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EAA Gearing up for Sun 'n Fun 2010

2009 Sun 'n Fun chapter social
EAA’s chapter social is just one of the many activities planned for Sun ‘n Fun 2010.

April 7, 2010 — EAA staff members and volunteers are making final preparations for the 36th Sun ’n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Florida, set for next week, April 13-18. EAA will help usher in the first major aviation event of the 2010 flying season with a bustling exhibit area; several special events; more than 20 forum presentations by EAA staff and representatives; and more.

As always, EAA is focused on providing more ways for people to participate and enjoy aviation, and finding ways to welcome more people to the world of flight regardless of age.

One stop you won’t want to miss is the EAA exhibit, where you can get your membership or renewal processed; learn how to participate in International Learn to Fly Day (May 15); get advance tickets for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh; receive an insurance quote from the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan; or sign up for the EAA credit card. You can also see the magnificent Aviat Husky, the grand prize for the annual EAA Aircraft Sweepstakes, and enter the sweepstakes right there! EAA merchandise will also be available at the exhibit.

Among the EAA-hosted forums are those on homebuilt aircraft, sport pilot flying, medical and legal issues, and aircraft insurance.  The complete schedule is available in the “Schedules and Maps” area on the Sun ’n Fun website.

On Wednesday evening, April 14, following the air show, EAA chapter members are invited to join EAA President/Chairman Tom Poberezny for a Chapter Social at the EAA Partners Tent, located in the same area as in past years. EAA Founder Paul Poberezny is also expected to be at the chapter social and on the grounds throughout the event. Later Wednesday evening, Young Eagles Co-Chairman Jeff Skiles will appear at the Florida Air Museum’s outdoor pavilion to present the lessons, training, and scenarios of US Airways Flight 1549, the Miracle on the Hudson, on which he served as Capt. Sully Sullenberger’s first officer.

At 9 a.m. Thursday, the National Flight Academy of Pensacola, Florida, and EAA will gather at the EAA exhibit to sign a memorandum of understanding, establishing a relationship to support aviation education programs that engage and motivate young people.

Later on Thursday at the annual Sporty’s media lunch, EAA and Sporty’s officials will provide an update on the Next Step program for Young Eagles, including the success of Online Pilot Training Course; and the May 15 International Learn To Fly Day, a coordinated general aviation effort to grow aviation.

EAAers are reminded that, as was the case last year, there will not be a separate EAA membership tent at the Sun ’n Fun main gate. There will be a small service center that can assist EAA members who may need their membership number to receive the discounted admission rate available to EAAers only. (EAA members receive discounted admission rates at ALL Sun ’n Fun gates.) EAA members are urged to join or renew prior to arriving at Sun ’n Fun by visiting www.EAA.org/membership. Current members should be sure to bring along their membership card to prevent admission delays at Lakeland.

Among this year’s highlights at Sun ’n Fun are performances by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds on April 17-18. More info about Sun ’n Fun is available at www.sun-n-fun.org.

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