into Terrain)
    • NATCA (National Air Traffic Controllers Association) presenters on how to work well with ATC
    • ADS-B Case Studies: exploring solutions for every aircraft; panel experts led by AOPA’s Mike Collins
    • Real world VFR/IFR scenarios
    • Upset recovery, spins, and emergency scenarios
  • Sharing the Skies: The Drone Evolution
  • Product demonstrations from industry leaders

Outdoor Courtyard

  • Connect with AOPA members, fellow pilots, and aviation enthusiasts and meet new friends under the shade of an AOPA umbrella.
  • Get a first look at the completely refurbished AOPA Sweepstakes Super Cub.
  • Learn what AOPA’s You Can Fly program can do for you by talking to our flight training, flying clubs, and Rusty Pilots experts. From prospective student pilots to lapsed pilots, we have resources for everyone!
  • Visit the AOPA You Can Fly staff to learn how you can fly more affordably and more often, how easy it is to get back into the left seat again, and how to apply for a flight training scholarship.