The AOPA Presents Spring Break for Pilots: The Sun ‘n Fun Airshow, Fly-In and Expo, 2012

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) offers a chance to start next summer off right!

The 38th Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In & Expo will begin on March 27 and run through April 1 , 2012.  This annual event takes place at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL), Lakeland, Fla., which is also the location of the Florida Air Museum.  Located northeast of Tampa, this location is close to many other attractions in the central Florida region.  If you have any interest in aviation, this is a great way to spend some early outdoor time, enjoying the great Florida springtime weather.  The airshows alone are worth the trip, but that is only a part of what makes the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in a great social event.

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There is so much to do, see and learn about; you will wish this event was a month long instead of a few days.

Unfortunately, the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In can’t run for an entire month, so it is important to plan in advance to cover as many of the exhibits and demonstrations as possible.  There will be representatives from many aviation manufacturers of both OEM and aftermarket items to see.  You can attend workshops to learn about what it takes to build an aircraft.  The FAA will have informative forums where you can learn the latest thinking on many subjects.  A host of authors will discuss their published works.  The Florida Air Museum will host a full schedule of lectures about many subjects having to do with aviation.

Perhaps you have always wanted to find out what it is like to ride in a plane while it is doing acrobatics.

If you think you have the stomach to withstand multiple g-forces while riding inverted in an acrobatic biplane, then you need to check out ride hoppers to see what is available.  You can also pick up a ride in former military aircraft, helicopters and high performance training aircraft.  If you want to get off the ground, this is the place to make that happen in a hurry!

From noon to 1:30 p.m. daily, you will get to see demonstration fly-bys.

These fly-bys are not just for fleets flying in formation.  They are open to anyone with a plane and free of charge to participate.  Manufacturers who want to demonstrate their planes in flight and individual aviators are encouraged to make use of this time that will give each participant 6 minutes of exclusive use of the pattern and P.A. system to explain what type of plane it is or any other details.  This is a very popular event that allows visitors to see many different types of planes in flight, not just the high performance planes and jets.

Of course, there will be airshows!

In fact, there will be two airshows a day, one in the early afternoon and one in the early evening.  Many performers and acts will perform; although this Florida airshow happens twice a day, it does not mean the same performers are in each and every show.  There are also special shows that highlight things such as special aircraft (the F-22 Raptor in 2011) or the Navy’s Blue Angels.  If you were to watch every day and not miss any of the shows, you would not be disappointed with the time you spent.  But check the airshow schedule to make sure you catch your favorites as they perform.

Is that all there is to do?

No, not even close.  Another highlight will be the launch of professional hot air balloonists from around the world.  These colorful examples of the oldest form of manned flight are breathtaking to behold in the blue spring sky!  You also don’t want to miss out on the plane judging, photo contest, Green Space to learn about the future of aviation and fossil fuels, the parts exchange, youth activities, teacher workshops and a host of other activities in which to take part.  Don’t forget that evenings are meant for relaxing, enjoying good company and live entertainment at the corn roast held on the first evening.

The Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In is a great way to kick off the warm-weather season.

Whether you fly in or drive in,  this is a great family event where you can see, do and learn so many things about aviation, its history and its future.  At Covington Aircraft, we strive to keep you informed of the very best things in aviation, whether it be events like this, or information about the finest aircraft motors in the world, the Pratt & Whitney Canada line of engines.  Bringing you the best is what we do in all our endeavors.

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