Can aviation lead us back toward normal? Globally, governments have ordered their citizens to stay at home and all the rest, as you’ve heard ad naseum. Some places — Florida, as a sunshining example — is more open than others but much of civilization remains restricted. • Article updated… see at bottom —DJ
Again I ask, “Can aviation lead us back toward normal?”
Asking Too Much?
Does it seems too much ask that aviation — numbering somewhere around one million pilots globally plus the industry that supports them — provide the path back to better times? I certainly don’t know the future but we’re about to get a first real test of aviation’s resiliency as Sun ‘n Fun 2021 begins on Tuesday April 13th.
Sun ‘n Fun has for years been one of Florida’s largest spectator events so even if attendance is off it still implies a very large gathering.
To offset any perceived risk, Sun ‘n Fun offers several real positives: the show greatly benefits from being much more an outdoor event than an indoors one; those who wish can easily maintain social distance in most locations, visit any vendor, look at lots of airplanes, and see a great airshow; Sun ‘n Fun is following widely-accepted guidance to assure safety for visitors.
Given Florida’s warm conditions, a mostly outdoor venue, and with many attendees already vaccinated, the environment is very welcoming and everyone I know is pulling for Sun ‘n Fun Inc., to log a major success.
If you can attend, BRAVO! Sun ‘n Fun will welcome you with open arms (or at least elbow bumps). All their on-site staff and a small army of volunteers will certainly wave and smile. After all, the show is called “sun” and “fun.”
All Y’all, Come On Down!
For those that cannot attend, I’ll do my best to buzz around continuously looking for interesting stories in light aviation. Although I’ll be working solo while Videoman Dave is not allowed to leave Canada, I will do my best to post here daily if possible.