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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.

To learn more about Covington Aircraft, our services and products, please click here.  To learn more about the Sun ‘n Fun annual Fly-In & Expo, please click here.

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AirVenture Oshkosh Airshow Schedule and Events


This year commemorates 100 years of airmail service.

oshkosh-blog-500x198The airshow schedule for the AirVenture Oshkosh event is like a carnival, a major sporting event and a camping trip all rolled into one and 2011 marks the 59th occurrence of this event that has grown to attract the attention of major airplane manufacturers and military air services alike. One of the highlights of this year’s show will be the arrival of the massive Boeing 787, which will be open for public tours for the first time.

The 2011 AirVenture will begin on Saturday, July 23 at 8:30 a.m.

AirVenture will cover two weekends and the week in between, with the last scheduled event taking place at 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. CDT on Sunday, July 31. During this week, there will always be something to see and do, whether it will be the Bonanzas to Oshkosh on Saturday, July 23 starting at 1:00 p.m. (the 21st annual arrival of 100 or so Bonanzas, flying in formation), or the Gary Sinise and Lt. Dan Band, whose repertoire includes everything from Bruce Springsteen to Linkin Park, Aretha Franklin and Jimi Hendrix on Friday, July 29 starting at 7:00 p.m. There’s always something to see and do at this premier event!

Go for a ride in the world’s largest airship.

The world’s largest flying airship will be offering 45 minute tours of the site of AirVenture, taking off and landing at Pioneer Airport. The Zepplin NT Farmers Airship is 246 feet in length, which is 15 feet longer than a Boeing 747 and 50 feet longer than any blimp currently in operation. With room to carry 12 passengers, the Farmers Airship is capable of a speed of 77 miles per hour with a 500 mile range. Other options that will get you airborne are to book a ride on a Ford Tri-motor, a beautifully restored B-17G or a Bell 47 Helicopter (like the ones seen on the television show M*A*S*H*).
Starting on Monday, July 25, there will be an airshow daily at 3:30 p.m. through Saturday, July 30.
Anyone who has ever been to AirVenture can tell you that the airshows at this event are not like anywhere else; the aviation experts know that they are performing in front of many fellow aviators and will go that extra little bit in order to shine for an appreciative crowd! There will be many types and kinds of planes flying in these shows, including many former combat designs. While some acts will participate in all airshows, their routines might differ from show to show—which makes it worthwhile to attend them all!

After a long day on the flight line, enjoy an evening’s entertainment.

Starting on Monday with REO Speedwagon performing for the annual opening concert, there will be the evening entertainment for which the EAA AirVenture has become known. Each night will find something happening at the Theater in the Woods, an open air pavilion-style theater with seating for 3500 and ample room to accommodate additional seating for those who bring blankets and lawn chairs. Whether planned or impromptu, there will always be something entertaining or informative happening here, including Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band on Friday July 29, and Aaron Tippin on Saturday July 30. Also, every night the weather permits, a giant, five-story outdoor movie screen will feature an aviation film introduced by a celebrity guest. To wrap up the evenings at AirVenture will be the Night Air Show and Daher-Socata Fireworks on Saturday, July 30, starting at approximately 8:45 p.m. You’ll want to stake your spot early, as this show draws tens of thousands to the flight line.

And don’t miss stopping by the Covington Aircraft booth – number 261!

With all the top aviation talent, so many new and interesting things to see and do, and the chance to share a love of flying with so many who share those feelings, this Oshkosh event is one that the whole family should experience.

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