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Sun ‘n Fun canceled

Show organizers to offer a 'Sun 'n Fun at Home' series

After initially postponing the Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo because of the coronavirus pandemic, show organizers announced April 1 that they were canceling the event for 2020 but pledged to release a “Sun ‘n Fun at Home” series.

The Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo, which typically kicks off the fly-in season each spring, has been canceled for 2020 because of the coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Mike Collins.

“Our team is working hard on bringing the spectacle and excitement of Sun ‘n Fun to you in the digital world! We will be utilizing the latest technology to host exciting events and content online in new and innovative ways,” Sun ‘n Fun President and CEO John Leenhouts said. “While we are of course disappointed that our traditional show must wait until 2021, we are invigorated and excited to announce several things to look forward to in the coming weeks in our brand new ‘SUN ‘n FUN at Home’ Series.”

Sun ‘n Fun is in the process of overhauling its website to provide a new digital experience, and Leenhouts encouraged pilots to check the website regularly for updates.

The annual fly-in, originally scheduled for March 31 to April 5, is the main fundraiser for the Aerospace Center for Excellence, an academy based at the Sun ‘n Fun campus in Lakeland, Florida. The show provides “over $2 million annually for STEM education programs, flight training and aerospace-related college scholarships, and hands-on learning facilities.”

“Regardless of the financial impact, for the safety of all, we will move our 46th event to join with the 47th in April of 2021,” Leenhouts said, adding that the Sun ‘n Fun staff, who are working remotely because of the pandemic, are already planning next year’s event.

“We’ll look forward to welcoming you back here next spring to celebrate the return of the Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo,” he said.

Alyssa J. Miller

Alyssa J. Cobb

AOPA Senior Director of Media, Digital Media
AOPA Senior Director of Media, Digital Media, Alyssa J. Cobb began working at AOPA in 2004, is a flight instructor, and loves flying her Cessna 170B with her husband and two children. Alyssa also hosts the weekly Fly with AOPA show on the AOPA Pilot Video YouTube channel.
Topics: COVID19, Sun 'n Fun

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