Chats From The Deck
Chats From The Deck is a compilation of recordings hosted by Dave Shallbetter, Chairman of Sun 'n Fun Radio (broadcasting on 1510 AM & streaming on from the annual Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo held in Lakeland, Florida, each spring. (For more information on the event please visit 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. 7/19 NEW- Chats from the Deck, The Podcast! SUN 'n FUN isn't just for April any more! So we're doing a podcast about all the happenings on the SUN 'n FUN campus. A new episode will be released every other month, PLEASE NOTE: These recordings are copyrighted by Sun 'n Fun Radio and may not be used for anything other than your listening enjoyment without the express written permission of Sun 'n Fun Radio. Donations to support SUN 'n FUN Radio can be sent to 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:

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


November 4-6, 2011




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


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



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 EDT

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

Dave Shallbetter ( & Lynda Meeks ( chat with Pamela Landis of Ocean Helicopters ( about helicopters & the women who fly them.


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

On Special Assignment for The Managing Safety Radio Show, Dave Shallbetter, host of SnFRadio ( & Guest Host Lynda Meeks ( chat with Pam Landis of ( 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:

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