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Event Report
Event Reports - Sun 'N Fun 2007

Wednesday, April 18
Sun 'N Fun 2007
Created: 04/18/2007
Updated: 04/20/2007
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Article by Mike Whaley
 
Wednesday was a very busy day, with excellent attendance and more great weather. Many folks came by the tent, looking at the various products on display... the Piloti Shoes are selling like hotcakes. Quite a few performers have started wearing Pilotis this year, including Randy Harris (Bearfeat Aerobatics Skybolt), Eric Tucker (Tucker upset training), Elaine Larsen (driver of the Embry-Riddle "Miss Ta Fire" jet dragster), Jacquie B (Pitts performer). Other well-known pilots who have already been wearing Pilotis include Sean D. Tucker, Steve and Suzanne Oliver, wingwalker Theresa Stokes, and several others.


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Our Piloti Shoes display was popular all day long.  
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Eric Tucker came by to check out the Pilotis. Yes, his dad is Sean D. Tucker. Eric also flies and is involved with unusual attitude training.  
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Jet Dragster driver (pilot?) Elaine Larsen was excited to find Pilotis as well.  
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This DC-3 put on quite a display of maneuverability and low-altitude flying.  
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The Red Knight T-33 does graceful, fast aerobatics.  
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Meanwhile over in Paradise City... this Kolb Firestar flew around nearly constantly.  
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Low and slow must be a lot of fun, because all these guys and gals couldn't seem to get enough of it!  
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The winds were a little stiff but most of the fixed-wing light aircraft and ultralights managed to fly without any problem.  
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The plane isn't very large, but it's very well traveled!  
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Off we go!  
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The Zenith 701 STOL isn't the slickest-looking plane, but it sure doesn't need much runway.  
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This is one of the more modern LSA's.  
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This little trike really went screaming by.  
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A Kolb on floats... looks like fun!  
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The venerable Drifter design is now back in production by Lockwood.  
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If you look closely, you can just about see their smiles!  
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Our friends at Aero Adventure were hopping rides all afternoon.  
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A nifty little light plane.  
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A trike takes off.  
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Extra visibility, anyone?  
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The Jet Fox is from Europe.  
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Culture clash... Baron von Richthofen meets the PPC.  
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This was cool... a replica Bleriot.  
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Another LSA awaits it's owner's return from seeing the show.  
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It was just a matter of time... an electric-powered manned aircraft!  
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The batteries are military-surplus Li-Poly cells. The motor is a custom-built brushless unit driving a folding carbon-fiber prop.  
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The whole system is actually pretty simple, and looked to borrow a lot from R/C airplane technology where electric is on the way to pushing gas/glow power aside.  
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Instead of a gas gauge ad manifold pressure, you have meters for volts and amps.  
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The throttle... on/off and a power knob. Endurance is expected to be about 1.5 hours.  
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Titan had two of their great little T-51 Mustang replicas on display. They are two-seat aircraft.  
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The Mini-Max remains a popular and well-respected light airplane.  
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A new-build Luscombe.  
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Fans of early ultralights will recognize this as an Easy Riser... originally a hang glider, later a powered ultralight. They are going back into production "due to popular demand".  
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This is an original Easy Rider. Control is from a combination of rudder pedals and weight shift.  
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The Easy Riser flew towards the end of the daylight... it's a graceful sight.  
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The Riser floats in gracefully for a deadstick landing. It seemed to handle OK in the not-so-gentle breeze.  
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This is an 87% scale Fieseler 156 Storch replica that is being offered for sale in kit form. Very neat!  
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The visibility is great, it's a warbird (kinda)... and the stall speed is 17 mph!  
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This odd little van from Subaru was on display... it was only about 4 feet high.  
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The wheels are so big, you might be able to land on water with them.  
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This Cessna 195 has the coolest paint job we've seen in a long, long time.  
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SNF is a great place to see how airplanes work.  
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This Pitts was on display in front of the IAC tent.  
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Another high-end acro plane near IAC.  
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A Pitts S1.  
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This is a two-seat homebuilt... looks like the viisbility and soaring performance ought to be excellent.  
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Comp Air had their brand-new turboprop on display... it had flown just before the show. This thing is REALLY, REALLY BIG!  
 

Other entries in this series:
     Sunday, April 15    April 15, 2007
     Monday, April 16    April 16, 2007
     Tuesday, April 17    April 17, 2007
      » Wednesday, April 18    April 18, 2007
     Thursday, April 19    April 19, 2007
     Friday, April 20    April 20, 2007
     Saturday, April 21 (Part 1)    April 21, 2007
     Saturday, April 21 (Part 2)    April 21, 2007
     Sunday, April 22    April 22, 2007
     Monday, April 23    April 23, 2007
     Wednesday, April 25    April 25, 2007

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