https://www.flysnf.org Thu, 15 Aug 2019 20:06:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 AEROSPACE DISCOVERY AT THE FLORIDA AIR MUSEUM TO PARTICIPATE IN BLUE STAR MUSEUMS PROGRAM https://www.flysnf.org/aerospace-discovery-at-the-florida-air-museum-to-participate-in-blue-star-museums-program/ Thu, 23 May 2019 18:14:31 +0000 https://www.flysnf.org/?p=78227 Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum offering free admission to military personnel and their families this summer. For Immediate Release May 23, 2019 Lakeland, Florida – Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum announces it will join museums nationwide in participating in the tenth summer of Blue Star Museums, a program which provides [...]

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Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum offering free admission to military personnel and their families this summer.

For Immediate Release
May 23, 2019

Lakeland, FloridaAerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum announces it will join museums nationwide in participating in the tenth summer of Blue Star Museums, a program which provides free admission to our nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families this summer. The 2019 program runs from Saturday, May 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day through  Monday, September 2, 2019, Labor Day. Military can find the list of participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums nationwide. First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, and Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence, are honorary co-chairs of Blue Star Museums 2019.

“The aviation community has very strong military ties. Many people know us for our annual SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In and attend because of our large warbird displays and military demonstrations. Aerospace Discovery showcases a myriad of displays including military aircraft like the F-14 Tomcat and a traveling display, NOAA: Where Science Meets Service exhibit which will only be here through September. We are proud to support the Blue Star Museum program for the second year and encourage military families to come see what our museum has to offer year round,” says John “Lites” Leenhouts, CEO/President SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In, Inc. who is also a retired naval aviator.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to celebrate the tenth summer of collaborating with Blue Star Families, Department of Defense, and especially the more than 2,000 museums across our nation that make this program possible, “ said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Organizations such as Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum are providing wonderful opportunities for military families to share a memorable experience together this summer.”

This year’s participating organizations include fine art, science, history, and children’s museums, as well as zoos, aquariums, gardens, and more.

“We’ve seen the tremendous impact the Blue Star Museums program brings to our military families, and we’re thrilled to be celebrating a decade of support,” said Kathy Roth-Douquet, chief executive officer of Blue Star Families. “Not only are museums fun to explore but are also great for making memories and strengthening military families as a whole.”

“The Defense Department congratulates Blue Star Families and the National Endowment for the Arts on reaching an incredible milestone: ten years of service to the military community though Blue Star Museums,” said A.T. Johnston, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Military Community and Family Policy. “We offer our sincere gratitude to the more than 2,000 museums across the country who open their doors through this wonderful program. Your patriotism and generosity have enriched the lives and experiences of our military families.”

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

About Aerospace Center for Excellence, Inc.:
The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has emerged as a nationally recognized leader in STEM-related and aerospace education through its various learning centers, outreach programs, summer camps and scholarships aimed at preparing students for tomorrow’s aerospace challenges. Located on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus in Lakeland, Florida, the organization is known for its annual SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo fundraising event as well as the Aerospace Discovery Museum which is Florida’s Official Aviation Museum and Education Center. ACE is the world’s leader in producing licensed teenage private pilots and delivers youth programs that engage over 40,000 students a year.  For more information, www.ACEedu.aero

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more.

 About Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families builds communities that support military families by connecting research and data to programs and solutions, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Since its inception in 2009, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and serves more than 1.5 million military family members. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are. For more information, visit bluestarfam.org

 

Carol Cali
Director of Marketing
SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In, Inc.
863-644-2431
ccali@flysnf.org

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Classroom to the Sky – TEACHERS FLY! https://www.flysnf.org/teachersfly/ Sun, 12 May 2019 18:09:43 +0000 https://www.flysnf.org/?p=19158 Are you a teacher? Come get the chance to learn about aviation in your classroom and fly a real airplane!

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CLASSROOM TO THE SKY

September 28,2019

Event Details

Date: September 28, 2019
Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Price: $25.00 per teacher

Venue: SUN ‘n FUN Campus
Name: Kimberly Brewer
Phone No: (863) 904-4062

CLASSROOM TO THE SKY

A TEACHER’S GUIDE TO INFUSING AEROSPACE EDUCATION INTOSTEAM LEARNING


Your day of aviation includes:

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Breakfast with speaker
  • Break-out sessions
    • Ground School for teachers
    • Three STEM Curriculums for Elementary, Middle and High school
    • Hands-on riveting & restoration projects, including the opportunity to build you own Zenith Binder!
  • Lunch
  • Flight Opportunity (weather permitting)
  • Receiver your very own ACE Swag Bag

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!

Register by Tuesday, September 17th 2019  to receive a free t-shirt.


EARN IN-SERVICE POINTS!!

FREE Admission ALL DAY to the Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum Show your Teachers I.D. and receive one annual membership to the Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum.

 

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Foam Glow 5K https://www.flysnf.org/foam-glow-5k/ Fri, 10 May 2019 17:46:01 +0000 https://www.flysnf.org/?p=78391 Foam Glow 5K™ is a fun filled experience exposing runners to Glowing Foam and a ton of Blacklight’s all over the course.

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Foam Glow 5K

 

September 14, 2019

 

Event Details

Foam Glow 5K™ is a fun filled experience exposing runners to Glowing Foam and a ton of Blacklight’s all over the course. Glowing runners come from all different ages, shapes, sizes, and speeds. Whether you are a long term runner or a walk around the park stroller, the up to 5k Foam Glow 5K™ course will have you shining bright and waiting for the next run.

 

 

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Central Florida Arms Show presented by Lakeland Rifle & Pistol Club Educational Center https://www.flysnf.org/gunshow/ Thu, 09 May 2019 13:14:51 +0000 https://www.flysnf.org/?p=37989 Central Florida Arms Show presented by Lakeland Rifle and Pistol Club Educational Center

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Central Florida Arms Show presented by Lakeland Rifle & Pistol Club Educational Center

 

July 21-22, 2019

 

Event Details

The Central Florida Arms Show presented by Lakeland Rifle and Pistol Club Educational Center will be held on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus: 

The Lakeland Rifle and Pistol Club (LRPC) is a privately owned gun club, with membership open to the public. Men, Women, and Children can enjoy this private, safe shooting facility 365 days a year. The Club supports individual marksmanship, competitive shooting, safety, education, training, social events, and family values through youth events. For more information – www.lakelandgunclub.com

 

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SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In Inc. mourns the loss of its Founder, Billy Henderson, and shares the date for his Celebration of Life. https://www.flysnf.org/billy-henderson-sun-n-fun-fly-in/ Tue, 07 May 2019 14:29:02 +0000 https://www.flysnf.org/?p=77951 SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In Inc. mourns the loss of its Founder, Billy Henderson, and shares the date for his Celebration of Life For Immediate Release May 6, 2019 Lakeland, FL: The aviation industry was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a friend, Billy Henderson, this past April 12th 2019. Founder and former [...]

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SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In Inc. mourns the loss of its Founder, Billy Henderson,
and shares the date for his Celebration of Life

For Immediate Release
May 6, 2019

Lakeland, FL: The aviation industry was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a friend, Billy Henderson, this past April 12th 2019. Founder and former Executive Director of SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In, Billy Henderson’s family and extended SUN ‘n FUN family will be celebrating his life on Sunday, June 23rd.  

There are only a handful of individuals that made such a mark on Central Florida as did Billy Henderson. Many agree he was a significant contributor to putting Lakeland, Florida on the map because of the impact his vision had on tourism, education, and economic development. Henderson is credited as the founding father of the SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In. His idea to host a Fly-In began in 1974 as a sketch on the back of a cereal box. What began with 700 participants has grown to become the largest annual convention in the state of Florida and the second largest airshow of its kind in the world with over 230,000 attendees from 80 countries throughout a 6 day event. The Fly-In’s proceeds annually fund over $2M of youth aviation-based programs and scholarships. 

The SUN ‘n FUN organization’s culture of southern hospitality was instilled early and remains in place today. “Billy’s idea for an event actually created a family that has sustained itself for over 45 years”, says Dr. Harley Richards, Chairman of SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In, Inc. “That family consists of 3500 volunteers who look forward to seeing each other every year. Our new volunteers always comment that part of their experience is becoming a part of this tight-knitted community”. 

Billy Henderson was born in Bartow, FL in 1929 and recalled his first plane ride when he was six years old in a biplane over Lake Alfred. His love of flying continued as he juggled his daytime job as a body-shop manager of a Cadillac dealership with owning and restoring numerous airplanes. Henderson eventually earned his pilot license and is also credited with being a charter member the local Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 454 that still exists today. 

Members of the Henderson family, including Billy’s wife Adair and son Arthur, were instrumental in building the long-standing success of the Fly-In as well as establishing an aviation museum, currently known as Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum. John “Lites” Leenhouts credits Henderson with enabling SUN ‘n FUN to evolve to a youth-based education non-profit organization. “Billy’s vision included engaging, educating and inspiring our youth as to the wonders of aviation. He spearheaded many of the initiatives that we have in place today as part of our Aerospace Center for Excellence.”

A celebration of Billy Henderson’s life will be held at the Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum on Sunday, June 23rd at 4pm. As space is limited, an RSVP is respectfully requested. If unable to attend, personal notes can be left and will be shared with the family as well.

In lieu of flowers, the Henderson Family requests that donations be made to SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In with the designation Memorial Gardens Project.

Blue Skies Billy.

To RSVP or to LEAVE A PERSONAL NOTE – CLICK HERE. 

Carol Cali
Director of Marketing
863-644-2431
ccali@flysnf.org

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Firme Estilo LowRider Carshow https://www.flysnf.org/firme-estilo-lowrider-carshow/ Sat, 04 May 2019 19:52:08 +0000 https://www.flysnf.org/?p=80910 Lowrider Car Show

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FIRME ESTILO LOWRIDER CAR SHOW

 

October 27, 2019

 

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2019 SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In and Expo is First in Fun – Fast in Flight! https://www.flysnf.org/2019-sun-n-fun-fly-in-and-expo-is-first-in-fun-fast-in-flight/ Tue, 26 Mar 2019 15:36:33 +0000 https://www.flysnf.org/?p=73357 2019 SUN 'n FUN Fly-In and Expo is First in Fun - Fast in Flight! Immediate Release March 26, 2019 Lakeland, Florida: Each year, there are thoughtful predictions from the regulars as to the theme for the upcoming SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo. When those who go reflecting back on the event’s [...]

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2019 SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In and Expo is First in Fun – Fast in Flight!

Immediate Release
March 26, 2019

Lakeland, Florida: Each year, there are thoughtful predictions from the regulars as to the theme for the upcoming SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo. When those who go reflecting back on the event’s 45 year history, they agree that one thing has made it the second largest aviation expo in the world – comradery. It’s the friendships, memories, and the experiences that make it special. This year’s theme of “First in Fun – Fast in Flight” celebrates the people that have formed the traditions, activities, and essence of the SUN ‘n FUN Fly-in.

No longer simply Spring Break for Pilots, SUN ‘n FUN has evolved into a true gem of Lakeland. More than just Florida’s largest annual convention, it is now the largest of over 90 fundraising events for the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE). Over 3500 volunteers donate their time, expertise, and sweat knowing their efforts will fund a scholarship for another high school student’s private pilot license, another 10-year old’s summer camp experience, or an exhibit in the award-winning museum preserving the legacy of aviation. The “How can I help you?” attitude of this volunteer corps makes the event’s 200,000 guests and 500+ exhibitors feel welcome and appreciated. Some just call it southern hospitality, but it’s obvious that those who donate their time and talents to the event truly enjoy their work experience and have fun.

From sunrise to long into the evening hours, there are countless ways to find the FUN in SUN ‘n FUN. One can spend time perusing 200+ acres of new aviation products and services from manufacturers like Cirrus, BOSE, and Lincoln Electric as well as distributors like Gulf Coast Avionics. There’s the Parts Exchange, Ladies Pavilion, Kid Zone, Drone Zone and more! On the airside, browse among hundreds of aircraft from every era, including Golden Age, Warbirds, Vintage Jets, Homebuilt, Ultralights, and Modern Military. After sunset, the fun is just getting started. You can cuddle up with your honey, enjoy some popcorn, and watch an aviation-based movie at Ace’s Flyin’ Flicks in the campground among friends. Or for some knee-slapping entertainment, checkout the Corn Roast Stage with nightly live music…and yes, their roasted corn is awesome

Precision aerobatic flight is an awe-inspiring sight; it’s almost religion. Ask anyone that has attended SUN ‘n FUN, and they will immediately tell you their favorite airshow performer. The daily airshows consist of performers that push their aircraft to the limit, challenging the craft to match their elite personal skills. Airshow teams like the Phillips 66 Aerostars, GEICO Skytypers, and Aeroshell Aerobatic Team perform in symphonic unison, while individual demonstrations fill the sky with skill and daring from aerial artists like Patty Wagstaff, Greg Koontz and Michael Goulian. A list of all the performers and the airshow schedule can be found on the www.flysnf.org site.

Some fans will say that Warbirds are their favorite. The US Air Force Heritage Flight always stops crowds in place as past meets present with a vintage fighter flying alongside one from today’s military arsenal. This year, the Cavanaugh Flight Museum’s Vietnam-era reenactment will be performed for the first time, complete with explosions, flares, and gun-runs! For military lovers, the USAF F-16 Viper Demo team will be piercing the sky and the US Navy Blue Angels will demonstrate the pinnacle of aerobatic precision in their six F-18 Hornets.

The fun doesn’t end at sunset, not by a long shot! On Wednesday and Saturday, SUN ‘n FUN’s fan-fave night airshows will light the night with dramatic performances. The Paradigm Aerobatic Team adds a new twist to formation flight with a jaw-dropping display in their powered parachutes, and performers like Bob Carlton in his Sub-Sonex Microjet blaze through the sky leaving a comet’s tail of shimmering sparks. All night airshow performers possess special talents…but what about 60 drones? The Star Dance Spectacular debuts at SUN ‘n FUN and will dazzle the dusk, and on Saturday the show will close with a dramatic fireworks display.

Let’s not forget the 300+ forums on all things aviation, as well as hands-on workshops, youth workshops, seminars, museum tours, Veterans Plaza, …the list is endless. Guests are encouraged to make use of the SUN ‘n FUN MOTORVERSE mobile app to schedule, find, and enjoy all there is to offer throughout the 6-day event. The mobile app will also have opportunities to win prizes during the week so why not have even more fun?

Engaging, Educating and Accelerating the next generation of aerospace professionals is the mission of ACE. The Fly-In is a 1500-acre opportunity to do just that. Over 3,000 students from the Central Florida area have field trips to SUN ‘n FUN and are immersed in all things aviation by certified teachers and volunteers. Over 500 high school students will take part in an assembly and get up-front and personal with members of the Blue Angels, Viper Demo Team, and more. Aviation legends like Dick Cole will be in attendance and speaking. The learning opportunities for all ages are endless during the Fly-In at venues like Vintage Theatre, Victory’s Arsenal Theatre, Aerospace Discovery at Florida Air Museum and more.

45 years running means an event is truly something special. So special that it draws visitors from over 80 countries each year to one of aviation’s most celebrated traditions. The shows, sights, activities, and celebrities are what brings a person to SUN ‘n FUN once, but it’s the culture and that famous comradery that draws them back each year. “First in Fun – Fast in Flight” – that’s SUN ‘n FUN!  

About SUN ‘n Fun Fly-In, Inc.:
SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to preserve and enhance the future of flight through world-class events, inspiring and educating people of all ages. Year-round events, including the SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo, which is one of the world’s largest aviation events, raise funds for the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE). SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In annually raises over $2M for ACE enabling the delivery of STEM-related and aerospace education programs engaging over 35,000 local youth each year. Additionally, ACE manages and allocates over $445K/year in local aerospace scholarships.  For more information, www.flysnf.org. 

About Aerospace Center for Excellence, Inc.:
The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has emerged as a nationally recognized leader in STEM-related and aerospace education through its various learning centers, outreach programs, summer camps and scholarships aimed at preparing students for tomorrow’s aerospace challenges. Located on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus in Lakeland, Florida, the organization is known for its annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo fundraising event as well as the Aerospace Discovery Museum which is Florida’s Official Aviation Museum and Education Center. ACE is the world’s leader in producing licensed teenage private pilots and delivers youth programs that engage over 40,000 students a year.  For more information, www.ACEedu.aero

Carol Cali
Director of Marketing
863-644-2431
ccali@flysnf.org

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Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum Unveils USSR MiG-21 donated by Draken International https://www.flysnf.org/aerospace-discovery-at-the-florida-air-museum-unveils-ussr-mig-21-donated-by-draken-international/ Thu, 14 Mar 2019 20:44:48 +0000 https://www.flysnf.org/?p=72071 For Immediate Release March 14, 2019 Lakeland, Florida: One of the most popular supersonic jets in aviation history, a Russian Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21, has a new home at the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE). Draken International donated the single engine jetfighter to Aerospace Discovery at Florida Air Museum, a key component of ACE. The unveiling [...]

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For Immediate Release
March 14, 2019

Lakeland, Florida: One of the most popular supersonic jets in aviation history, a Russian Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21, has a new home at the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE). Draken International donated the single engine jetfighter to Aerospace Discovery at Florida Air Museum, a key component of ACE. The unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremony took place during the 6th Annual Mayor’s Breakfast held March 6th on the SUN ‘n FUN campus. The Mayor’s Breakfast was attended by over 400 members of the business community interested in this year’s updates on SUN ‘n FUN and its Aerospace Center for Excellence initiatives as well as the keynote speaker from Draken International which is headquartered on the Lakeland Linder International Airport.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the conclusion of the 6th Annual Mayor’s Breakfast hosted by SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In.

Dave McQueary, who works in the Technology Department at SUN ‘n FUN, has served as the caretaker of the aircraft since it was officially donated in December 2017. In getting the aircraft ready for exhibition, McQueary noted that the project was extremely time consuming, involving several intricate steps to restore the aircraft to its original condition.

“We spent almost a year trying to find someone to remove the explosive charges in the ejection seat. Once we took care of that safety issue, we were lucky enough to have the maker of John’s 360 Coatings donate the paint,” he said. “We also were fortunate to have Fosters Aircraft Refinishing strip and paint the MiG.”

McQueary said the aircraft was originally painted in the traditional Slovakian colors of green and dark brown camo, but it was decided to restore it to its last assigned paint scheme. “It was one of the few Slovak aircraft that were repainted in the desert camo you see it in today, so we assume the aircraft was temporarily assigned to somewhere in North Africa.”

The original home of the aircraft has been traced to Silac Air Force Base in central Slovakia where it was assigned to the 4th Technical Squadron. It served on Quick Reaction Alert status the entire time it was there and was ready to takeoff within eight minutes when needed day or night.

This aircraft is one of the 10,000 MiG-21’s produced by the Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau in the former USSR and holds the record of being the most produced combat aircraft since the Korean War because of its simple design and technology. In its heyday during the 60’s and 70’s, the MiG-21 served in over 50 countries and some estimate it is still an active aircraft in as many as 20 countries today.

McQueary said the MiG-21 will be displayed alongside the Grumman F14 Tomcat on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus, historically appropriate since these two aircraft were direct adversaries during the Cold War.

About Aerospace Center for Excellence, Inc.:
The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has emerged as a nationally recognized leader in STEM-related and aerospace education through its various learning centers, outreach programs, summer camps and scholarships aimed at preparing students for tomorrow’s aerospace challenges. Located on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus in Lakeland, Florida, the organization is known for its annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo fundraising event as well as the Aerospace Discovery Museum which is Florida’s Official Aviation Museum and Education Center. ACE is the world’s leader in producing licensed teenage private pilots and delivers youth programs that engage over 40,000 students a year.  For more information, www.ACEedu.aero

Carol Cali
Director of Marketing
863-644-2431
ccali@flysnf.org

 

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SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In Shoots for the Stars in 2019 https://www.flysnf.org/shoots-for-the-stars-pr/ Tue, 12 Mar 2019 19:52:45 +0000 https://www.flysnf.org/?p=71635 For Immediate Release March 12, 2019 It’s hard to fathom that a group of friends that had an idea to host a fly-In 45 years ago would see the event grow to be the second largest aviation expo in the world. No one imagined at that time that it would become a wonderland of [...]

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For Immediate Release
March 12, 2019

It’s hard to fathom that a group of friends that had an idea to host a fly-In 45 years ago would see the event grow to be the second largest aviation expo in the world. No one imagined at that time that it would become a wonderland of sights, sounds, and activities that aviation enthusiasts of all ages, backgrounds and interests would enjoy during an annual 6-day event. This year’s SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In is Shooting for the Stars in more ways than one…or should we say five!

The SUN ‘n FUN “Star Dance Spectacular”, the first public drone light show performance at a Florida airshow, will take place during the night airshows that begin at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, April 3rd and Saturday, April 6th.    Over 60 of the specialized aerial robots will lift off together, taking flight twice during the week-long event. SUN ‘n FUN organizers are confident that this dazzling multi-colored aerial light display set to music will be one of this year’s most memorable highlights.  Each night airshow also includes a fireworks display that will fill the sky with enormous bursts of color. Catch the action among the Warbirds and its a sight to remember! 

LiveAirshowTV returns with wall-to-wall coverage of all the action at the best aviation gathering of the year! This year’s “celebrity stars” aerial performers, along with aviation industry icons, will be interviewed at flight line center – the Preflight Stage! Join the audience and cheer on your favorites – just like a pregame show. Can’t make it to the SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In? No problem. The airshow will be live streamed too. Catch the action Friday, April 5th through Sunday April 7th starting at 11:00am ET.

Sparks will be flying! You won’t want to miss the dramatic, intense reenactment of a downed pilot being rescued during the Vietnam conflict presented by the Cavanaugh Flight Museum. The pilot has been shot down, the odds are against him. He calls for help, and you can see the daring rescue LIVE. Pyro, gun runs, and a harrowing airlift into a UH-1 helo are all part of the thrills, expertly narrated and choreographed. This performance is scheduled for Saturday, April 6th and Sunday April 7th.

Lights, Cameras, Action! She’s a legend and everyone stops and stares each time she passes by. She’s a B17 and truly is a movie star!  A crowd favorite returns to SUN ‘n FUNThe Movie Memphis Belle, and she will be available for rides all week. If you’re looking to put a check mark next to that item on your bucket list – don’t hesitate and book yours now at www.nationalwarplanemuseum.com.

On Saturday, April 6th, become a star yourself by running a 5K that will begin on the Terminal Ramp at the Lakeland Linder International Airport (LAL) with the starting line flanked by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.  During the 2019 SUN ‘n RUN, you will be able to witness the launching of over twenty hot air balloons as the course winds its way down Runway 5/23, Taxiway A, and across various other connecting taxiways and ramps to the finish line. Proceeds will be used to provide scholarships for students to attend the Destination Aviation Summer Camps located at the Aerospace Center for Excellence – the beneficiary of the SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In! To register, go to www.lakelandairport.com.

Come join us at the SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo April 2nd – 7th and find your stars! For additional details and ticket information: www.flysnf.org.

Carol Cali
Director of Marketing
863-644-2431
ccali@flysnf.org

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Aerospace Center for Excellence Launches Partnership with Able Flight https://www.flysnf.org/aerospace-center-for-excellence-launches-partnership-with-able-flight/ Wed, 06 Mar 2019 22:23:20 +0000 https://www.flysnf.org/?p=70879 Aerospace Center for Excellence Launches Partnership with Able Flight For Immediate Release March 6, 2019 Lakeland, Florida: The Aerospace Center for Excellence, the educational component of SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In Inc., is excited to announce its partnership with Able Flight, a unique organization that shares a similar belief that learning to fly is a [...]

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Aerospace Center for Excellence Launches Partnership with Able Flight

For Immediate Release
March 6, 2019

Lakeland, Florida: The Aerospace Center for Excellence, the educational component of SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In Inc., is excited to announce its partnership with Able Flight, a unique organization that shares a similar belief that learning to fly is a life changing experience.  This partnership will enable those with disabilities an opportunity to earn their private pilot’s license in a customized aircraft that meets their physical needs, housing during their training, and instruction from volunteer certified instructors.

The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) is renowned for youth-based educational programs, including a mentoring and scholarship program that has created 91 teenage private pilots.  According to Ed Young, Executive Director of ACE, the partnership with Able Flight is synergistic. “Our mission at ACE is to engage, educate and accelerate the next generation of aerospace professionals. Able Flight’s success in engaging and educating individuals with disabilities in flight training is unparalleled. We have the opportunity to truly change lives by combining our core competencies.”

The partnership is also being supported by Zenith Aircraft Co., a designer and manufacturer of aircraft kits. Recently, an Able Flight award winner built a specially designed Zenith 750, with the support of his community. Rick Garcia, President of Gulf Coast Avionics and ACE Board Member, said that “our community in Lakeland has a chance to not only support this noble effort, but to literally come together and build a training airplane that could serve hundreds or thousands of disabled people in the future.”

“The plan is to build the airplane in the Buehler Restoration Center on the ACE campus during the 2019 SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In and with the help of the Lakeland Aero Club, the youth flying club on the ACE campus, after the Fly-In,” Young said. “We are planning to name the aircraft the “Spirit of Lakeland”. This project imbues the nature of the aviation community at the Lakeland Linder International Airport.”

Charles Stites, Executive Director of Able Flight, extolled the partnership’s potential to expand their program. “Our new training partnership with ACE provides an outstanding opportunity to build upon our successful relationships with Purdue University and The Ohio State University. Now with three training locations, and the ability to train almost year round in Florida, Able Flight pilots will benefit from the expertise of the dedicated aviation professionals at the Aerospace Center for Excellence who share our mission of creating a pathway for people with physical disabilities to have equal access to flight training and aviation career training.”

“Lakeland is ideally situated close to the Tampa VA rehabilitation center,” notes ACE and SUN ‘n FUN CEO John “Lites” Leenhouts. “We hope the disabled veterans in our area will apply for the Able Flight Scholarship. While anyone with a disability is eligible for the opportunities Able Flight gives, we are keenly aware of the needs of the nearby former and current service members.”

Able Flight Scholarship students will be housed in the Tom Davis Educational Center on the ACE Campus during training and instructed by volunteer certified flight instructors.

For more information, contact Ed Young at eyoung@flysnf.org or (863)904-6948.

About Aerospace Center for Excellence, Inc.:
The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has emerged as a nationally recognized leader in STEM-related and aerospace education through its various learning centers, outreach programs, summer camps and scholarships aimed at preparing students for tomorrow’s aerospace challenges. Located on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus in Lakeland, Florida, the organization is known for its annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo fundraising event as well as the Aerospace Discovery Museum which is Florida’s Official Aviation Museum and Education Center. ACE is the world’s leader in producing licensed teenage private pilots and delivers youth programs that engage over 40,000 students a year.  For more information, www.ACEedu.aero

About Able Flight, Inc.:
Able Flight’s mission is to offer people with disabilities a unique way to challenge themselves through flight and aviation career training, and by doing so, to gain greater self-confidence and self-reliance. Able Flight was created by pilots who believe that the life-changing experience of learning to fly is best shared, and designed the Able Flight Scholarships to enable people with disabilities to pursue that experience. Members of the Able Flight Board of Directors and Advisory Board include a flight instructor, an Aviation Medical Examiner, a veteran who flies his own plane with the aid of a prosthetic device, and a previous scholarship recipient. Able Flight™ is incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, and is supported by the generous donations and sponsorships of individuals, foundations and corporations.

 

Carol Cali
Director of Marketing
863-904-4002
ccali@flysnf.org

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