What a Difference a Day makes!


The second day of SnF dawned bright, cool, and calm a great change from the flooding rains of Tuesday! We watched a steady flow of arriving aircraft by about 10:00 am, and while Homebuilt Parking is far from full, the fair skies clearly helped increase the numbers from the day before. As usual, there were interesting flybys and plenty of aircraft noise, including the USAF replacement for the Thunderbirds- an F-16 Viper that beat up the field for about twenty minutes, to the crowd’s delight.

Kit manufactures, accessory vendors, and engine builders were all busy with customers looking for their next project or bits and pieces for what they are building now, and there lots of smiles replacing the frowns of the day before.

The forecast remains good, so if you were planning on doing some fact finding, shopping, or just mingling with other aviators, you’ve got plenty of time to head to Lakeland and join in the fun.

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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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