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Discussion in 'Cool Places to Fly' started by kshaw, Jan 14, 2021.
I'll believe it when I see it!
I'm ready ,they did a practice run with the stol competition and car show.
It’s on my calendar
I bought tickets when the email went out.
I haven’t been since 92. With the Oshkosh drought I may just investigate a trip down.
If they have it, we’re in. Looking forward to it.
Until the schools reopen and most vaccines have been administered, I would not hold my breath.
I hope it happens this year.
It would be fun to go again, but too much is going on that week for us. Our oldest gets married that weekend. We have some family arriving on Thursday.
Seeing as how Florida is pretty much open for business I have no doubts it will happen. Not sure if I’ll be able to go but if I am I will be there!
It is amazing how much of this is so local. I have a friend in Germany who is basically locked down. Nothing's open, there are curfews, etc. Naturally he assumes everywhere is that way, so when I talk to him and tell "yeah, we just went out to dinner" he is pretty much floored by that idea. Other than wearing a mask, not much is that different here in Oklahoma. Our school district's schools are open, etc.
I will be at Sun N Fun as usual, volunteering at the radio station, interviewing guests and such. I am sure there will be some restrictions, and attendance may be way down, but it should be a good time.
Plan on being there as well. First time going so any tips are welcome. Should I get tickets now or can I get them when we get there?
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You can buy tickets when you arrive, but I purchased them now. Hoping that happens enough so SnF can show exhibitors pre-sale ticket numbers.
Kids here in NC attending school two days a week.
If it’s unmasked and un-distanced, I’ll be there with bells on.
If they can hold a superbowl in florida this year I dont see anything stopping them from holding an airshow. The bigger question will be how many people and planes will show up? Just because florida is open doesn't mean people dont have to deal with quarantine restrictions in their home state when they return.
Schools have been open in Florida since August.
Yes..but not all of us live in Florida...see post 14. My son is a teacher and he thinks there will be no change in the school policy for a long while in NC.
I think the attendance would be much better after other states are open. I hope Sun N Fun goes on as planned this year...we all need something to look forward to, IMO.
I pre-purchased tickets last year. They never refunded me even after I went through their process. Not ever pre buying tickets for SnF again.
Your last years tickets are good for 2021 according to their website.
“SUN 'n FUN will honor 2020 ticket purchases at the 2021 SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo as long no refunds have been made. Just bring your 2020 ticket with you and you are all set. Please contact SUN 'n FUN if a change is required for a scheduled ticket (i.e. 9/27 Club or Preferred Airshow Seating). See you in April!”
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Yep, FL is pretty much open for business. With the current state of things here I suspect odds are high it'll happen..... but I fear pressure coming from a federal level coming up soon, to expand and prolong shutdowns though....so I don't have my hopes up too high.
I had stated earlier that I'd believe it when I seen it. I will likely see it if it happens but, and not to be political in any way, the new administration may have other ideas about how they want to handle the corona ...
Not to be political, but the Federal Government has little say on shutting down or opening. It’s up to the States. The Federal folks can use their megaphone but it can be listened to or ignored (except for Federal offices etc.).
Do you all camp out there or get hotel and Uber back and forth?
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It’s awfully dusty for camping.
I've not camped, but there are lots of hotels not far from the field and parking is reasonable. We just rented a car and drove in each day.
Ok I will book a hotel. Just trying to get my ducks in a row
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Many folks camp. I've been told in some ways it's better than OSH, but in others not so much. I've camped a bunch at OSH, both in Scholler and HBC, but never at S-n-F because I'm local and live only about 30 min drive away.
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I've camped many times, but just for one maybe two nights. Couldn't take any more than that. Decent food is one of the major problems staying on the field.
I've camped 3 or 4 times, for the whole week. It's not bad. For GA Camping (as opposed to Vintage or Homebuilt Camping, if they even have those, I'm not sure), the first planes to arrive end up closest to the showers/flushable restrooms, which is a definite incentive to get there early in the week. Those that get the far away camping have a bit of a walk. There are port-a-potties closer though.
Agree with the comment about food. Food selections are kind of limited. However, at least in the past there is "some" kind of sponsored food event you can usually get yourself invited to each night, whether it's an AOPA event, or one of the manufacturers or something. You just need to keep your eyes and ears open. These range from catered affairs to beer and hot dogs.
Regrettably, that is the last scheduled week for my current project, so there's just about zero chance during the week. I might be able to make it on Sat as I'm planning time off and some scuba diving in Florida. Would like to chat with Vans and Zenith about kits and engines.
Camped under a C 172 wing solo twice, and beside my car once, with my wife. Early arrival the first time, and a good site. Second time, twice as far to the showers.
Social scene is a true grab bag among the planes, guys cooking full meals beside their larger planes, others drinking supper. Most interesting guy was a 40+ year AA member, had the best non alcoholic drinks, plenty of ice, and spare folding chairs, and a load of snack food. He was a WW 2 vet, but his flying stories were all civilian, in his Cessna 182. Next was the Piper Cherokee 6 from Texas, who had a barbecue each night over charcoal. 4 guys, and they flew it all in with that big truck! They did buy local ice, though. Beer was their drink, and a 6 pack was a nights supply, two drank 1 each, the others drank 2. Plane on my other side drank 6 packs each, each night, had little food with it. Wild stories, though.
I found the food in the big dining hall to be very good at breakfast. Limited selection, and vaguely similar to Army chow, but choose what you like, and pay for what you have on the tray. The special combo was more than I could eat, but I wrapped the biscuit and sausage patty in a napkin for lunch. The price was much less than the same things ala carte. The large portion of scrambled eggs, a pancake, fruit, and juice filled me up. My small shoulder pack with water, sausage biscuit, and snack food carried me to supper time.
Some time each day, an ice cream stand was impossible to walk by, and the monster lemonade filled in when my water gave out.
Meals later in the day were less inviting, but my wife ate most of her meals there, and commented that she did not understand why the food was criticized by some other tables around us. I think that most plane owners normally eat in better restaurants, and wanted such while they are in S-n-F.
The social scene in that dining room is outstanding, I have met many interesting pilots there. My wife said the same about the wives she met, although she was annoyed that most of them insisted she should get her license, which did not interest her. She had tried it, did not like to control the plane.
Lack of conveniently located drinking water is an issue. I carried a quart insulated drink bottle, and filled it with ice at the dining hall at breakfast, and added water whenever I noticed a fountain. Keeping hydrated is a challenge on hot days.
I camped next to my Bonanza in 2019 for the whole week, and loved every minute of it. If I go this year, that's what I'll do again.
Food at Sun 'n Fun wasn't fantastic, but I found there to be much more variety in Lakeland than in Oshkosh. I liked all the food trucks they bring into at Sun 'n Fun.
I'll be in the area then, probably stay in a hotel though...
What people will do for a few dollars.
Anybody from West Michigan got an open seat?
My mother says, "camping is staying at hotel without room service."
I don't need a 5-star hotel, but I like a bed, AC and modern bathroom.
I like those things, too. But then I would miss out on waking up to the sound of T-6s and the Blue Angels arriving over my tent at the beginning of the day. That's why I gladly put up with tent camping for Sun 'n Fun and AirVenture.
My point was holding a large public event during the pandemic.
Who’s being forced to go against their will?