Sun ‘N Fun 2010 -Thursday

Sadly, we headed back home Thursday afternoon thanks to a flu “bug” that tried to ruin my otherwise very fun visit.

The famous "Green Apples" retractable Mustang II

I’m hanging in there and thought I’d add a few observations on what I saw at Sun ‘N Fun.

– the poor economy and the windy weather made for a poor turnout, at least early in the week (totally unofficial observation!)

– visitors from around the world still come to Lakeland to see for themselves the incredible assortment of airplanes – talk to like minded aviators & aviatrixes – and make lifelong friends.  Heck, that’s why we’re all there!

– you don’t have to wonder around long to notice the aviation population is TRULY aging.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s part of life, but now’s the time to share our passion with the next generation.  For what it’s worth, I’m really going to start making an effort to talk it up and give airplane rides to those outside of my aviation circle.  It’s downright sad how few 20 & 30 somethings you see making their way around Sun’n Fun.

– Sun ‘n Fun sure could use a fresh, new approach to attracting women aviation enthusiasts.  Just like men, many wives and girlfriends attending do not want to pilot a plane; they come to see their friends, enjoy the sunshine and have a good time.  I think that’s a great thing.  What I don’t understand is how EAA organized visits to the local Tupperware factory or group ladies’ shopping trips can be easier to find than aviation gatherings and forums for women.  Surely I’m just not looking in the right place?!?

– Light Sport (LSAs) are all the rage!  It’s shocking how far this industry has grown in no time but be prepared to spend big bucks if you buy new.  You’ve got to ask yourself “would I rather have 2 or 3 or even 4 7AC Champs, or one brand spanking new, factory built LSA?”

Judy along with Alice on her first Champ flight!

And as far as next year goes, we’ll no doubt be there.  I hear the camping is good but if you’re not into camping, let me know.  I found the perfect spot to stay, reasonably priced, and a mere 25 minutes away!  I’ll fill you in!

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  • Susan
    Posted at 18:17h, 20 April Reply

    Hahaha… Anne, you sure have that right!! Thanks for making me giggle!!

    Susan

  • Posted at 10:35h, 20 April Reply

    “Shopping” at an airshow sure means something different to us, doesn’t it? Three cases of oil, an air chuck for the compressor, GPS card update, and extra inspection plates: that was my list for SnF.

    It was great seeing you there, Judy, and I hope you’re feeling well again.

    Anne.

  • Susan
    Posted at 23:35h, 16 April Reply

    Judy,

    Your observation about the pilot community in general aging with little to no sign of your folks coming in behind us is something we note frequently. We always say we are just “caretakers” of these great old birds — and worry that there won’t be someone to come fill our shoes when our time is up — hopefully we can work on that too!

    I giggle at your mention of the tours and shopping trips… it took a bit for the “guys” in the Waco world to realize — I’m NOT going to go do the “girlie” things with the other wives and girlfriends… I’ll be right in the middle of the “guys” talking engines, swapping stories and flying my plane! Give em heck girls!!

    One thing that was interesting to note tonight at the Doolittle Raider dinner – – The Raider Association gives out aeronautical scholarships each year – and I was tickled to death to see five young ladies as the recipients!! Sweeeeeet!

    Cheers!
    Susan

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