Sunny at Sun ‘n Fun!

April 1, 2011 by Craig Fuller

It’s a bright, beautiful day at Sun ‘n Fun with the promise of an equally beautiful weekend in the weather forecast. So don’t let reports of yesterday’s bad weather keep you away.

Craig Fuller with Crossover Classic

It's beautiful day at Sun 'n Fun. Join me at the AOPA tent and take a look at the Crossover Classic 182 that could be yours.

This year we want to Rally GA–and John Burton and his team here at Sun ‘n Fun are a great example of how to do that, even after a setback. They worked through the night to clean up the grounds so all of us can enjoy the next three days. You can do your part to Rally GA and show your support for this classic event by coming out to enjoy the aircraft, airshow, displays, product demonstrations, and more!

As an added bonus, it’s AOPA Day, so members get admission discounts and the chance to win some great prizes. Our AOPA team opened the tent early to welcome members, and I’m here, too, enjoying meeting and talking with AOPA members who stop by.

And, so you know that AOPA is no fair-weather friend, I want to announce that for the fourth year in a row, AOPA will be a Platinum Sponsor for Sun ‘n Fun 2012.

  • Bob Bittner

    Fly out to Sun-n-Fun now to help those with storm-wrecked planes? What, is SNF going to share some of its proceeds with the storm victims? I doubt it.

  • Ann Gray

    When a pilot flies an airplane to an airshow or a flying event, he/she knows the risk of weather and damage. If he/she is unwilling to take that risk, the airplane should remain at home and in its hangar. It the free flying airplanes were not properly tied down, their owners should be held responsible for damage.
    I hope the insurance companies will not plead “act of God” as one did when my airplane, properly hangared, was struck as a result of straight line wind, by a Piper Cherokee also in the hangar. No amount of fighting or pleading with them did any good. I don’t happen to believe God gets involved in airplane damage, but if one believes that way, then what ISN’T an act of God? I feel for the owners trying to collect from their insurance companies. Some won’t live long enough.
    Sun n Fun, indeed any convention or airshow organization,operates on a thinner profit margin than you can imagine. Costs are astronomical for conveniences, maintenance, etc. and efforts have to be made to keep admissions low enough. Read the financials for AirVenture, or what EAA releases anyway, and you can see there is no extra money for paying off pilots for damage caused by weather. They willingly brought their aircraft to Sun n Fun. There are always risks.

  • John Stubbs

    I came to SNF for one day, Friday April 1. I flew commercially through the storm into Tampa, spent the night and left to go to the grounds at 8:30. We sat in line bumper to bumper for four hours. At that time I was still an hour away from the show, and ran out of time, and had to leave without ever seeing the grounds. I know they had big problems. But I think they could have found some closed big box store and shuttled people into the show. This was a discouraging and expensive experience. I never did understand why the line was moving so slow.