Posts Tagged ‘Mike Collins’

Common questions

Friday, April 11th, 2008

Some of the questions about AOPA’s sweepstakes airplane are the same from year to year, regardless of the make and model in question. Associate Editor Ian Twombly (shown hard at work in photo), who is documenting this year’s Get Your Glass Sweepstakes project for AOPA Pilot and AOPA Online, is the target for many of these questions–but all the AOPA Pilot’s editors attending shows like Sun ‘n Fun get their share.

Those most frequently asked are: (more…)

Seeing old friends

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

For me, one of the best things about attending shows is the chance to see old friends–and Sun ‘n Fun can be like a family reunion.

Jack Neubacher didn’t finish the annual on his Piper Tri-Pacer in time for the trip, so he drove down from Salisbury, North Carolina. With him were two friends who flew Douglas C-47s over The Hump during World War II. Jack has plans to get them into a DC-3/C-47 cockpit sometime this week.

John and Martha King arrived from San Diego in King Schools’ Falcon. “We didn’t get lost this time,” John quipped to friends.

Bonnie Higbie of Lakeland, Florida, a former media chairman for Sun ‘n Fun, now volunteers during the fly-in at the on-site radio station.  She let me in on one of the fly-in’s best-kept secrets (until now)–the radio station’s staff prepare fresh, homemade waffles every morning. That’s a good reason to say “yes” if one of the Sun ‘n Fun Radio reporters asks to interview you.