EAA Helps Kick Off Sun 'N Fun Fly-In In Florida
April 4, 2006 — Like pilots from throughout North America, EAA is ready for the start of the new flying season with an extensive schedule of activities at spring's traditional fly in season opener, the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Fla., which opened today at Lakeland Lindner Regional Airport and runs through Monday, April 10.
With numerous activities that include forums and workshops, member gatherings, news conferences and one-on-one discussions, EAA is offering information and opportunities for fellowship among EAA members and other aviation enthusiasts throughout the grounds during Sun 'n Fun. That fly-in, which began in the 1970s with critical leadership and support provided by EAA chapters, has since assumed its own identity as one of the country's most significant aviation events.
"Sun 'n Fun kicks off the fly-in season and stokes the enthusiasm among many EAA members and other aviation enthusiasts for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, coming later in summer," said EAA president Tom Poberezny, who will participate at EAA's two public news conferences at Lakeland on April 6-7. "EAA and its members have a long tradition of being active at Sun 'n Fun, and are proud to play a prominent role in that event's growth as it has matured into an independent operation with its own staff, planning and infrastructure."
Among EAA's highlights:
- EAA members will again enjoy special admission discounts and other benefits throughout the grounds. At the unique "EAA Member Village," current members can renew acquaintances and meet EAA staff, while other aviation enthusiasts can discover the many benefits and advantages that come with EAA membership.
- Along with the services available at EAA Member Village, sport pilot student pilot certificates will be available to EAA members at no charge throughout the week. A beautiful Aviat Husky airplane on Wipaire floats, the top prize in the 2006 EAA Aircraft Sweepstakes, will also be on display. This airplane, which will be given away at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in July, has drawn enthusiastic interest wherever it has appeared. Sweepstakes tickets can be obtained during Sun 'n Fun at EAA Member Village.
- EAA staff and volunteer representatives will present numerous forums and workshops throughout Sun 'n Fun week, touching on all aspects of recreational aviation.
- EAA's Sport Pilot experts will be available to help people fully explore this exciting new avenue of access to personal flight, while other activities will also bring together EAA members during the fly-in.
- Visitors can also learn about EAA Young Eagles and EAA SportAir Workshops, including the drive to 1.25 million Young Eagles by EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. As always, hundreds of EAA members show their support for aviation activities by volunteering their time at Sun 'n Fun. Many of these volunteers come from the ranks of the more than 4,000 volunteers who annually support EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
"Each of these events makes a meaningful contribution to aviation, and EAA members make these and countless other events possible with their active, passionate participation that benefits everyone who enjoys flying," Poberezny said. "EAA is proud to continue its participation at Sun 'n Fun in 2006 and is appreciative for the warm welcome our members receive each year. We look forward to seeing many EAA members attending and contributing their time and talents to help make the event possible."