April 12, 2013
By Julie Summers Walker
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. The newly formed Paradise City location for light sport aircraft is also a success, he said.
There were two incidents at Thursday’s splash-in on Lake Agnes—two SeaReys were involved in non-fatal accidents; one of the aircraft was totaled. Leenhouts did not have details on the incidents, but wind had curtailed some activities yesterday.
In other announcements, veteran airshow legend Bob Hoover will be inducted into the Sun ’n Fun Flight Path Hall of Fame, and JetBlue Airlines has partnered with Sun ’n Fun in its “Kids in the Cockpit” campaign.
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Red Bull Air Racing has returned for 2014, with Paul Bonhomme, twice a world champion of past years’ competitions, claiming a victory.
AOPA President Mark Baker flew four women and girls on two flights March 4 as part of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week activities designed to introduce more women and girls to aviation.
Pilots from Maine and New England turned out in numbers for the annual Maine Aviation Forum hosted by EAA Chapter 1434.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.