SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 – SUN ‘n FUN – Lakeland, FL – “The Power of Aviation – What’s in it for me?” will be presented by the Leadership Lakeland Alumni Association on September 25th at the Lakeland Center. The event is sponsored by AmHerst Consulting, Lunz Prebor Fowler Architects, Atkins, and the Aerospace Center for Excellence. Featured speakers are Aaron N. Smith, State Aviation Manager for the Florida Department of Transportation; John “Lites” Leenhouts, President & CEO of SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In, Inc.; and, Eric Crump, Aerospace Program Director for Polk State College. Tickets may be purchased for $15.00 by visiting the Alumni Association website. Seating is limited.
In 2010, a Florida Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study was released stating “This FDOT study focused on measuring economic impacts associated with 19 commercial and 102 general aviation airports. In addition, the impacts of 11 military airfields were estimated in the study as were the economic impacts of various off-airport aviation-related activities. The study concluded that for all benefit categories measured, aviation in Florida is responsible for an estimated $114.7 billion in annual economic activity or output. More information on economic impacts associated with each benefit category is presented later in this summary. In addition to the $114.7 billion in annual economic impact that Florida realizes from aviation, businesses throughout Florida that rely on the commercial airlines, air cargo, and general aviation are able to increase their annual productivity by an estimated $94.5 billion. This increased productivity is a result of the added efficiency that businesses realize when they use various types of air transportation.”
Economic areas in the report included Airports, Visitors, Construction, Military, Air Cargo, Aviation Education, Aviation Businesses and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Learn more about the commitment Polk County is making to the future of aviation and the aviation education and training programs, scholarships and careers that exist in the area. The Alliance for Aviation across America reports a Total Aviation Economic Impact of $2.25 billion within 100 miles Lakeland.
SUN ‘n FUN, a 501(c) (3) not–for–profit organization based in Lakeland, FL, is best known for its Annual International Fly–In & Expo held each April. The April event is the primary source of funding for SUN ‘n FUN’s expanding year–round aviation education programs. A growing scholarship program provides financial support to ensure SUN ‘n FUN’s ability to “Build a Brighter Future through Aviation.” For more information on attending year-round events, access SUN ‘n FUN’s website (www.sun-n-fun.org).
Mission: To preserve and enhance the future of flight through world-class events, inspiring and educating people of all ages.