Sun ‘n Fun Promises Lively Start To Show Season


For the next week, Lakeland, Fla., will be the center of the aviation universe, as the little airport becomes the busiest field in the world, with more than 40,000 takeoffs and landings expected during Sun ‘n Fun. Tuesday, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will thunder in, and they will fly again Thursday through Sunday. Each afternoon the skies will fill with aerobatic performers and flight demonstrations of new and unusual aircraft, with a night airshow on Friday. More than 450 educational forums, seminars and workshops will take place during the week, and more than 500 exhibitors will display aircraft of all kinds and other products and services of interest to aviators. Among the guests who will be giving talks are Jeff Skiles, first officer in the “Miracle on the Hudson” ditching (click here to view Paul Bertorelli’s recent interview with Skiles), and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. AVweb staffers are already on site, ready to bring you daily reports, videos, and podcasts with all the latest news from the field.

More than 150,000 visitors from around the world are expected to visit during the week, and the field is expected to fill with close to 5,000 aircraft. A gathering of seaplanes takes place at the nearby Fantasy of Flight facility, with a special splash-in event on Thursday. Airshow performers include Patty Wagstaff, Matt Younkin, Kyle Franklin, the Red Eagles, and many more. Forums offer a wide range of topics, such as how to improve your flying skills, how to buy an airplane, or how to build one. Experts present detailed introductions to new products and technology. Stay tuned for AVweb‘s daily updates during the show.