Editor's Report from SnF – Set-up Day – Monday, April 20

The only flying RV-1 ( one of two built) is here in Sun N Fun for the show - See it parked next to home built headquarters!
The only flying RV-1 ( one of two built) is here in Sun N Fun for the show – See it parked next to home built headquarters!

Lakeland, Florida is welcoming the 41st Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in this week, and today was set-up day for vendors and show volunteers. We got a chance to wander around amidst all of the hustle and bustle – crates being unloaded form trucks, tents going up, and airplanes headed in every direction, like performers trying to hit their marks before the curtain rises. We expect that when the stage lights come up tomorrow morning, everything will be ready for the flying public to see what the new season has in store!

Sun n Fun Logo

Meanwhile, this isn’t just a a trade show – its a fly-in. We counted only a couple of early arrivals in the homebuilt parking and camping by lunchtime – mostly volunteers getting in before the guests like precursors to an invasion. Weather is the big topic of conversation when we talk to others planning to come to the show, with storms in the southeast US blocking access to the Florida peninsula being the biggest concern. The good news is that the extended forecast shows a drying trend in northern Florida as the week goes on, and while the typical scattered thunderstorms will no doubt rear up in the afternoon, paths should open up for those who want to make their flying season a long one.

Come and join us in Florida this week to enjoy the planes, the people, and the show!

Two early arrivals show that there is plenty of room in home built parking!


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Paul Dye
Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the Space Shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 and SubSonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra and an electric Xenos motorglider they completed. Currently, they are building an F1 Rocket. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, FAA DAR, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor; he was formerly a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.


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