Sun 'n Fun Expecting Record Attendance

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Organizers expect record attendance, both on the grounds and in the hundreds of commercial exhibits and booths that will sell everything from multimillion-dollar aircraft to nuts, bolts and rivets. For industry-leading Cirrus Design, Marketing Manager John Bingham says the show is a chance to "escape the tundra of Duluth" while launching the 2006 marketing plan. "To me, Sun 'n Fun means spring is at last here," Bingham told AVweb at the end of a completely unrelated interview last week. "We still have snow on the ground here," he said as he tidied up his desk for the annual migration sunward to Lakeland, where, it seems, the outlook is as bright as the Florida sunshine. Sun 'n Fun once was strongly affiliated with EAA but the two formally parted ways. That doesn't mean EAA won't be there, however. It will have a Members Village set up where, among other things, it will be giving away Sport Pilot student certificates. The Members' Sweepstakes grand prize Aviat Husky, on Wipaire Floats, will be on display and EAA staff will be there to meet and greet attendees. AOPA will also have a major presence and Friday will be AOPA Day, with a visit from President Phil Boyer.