Early arrivals staked out prime camping and viewing spots for the Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, Florida.
Jeff and Nancy Kling of Houston set up camp beside their Cessna 205 on March 26, a relatively quiet day for arrivals. The action heated up on March 27 with attendees rolling in. Jim Waldron, AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer for St. Simons Island Airport in Georgia, watched the hustle and bustle beside his Cessna 120.
AOPA staff set up our campus—right across from the FAA building—and brought in plenty of aircraft. Two of our most popular aircraft, the AOPA Sweepstakes Cessna 170B and the AOPA Extra 300L that is up for auction, were already drawing a lot of attention. Our display area also features a Cessna 152 and Beechcraft Bonanza A36.
Aircraft spotting wasn’t all that was going on early in the show—you never know who you might bump into. We spotted Kevin Lacey of the television show Airplane Repo leading a group of youth through the warbird area.
Attendees will have plenty of time to people spot at our campus this week too—we have a full schedule of meet-and-greet opportunities with social media influencers and aviation giants (check out our lineup).
The warm weather and even warmer welcomes from friends old and new are sure to make this another standout Sun ’n Fun. We hope to see you here.
AOPA Senior Director of Digital Media Alyssa Cobb contributed to this report.