Thursday, July 19, 2012

Zachs new Motorcycle.

Didn't think I would like a "sport" bike (or a Ninja 250). I am kind of a Harley and specifically a Sportster fan. 

BUT what a great motorcycle the Ninja 250 is. They have a huge following and a great support network on the Internet.  Plus they are economical, nice looking, fast and the most important, fun to ride.

Once he gets more time on it we'll see what he says. I am thinking I may need to buy one for myself to keep up and have fun.

SUN 'n FUN Fly-In, INC. Launches Year-Round Activities

Another reason to visit Florida!

SUN 'n FUN Fly-In, INC. Launches Year-Round Activities to Support Aviation Education Programs
SUN 'n FUN is not only Florida's largest Expo & Fly-In, it is a commitment to the future.

Lakeland, Florida — The SUN 'n FUN Board of Directors has approved a diverse and exciting spectrum of programs to be branded as; “SUN 'n FUN Education Programs: Aviation Style.” On Friday, July 27, (9:00 a.m.) at AirVenture 2012, SUN 'n FUN CEO and president, John R. "Lites" Leenhouts will take the podium at the EAA Press HQ to flesh out this ambitious set of programs. In addition to sharing insights specific to educational programs, Lites will also be talking about “Back to Grassroots,” activities that will commence in August and continue right up through the 39th Annual SUN 'n FUN International Fly-In & Expo scheduled for April 9-14, 2013 at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.  SUN 'n FUN's mission is to share the aviation experience with people of all ages through education, information, and inspiration.  Lites will provide a laser-sharp description of what you can expect to see at SUN 'n FUN on your next visit as he extends a personal invitation to Visit Central Florida.

SUN 'n FUN is dedicated to providing an experience of real value to all aviators, exhibitors, sponsors, vendors, and families. 

Education Programs
By incorporating the rich history found in the Florida Air Museum Learning Center and utilizing motivational staff, volunteers, and educators, SUN 'n FUN is able to provide educational resources and opportunities throughout the year.

SUN 'n FUN created STEMtastics™ as a framework for development and implementation of our educational offerings. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are the foundation of curriculums designed to teach kids the basics of flight while building self-esteem.  Students ages 7-12 are presented with age specific activities on the ground.  Older youth are offered free first flights through the Future Eagle Club and our Destination Aviation camp experience.  First Flights are also given free of charge to approximately 250 students annually at Wings 'n Things, an extension of the youth education programs, offered as a part of SUN 'n FUN's summer camps as well as at events conducted throughout the year.

The Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) is based on the SUN 'n FUN grounds. CFAA is a workforce academy public high school. Its students are offered a meaningful and content-rich education that inspires and motivates students at all levels. Students are challenged to reach high levels of achievement in STEM curriculums as preparation for high-tech careers in the fields of aviation and aerospace.  The Academy responds to the needs of industry by placing emphasis on teamwork, individual achievement, skill development, creativity, innovation, and critical thinking skills. With an enviable 100 percent graduation rate, CFAA's students are prepared to be productive and responsible members of the workforce. Students who maintain a 3.5 GPA are eligible to fly or to volunteer during the annual Fly-In.

The Lakeland AeroClub is a unique extracurricular activity available to students at CFAA. The club's intent is to enable students at CFAA to widen their opportunities in aviation by attaining their Sport Pilot or Private Pilot certificate.  Any student in Polk County, Florida is eligible for membership. Grants from the James C. Ray Scholarship Fund can pay as much as three-quarters of the cost of flight training for qualified students.  In keeping with the school's intent to teach responsibility and professionalism, the club members are given the reins, acting as board members and working with experienced aviation hands to manage and perform the day-to-day work of operating the club.  Club membership is specifically designed to be an experience that will pay dividends for the membership in the sky, on the ground, and throughout the member's personal and professional lives.

SUN 'n FUN Activities
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, SUN 'n FUN is providing a premier experience at each event on the ground and in the air.  Sponsors, exhibitors, guests and performers are offered southern hospitality and many opportunities to enjoy Florida sunshine.  Funds realized from events support the education programs.  Details of all events can be found at

Highlights of planned events on the SUN 'n FUN grounds include the following:

August 18th - The Lakeland AeroClub Back to School Event. Parents and Students will be up close and personal with SUN 'n FUN's Resident Jet Team, the Black Diamonds.

August 24th - Fly-In for Dinner and RAF Fire Hub Social

September 29th - Fly-In for Dinner and RAF Fire Hub Social

November 2nd - 4th - Wings 'n Things

November 9th - Hangar Door Canteen MASH
(Make Aviation Scholarships Happen) Theme

November 10th - Imperial Symphony Orchestra presents a patriotic Red White & Blue Veterans Tribute Concert on the SUN 'n FUN grounds with special ceremonies and air activity.

November 30th - December 1st - When Pigs Fly South - a Fly-In Barbeque with camping, music, motorcycles, car show and more.


July 19, 2012, Oshkosh, WI

Sonex Aircraft, LLC is pleased to announce that JSX-1, the #1 proof-of-concept prototype of the SubSonex very, very light jet will be flying during the Showcase presentation at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012! The SubSonex is currently scheduled to fly a 5-minute demonstration in three of the week¹s pre-air show showcases: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The AirVenture showcase takes place between approximately 2:30 and 3:30 pm each day, just prior to the air show. JSX-1 will be piloted by famed air show performer Bob Carlton. Carlton has flown much of the JSX-1¹s flight test program for Sonex Aircraft, LLC and is known for his Super Salto jet powered glider act, also appearing at AirVenture 2012.

The SubSonex is a jet aircraft kit concept designed to cross ³jet jock² off your bucket list in an easy to build, easy to fly premium kit package. The

JSX-1 proof-of-concept prototype is being used to explore the viability of the design for a possible aircraft kit product in the Sonex Aircraft lineup.

Using the PBS TJ-100 engine package, the aircraft has been extremely successful to-date, and JSX-2 is already under construction with enhanced features. See the JSX-1 up-close in the Sonex Aircraft booth display at

AirVenture: North Aircraft Display area, Booth 622.

Sonex Aircraft, LLC is a leader in the experimental kit aircraft industry, providing a series of Sport Pilot eligible kit aircraft and producing the AeroConversions line of products which include the AeroVee engine, AeroInjector and ancillary aviation products. Sonex Aircraft¹s Sonex, Waiex, and Onex sport planes, and the Xenos sport motorglider offer outstanding performance in an easy to build, easy to fly kit package that can be purchased and completed with full technical support at an unrivaled price.

Sonex and AeroConversions product development is committed to providing simple, elegant and low-cost solutions for sport flying. Simply put, Sonex Aircraft and AeroConversions products provide the best performance per dollar. Check us out at and

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Can you believe this???

Hawker seeks permission to give top execs bonuses

Layoff people, file bankruptcy, sell to the Chinese and then pay themselves bonuses.

It all seems so wrong!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tour a Flying Hospital at Oshkosh!!!


Flying Eye Hospital Returns to EAA AirVenture and ORBIS to Announce Details of
MD-10 2013 Launch!

Aviation enthusiasts are abuzz with the upcoming EAA AirVenture Convention - the world’s largest airshow – taking place July 23-29, 2012 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This year, ORBIS International’s Flying Eye Hospital (FEH), a literal hospital with wings, returns to AirVenture for the third time and on an unprecedented scale.

The FEH will be the largest plane at the airshow and the only offering a behind-the-scenes look at the interior of an aircraft. Visitors can tour the FEH, which is a result of a unique and lasting alliance forged between the medical and aviation industries. The specially designed and converted DC-10 aircraft allows the ORBIS team and Volunteer Faculty to provide hands-on training to local eye care professionals and convey the latest medical knowledge to treat patients and restore sight.

More details on ORBIS are available at  


Lindsay Evans

Vice President

Edelman Health

250 Hudson St.

New York, NY 10013

Tel: 212 704 8212

Mob: 646 234 0011

Fax: 212 704 0117

Thursday, July 5, 2012

“Disney Night” at AirVenture Fly In

“Disney Night” at AirVenture Fly In Theater to Showcase 20th Anniversary Screening of fan-favorite THE ROCKETEER

The 20th anniversary edition of THE ROCKETEER, now available in hi-def on Disney Blu-ray, will blast across the screen on Thursday, July 26th at the Fly In Theater in Oshkosh, delighting thousands with the story of a dangerous mission that transforms an ordinary young man into an extraordinary hero!

THE ROCKETEER centers around the discovery of a top-secret jetpack that hurls test pilot Cliff Secord into a daring adventure of mystery, suspense and intrigue!  Cliff encounters an assortment of ruthless villains, led by a Hollywood screen star who is a secret Nazi spy.  With the help of his actress girlfriend, the young pilot battles enormous odds to defeat his foes who are anxious to use the device in an evil plan to rule the world.  The movie stars, Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Timothy Dalton and Alan Arkin.

The nightly Fly In Theater, presented by Ford Motor Company, with support from Hamilton Watches, is one of the most popular attractions at AirVenture each year.  “The Disney audience and EAA AirVenture attendees share a great family culture” said EAA President and CEO Rod Hightower.  “We couldn’t be happier to show this great Disney feature at AirVenture.”  The Ford team was instrumental in orchestrating the addition of Disney to the weeklong venue.   “We constantly strive to make the Fly In Theater experience a highpoint at AirVenture, and we look forward to this year’s Disney Night as the first of many” said Kevin Keling, Corporate Events Manager with Ford.

The free nightly movies are attended by thousands and are shown on a huge 5 story outdoor screen.  Other movies scheduled for this year include: 633 SQUADRON on Sunday, July 22nd; 30 SECONDS OVER TOKYO on Monday, July 23rd; MISSION IMPOSSIBE GHOST PROTOCOL on Tuesday, July 24th; RED TAILS on Wednesday, July 25th; STAR TREK (2009) on Friday, July 27th and THE GREAT WALDO PEPPER on Saturday, July 28th.

For more information on the Fly In Theater at AirVenture, please contact:

Dick Knapinski…