Chats From The Deck
Chats From The Deck is a compilation of recordings hosted by Dave Shallbetter, volunteer chairman of Sun 'n Fun Radio 1510 AM, part of the annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-in held in Lakeland, Florida, each April. (For more information on the fly-in please visit their website- sun-n-fun.org) Some are recordings of live interviews from the deck of the radio station. Others are pre-recorded interviews done by volunteer reporters during the fly-in. There may even be some Chats From The Virtual Deck and archived recordings from years gone by... PLEASE NOTE: These recordings are copyrighten by Sun 'n Fun and may not be used for anything other than your listening enjoyment without the express written permission of Sun 'n Fun. Donations to support SnFRadio can be sent to SnFRadio@gmail.com through PayPal or by clicking below:

Dave Shallbetter chats with Joyce Sanborn & John Iskra about Wings & Things, the Florida Air Museum's annual open house & fund raiser.

Click here for more information on Wings & Things: http://sun-n-fun.org/EventArticles/WingsnThings.aspx



Wings 'n Things is hosted annually by the Florida Air Museum at SUN 'n FUN beginning the first Friday in November ( Nov 4, 5, 6 for 2011). It is a 3 day camping weekend showcasing the dynamic world of aviation especially for youth ages 5 to 18. Aviation enthusiasts gather to share their knowledge and interests with youth groups and families throughout Florida and the southeast. Activities support Girl Scout, Boy Scout and Royal Rangers badge requirements and peak the interest of kids who just like airplanes. Local families and groups can join the fun with a Saturday only pass. Aircraft parking is available on the grass in front of the FAA building for those flying in. Pre-registration is required for all participants (download a registration packet.)

Wings 'n Things is held on the SUN 'n FUN campus, families and youth groups enjoy the expansive campground and the breadth of activities offered (dry camping included with admission –full RV Hookups available). Programmed events begin at 8 p.m. Friday evening with a NASA speaker and an astronomy demonstration. Campers activities begin at 900 a.m.. Many youth take advantage of SUN 'n FUN’s First Flight program (weather permitting). Lunch is served at noon with activities continuing from 1p.m. to 4p.m.. Saturday evening, adults and youth enjoy movies in our pavilion or the huge campfire in the campground. The fun continues Sunday with church services, museum tours and map quest challenges.

Wings 'n Things activities include full motion simulators, flight simulators, First Flights, rocket building (and launch), RC aircraft demos, propeller making, wing rib construction, balsa gliders, classes (astronomy, aviation, electricity, first aid, space exploration and weather), basic orienteering course, map quest treasure hunt, museum tours and many other fun aviation activities for all ages.

For more information please email Educate@floridaairmuseum.org.

Dates:

November 4-6, 2011

Ages:

All

Cost:

Weekend $25 per person
Saturday Only $15 Youth - $10 Adults
Children under 5 - Free (no meals)

Registration:

Registration required for all participants. Must meet registration deadline for First Flight eligibility

Days:

Friday-Sunday


Click here to download 2011 Wings 'n Things Registration Packet.

Get directions


If you are a pilot and interested in Flying First Flights with the scouts please download the form below:

Pilot Information Form (First Flights)

Direct download: 20111016-WingsnThingsInterview.mp3
Category:Florida Air Museum -- posted at: 5:14pm EST

The original interview for Managing Safety had to be edited to run in the tima allowed. This is the full length interview

Dave Shallbetter (http://sun-n-fun.org/Multimedia/SnfRadio.aspx) & Lynda Meeks (www.GirlsWithWings.com) chat with Pamela Landis of Ocean Helicopters (www.oceanHelicopters.com) about helicopters & the women who fly them.

 

Direct download: 20111010-ManagingSafety-PamelaLandis-OceanHelicopters-FULL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:45am EST

On Special Assignment for The Managing Safety Radio Show, Dave Shallbetter, host of SnFRadio (http://sun-n-fun.org/Multimedia/SnfRadio.aspx) & Guest Host Lynda Meeks (www.GirlsWithWings.com) chat with Pam Landis of (www.OceanHelicopters.com) about helicopters & the women who fly them.

This interview was edited to run in time allowed. The full length show is also available.

Special thanks to Lynda Meeks for being our guest host.


Recorded Live on the air at Sun 'n Fun 2011

Dave Shallbetter & Dr. David Kolbaba chat with John Zapp, founder of The Flying Musicians Association.

For more information or to join The Flying Musiaians Association visit: http://flyingmusicians.org

Direct download: 20110329-_LIVE-_John_Zapp-_Flying_Musicians_Assoc.mp3
Category:SnFRadio LIVE -- posted at: 8:55am EST

In this Virtual Deck Interview, SnFRadio host, Dave Shallbetter, chats with Sun 'n Fun's Kris Wharton, organizer of the Hanger Door Canteen, a 40's era themed dinner dance fundraiser for the Florida Air Museum.

To purchase tickets or For more information Click Here: http://sun-n-fun.org/getdoc/bd47e109-8924-4f54-8bac-59cce7e7f672/Hangar-Door-Canteen.aspx

Direct download: 20110923-Interview-DaveS-KrisW-2011HangerDoorCanteen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:24am EST

SUN ’n FUN REACTS TO WEEKEND AIRSHOW TRAGEDIES

John "Lites" Leenhouts, the recently named President/CEO of SUN 'n FUN Fly-In, Inc. issued the following statement concerning the tragic accidents that aviation enthusiasts experienced this weekend.

"All at SUN 'n FUN are saddened by the news this weekend from Friday’s horrific accident at the Air Races in Reno, Nevada and then by Saturday’s tragic loss at The Thunder over the Blue Ridge show in Martinsburg, West Virginia. We offer our sympathies to all those who have been impacted by each of these unfortunate tragedies. On a personal note, we extend our support to the family of Jimmy Leeward, who perished at Reno. He was a friend and frequent contributor to SUN 'n FUN over the years. Both of these incidents poignantly reaffirm the importance that SUN 'n FUN places on safety, both in the air and on the ground. We are firmly committed to do all we can to assure the safety of all our guests who share the inspiring world of aviation with us each year.''

Direct download: 20110919-Lites-Statement.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:18am EST

In our partnership with the Polk County School District Sun 'n Fun Radio is helping to publicize this search for a Middle School Aerospace Technology teacher.


News From the Florida Air Museum at SUN 'n FUN:
Lakeland, FL
     Sleepy Hill Middle School is looking for a teacher to teach Aerospace Technology. This is a middle school preparatory program that is vertically aligned to Kathleen High School's Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA)located on the SUN 'n FUN campus. The purpose of this program is to provide students with an opportunity to explore the area of aerospace technology and its associated careers. The program also provides students with a foundation of knowledge and technically oriented experiences in the study of aerospace and engineering technologies, a review of its history and effect upon our lives, and the choosing of an occupation in aviation, aerospace, or engineering. The content and activities will also include the study of safety and leadership skills, as well as introduction to skills in engineering, flight, meteorology, flight physiology, and space exploration. This program further provides introduction to the demonstration of the technological tools, machines, instruments, materials, management, processes and systems in engineering and the aviation/aerospace business and industry.
     The ideal candidate for this position should have a minimum of a private pilot or ground school instructor license and/or industry experience in the field of engineering or aviation.

Interested candidates should send a resume to:

John Small, Sr. Director, Polk County Schools

P. O. Box 391

Bartow, FL 33831

Thanks to new volunteer @PilotMike for recording this announcement.

Direct download: 20110916-PilotMike-_HelpWanted-AerospaceTeacher.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:16am EST

Same Great Guest, same great content but in mono to be aired on SnFRadio

Direct download: 20110826_Lites_Leenhouts_Interview_FINAL-_mono.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:05am EST

In his first SnFRadio interview, at the end of his second week as Sun 'n Fun's new president,  John "Lites" Leenhouts chats with Dave Shallbetter on the Virtual Deck.

Lites tells Dave about his background-

Becoming a pilot

Joining the Navy

His Naval Aviator career, inccluding his role in Desert Storm

The alphabet soup of aircraft hes flown & what's in the stable now

His famiy, their search for a home in Lakeland

His initial impressions and what's ahead

Saving the best for last, Lites tells Dave about his call sign.

Recorded Friday, August 26, 2011

Polite constructive critism always welcome.

Direct download: 20110826_Lites_Leenhouts_Interview_FINAL.mp3
Category:Virtual Deck Chats -- posted at: 6:53am EST

PilotMall.com proud sponsor of Sun 'n Fun. Recorded 2011 by Elisabeth Daniels

Direct download: 2011-SponsorBlurb-PilotMallDotCom-EDaniels.mp3
Category:SnF Sponsors -- posted at: 8:44am EST