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Sonex Jet to Fly in Sun n Fun Airshow Act

Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 2.14.49 PMSonex Aircraft is excited to announce that the SubSonex Air Show, flown by renowned performer Bob Carlton, will make its worldwide debut at the 2015 Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo! Scheduled to perform on Tuesday April 20th and Sunday April 26th, the SubSonex air show routine will feature maneuvers previously unheard of in a jet aerobatic routine. “The SubSonex microjet is capable of speeds of 300 mph,” comments Bob Carlton, “and can perform all the classic aerobatics, including maneuvers like tailslides, normally considered taboo in a jet.

Read the press release.

The 2015 International Space Apps Challenge is Open to All

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 2.41.46 PMThe International Space Apps Challenge is an international mass collaboration focused on space exploration that takes place over 48-hours in cities around the world. The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing relevant open-source solutions to address global needs applicable to both life on Earth and life in space.

Anyone can participate in the International Space Apps Challenge. It requires individuals with a broad range of skills. We are looking for engineers, technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, students, entrepreneurs – anyone who has a passion for changing the world and is willing to contribute.

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Expanded Warbird’s Ramp at Sun ‘n Fun 15?

I’m hearing reports that the Warbird Ramp at Sun ‘n Fun’s Lakeland Airport has been “expanded”. There are reports that the area of the ramp has been enlarged, and also that the Warbirds of America organization has built a new permanent “clubhouse” for Warbird activities during the Fly-In.

I have a request out to Sun ‘n Fun for more details. I’ll report them as I get them.

Breitling Jet Team to Make 1st U.S. appearance at SUN ‘n FUN

The Breitling Jet Team, a flight of seven L-39 Albatros jets, will begin their first ever US appearance tour at this April’s Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in.

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“We are thrilled to announce the 2015 schedule for the Breitling Jet Team,” said Breitling USA
President Thierry Prissert. “It will be the first time North American audiences will have a chance to see them.”

 

Storytellers adopt aviation theme for STEAM Expo

Storytellers have adopted aviation as the theme for stories and activities they will use to entertain during the Southside STEAM Expo at the Coweta County Fairgrounds in March.

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, and the expo will be part of the week-long Atlanta Science Festival founded by Emory University, Georgia Tech and the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

For this year’s second annual expo, the Southern Crescent Storytellers and Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia will entertain the audience with stories about famous aviators and flight

Read the whole thing here.

FAA about to announce Drone flying rules

The FAA has scheduled a conference call / press conference this morning (yes, on a sunday) where they are/were expected to announce a set of rules to regulate UAS (drone) flying.

Reports are that the conference call was unavailable this morning at the appointed time. But here’s a related document which may signal the FAA’s plans.

MarketWatch:Federal document outlines proposed drone rules

 

An itch to go flying

Cool post on Amy Laboda’s blog.

fly-inAnd of the many books and manuals on that crowded shelf is one that is fairly unique: John F. Purner’s 101 Best Aviation Attractions. Flipping through the contents of this 101 chapter book one is quickly struck by how many of Purner’s “attractions” are actually air shows, airfests and fly-in adventures all over the world.