Long dubbed "Spring break for pilots," the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo, the first major U.S. fly-in of the year, kicked off April 4 in Lakeland, Florida, under partly cloudy skies.
Many pilots flew in ahead of the show to secure camping spots and get their aircraft shined up for spectators while vendors prepared their display aircraft. Airshow performers parked their aircraft with the same level of precision by which they’ll be flying throughout the week.
Colorful paint schemes, on fly-in and display aircraft, will be sure to give aircraft owners who want to do something different with their airplane some ideas. Collins photographed a colorful Cessna 206 that flew in from Venezuela to camp at the show, the red-white-and-blue scheme of the Patrouille de France formation jet team, and a unique Van's Aircraft RV-8.
AOPA’s Cessna 172 Sweepstakes airplane arrived April 3 also sporting a unique design. With a base coat of silver, the airplane is decked out with logos sure to keep pilots’ attention as they read about the new enhancements to the aircraft and learn how they can win.
Members should stop by the AOPA campus at Sun 'n Fun to attend educational seminars in the program pavilion, see the sweepstakes airplane, talk to AOPA staff, and take care of their membership needs.