Event Activities

Aviation Activities

Event Activities

Aviation Activities

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AIRCRAFT JUDGING

Judging is conducted in the following aircraft categories:

  • Homebuilts
  • Lite Plane
  • Seaplane
  • Rotorcraft
  • Ultralights
  • Warbirds
  • Vintage
    • Antique – any airplane constructed on or before August 31, 1945
    • Classic – constructed between September 1, 1945 through December 31,1955
    • Contemporary – constructed between January 1, 1956 through Dec. 31, 1970

Judging of airplanes begin on opening day and concludes prior to awards ceremony Saturday evening. Must be registered for Judging by noon on Friday.

Upon arrival, make sure you request your airplane be judged when you register.

Awards Ceremony – Saturday night – 6:00 p.m. – Buehler Restoration Hangar

For more information on Event Activities, please visit our Daily Schedule!

  • Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services
  • Air Transport International
  • Air Wisconsin
  • Bombardier Aviation
  • Cirrus Aircraft
  • Citadel Completions
  • Commutair
  • Compass Airline
  • Endeavor Air
  • ExpressJet
  • Frontier Airlines
  • GAMA Aviation Signature
  • General Electric Aviation
  • GoJet Airlines
  • Piedmont Airlines
  • PlaneSense
  • PSA Airlines
  • Republic Airways
  • Remote Imagery Technologies, Inc.
  • Sebring Flight Academy
  • SkyWest Airlines
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection

View positions each company will be hiring for on site here.

Forums Schedule

The SUN ‘n FUN Educational Forums are held in the Central Florida Aerospace Academy, our onsite aviation-based high school.  Our forums utilize 75% of the air-conditioned classroom space in the facility.  Our forums provide our guests the opportunity to gain knowledge on aviation topics from A to Z.  Our presenters come from all over the country to share information, offer guidance and add to the overall value of your time here at SUN ‘n FUN.  We hope you enjoy the schedule we have put together for you this year!

Click here for an active, searchable daily schedule that will continue to be updated up until the convention begins – search “Forums” for scheduled forums and search “Forums – Not Currently Scheduled” if you are looking for presentation space availability.

The static daily forum schedule below will be available just prior to the convention.  (Subject to change)

A classroom floorplan is provided to the right.  Rooms that are not labeled with a Forum # are classrooms the school will use during the week of SUN ‘n FUN.  Subject to change!

Interested in Presenting a Forum during SUN ‘n FUN 2020?

To view current availability, go to our 2020 Daily Schedule and search for “Forum – Not Currently Scheduled“.  If you register for a forum, please include what day and time will work for your schedule from the time slots still available.

Would you like to contribute to the diverse types of information shared throughout the week of SUN ‘n FUN?

SUN ‘n FUN is very interested in providing a variety of forums on topics that range from aircraft restoration to woodworking and much, much more. This information-filled week provides our guests the opportunity to take home information on just about any aviation-related topic available. Share your knowledge with them.

EDUCATIONAL FORUMS are not for selling or promoting a particular product or service and cannot be used in place of an exhibit space purchase, this is strictly educational opportunity for our guests to enjoy.

If you have knowledge on an aviation topic and would like to share with your fellow aviators, please complete the form below.  Once we begin compiling the schedule we will contact you if we have questions regarding your topic or schedule request.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Hands-On Workshops

The SUN ‘n FUN workshops have enjoyed a popularity with builders that is unmatched by other Venues.

All the workshops are staffed by a combination of amateur and professional instructors with extensive experience in the subjects they present. Many of our instructors hold FAA Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic ratings and or have extensive experience with vendors supplying the aviation community.

All of our volunteers are dedicated to the education of Homebuilders to aid in the safe and reliable construction of all forms of Experimental and Amateur Built Aircraft. Most of our volunteer instructors are builders themselves and enthusiastically share their experience with novice builders.

The workshops include:

  •  Woodworking, Includes construction of wing ribs, fuselage, jigs and tooling and adhesives.
  • Metal fabrication, Sheet metal selection, cutting, drilling and riveting, fabrication of all metal aircraft components.
  • Metal shaping, this shop covers the shaping of custom compound shapes in aluminum using various metal shaping techniques and equipment.
  • Oxy-fuel Welding of both steel and aluminum, Oxy-acetylene and oxy-hydrogen welding techniques for fabrication of steel structures and aluminum components.
  • TIG/MIG Welding of both steel and aluminum, this program, presented by Lincoln Electric covers Tungsten inert gas (TIG) and Metal inert gas (MIG) welding.
  • Avionics/Electrical installation, The proper wire, terminals, tools and techniques for installation of a reliable aircraft electrical system are provided.
  • Electrical Noise and Trouble shooting, proper installation and isolation of circuits to reduce interference and “noise” in avionics systems.
  • Fabric Aircraft Covering, hands on experience in fabric covering and doping provided here.
  • Rib Stitching, The attachment of fabric to wing structures is explained, demonstrated and learned here.
  • Composite Construction, Foam shaping and cutting, fiberglass and resin selection and application and vacuum forming, taught here.
  • Safety Wiring and Cable Swaging, the use of safety wire and proper tools for installation of safety wire and swaging of control cables covers bolting, turnbuckles, thimbles, propellers, etc.
  • Engines and Firewall Forward Installations. This shop covers all things engines. Engine maintenance, assembly, modification and installation are addressed as well as display and run-up of various engines.

Many of our shops are FAA approved for IA renewal and we are in the process of obtaining approval for additional presentations.

WORKSHOPS: (Daily : 9am – 4pm)

For the Convention Attendee who wishes to gain experience and knowledge, these Workshops are a bonus not only to the FAA Licensed, A&P and IA Technician but to the Amateur Aircraft Builder alike. Pay the entrance fee at the gate and the rest is free. The cost of these Workshops if paid for individually would cost thousands of dollars, but SUN ‘n FUN provides all this for just the cost of admission.

For more information on Event Activities, please visit our Daily Schedule!

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PARTS EXCHANGE

Located in Hangar E

Consignors may purchase tags/ties for items to be consigned at that time, or in advance. Tags/ties are 50 cents each. The supplied tie must be used to secure the tag to the item.

Please note that tires and batteries cannot be accepted for sale due to Florida law. Tires mounted on aircraft wheel assemblies will be accepted if described as such on the tag. Consignors are encouraged to drop off their items beginning Monday in order to have them on the floor and ready for sale when the Parts Exchange opens for business.

Because most SUN ’n FUN Volunteers will be working on Tuesday morning when the Parts Exchange (PX) opens to the public for sales, volunteers will have a special advance shopping period from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday night (before opening day of event). SUN ’n FUN Volunteers who hold a current valid Volunteer identification wristband will be admitted into the Parts Exchange (PX) during this time. Sales will terminate at 8:00 p.m. so that the Parts Exchange (PX) Volunteers can prepare for opening Tuesday morning to the public.

The Parts Exchange (PX) opens to the public at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday. Hours of operation through Sunday are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sales cease at 12:00 noon, Sunday.

Consignors may request payment for items sold any time after 12:00 noon, Wednesday.

NOTE: All payments will be made in CASH unless the consignor specifically states on the tag that he will accept a personal check. CASH is the preferred method of payment. No credit cards or check cashing will be available. ATM machines are located on the grounds.

Note: A registration credential (wristband) is required to drop off items for sale or to shop at the PX during the regular convention daily schedule. Also, you must have your consignment contract with you upon returning to pick up funds and/or unsold items.

Consignors may claim unsold items or change prices at any time during regular business hours by asking for assistance from any Parts Exchange (PX) Volunteer. No items will be sold if the tag has been altered in any way or is not legible. The Parts Exchange (PX) tent will be open for consignors only on Sunday, from noon until 5:00 p.m. to claim unsold items. The tent will close promptly at 5:00 p.m. and any unclaimed items will become donations to SUN ’n FUN.

Advance tag/tie purchases: Wendy Gaynor or 941-223-5867.

Tag with tie: 50 cents each

For more information on Event Activities, please visit our Daily Schedule!

Support The Mission

The mission of the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) is to “Engage, Educate, and Accelerate the Next Generation of Aerospace Professionals. The SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo and dozens of other events year-round produce the majority of the revenue that goes into supporting this mission. By attending our events, you are helping us deliver top-quality, industry-leading STEM education and scholarship programs to thousands of young men and women each year. The opportunities that ACE provides give young people a competitive edge as they navigate their educational journey that can ultimately lead to a rewarding career in the world’s incredibly diverse and rapidly growing aerospace industry. You can help! Please click the links below to explore how you can share your knowledge and expertise as a volunteer in over 3500 available positions, become a patron of the Florida Air Museum, or donate to assist us financially. Regardless of how you assist, whether by attending our events, visiting the museum or donating financially, we sincerely appreciate your support!

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