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  1. 4RNB

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    What is the big deal? I looked online, all I could find were a few speeches and air shows. I am not that interested in watching other planes flying. What benefit would I get as a new pilot if I attended? I'd likely just drive. Is it kind of like a flying convention? Might there be manufacturers showing off their planes? Might I get to sit in them to see if I fit? How do non flying spouses enjoy themselves?

    I am willing to drive the 12 hours, but want it to be worth the time.
    What is the utility of attending this, considering I am a new pilot.

    Thanks.
     
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    There are 4 hangars full of aircraft related vendors plus more outside displaying their products. Most every GA manufacturer has static displays of their popular planes. Static displays of many military and vintage aircraft. Lots of LSA static displays.

    If walking around all day looking at planes and plane stuff doesn’t thrill you, don’t go.
     
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    The air show is just one part of the event. There will be about 400 companies with aviation products on display. Plenty to see.

    Another option is to fly there. Do you have any pilot friends who are flying to SnF in their own aircraft?
     
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    Calling it an air show is like calling Woodstock a concert.

    That’s all I got to say about that.

    THANKS for the letter. Just got it yesterday, my fault, just haven’t been out there in a while... And again CONGRATS!

    Flying in is worthwhile as well. I believe your wife would find it entertaining. I don’t really know how pandemic issues are gonna affect it, each year is so different anyway, likely just not a big deal.
     
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  5. donjohnston

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    In over 20 years of Sun-n-Fun, I don't think I ever watched more than 10 minutes of "air show". It was all spent talking to vendors, looking at new products, buying parts and tools.
     
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    To answer your questions, yes it’s like a fly-in convention. Basically it’s a smaller, more compact version of EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh. Yes, the aircraft manufacturers will let you sit in their aircraft (at least they used to, don’t know if there will be any COVID restrictions in that regard). There are also hands on workshops as well as forums on a variety of aviation related topics. This is all in addition to the hundreds of venders and the daily air shows (which will feature the Blue Angels this year). To be honest, there’s not a whole lot catering to someone not interested in airplanes. Best bet, since you’ll be in the heart of Florida is to plan an excursion for your spouse that’s non-aviation related. Tampa-St Pete is 30-60 min to the West and Orlando is 30-45 min to the Northeast from Lakeland. Lots to do at either place.
     
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    Reading your post is like hearing someone say, “sitting in the cockpit controlling an airplane, taking off and landing, what’s so exciting about that?”

    Sun-n-Fun, it’s getting immersed in aviation, breathing it, seeing it, experiencing it. It’s what you make of it and almost any pilot that goes can enjoy it. The only things I ever disliked was any traffic going in or getting drowned by thunderstorms and then walking in mud.
     
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    Other than aircraft manufacturers and vendors and the air show itself, there are tons of seminars. Want to learn to weld or lay fiberglass or construct part of a wood wing? They have those. There are seminars on various flight safety topics, talks with veterans or people who flew interesting airplanes like SR-71 pilots or the Concorde, how to get better at using different avionics, interviews with air show and aerobatic pilots, tips on monitoring maintenance of your airplane, tips on writing a sales contract, probably some seminars on insurance, all that kind of stuff.

    They have a daily schedule of the events at https://dailyschedule.flysnf.org/ but, warning, it's horrible trying to filter the thing by date and time, unless I'm just not seeing an easy way to do it. Hopefully they'll work that out quickly.
     
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    I think it is and was a valid question, especially when searching the web site. This is the list of current exhibitors, seems to be mostly numbers: https://flysnf.org/exhibits/current-exhibitors/
    And considering I have not been there, it is again valid.
    I can see the lectures here: https://dailyschedule.flysnf.org/
    But overall, I have nothing else to build an opinion on. So I asked.

    I enjoy the NC Farm Show, the exhibitors are easy to find and understand https://southernshows.com/sfs/exhibitors/past/
     
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  10. donjohnston

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    Scroll down a bit.

    Current count is 317
     
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    I'm not sure what you mean by "mostly numbers". At the bottom of that page it lists all the exhibitors.
     
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    LOL, OOPS.
     
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    My comment was an observation not a criticism. Hard to express that in a post. Just like “what’s the big deal” can come across as knocking the notoriety of SNF. Back in the day when I first went we didn’t have the Internet to research or evaluate. Maybe it was reading about it in the flying magazines that got everyone’s attention. Times have changed and perceptions change too. Go, you’ll have fun!
     
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    If you like going out to the airport and gawking at airplanes, go. If you like going to aviation museums and seeing cool/old/military planes, go. If you like seeing (or buying!) all the neat gadgets, go. If you like learning new things about airplanes or aviation, go. If you like hanging around other people/pilots crazy about airplanes, go. :D

    Maybe plan a day or two before/after to go to the beach or wherever for your non-flying travel buddy. If they like airplanes at all, though, I think they'd find it interesting for at least for a day or so.

    (Disclaimer - I've never actually got to go, but I would absolutely love to go. I was going to go this year, but life is just crazy right now. Maybe next year!)
     
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    The scary part is you might bump into some of them POA people down there!

    Good Lord & weather permitting we'll arrive Thursday and depart Sunday. Will be parked in GAC ...
     
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    Hey Sky;
    Maybe you should try to get to OSH this year. You're not that far away. :)
     
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    Will it be easy to get a tie down at an outlying airport? I’m wanting to fly in but don’t want to deal with the traffic.
     
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    Plant city, Tampa exec are fairly close and have space. They’ve been jacking their rates the last few years though.
     
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    Was looking at Winter Haven myself...
     
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    It’s a nice airport, with a great restaurant, but I don’t have intel on how busy or expensive they are for sun n fun.
     
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    We are flying in, made ramp reservation at Sheltair. Not bad prices at all. Flying in Thursday morning, departing Sunday morning! Looking forward to it!
     
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    In the past Wtr Hvn has been pretty full during SNF.
     
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    Likewise, once you have seen 55-60 airshows, even the military teams, it takes something really new and innovative to draw my attention.
     
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    I haven’t seen any big product announcements, don’t they usually happen just before SNF?
     
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    You will absolutely bump into POAers there but fortunately they will look like everyone else and you won’t know. It’s not like we have a uniform.

    I will be there Thursday and probably Friday, but driving.
     
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    We were in Florida for spring break in 2005. We were staying in Orlando and one day my wife stayed at the pool at the hotel while I drove down to SnF. I had a ball looking a planes, talking to vendors and buying a few things. A great day. Go, you'll have fun!
     
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    I'll be the guy with the legs that are "inmate white" ... :p
     
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    You didn’t receive your uniform? You must have PO’d the new management council....
     
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    Thought I was the only one with this modus operandi
     
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    Some people are watchers, some are doers. :D