Air Shows Ahead ... Sun 'N Fun Posts Arrival Info

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Like gardeners with their seed catalogs, aviators wile away the gloomy winter hours dreaming of air shows to come. Sun 'n Fun is the traditional season opener. This year's event in Lakeland, Fla., April 12-18, is sure to bring sport planes out to play and "EAA's Sport Pilot experts will be available to help people fully explore this exciting new avenue of access to personal flight," according to an EAA release. Expect expanded coverage from AVweb. A full slate of workshops and forums, a night air show, a balloon launch, and the splash-in at Lake Parker are all set to go. The arrival procedures are online now, and a share-a-flight page is posted for those with a spare seat or in need of one. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (July 25-31) also has a new online rideshare feature, for travelers arriving by air or land. So there's no excuse for missing either event, but if you can't make it, AVweb will be there to cover both of them for you. For those flying to Oshkosh, the NOTAM should be out in May sometime, but meanwhile, EAA has lots of info online for your planning purposes.