Sun ’n Fun

What used to be an EAA event is to­day all about the air­show... and ul­tra­lights

Pilot - - SHOW REPORT: SUN ’N FUN NOTES EXTRA - Words & pho­tos: Nigel Hitch­man

The Sun ’n Fun In­ter­na­tional fly-in was held from 2-7 April 2019 in Lake­land, Florida, with sim­i­lar air­craft at­ten­dance to 2018 but well down on the hey­days of the 90s and early 2000s. The home­built turnout was quite low− way less than at the LAA Rally with prob­a­bly less than 200 air­craft−but nonethe­less there were some nice ma­chines to be seen. The com­mer­cial area was about the same size as previous years, al­beit with some of the avi­a­tion com­pany slots now filled by any­thing from mo­torhome sales to jew­ellery. Buck­ing the trend, the Ul­tra­light/lsa area known as ‘Par­adise City’ seemed fuller than ever, al­ways with lots go­ing on.

Never say die: Bede Air­craft were of­fer­ing kits for the boxy sin­gle-seat BD-6 (above, left) and the two-seat BD-4C (right). The BD-4C is an up­dated de­vel­op­ment of the orig­i­nal BD-4, which was for all in­tents and pur­poses the world’s first kit­plane

Bearcat meets T-28? Pow­ered by a 400hp M14P ra­dial en­gine, the Al­ti­tude Group Ra­dial Rocket RG is a two-seater that is avail­able as a kit

Scale replica Cur­tiss P-36 Hawk from US com­pany Scalebirds (natch’), to be pow­ered by a Czech Verner Scar­lett ra­dial en­gine

Look­ing very STOL, the Belite CH-2A Chip­per, a two-seat side by side Ex­per­i­men­tal kit air­craft of alu­minium con­struc­tion

Mini Hughes 500, in the form of the Safari 500, which took the award for ‘Best pis­ton he­li­copter un­der 200hp’

A Euro­fox by any other name... In the USA it is known as the Aerotrek. Sev­eral were on dis­play, in­clud­ing an A240 on am­phib­ian floats

Back in busi­ness in Van­cou­ver, Canada Leg­end Air­craft brought along the The Red Run­ner pow­ered by a Gar­rett TPE-331 1,000hp tur­bine

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