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Gorgeous weather boosts Sun 'n Fun attendanceGorgeous weather boosts Sun 'n Fun attendance

Sun 'n Fun's gorgeous weatherGorgeous spring weather and a promising forecast boosted Sun ’n Fun attendance on opening day April 21, and Sun ’n Fun Fly-In President John Burton said he’s hopeful that momentum will build throughout the week.

“We started slow but picked up tremendous momentum today,” Burton said. “We had a strong influx of aircraft and campers last night and today.”

A band of rain and thunderstorms shut off most of northern Florida to VFR aircraft for portions of Sunday and Monday. But that weather has cleared, and the forecast looks wide open for much of the country.

Traffic was brisk in the exhibit areas, but most vendors said it was too early to know if visitors were buying.

“We’ve got some tire-kickers,” said Terry Adams, a T-6 Texan pilot working at the Snap-On Tools booth. “But we’ve got real buyers, too. We’re just getting started, though.”

Sun ’n Fun typically draws about 160,000 visitors during its six-day annual run.

“I’m cautiously optimistic that we’ll do about the same this year as last year,” Burton said.

Dave Hirschman

Dave Hirschman

AOPA Pilot Editor at Large
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.

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