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Sun ‘n Fun 2012

At the end of March, several hundred members of the Fraternity, as well as 145,000 other pilots and aviation enthusiasts, met at the 2012 SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo and converted Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport into the busiest airport in North America. A crew of dedicated members volunteered their valuable time to staff the Fraternity’s Cottage for the benefit and enjoyment of all our members from around the U.S. and several foreign countries. We enjoyed visits by Active Members and Aerobatic Performers Corkey Fornof and Julie Clark, and NASA Astronaut Nicole Passanno Stott stopped by and shared her latest adventures with us. Robert Flynn kicked off our Amateur Radio Network by operating a Special Event Station at the Cottage. He and other members spoke with many pilots around the world. Bob had over 60 QSO’s from 26 States and several foreign countries. We pleased the palettes of coffee drinkers with a better cup of Joe provided by the Flying High Coffee Company (flyinghighcoffee.com) which was started by Active Member Rob Riggen, CFI. Mark your calendars and make plans to visit Sun ‘n Fun and our Cottage, and say hello to everybody, next year from April 9-14, 2013.

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Restoring an Old Friend

Gino DiNucci, Certified Aircraft & Powerplant Mechanic and FAA Master Mechanic Award winner, led a team of friends in restoring Walter Crosby’s Piper J-3 Cub at Clearwater Airpark in Clearwater, Florida. Walt was able to see it fly before he passed away in January, 2012. Gino and Walt’s widow Geri received an award for the Cub being judged “Best Classic Aircraft Restoration Under 100 HP” at the 2012 Sun ‘n Fun. All are members of the Silver Wings Fraternity. To read more about this story of love and compassion, visit http://www.eaa.org/news/2012/2012-02-02_chapter282.asp