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Sun 'n Fun 2015

APRIL 21, 2015

Sun 'n Fun



First flights

Ask pilots about their first flight, and you can expect they'll remember it well no matter how long they've been flying. For the trio of students who are taking part in One Week Ready to Solo at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo, the memories are still fresh and their smiles are wide. Read more...  



Stalls, thermals, and fun

They hopped around South Florida, landing their Cessnas at airports large and small, and even a U.S. Air Force baseā€”in the simulator, of course. The three students taking part in Redbird Flight Simulations' One Week Ready to Solo project have slightly different takes on their experience so far, with one common denominator: fun. Read more...  



Big numbers

The Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo is shaping up to set records for attendance. Sun 'n Fun President and CEO John R. Leenhouts said pre-registration is up 30 percent over 2014, which was a record-setting year for attendance; and the number of vendors and exhibitors will hit a 10-year high. That means if you are looking for anything aviation related, chances are good you can find it in Lakeland, Florida. Read more...  



Superior introduces diesel for LSAs

Superior Aviation joined the diesel engine fray with its acquisition of the Powerplant Developments engine now called Gemini. Superior plans to bring the 100-horsepower engine to market in early 2016. Read more...  



New Cub kit features upgrades

CubCrafters located in Yakima, Washington, has introduced the $75,000 Carbon Cub EX-2 with aileron and flap changes to make rolls crisper and speeds slower. Slower? How slow do you want to go? After all, it's a Cub! Read more...  



Four-place kit offered by Sling

You've heard that Flight Design and Tecnam are introducing new four-place aircraft into the market, but if you want to build your own, a South African company has a solution. Read more...  



Hilton demos WingX Pro7 for Android

Pilots in the market for an electronic flight bag for their Android device can check out a new product at Sun 'n Fun. Hilton Software will be providing demos of WingX Pro7 for Android during the show. Read more...  



Avidyne announces avionics collaboration, ADS-B solution

Avidyne Corp. will collaborate to provide avionics for the Sun Flyer solar-electric training aircraft, and has received FAA approval for Mode S transponder installations on more than 1,000 airplanes. Read more...  



New audio panel for experimentals 'fills a void'

General aviation intercom and audio system maker PS Engineering is offering aircraft homebuilders a "high end" audio panel. Read more...  


FAA validates Piper Archer DX

Piper Aircraft CEO Simon Caldecott announced at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo that the FAA has validated the supplemental type certificate for the Continental CD-155 diesel installation in the Archer DX. The diesel engine was approved in Europe in 2014, and Caldecott said the first installation is underway in Vero Beach, Florida, for a European customer. The Archer DX, able to run on Jet A, has not yet drawn an American customer, Caldecott said.



Wagstaff to sign autographs at AOPA Campus

Sun 'n Fun attendees will have a chance to get an autograph and take a photo with AOPA Ambassador and airshow star Patty Wagstaff outside the main AOPA tent April 23, 24, or 25 at 11 a.m. Stop by to meet the aerobatic pilot! Download the schedule of events at the AOPA Campus for more information on what to do and see.


Join Baker for free treats, the latest on AOPA initiatives

Members can find out about AOPA's key initiatives from AOPA President Mark Baker over coffee and donuts or ice cream at two free events during the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida. At a Pilot Town Hall April 22 at 9 a.m., Baker will discuss the association's latest efforts in Washington, D.C., and other initiatives over free coffee and donuts; find out more about current efforts while satisfying your sweet tooth April 25 at 1 p.m. during an ice cream social and Pilot Town Hall. Find out more...  

ePilot Editors:

Sarah Deener
Alyssa Miller
Jim Moore

Production Assistant:

Melissa Whitehouse


Jill W. Tallman
Elizabeth Tennyson
Warren Morningstar
Alton K. Marsh
Dave Hirschman
Tom Horne
Ian J. Twombly
Dan Namowitz

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