Sun 'n Fun Kicks Off Flying Season on Tuesday
March 24, 2011 — “Spring Break for Pilots and Friends” – more commonly known as Sun ’n Fun - welcomes the 2011 flying season next Tuesday, March 29, at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida. The 37th annual event runs through Sunday, April 3, and as always will include expanded participation from EAA member volunteers, chapter members, forum presenters, and HQ staff from Oshkosh. Visit the centrally located EAA Member Tent at the intersection of Laird Boulevard and Voyager Lane with your membership questions, merchandise sales, and member benefits help. The Cessna Skycatcher that Young Eagle Co-Chairman Jeff Skiles is flying there this week will also be on display, and you can also enter to win one in the EAA Spirit of Aviation Aircraft Sweepstakes.
And remember to attend Thursday night’s free ice cream social, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Sun ’n Fun Pavilion (located adjacent to the Florida Air Museum), immediately followed by “An Evening With EAA Presidents,” featuring EAA Founder Paul Poberezny, EAA Chairman Tom Poberezny, and current EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower.
Major highlights of this year’s fly-in include performances by the Blue Angels Thursday through Sunday in honor of naval aviation’s centennial; a 20-year retrospective on Operation Desert Storm; a 10-year commemoration of 9/11; the formal opening of the new Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA), location of SNF’s 450 educational forums; an aviation town hall meeting April 2, hosted by congressman Sam Graves, on the state and importance of GA, featuring leadership of AOPA, EAA, FAA, GAMA, NBAA, and CAF; F-22 Raptor flight demonstrations; and much more.
“From start to finish, this Sun ’n Fun 2011 offers something for every age and interest,” said John Burton, Sun ’n Fun president. Learn more about SNF 2011 here.