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Event Report
Event Reports - Sun 'N Fun 2004

Monday, April 19
Sun 'N Fun 2004
Created: 04/20/2004
Updated: 04/21/2004
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Article by Mike Whaley
The last day of Sun 'N Fun is always a slow day... it's known informally as "Vendor Bonding Day". After a week away from home, everyone is ready to pack up, get back home, and recover from the excessive amounts of both sun and fun that they've experienced.

This year, there were a few minor bumps - occurances that we all regret to see. A Glasair III "Jawbreaker" cartwheeled on the runway on Sunday (but fortunately without serious injuries to the occupants) and a PPC pilot hit a tree (he was rumored to be back at the show later in the day). There was a T-6 groundloop and a few other incidents. Considering the intensity of air operations, it was a very safe event.

The SNF staff has a truly challenging job trying to coordinate thousands of airplane movements per day, and they do a great job of it.

If you monitor the tower frequency, you'll hear the controllers managing it all with a mixture of cheerleading, imploring, occasional spanking, and frequent good-natured comments. It's an interesting process, with landings becomong a continuous stream, rather than descrete events.

For us, SNF 2004 was certainly among the busiest and best shows we've attended. It seems that the economy has really turned a corner, and the entire aviation industry seems to be accelerating. It's very encouraging.

SNF 2004 was a great show and we're looking forward to Oshkosh. (It's not that far away, really!)

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William Wynne's Corvair Conversion was a popular exhibit. It was on display in the Contact! Magazine booth.  
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The "last day" attendance is typically very light... kind of a shame, since the airshow and weather were both super.  
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The Laird Super Solution did some fly-bys... man, this thing is FAST!  
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Otto the Helicopter put on an unusual and entertaining show.  
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This is from sitting in the SNF parking lot for a week... A little dust awaiting a good rain...  
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The aftermath: we unload the trucks, put everything back, and catch our breath. See you at Oshkosh!  

Other entries in this series:
     Anticipation...    April 8, 2004
     Tuesday, April 13    April 13, 2004
     Wednesday, April 14    April 14, 2004
     Thursday, April 15    April 15, 2004
     Friday, April 16    April 16, 2004
     Saturday, April 17    April 17, 2004
     Sunday, April 18    April 18, 2004
      » Monday, April 19    April 19, 2004

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