Sun n Fun 2016

Sun n Fun 2016

Sun n Fun 2016

2016 is the year that saw me making my first pilgrimage to the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In Expo. For the non-aviation enthusiasts, Sun ‘n Fun is an annual event that has been hosted in Lakeland Florida for the past 42 years. The six-day event transforms the Lakeland Linder Regional airport into the world’s busiest airport while it hosts the event with over 14,000 aircraft operations. It’s really hard to explain what that looks and sounds like. You have to be there to understand and even then it’ll still be hard to comprehend.

Sun ‘n Fun is a not-for-profit organization which donates hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in scholarships to assist students pursuing careers in the Aerospace industry. However, the allure to most attendees is the access to a world class airshow with some of the best aerobatic performers in the world.

Based on the daily airshow schedule, I thought 4 days would have been adequate to attend this event. I couldn’t have been more wrong. There was so much to see and do.

This year Sun ‘n Fun honored the military, so on a few show days we were entertained with military aircraft displays.

Warbirds at Sun n Fun 2016

Warbirds at Sun n Fun 2016

Some of the other memorable moments were aerobatic displays by:

  • Aeroshell
  • AeroStars
  • Breitling Jet Team
  • EAA Warbirds of America
  • Gene Soucy
  • The Golden Knights
  • The Red Bull demo team
  • F-22 Raptor

Sun ‘n fun was definitely worth the 1,994 mile journey. Where else could I stand in the cockpit of a fully functional jet to get a better vantage point of a world class air show?

Boscobel Air Show 2012 Pictures & Videos

At the Boscobel 2012 Airshow, there was something for everyone. Parachutists and Aerobatics for the aviation enthusiast, games and rides for the kids, music for the party animals, and adequate security for the security conscious.

However, there was something missing… The large number of patrons that came out to last year’s staging of the event. This could be due to the threats of rain and strong wind by tropical storm Ernesto or the fact that the event was not adequately promoted, which is my bet.

That aside, the Boscobel 2012 air show was not a disappointment for patrons. The beautiful scenery at Rio Nuevo was ideal for the event and the medium sized gathering resulted in a very close knit family like ambiance, especially as we surrounded a projector showing the men 100m finals of the Olympics in the back of a truck.

I hope that the near disappointing turnout will not dissuade the organizers from taking on the venture again. However, use this opportunity to assess what went wrong and make the 2013 staging the best one yet. They could start by allowing the airplanes to perform a lot closer to the audience as they did last year, which was AWESOME 🙂

2012 Air Show Video

JDF Helicopter Taking Off

Patrons reacting to Men’s 100m Olympic finals at the Air Show

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Boscobel Air Show 2012

stunt planeIn keeping with the promise they made last year and Jamaica 50 celebrations, the Caribbean Aviation Training Center (CATC) will once again be hosting the Boscobel Airshow (for the second time).

This years show will be held on Aug 4 & 5 at the following locations:

  • The Ian Fleming International Airport (Aug 4) 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Admission (Adults: $500 & Children:$100)

Program: Aerobatic Performance, Parachute Jumpers, Chicago Honey Bear Dancers

  • Rio Nuevo Village (Aug 5) 10:00 am – 9:00 pm-  A few minutes from Ocho Rios (Directions to come)

Admission (VIP: $5,000/ Adults: $1,000 /Children:$500)

If you are new to air shows, please see my airshow essentials post for a list of items that may make your experience more enjoyable.

If you were not at last year’s show, the video below will give you a hint of what is to come.

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tj876 Air Show Essentials

Whether you are a seasoned veteran or you will be attending your first air show soon, here are a few items that may make your air show experience more enjoyable.

1. Camera with Extra Batteries & Memory cards
Ensure that you carry your camera with all the necessities to keep on snapping throughout the entire air show. You do not want to be out of memory or juice at that big moment nearer to the end of the show

2. Sunscreen

Ensure you have proper UV protection for you and your entourage

3. Sunglasses (Preferably Polarized)\Transitions Lens

In addition to protecting your eyes from UV radiation, sunshades will allow you to enjoy the show regardless of  the airplanes’ position relative to the sun

4. Binoculars

Binoculars will give you an opportunity to see the show especially in large performance areas and will take you closer to the action from a safe distance

5. Ear protection

If you are taking kids to the air show, it is essential that you protect their more sensitive hearing apparatus from the loud noises of engines and cheering crowds. You might also find it beneficial to do the same for yourself

6. Tent/Hat/Umbrella

These items may provide relief from the torture of the sun especially during breaks in the program

7. Chairs(Preferably Collapsible)/Blanket

Whether it’s for your kids, or you simply are not prepared to/ you are unable to stand for numerous hours at the air show, seating may be essential in ensuring your comfort.

8. Food

If, like me, you do not want to stand for 45 minutes in a line trying to buy a hot dog while missing the opportunity to capture tons of great pictures, you may want to carry your own food or snacks in the least

9. Water & Igloo

Water should be readily available for purchase as it is essential to your survival at the air show. Just to be on the safe side, taking your own water is a cheaper and more reliable option. In any event consume lots of water to ensure that this air show will not be your last.

In addition to keeping your beverages cool, an igloo can also be used for seating.

10. Money

Apart from the entry fee, money will be essential to purchasing food, drink, memorabilia or even to take a ride in the aircraft performing in the air show (if allowed)

This list is a work in progress and makes no claim to be complete. You are welcomed to extend or make suggestions.