Sun ’n Fun Starts April 10

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It’s March already, so for many pilots that means it’s time to make plans to go to Lakeland, Florida, for Sun ’n Fun. This year’s event is set for April 10 to 15, with a full slate of airshows, workshops, forums, events and shopping opportunities designed to attract pilots. A new event this year is a 5K run on the field at 7 a.m. on Saturday, concurrent with the hot-air balloon launch. The Commemorative Air Force will bring its “Tora! Tora! Tora!” spectacle to Sun ’n Fun for the first time, on Saturday and Sunday, offering a pyrotechnic re-creation of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Also on the weekend, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will fly, and a night airshow is scheduled for both Wednesday and Saturday.

Job hunters can check out the fifth annual Career Fair, scheduled for Wednesday, April 11, at the Aerospace Center for Excellence. Fourteen exhibitors will be there, ready to hire, including United, UPS and Go Jet. Jobs to be filled include not just pilots but also maintenance professionals, college interns, dispatchers and engineers. Admission to the fair is free with a day ticket to the Fly-In, but job seekers must register in advance. More than 500 aviation vendors and exhibitors are expected at the show. Arrival procedures are posted online.

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