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Event Report
Event Reports - Sun 'N Fun 2006

Monday, April 3 - Part 1 (Pre-Show)
Sun 'N Fun 2006
Created: 03/31/2006
Updated: 04/17/2006
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Article by Mike Whaley
 
NOTE: For the third year running, the Internet access that was supposed to be available at SNF has been, well, practically nonexistent (any Internet entrepreneurs out there take note...) Unfortunately, this has made it difficult to impossible to post updates with the usual next-day or so turnaround. We will do our best to catch up when the service is available. Thanks for your patience... we're taking lots of photos, which we'll bring to you ASAP. We think it'll be worth the wait :)

Monday was the final setup day, and the weather couldn't have been nicer... 85 degrees and clear, with a bit of a breeze. Setup for the tent and the campsite went very smoothly. We set up much like last year's display, with Rob Moler's beatuful Blue Skybolt/Firebolt (like many aircraft, this plane has features of both) is the featured attraction inside the main tent, with Barrett's Pitts S1-C on the corner, a bare Pitts S1 fuselage frame behind it and our tribute display to Curtis behind that. The aircraft parking areas weren't full yet, but they had a fair number of aircraft. It looks like we'll have a good turnout!

So without further ado, here we go with some photos... more to come later!


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The crew tries to remember which banner goes where... setup went really smoothly, actually.  
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This interesting ducted fan-powered car drew quite a bit of attention.  
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Only problem is, what happens when you get behind this guy at a stoplight?  
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EAAer are an inventive lot, to say the least.  
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Aeroshell makes a spectacular arrival, as usual.  
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The skywriter provides some good advice for free.  
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Ed Anderson developed his own Mazda rotary installation for his RV-6  
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Ed left the cowl open for a while, and quite a few curious folks stopped by to take a look.  
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Bill Clapp flew his KR-2S down from Valdosta GA with his daughter Elaine. Bill restores VW's for a living, but chose a Corvair to power his plane. He built this plane for about $7,000 including the engine(!)... and it's done well!  
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Dave Vargesko's Wagabond isn't the fanciest plane on earth, but every part of it is done well. Dave's Corvair-powered plane is a flyer, not a hangar queen!  
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We thought that this was an amusing juxtaposition of placards in the Wagabond's cockpit.  
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This freshly polished and painted taildragger Zenith CH-601XL belongs to our friends at The Corvair Authority - aka William Wynne and the hangar gang. This is a very well-done plane that flies a lot.  
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This plane has quite a fan out front.  
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This attractive Bakeng Deuce is for sale.  
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The Corben Baby Ace is one of the older homebuilt designs.  
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A Cub sitting in the grass... this is how life should be.  
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The Wittman Tailwind is a true classic. Decades after the first one flew, you still see a fair number of them being built and flown... fast.  
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The GlaStars are rapidly gaining popularity. These planes feature mixed construction of steel tube, structural composites, and aluminum.  
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The pilot of this Glasair obviously likes to race.  
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There are a lot of RV's here... but that's to be expected with a plane that outsells Cessna.  
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Like in many other area, high-intensity LED's are now being used to replace incandescent and gas-tube light bulbs in many applications. As usual, homebuilders are leading the way in what is bound to become normal practice in certified aircraft.  
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Another version of LED lights. Advantages include very long life, low power requirements, durability, and redundancy in case individual units burn out.  
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This is a really nice looking RV-9.  
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One guess as to this pilot's favorite team. (The bug must to be a Huskers fan also.)  
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This RV-10 was recently completed by James Younkin. This looks to be quite a versatile design and if the other RV designs are any indication, it's going to really set the standard for four-seat airplanes.  
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The RV-10 has an angle of Attack system installed. This is an angle sensor vane on the wingtip.  
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There is another AOA vane a couple of feet inboard from the wingtip.  
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Another view of the RV-10.  
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And of course, no airshow coverage would be complete without the traditional rubber pitot chicken!  
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Brian King's new low-cost design is called the BK1. It's a simple, one-seat plane designed to be inexpensive to build and operate. Power is from a half VW.  
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This pretty much says it all, doesn't it? This is the tail of a Sonex.  
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Those of you into prog-rock will recognize this logo instantly. It seems that this plane was once Just A Job To Do by an Illegal Alien living in a Home By The Sea. It was going to be called the Silver Rainbow. Mama is probably just Taking It All Too Hard, but That's All. It's Gonna Get Better once they move to the Second Home By The Sea.  
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This Harmon Rocket was very well done.  
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Patriotic color schemes are becoming increasingly popular.  
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The Radial Rocket and Turbine Lancair are both very fast.  
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The Comp Air isn't exactly sleek, but it can haul a BUNCH of stuff.  
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The Yellowbird Skybolt looks beautiful at sunset.  
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This little meadowlark seemed to be quite perplexed by all the big, noisy birds invading its territory.  
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The sun goes down on the flight line... tomorrow will be a busy day.  
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The sky was clear when the sun set, but I didn't see the green flash this time around.  

Other entries in this series:
     Sun 'N Fun 2006 - Much Excitement Awaits!    March 31, 2006
      » Monday, April 3 - Part 1 (Pre-Show)    April 3, 2006
     Monday, April 3 - Part 2 (Pre-Show)    April 3, 2006
     Tuesday, April 4    April 4, 2006
     Wednesday, April 5 - Part 1    April 5, 2006
     Wednesday, April 5 - Part 2    April 5, 2006
     Thursday, April 6    April 6, 2006
     Friday, April 7 - Daytime Activities - Part 1    April 7, 2006
     Friday, April 7 - Daytime Activities - Part 2    April 7, 2006
     Friday, April 7 - Pitts Tribute and Night Airshow    April 7, 2006
     Saturday, April 8 - Part 1    April 8, 2006
     Saturday, April 8 - Part 2    April 8, 2006
     Sunday, April 9    April 9, 2006

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