SUN n FUN 2023
The annual run away from our Toronto winter trek to Lakeland, Florida is now over and the 2023 edition of Sun n Fun is completed. About a dozen members of the Buttonville Flying Club attended the show this year.
The weather was superb and the plethora of activities keep everyone well entertained. Each evening, small groups of BFC members gathered for ad hoc get-togethers and shared comradery over dinners. Fun times were enjoyed by all.
BFC members stayed in hotels, motels, condos, and Airbnb rentals. Some flew their own airplanes into the event and others used commercial airliner flights. Rental cars are very affordable in Florida and parking was readily available at the Lakeland Linder International Airport (IATA: LAL, ICAO: KLAL, FAA LID: LAL) venue.
Sun n Fun is Florida's largest annual convention of any kind, and each year over 200,000 visitors flock to what has become known as “Aviation's Season Opener” or “Spring Break for Pilots.” Pilots flying into the Expo are fascinated by the vision of hundreds of aircraft showcased in all shapes and sizes.
All reports are indicating another record-breaking year for attendance and rumours persisted that this year's event could top 225,000 in 2023!
SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In, Inc. is all about education and training. SnF is a non-profit organization that markets and supports dozens of year-round events, including the Aerospace Expo. Proceeds from these events are the primary source of funding for The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), which has emerged as a nationally recognized leader in STEM-related and aerospace education through its various learning centers, outreach programs, scholarships, and summer camps aimed at engaging, educating and accelerating the next generation of aerospace professionals. In addition to SUN ‘n FUN, ACE is the home of the Florida Air Museum, Florida’s Official Aviation Museum and Education Center, and the Lakeland Aero Club, which is the country’s largest high school flying club. ACE is the world’s leader in producing licensed teenage private pilots and delivers youth programs that engage over 50,000 students a year.
Set your calendar for Sun n Fun 2024 as the dates are April 9th to 14th.