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February 14, 2022

Breaking News: Sun ‘n Fun Names New Leadership

Long-Time KLAL Airport Manager/EAA Member, Gene Conrad, To Lead

We've had to sit on this one for a while, but as of 0800 Monday morning, we're allowed to tell you that despite an uncharacteristically short period of time for an Executive Search of this kind, the Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo is naming current Lakeland Airport manager, Gene Conrad, to succeed John 'Lites' Leenhouts... who is going to be a TOUGH act to follow. Late last year, Leenhouts announced his intention to retire and the Exec Search got underway in earnest... but while a massive number of qualifications had to be researched and met, Gene is a local. Geographically, Conrad is simply going to go to work on the other side of the airport. And... while John “Lites” Leenhout

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NTSB Prelim: DeHavilland Tiger Moth DH 82A

About 20 Minutes Into The Pleasure Flight The Engine Began To Run Rough

On January 23, 2022, about 1728 central standard time, a de Havilland Tiger Moth DH-82A, N5300, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Lampasas, Texas. The pilot and passenger received minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part91 personal flight. The pilot reported that about 20 minutes into the pleasure flight the engine began to run rough and he immediately turned the airplane back toward the departure airport, checked that the fuel was on, mixture was rich, and the throttle was open.

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