Holiday Flying Festival and Car Show at SUN ‘n FUN
This Lakeland event will include numerous aircraft displays, a large airplane and car show, plus food vendors, live music, and many other activities.
Short Takeoff and Landing Competition
Headlining the event will be a Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) competition, put on by National STOL in partnership with SUN ‘n FUN. This exciting flying has its roots all the way back to WWI but is most associated with back country flying in mountainous regions. Over 100 participants are expected to compete in this SUN ‘n FUN first, vying to see who can take off and land in the shortest distance for a cash prize. The contest will be live streamed online by Live Airshow TV.
Aviation Town Hall
Attending pilots will have a rare opportunity to meet and interact with some notable industry leaders. On Saturday, December 5th at 10:00 a.m. the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) will be sponsoring a General Aviation Town Hall, where pilots can submit questions and get live answers on the state of GA in the COVID era. Scheduled panelists include SUN ‘n FUN / ACE President and CEO John Leenhouts, AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker, and Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) President, CEO and Board Chairman Jack Pelton. Aircraft parking is free, with donations gladly accepted.
In addition to the airplane show and STOL competition, planned flying activities include a Friday evening Hot Air Balloon Glow, night airshow featuring the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team and Wild Blue Rodeo. On Saturday, a balloon launch is planned, plus flybys and sky typing on Saturday from The GEICO Skytypers. Airplane rides will also be available for purchase from local air ride professionals.
Car & Airplane Shows
The car show will have numerous categories including muscle cars, antique/classic, and exotic, and should be a welcome addition for those who have missed car gatherings. The Lakeland Corvette Club is helping to organize. The airplane show will have similar categories; Warbird, Vintage, Homebuilt, Aerobatic, and LSA.
Food, 5K & Live Music
Food vendors will be onsite both days, and there will be numerous exhibitors from both aviation organizations and local businesses showcasing a variety of products and services. On Saturday, the Lakeland Linder International Airport is sponsoring the SUN ‘n RUN 5K, with proceeds benefiting Women in Aviation and the Lakeland Aero Club. A children’s area is planned, with play areas and First Responder displays of fire trucks and law enforcement equipment. Live music will be provided from local headliners The Cliff Brown Band and up and coming Nashville country music star Eli Mosley.