After sitting out Tuesday due to weather, Wednesday turned out to be a perfect day to fly in. Leaving Mississippi early with a 20 knot tailwind had us at KLAL by 1300. When going to these big air shows you really need to read the NOTAMs and have all the pertinent info readily at hand. Don't be like the Cirrus pilot that flew 100' over the top of me doing 120 knots and then S-turned wildly to avoid running into the plane in front as we passed the power station. Not being prepared for ground ops meant he had to shut down and block the taxiway a couple of times as well. Continue reading "Read the NOTAMs and Check for MiGs!"
Mark your calendars for aviation's season opener! The 42nd Annual SUN 'n FUN International Fly-In & Expo presented by VISIT FLORIDA is April 5-10, 2016 in sunny Lakeland, Florida. This year's theme is Honoring Our Armed Forces. The Fly-In is SUN 'n FUN's largest fundraiser for the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), a 25-acre, 11 building campus dedicated to aerospace and STEM education. Approximately 200,000 guests, exhibitors, volunteers, sponsors and performers are expected to attend. Proceeds from the event support numerous community activities in addition to ACE. Continue reading "Sun 'n Fun Discounts Admission for Vets and Current Military"
The word from Sun n Fun headquarters in Lakeland, Florida, where a severe storm Thursday injured some 15 attendees, and damaged planes and property, is that the show will go on Friday. EAA confirms that it was indeed hit by a tornado, and that seven people were transported to an area hospital. All were released later in the day.
Between 40 and 50 aircraft were also damaged or destroyed, as were several outdoor vendor displays, EAA says. The scheduled appearances of the Blue Angels and the F-22 Raptor did not happen, as the show was closed for the afternoon on Thursday. Both are expected to be on the field and appear in the airshow on Friday.
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The staff of KITPLANES and its family of regular contributors has begun to light in Lakeland, Florida, for the annual Sun 'n Fun airshow. Look for regular web updates and new, exclusive video to be posted here throughout the week.
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On Saturday, June 21 some 8000 people decided it was a perfect day for an airshow in Northern California, and they all came to San Carlos KSQL just 15 miles from San Francisco. Continue reading "Helicopters on the Rise"