STOL Invitational

STOL Invitational Returns to the SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo for its 50th Annual Fly-in!

The SUN ‘n FUN, STOL Invitational is just one of the exciting lineups to perform in the annual Sunset Aerial Circus, that will deliver amazing Short Takeoff & Landings, and breathtaking aero sport performances to eager aviation enthusiasts. STOL Chairman, Anitra Goddard says she is honored to play a part in bringing the fastest-growing Aero Sport in General Aviation back to the Expo for its 50th year.

STOL fans, celebrity announcers, and some of the most well-known & skilled STOL pilots in the industry are traveling from as far away as Alaska, Canada, and the Western United States and will converge on the SUN ‘n FUN campus to showcase their remarkable capabilities of taking off and spot-landing within impressively short distances.

2024 Recap

The 2024 SUN ‘n FUN STOL Invitational Pilot Roster

These accomplished pilots have gained recognition throughout the industry for their backcountry flying adventures and participation in notable competitions, such as the Valdez STOL Competition, National STOL Series and STOL Drag Races; some have even been featured on the Straight Level TV Series.

STOL, an acronym for Short Take Off & Landing, is undeniably taking off with STOL planes gracing the covers of nearly every GA publication in the market today.

We look forward to welcoming general aviation enthusiasts, and STOL Fans to this celebration of flight at the Sunset Aerial Circus, STOL Invitational. Join us for an unforgettable experience, we look forward to seeing you there!

Event Details: STOL Invitational

  • Dates: Tuesday/Thursday/Friday the week of the SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Grass Strip 8/26 at Paradise City

Pilot Meet & Greet & Forums:

Join us for a Pilot Meet & Greet at the STOL Pits located in the Bushwheel Basecamp, where enthusiasts can interact with the pilots and admire these remarkable aircraft up close. Pilots will distribute stickers, posters, and other goodies! The event takes place on Friday, April 10th, from noon to 1:15 pm.

Be sure to check the forums schedule and attend the STOL Forums Tent located in the Bushwheel Basecamp to discover everything you want to know about backcountry flying and STOL from highly experienced pilots. 

Additionally, the Bushwheel Basecamp and the STOL Pits will be open to the public throughout the week; be sure to drop in, and you might catch your favorite STOL pilot tinkering with their airplane!

The forums schedule will be available on the official SUN ‘n FUN website: Forums Schedule.


Paradise City is presented by Junkers Aircraft

The STOL Invitational extends its gratitude to supporting sponsors Airplanes & Coffee, Flying Eyes Optics, Acme Aero, DUC Propeller, McFarlane Aviation Products, Crow Executive Air, and Flight Outfitters for their generous contributions.For more information and to view the full Sunset Aerial Circus Schedule, visit the SUN ‘n FUN website: SUN ‘n FUN Activities.

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