Event Activities

Aviation Activities

Event Activities

Aviation Activities

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Aviation Activities

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SUN 'n FUN Home Edition

AIRCRAFT JUDGING

Judging is conducted in the following aircraft categories:

  • Homebuilts
  • Light 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 to 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 SUN 'n FUN Daily Schedule!

  • Please check back for 2022 participants

View positions each company will be hiring for on site here. (Coming Soon!)

Forums Schedule

The SUN ‘n FUN Educational Forums are held in the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA), our onsite aviation-based high school.  Our forums utilize 75% of the air-conditioned classroom space in the facility and provide our guests the opportunity to gain knowledge on aviation topics from A to Z.  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 SUN 'n FUN 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 2021?

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

To view current availability, go to our SUN 'n FUN Daily Schedule and search for “Forum – Not Currently Scheduled“.  You may register for up to six forums (certain requirements apply) and if time slots are still available.

SUN ‘n FUN is very excited to provide 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 click on Forums Speaker Registration link below and complete the form.  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!

PLEASE NOTE:  If you have registered a Forum Presentation on or after January 30, please resubmit.  Our system appears to have stopped accepting registrations.  We believe the issue has been resolved.

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 with tooling and adhesives.
  • Metal Fabrication: Including sheet metal selection, cutting, drilling and riveting, and fabrication of all metal aircraft components.
  • Metal Shaping:  This workshop covers the shaping of custom compound shapes in aluminum, using various metal shaping techniques and equipment.
  • Oxy-fuel Welding:  Both steel and aluminum, Oxy-acetylene and Oxy-hydrogen welding techniques for fabrication of steel structures and aluminum components.
  • TIG/MIG Welding: Both steel and aluminum.  This program is presented by Lincoln Electric and 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.
  • Aircraft Fabric Covering: Hands-on experience in fabric covering techniques and doping provided here.
  • Rib Stitching: The attachment of fabric to wing structures is explained, demonstrated and taught in this workshop.
  • Composite Construction: Foam shaping here.
  • Safety Wiring and Cable Swaging: The use of safety wire and proper tools for installation of safety wire and swaging of control cables and 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, our Hands-on Workshops are a bonus not only to the FAA Licensed, A&P and IA Technician but to the Amateur Aircraft Builder as well. And... the best part, the event entrance fee covers all the training and knowledge gained during the experience.  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 SUN 'n FUN Daily Schedule!

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PARTS EXCHANGE

Located in Hangar E

Consignors may purchase tags/ties for items to be consigned at the time of arrival, 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 evening (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 SUN 'n FUN 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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