Students at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy in Lakeland, FL and students at the Nannestad High School outside of Oslo, Norway will be the guests at the first International SKYPE event hosted by SUN ‘n FUN and the Florida Air Museum.  This event, on Thursday, November 7, 2013, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., is also open to the general public.

  • 12:00 noon Major Frode Dahl of the Norwegian Air Defense, is a a fighter pilot who since 2004 has played an important role in defining Norway’s need and specifications for a new fighter plane.  He will present the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter with its stealth technology and advanced computer systems that is set to replace Norways aging fleet of F-16s.
  • 1:00 p.m.  NASA and the Jet Propulsion Lab will present the latest findings from Curiosity, the Mars Rover.  Also presented will be the newest MAVEN spacecraft, scheduled for launch in late November.  The instrumentation that will be used to gain more information about Mars’ atmosphere.  Sarah Marcotte from the Mars Laboratory at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory is the invited speaker.

Guests are encouraged to arrive early at the Florida Air Museum, 4175 Medulla Road, Lakeland, FL 33811.

Coordinating the activity with Lori Bradner, Executive Director of Education at SUN ‘n FUN is Mr. Kjell Arnt Nystol, MSc, a STEM teacher at Nannestad High School outside of Oslo, Norway.  He is also a Board Member of the Nannestad Newton Science Center at Nannestad High School.  Mr. Nystol is the representative for the State of Akershus to the Forum for Mathematics, Science and Technology, an independent collaboration between academia, government, labor unions and large industries in Norway.

Communication channels and video interviews on site are being conducted by Kathleen High School video teams with guidance and audio/visual assistance from the Florida Aviation Network.

SUN ‘n FUN’s mission is to preserve and enhance the future of flight through world-class events, inspiring and educating people of all ages. SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In, Inc. is a 501c3 corporation.  Make plans now to attend the 40th Annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo April 1-6, 2014.