Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum
Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum is located at the Aerospace Center for Excellence on the SUN ‘n FUN Convention Campus.
SUN ‘n FUN is much more than a one-week annual event. SUN ‘n FUN’s mission is to preserve and enhance the future of flight through world-class events, inspiring and educating people of all ages being used for the design and delivery of all programs and activities, staff and volunteers are working year-round to “Build a Brighter Future through Aviation.”
Florida Air Museum
The Florida Air Museum has a new look. Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum is the main hub of several learning centers on the SUN ‘n FUN Convention Campus. Entertainment and education are easily combined while exploring the history and the future of aerospace. Along with historic and informative displays around the facility such as Howard Hughes’ personal aviation collection and Innovations in Propulsion, interactive learning stations challenge students of all ages to accomplish tasks while competing for the highest scores. Simulators offer the in-flight experience that often leads to enrollment in flight training.
Museum Members: Free
Aerospace Center for Excellence
The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) houses 7 buildings where STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs and activities are conducted at camps, special events and daily museum visits. SUN ‘n FUN’s Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) is the focal point at the entry and Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum offers annual memberships. Members are offered reciprocity at science centers around the United States and can enjoy unlimited admission to the museum. Scheduled symposiums are included as an annual membership benefit. In addition, the Buehler Restoration Skills Center hosts students from CFAA, Polk State College, Traviss Career Center and local institutions as they restore aircraft under the supervision of seasoned aircraft mechanics veterans and instructors. Special FAA workshops are hosted in the Buehler Center. Additional areas are used at special camping and scouting events such as Aerospace Discovery Weekend held in October. First flights are available for youth ages 7-18.
ACE is also the umbrella to SUN ‘n FUN’s scholarship program. More than $430,000 annually is made available for students to cover the cost of initial flight training and/or college tuition for students entering aviation career fields. In 2014, 28 bricks were laid for 16-19 year old students who soloed in a plane. 27 students received their first pilot’s license. More than 100 students have been enrolled into the scholarship programs.
Future Eagles and Lakeland AeroClub members invite eligible students to participate with them as they tour aviation locations and make plans to visit Washington, D.C. Plans are being made for Lakeland AeroClub members, ages 16-20 to independently pilot seven aircraft from Lakeland to Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 2015 for their 3rd annual appearance.
In October each year, student groups from scouting, churches, community organizations and family units are offered ‘first flights’ during Aerospace Discovery Weekend (formerly Wings ‘n Things). Students spend 3 days camping and participating in hands-on activities; even earning scouting badges for their introduction to aerospace. Guest speakers include Astronauts and evening activities include bonfires. It is a fun weekend intended to engage students in brighter futures.
SUN ‘n FUN Campus in Lakeland
Fund-raising activities in addition to the Fly-In event that are held throughout the year to support the education programs include facilities rentals such as Carlisle Cars, AKC Dog Shows, Glow Runs and more. Bahamas Fly-Out and Wings at Sea Cruise information can also be found at www.sun-n-fun.org . Join the SUN ‘n FUN family and make a difference in the future of a student in Polk County, Florida. Those students truly make a difference in our neighborhoods and as new employees that sustain the communities.
I-4, exit 25, S. on County Line Rd. 4.5 mi. Left on W. Pipkin Rd. to Medulla. Left on Medulla to entrance.