Aircraft Camping

Aircraft Camping Information

The (GAC) General Aircraft Camping will be relocating to the east end of the airfield, north of Echo taxiway and south of the VOR.  We will be introducing an exciting new airside entertainment venue in 2023, “The Island”. 

The Island will provide a camp store, shower house, food, and entertainment all week. Uber and Lyft will pick up and drop off from this location, as well as online grocery deliveries (more details to come on this service).

Aircraft camping is also available in Vintage, Homebuilt, Seaplane and Overnight Aircraft Camping. Camping registration for these locations can be purchased or online tickets can be redeemed from Mobile Registration, Vintage Registration or Homebuilt Registration.

SUN ‘n FUN Camping registration and admission tickets are available online for March 28 – April 2, 2023. Campers arriving earlier than March 28 will be required to pay a camping fee each day before March 28.  No south side aircraft arrivals before Saturday, March 25.

General Aircraft Camping – will be relocating to the east of the airfield, north of Echo taxiway and south of the VOR.  More details for this camping area will be shared as they become available.  Weekly Camping purchase is required.  Please display a GAC sign on the aircraft windscreen to camp in this area.

Homebuilt Aircraft Camping – will be combined with Homebuilt Parking and hosts a hospitality area for visiting pilots.  Weekly Camping purchase is required.  Please display an HBC sign on the aircraft windscreen to camp in this area.

Vintage Aircraft Camping – Aircraft built in 1970 or earlier are authorized to park in the Vintage Aircraft. Weekly Camping purchase is required. Please display a VAC sign on the aircraft windscreen to camp in this area.

Seaplane Aircraft Camping – located on the corner of Echo and Echo One. Weekly Camping purchase is required.  Please display an SB sign on the aircraft windscreen to camp in this area.

Group Aircraft Camping – Do you have a group of pilots who want to fly in and camp together?  Please check back for details. Overnight Aircraft Camping is located near the VOR on the southeast side of Lakeland Linder International Airport. A camp host is available. Camp space is daily aircraft camping and is limited to the ONC area.  A weekly aircraft camping permit is required to camp in all other aircraft camping areas mentioned above.  Please display an ONC sign on the aircraft windscreen to camp in this area.

Aircraft Campground Rules

Please be safe during your stay and follow these rules.

  • Aircraft Camping space is issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • An “aircraft camping unit” is defined as an aircraft with a tarp structure or tent setup up close to the aircraft. Aircraft must be present to secure an aircraft camping space.
  • Campsite purchase must be complete before setup can begin.
  • Only one camping permit is required per aircraft.
  • A camping permit must be visible from the front of the aircraft by a person on a golf cart – it should be in the windshield if you use a canopy cover.
  • All campground guests and visitors must purchase and wear convention admission credentials.
  • ALL AIRCRAFT MUST BE TIED DOWN. You may BRING YOUR OWN TIE-DOWNS… or purchase them on-site.
  • If you arrive early and plan to leave your aircraft tied down at SUN ’n FUN while visiting other area attractions, please leave your aircraft uncovered and do not set your brake. It may be necessary to move your aircraft.
  • Be courteous of your neighbors – keep campsite neat and clean and noise levels down, especially after 10:00 PM.
  • Careful use of white gas or propane is allowed provided they are a safe distance (at least 10 Feet) from the Aircraft and attended at all times.
  • Cooking stoves may not be operated within 50 feet of any aircraft fueling operation.
  • All attendees should be aware of taxiing aircraft throughout the event. All taxiing aircraft have the right-of-way.
  • No aircraft movement in any aircraft camping area during the airshow (when the red flag is up).
  • Please return your locator card promptly to the registration area or the Camper Host.
  • Please include your cell phone number on the locator card for emergency purposes.

Services & Amenities

  • Courtesy transportation is available in the aircraft camping
  • Showers, restrooms and/or port-a-potties are available.
  • Cell phone charging is available at the GAC Registration Building.
  • Do you need to ship your camping gear or other items to SUN ‘n FUN? Click here for a printable shipping label.
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