Are you going to Sun ‘n Fun next week? What are you looking forward to at this year’s event?
As most of you know, I will be spending next week at the 36th Annual Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In. Last year I volunteered at Sun ‘n Fun Radio, the AM radio station located on the field. I had such a great time with it last year that I have decided to come back again - as Editor-In-Chief.
There is a lot to look forward to at this year’s event. One of the most exciting things for me this year is Sun ‘n Fun Radio will be streamed live over the internet thanks to our friends at LiveATC.net! Not only will you be able to listen to various air traffic control frequencies during the event, but you will also be able to listen to the radio station. If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, you can listen in from virtually anywhere.
If you didn’t already know, the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds are returning this year! The F-16 Fighting Falcon (a.k.a. the Viper) has long been my favorite airplane. I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I can watch a single F-16 turn jet fuel into noise every day of the week and not get tired of it. Now, take six of them, fly them wingtip to wingtip, and perform aerobatics at 300 knots. Get some, baby!
Last year, my cohost for The Pilot’s Flight PodLog and I appeared on Sun ‘n Fun Radio for a full-length episode of the podcast. It was one of our best episodes ever. This year, we will be doing the same! After the daily airshow on Saturday (which should be awesome after the Thunderbirds demonstration), Will and I will do a episode of our podcast live on Sun ‘n Fun Radio. Come hang out at the station or listen live on the internet. If you can’t do either, the show will be edited for the podcast feed like always.
Also this year, some of us are hoping to implement some location-based social networking tools at the event. We are not sure what color this will all take on, but at the very least, you should be able to use Foursquare or Gowalla to check in at various places as you move around the convention grounds.
On Friday night after the airshow, myTransponder will be hosting a new media meetup. We don’t know all of the specifics on this yet. However, we will be making some final decisions on a venue soon, so stay tuned. The meetup last year at Sun ‘n Fun was awesome, and the meetup at Oshkosh was even better. I’m really excited about the myT meetup this year.
I will probably be doing QuickCasts, hopefully every day, to keep you all up-to-date on what is happening. And I plan to drink plenty of Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss with my friends as things wind down in the evenings.
So back to my initial questions:
1. Are you going to Sun ‘n Fun this year? If so, what day(s) will you be there?
2. What are you looking forward to at Sun ‘n Fun this year?
Please leave me a comment below. Maybe there is something I don’t know about that I simply can’t miss (like the book swap at Oshkosh last year – still kicking myself for that). And make sure we get together for a little hangar-flying sometime during the event!
Oh, and Leinies. Yes … mmmm … Leinies.