https://www.flysnf.org Fri, 19 Apr 2019 19:56:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 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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Central Florida Arms Show presented by Lakeland Rifle & Pistol Club Educational Center https://www.flysnf.org/gunshow/ Sun, 17 Mar 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

 

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

Saturday, May 4 from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, May 5 from 9:00am – 3:00pm

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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Aviation Summer Camps https://www.flysnf.org/summercamp/ Fri, 15 Mar 2019 12:42:23 +0000 https://www.flysnf.org/?p=19069 Now registering youth ages 7-18 for Destination Aviation and STEMtastic Summer Camps. Day and residential camps available. Fly a real airplane!

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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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SUN ‘n FUN Sponsors First Friday, Offers Ticket Discounts to Attendees https://www.flysnf.org/sun-n-fun-sponsors-first-friday-offers-ticket-discounts-to-attendees/ Fri, 22 Feb 2019 15:09:34 +0000 https://www.flysnf.org/?p=69486 For Immediate Release February 22, 2019 Lakeland, FL:  SUN ‘n FUN, one of Lakeland’s most iconic events, is making it easier for locals to attend its weekend festivities while supporting Downtown Lakeland on March 1st, 2019. Appropriately named “Downtown Lakeland Flight Night hosted by SUN ‘n FUN”, the city’s First Friday event, held monthly [...]

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For Immediate Release
February 22, 2019

Lakeland, FL:  SUN ‘n FUN, one of Lakeland’s most iconic events, is making it easier for locals to attend its weekend festivities while supporting Downtown Lakeland on March 1st, 2019. Appropriately named “Downtown Lakeland Flight Night hosted by SUN ‘n FUN”, the city’s First Friday event, held monthly on the cross-streets surrounding Lakeland’s Munn Park, the sponsored promotion will give area residents ticket discounts and a chance to spin a prize wheel for upgrades and giveaways. SUN ‘n FUN local partners will also be on-hand with games and giveaways promoting the excitement of aviation and STEM-related opportunities.

“Lakeland is our home, and SUN ‘n FUN belongs to this city and to the residents of Polk County,” said Greg Gibson, Chief Marketing Officer. “First Friday in Downtown Lakeland is the perfect time to come out and learn about all the fantastic businesses and restaurants in this great city. This month, it’s called “Flight Night”, and we’re offering people who visit the SUN ‘n FUN display in Munn Park the chance to buy discounted tickets and win prizes as a way to thank the people who have supported us for 45 years.”

According to Gibson, tickets will be available for purchase at Flight Night for any day of the 6-day event, but the discount deals are on the weekend, when Lakeland kids are out of school and families can attend together. “We’re offering Florida residents a BOGO for the weekend shows,” he said. “Buy an adult ticket for Saturday, and you’ll get Sunday’s admission for free. During Flight Night only, we are offering adult admission for Sunday only at just $20. That’s $10 off our website price to thank people for coming to First Friday.” Gibson offered that other pricing and discount packages can be found on the show’s website at www.flysnf.org.

Gibson also revealed that in addition to the discounts, any purchase at Flight Night’s booth gets a chance at spinning a prize wheel, with prizes including free tickets, seating and VIP upgrades, apparel, and other fun perks. He is hoping for a big turnout and is excited about the partnership with Downtown Lakeland. “It should be a fun night!”

The 45th annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo takes place at the Lakeland Linder International Airport on April 2-7, 2019. There are over 500 exhibitors with hands-on high-tech experiences, a giant STEM exposition and a Career Fair. There is a 7-acre ramp and ½ mile expanse of runway with dozens of military fighters and heavy aircraft, plus four huge areas with hundreds of Warbirds, Golden Age, Homebuilt, and Light Sport aircraft. Visitors can meet fighter pilots and veterans from every era of aviation in multiple theaters and showcases. There are airshows daily, plus night shows on Wednesday and Saturday night. The airshows have over 60 aerial acts scheduled for the week, and the featured performances this year include the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Team, The Blue Angels, and a Lakeland first – a Drone Light Show called “Star Dance Spectacular”, on Wednesday and Saturday nights.

Information about the SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo including ticket purchasing, airshow schedules, daily activities, after-hours entertainment, etc. can be found on www.flysnf.org.

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.

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

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DRONE SHOWS TO LIGHT UP THE SKIES OVER LAKELAND DURING SUN ‘n FUN https://www.flysnf.org/68255-2/ Sat, 09 Feb 2019 12:57:52 +0000 https://www.flysnf.org/?p=68255 The Sun ‘n FUN Fly-In strives to raise the bar each year. More spectacular airshows. Latest technology.  This year is no exception. In its 45th year, the nighttime airshow lineup has been expanded to include a new show performer. OR should we say 60 of them. It's a drone show! You saw them at [...]

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The Sun ‘n FUN Fly-In strives to raise the bar each year. More spectacular airshows. Latest technology.  This year is no exception. In its 45th year, the nighttime airshow lineup has been expanded to include a new show performer. OR should we say 60 of them. It’s a drone show!

You saw them at the Olympics, and most recently at the Super Bowl. Now, airshow fans at the annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland can look forward to something special – the first public drone light show performance at a Florida airshow. 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, dubbed the “Star Dance Spectacular,” will be one of this year’s most memorable highlights.

The SUN ‘n FUN “Star Dance Spectacular” will take place during the night airshows that begin at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, April 3rd and Saturday, April 6th. The performance will be the closing act following a dazzling array of breathtaking performances and pyrotechnics by some of the world’s most renowned aerial artists.

“Drones are the latest in aviation technology, and it’s exciting to have a display like this to showcase just one of the incredible uses for them,” said Greg Gibson, Airshow Director for SUN ‘n FUN. “A drone light show has been on the top of our request list from the fans, and we are very proud to bring this cutting-edge demonstration to our audiences.”

The science behind the spectacle is even more impressive than the twinkling, shape-shifting scenes played out against the backdrop of night. It can take up to three months to program the complex interactions and movements of so many drones that must move simultaneously while accounting for wind, humidity, and other factors. Great Lakes Drone Company, who produces the exhibition, is one of only a very few companies in the world capable of putting on drone performances of this scale. SUN ‘n FUN’s Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), their STEM-based education complex, provides the perfect venue for this type of 21st century presentation, and an exhibit area on the ground will be part of the overall experience for show-goers.

“SUN ‘n FUN is a world wonder of aerial entertainment, and we are honored to bring our technology to this legendary show,” said Matthew Quinn, president of Great Lakes Drone Company. “One of our key goals is to partner in communities to further aerospace education, and the award-winning programs at ACE is a perfect fit. Not only will we perform at SUN ’n FUN with our aerial night shows, but during the day we will feature STEM education in our exhibit and have a few other special surprises we can’t wait to announce in the weeks to come.”

Ticket information for the SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo is available here: SEE TICKET PRICING NOW AND PURCHASE

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 of its kind, 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 youth each year. Additionally, ACE manages and allocates up to $445K/year in aerospace scholarships.  For more information, www.flysnf.org.

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

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Aerospace Center for Excellence Adopts New Mission https://www.flysnf.org/aerospace-center-for-excellence-adopts-new-mission/ Thu, 07 Feb 2019 20:21:59 +0000 https://www.flysnf.org/?p=68116 Lakeland, FL (February 7, 2019) – Aerospace Center for Excellence Adopts New Mission Statement As the new year begins, the Board of Directors for the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) has unanimously approved a bold, new mission statement citing objectives that will “engage, educate and accelerate” the next generation of aerospace professionals. If approved by [...]

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Lakeland, FL (February 7, 2019) –

Aerospace Center for Excellence Adopts New Mission Statement

As the new year begins, the Board of Directors for the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) has unanimously approved a bold, new mission statement citing objectives that will “engage, educate and accelerate” the next generation of aerospace professionals. If approved by the executive committee, the new mission statement will officially put education at the forefront for all future programming implemented by ACE.

Ed Young, ACE director, is enthusiastic about the new direction and is optimistic that his ‘Big Book of Projects’ will gain traction in the coming months.

“So many projects stand ready to be implemented and everything builds on education,” he said flipping through the oversized plastic binder that holds a permanent spot on his desk. “By engaging students in interesting undertakings to stimulate their interest in aviation careers, we can hopefully increase the number of students entering the industry.”

As a matter of fact, some of the current ACE programs are already experiencing significant growth, he noted. The Pilot Scholarship Program is one of those programs, according to Young, who cited the number of recipients has recently increased from 24 to 36 students per year. Each student is eligible for up to $12,500 and is given a year to complete the program.

In addition, the annual Career Fair held during the Fly-In will be expanded from one day to three days this year in order to reach more prospective students who are interested in exploring career options in the field of aviation.

Another long standing annual event that has been given a facelift is Project STRATOS, formerly an essay contest for students, where finalists enjoy the distinction of being Student Ambassadors during the Fly-In.

“New categories have been added that will focus on aviation leadership along with an arts competition,” Young explained. “In recognition that everyone has different strengths, this year there will be more choices for competing in and will hopefully result in more participants.”

With the focus on expanding educational opportunities, plans are underway to add 20,000 square feet of space to Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum with a projected completion date in 2021. Young said the expansion will provide more classroom space for training and workshops.  In addition, the space will be a welcome addition to host the many special events held at Aerospace Discovery during the year. Fundraising efforts for the expansion project are already underway.

As ACE continues to spread the word about aviation through education, Young feels confident that a more robust effort in adjustable and adaptable programming will be the key in making the new mission successful.

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

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Project Stratos – Negotiation Training https://www.flysnf.org/project-stratos-negotiation-training/ Mon, 28 Jan 2019 15:30:03 +0000 https://www.flysnf.org/?p=66639 Lakeland, FL (January 28, 2019) – Project STRATOS: Negotiation Training Certification The first session of Negotiation Training based on the best-selling, Harvard Negotiation Project book Getting to Yes (Part 1 and 2) will be held on January 30, 2019, in the Piedmont Experience (727) on the Central Florida Aerospace Academy / ACE  Campus. Students are [...]

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Lakeland, FL (January 28, 2019) –

Project STRATOS: Negotiation Training Certification

The first session of Negotiation Training based on the best-selling, Harvard Negotiation Project book Getting to Yes (Part 1 and 2) will be held on January 30, 2019, in the Piedmont Experience (727) on the Central Florida Aerospace Academy / ACE  Campus. Students are encouraged to complete both parts of the program and multiple dates are offered to accommodate even the busiest schedule. Courses start promptly according to the schedule. At this time, all classes will be in the 727. Please RSVP for your training session to stratos@flysnf.org.

If you require assistance or accommodation, please let us know in your RSVP correspondence.

Date Part Time
Wednesday, 1/30/19 I: Separate the People / Problem 3:00p-4:30p
Wednesday, 1/30/19 II: Expand the Pie 4:30p–6:00p
Wednesday, 2/6/19 I: Separate the People/Problem 3:00p-4:30p
Sunday, 2/10/19 II: Expand the Pie 2:30p – 4:00p
Wednesday, 2/13/19 I: Expand the Pie 3:00p-4:30p
Sunday, 2/17/19 II: Separate the People / Problem 2:00p – 3:30p
Sunday, 2/17/19 I: Expand the Pie 3:30p -5:00p

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving In, is based on years of research in the area of negotiation. Students who complete Part 1 and 2, will receive a certificate from the Aerospace Center for Excellence and will be eligible for inclusion in the Project Stratos recognition and awards.

The Project Stratos expression of interest to participate was extended to February 18th.

Why this program? College admissions are based on more than weighted GPA and SAT scores. In meetings with college recruiters, deans and members of college boards of trustees, it is apparent that students that wish to be competitive must demonstrate well rounded interests and pursuits. Recognition for this program not only demonstrates the student’s interests, but also prepares the student to work through conflict within their other interests and organizations.

About the instructor, Aerospace Center for Excellence Executive Director, Ed Young. Ed has taught this program to students at both the undergraduate and graduate level and as tactical communication and verbal judo for police officers. As a student in the law school and master of public administration program at the University of Kansas, Ed participated in the creation of several scenario based workshops that were part of the Harvard Negotiation Project. A Senior Fellow in the American Leadership Forum, Ed’s fellowship was based on collaborative decision making. Having completed the Civil Mediation program presented by the Kansas Bar Association, Ed also served as a volunteer community negotiator, and started a teenager / youth negotiation program in two communities and believes that conflict resolution and negotiation is a great tool for our students to have in the life skills toolbox.

*Adults may attend on a space available basis, inquire by contacting stratos@flysnf.org

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

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