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Mon, Apr 15, 2024

Affordable Flyer Expo Announced for Lakeland, Florida

The Winter Doldrums Can't Compare to a January Lakeland Getaway

Those disappointed by the loss of both the Sebring and DeLand sport aviation fly-ins can rest easy now that the Affordable Flying Expo is on the books for January 9th through the 11th of 2025. The new fly-in offers a well-timed wintertime getaway, an excuse to take the family down south to enjoy the cozy Florida sunshine in the same excellent facilities we enjoy at Sun 'n Fun. The Affordable Flying Expo will focus on the love of flight, and all things that bring it into reach of the average, fun-loving pilot. Everyone is invited, from pilots and AMT's to manufacturers and owners. The Expo will give the people what they need, with workshops and education rounding things out inside the hangars. Plenty of aircraft and exhibits will also be on hand, giving everyone in the family a little eye candy to walk by and enjoy.

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Mon, Apr 15, 2024

Van's Aircraft Gives Optimistic Update

Things Are Looking Good for Reorganization Plan's Acceptance

Van's Aircraft posted a short video recapping the goings-on around their reorganization as they continue to move away from the brink, and by all accounts, things are going great. Clyde Hamstreet indicated that things are going pretty well in the Chapter 11 process, and they expect their reorganization plan to be approved by the court come May. Hammerstreet noted, with pleasure, that few companies in a similar position manage to survive the process, but Van's is sitting pretty. Their plan for reorganization hinges on restructuring nearly all existing contracts between suppliers, contractors, clients, and customers, which can often torpedo any prospective deal in the process.

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Mon, Apr 15, 2024

NTSB Prelim: Davis DA-3

Airplane Came To Rest Adjacent To A Large Tree About 1.4 Miles South-Southwest Of 80f

On April 4, 2024, about 1633 central daylight time, a Davis DA-3 airplane, N88DT, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Antlers, Oklahoma. The pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. A witness reported having a brief conversation with the pilot between 1530 and 1600 at the Stan Stamper Municipal Airport (HHW), Hugo, Oklahoma. Afterward, the pilot departed in the accident airplane. The witness reported that the airplane’s departure was uneventful and nothing seemed out of the ordinary with the airplane’s performance during the takeoff. 

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Sat, Apr 13, 2024

Fisher Flying Products Moving Full Speed Ahead

As “Nature’s Composite” Becomes Rarer, CKD Begins Moving to Manmade Equipment

CKD Aerospace hit innovation preview with a couple goodies right off the bat, updating fans on their line of kit aircraft, Fisher Flying Products. Of note Richard Kaczmarek, director of CKD, said that further sales of spruce would be hard to expand since the global supply of quality wood is all spoken for. "Mike Fisher designed some beautiful aircraft, all made of Sitka Spruce, nature's composite. Unfortunately nature's composite has been used up, we cannot buy the quality Spruce that we used to be able to purchase. Fisher's goal is now to bring the Fisher product line into the modern age, so that it is still affordable for the builder to build, easy for us to manufacture and move it forward."

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Sat, Apr 13, 2024

Ever Hitched a Ride Aboard a B-24?

Commemorative Air Force Liberator "Diamond Lil" and Co. Offer Rides in Style

The SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo is offering a unique opportunity to experience warbirds in a big way with the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Aircraft Rides. The event will feature a wide range of warbirds in the daily airshow, and visitors can take the ride of a lifetime. The CAF Aircraft Rides will be held at SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo, which is one of the largest and most successful aviation events in the world. The event features air shows, educational exhibits, aircraft static displays, professional gatherings, and more fun activities for aviation enthusiasts of all ages.

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Sat, Apr 13, 2024

Echo of Champions Showcases Gems of the Past

Returning Grand Champions Strut Their Stuff

SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo is celebrating its 50th anniversary by inviting the owners of past Grand Champions and Reserve Grand Champions to bring their award-winning aircraft back to SUN ‘n FUN as guests and commemorate 50 Years of Fly-In Happy with them. The event, called Echo of Champions, will showcase the best of the best aircraft that have won the highest award, Grand Champion and Reserve Champion amongst each aircraft division. The aircraft will be parked front-row along Taxiway Echo, and visitors can look for these award-winning aircraft as they return to SUN ‘n FUN to once again share their beautiful aircraft with us.

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