SUN ‘n FUN’s mission is to preserve and enhance the future of flight through world class events, inspiring and educating people of all ages. Their vision is to motivate more people to become involved in aviation – especially youth – in order to secure the future of flight as it relates to transportation, recreation, exploration and the pursuit of individual dreams.
Founded in 1974, SUN ‘n FUN started as a simple Fly-In at Florida’s Lakeland Linder Regional Airport for enthusiasts to gather and share their love for aviation. Today, that storied yearly event has evolved into a year ‘round complex that hosts over 70 events annually that include car shows, dog shows, 5k runs, community programs, and much more. The SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo, as the original event is now known, has grown to become one of the largest aviation tradeshow/conventions in the world, with more than 500 commercial exhibitors showcasing the newest products in the aerospace industry. Over 200,000 people attend the week-long event in April each year.
These events and activities are the primary financial engine for one of the world’s leading STEM learning facilities, the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), located right on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus. This complex is dedicated to the design and execution of aerospace-related education programs for the engagement of students at every level. A Polk County Public High School, the Central Florida Aerospace Academy, anchors the ACE campus, along with Aerospace Discovery at Florida Air Museum. ACE has been recognized as the benchmark in aerospace education, has produced more teenage pilots under full scholarship than any other program, and boasts one of the few FAA-approved programs that allows high school students to earn their Airframe and Powerplant certificates. All the aviation and community events on the campus generate revenue for these scholarships and other education programs, helping SUN ‘n FUN accomplish its mission to “Build a Brighter Future Through Aviation”.
SUN ‘N FUN IS THE 2ND LARGEST AVIATION EVENT IN NORTH AMERICA.
THEIR AEROSPACE CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IS THE WORLD’S LEADING PROVIDER OF YOUTH PILOT SCHOLARSHIPS.
Air Show Dates: April 2 – 7, 2019
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