If you ever begin to take your freedom to fly for granted, you should meet homebuilder and Long-EZ pilot Rudolfo Lucca. Rudy landed his beautiful Long-EZ on runway 9 at Sun 'n Fun on Monday to conclude an epic flight from his home in strife-ridden Caracas, Venezuela. To make this journey, Rudy had to deal with no electricity or water at his home, almost unobtainable Avgas and a governmental bureaucracy bent on holding travelers hostage for crushing user fees. But Rudy is a man on a mission. His goal, to fly to Sun' n Fun in the aircraft he constructed in his garage. Continue reading "Caracas to Lakeland in a Long-EZ"
Chipper Aerospace (a Belite Enterprises company) has introduced the Chipper SS (Single Seat) that can be built as either Part 103 or Experimental. The Chipper SS Kit is introduced at $8,500, and deposits start as low as $50. The Early Bird pricing is available until April 30, 2019.
When most people think of searching for gold and booty in Florida, they naturally think that they are going to need a boat, and SCUBA gear. Not so if you're a pilot or airplane builder... the real treasures this week are to be found in Hangar E at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland! Continue reading "Florida Treasure Hunting"
The best kept secret for breakfast on the Sun 'n Fun grounds is the southern delicious "Breakfast in a Cup" crafted and sold at the Vintage Aircraft Headquarters each morning from 7-11 am, or until they run out. This southern delicacy (also sold to discrete Yankees) consists of a melange of creamy grits, scrambled eggs, sausage, cheese and a dab of butter on top. Although perfectly seasoned, the chefs will allow the addition of salt and pepper, from petite paper pouches and, for our Cajun brothers, Tabasco hot sauce (more than three drops will bring a pot of cold water to a rolling boil). Continue reading "Breakfast in a Cup"
During Sun 'n Fun 2019 Scheme Designers Owner and Chief Designer, Craig Barnett, will host three free workshops where participants can learn critical guidelines and best design practices for a variety of makes and models of aircraft, for owners and companies to use when designing their new aircraft livery and in choosing paint shops. Continue reading "Designing the Perfect Paint Scheme Workshops at Sun 'n Fun 2019"
Monday is usually a busy adventure for the folks at Homebuilt Parking at Sun 'n Fun. Homebuilt drivers will descend on the field in large numbers to be on the field for opening day on Tuesday. This year, however, a huge blob of green radar returns stretched from Tampa to Jacksonville, blocking most pilots from the upper 47 states. While a good weather year would normally yield a healthy squadron of Monday arrivals, today only 9 rolled onto the field. Of those 9, eight came from south of Lakeland, where the weather was fairly clear. The sole exception was Andrew Manila. Continue reading "IFR Into Sun 'n Fun"