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SUN ‘n FUN Offers Aviation Orientation to Freshman

High School orientation is becoming much more exciting in Lakeland, Florida. Each day during the week of November 17th from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., freshman students newly enrolled at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) will be airborne thanks to a generous contribution from Knight Industries. Bob Knight, Chairman ...

Aerospace Discovery Weekend – A 3-day Aviation Adventure – Scheduled for October 23 – 25, 2015

Join the festivities at Aerospace Discovery Weekend (formerly Wings ‘n Things) on the SUN ‘n FUN Convention Campus where for the first time ever an ‘Aerial Display of Aviation Awesomeness’ will be the weekend highlight.  Jerry ‘Jive’ Kerby, a fighter pilot at the controls of his RV-8A known as Wild ...

Students Experience Summer Camp at the Aerospace Center for Excellence on the SUN ‘n FUN Campus

JUNE 19, 2014 - SUN 'n FUN - Lakeland, Florida - Destination Aviation and STEMtastic™ summer camps have started at the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) on the SUN ‘n FUN Campus. SUN ‘n FUN’s mission is to preserve and enhance the future of flight through world-class events, inspiring and ...

SUN 'n FUN 2014 Soars To Record Performance

The 40th Annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo presented by Visit Florida and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association was held April 1-6, 2014. Staff and volunteers offered southern hospitality to an estimated 200,000 guests, airshow performers, exhibitors, sponsors, partners, students, educators, and their guests. Foreign visitors represented 10% of the traffic ...

SUN ‘n FUN needs your vote to be the “Perfect Choice!”

SUN ‘n FUN needs your vote to be the “perfect choice!” If selected as the most popular aviation entity, SUN ‘n FUN will return the grant award into another bonus for education at the Aerospace Center for Excellence.  If you have aviation friends or acquaintances that support SUN ‘n FUN, encourage ...

Building Interest in the Future of Aviation

On Tuesday, April 1, 2014 SUN ‘n FUN will be “Building Interest in the Future of Aviation.”  In celebration of 100 years of Commercial Aviation, President and CEO John R. “Lites” Leenhouts is hosting a panel of aviation industry giants.  Joining “Lites” on the stage in the Aerospace Pavilion at ...

Sun 40 Sprints at SUN 'n FUN 2014

In celebration of the 40th year of SUN ‘n FUN, the Cat Shot and Sprint competition is returning to SUN ‘n FUN! A short 40 mile course featuring both a timed takeoff and timed circuit around the course from a flying start will be open to piston aircraft. Sharp piloting ...

Share-A-Flight….Need A Ride? Have A Seat?

Many pilots fly to SUN 'n FUN with empty airplane seats... Share the fun and the experience!  Let other SUN 'n FUN guests know about your seat availability. Are you a pilot, future pilot or just a plane aviation enthusiast, why not have one of the neatest SUN 'n FUN ...

SUN 'n FUN Radio Is Turning 20!

The Annual SUN 'n FUN International Fly-in & Expo is hitting a benchmark April 1-6, 2014 as it celebrates 40 years of aviation fun and adventure, camaraderie and entertainment. SUN 'n FUN is a globally recognized signature event on the annual aviation calendar.  It's Florida's largest convention and the largest ...

AOPA Sits Down with Eric Crump, ACE’s NEW Executive Director.

We could not be more excited about Eric joining the ACE team. Find out how Eric helps bring passion for helping youth get into aviation careers and more in the interview below. Click link for interview The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is the largest community of pilots in ...

Aerospace Center For Excellence Is Proud to Announce NEW Executive Director

LAKELAND, FL: The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) is thrilled to announce that Eric Crump has been named the organization’s new Executive Director commencing June 1, 2022. Crump, a lifelong lover of all things aviation and aerospace, opened the Polk State College Aerospace program in 2012. Since its inception, he ...

March 8th is Aerospace Center for Excellence Day

  March 8th was declared as Aerospace Center for Excellence Day by Lakeland Mayor Howard Wiggs in 2016. That Tuesday marked a new life as an educational facility of a Boeing 727 known as the Piedmont Aerospace Experience on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus. This was just the beginning of the unique ...
CEO Gene Conrad

AEROSPACE CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE & SUN N’ FUN AEROSPACE EXPO SELECTS NEW PRESIDENT/CEO

LAKELAND, FL: The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) and SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo (SnF) Board of Directors are thrilled to announce that Gene Conrad has been named the organization’s new President/CEO commencing April 11, 2022. Conrad, who was born in Oshkosh, WI and resides in Lakeland, FL, has been ...
Project: STRATOS

Project: STRATOS 2022

The Aerospace Center for Excellence is excited to announce the re-imagination of Project STRATOS: an aviation leadership and art competition. Project STRATOS finalist will continue to receive prizes and recognition associated with the 2022 SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-in. New this year, competitors will be provided the opportunity to participate ...
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