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SUN 'n FUN Forums

As a SUN 'n FUN visitor you can attend any of our educational forums-FREE. They're all included with your SUN 'n FUN admission. Just pick the one that interests you, pull up a chair and have fun!

The SUN 'n FUN Educational Forums will be held in the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) across from the Florida Air Museum that houses eleven classrooms, each with a different forum every hour.
Most are scheduled during the morning hours prior to the daily airshow. Over the course of the week, you'll have a choice of over 250 forums with topics ranging from international flying to sheet metal construction to how to buy your own aircraft. You'll find everything you need to dust off the wings and polish up your skills and ratings.

SUN 'n FUN Forums Presenter Spotlight

In an effort to make the general aviation public more aware of the quality and variety of forums presented here at SUN 'n FUN, we are spotlighting one of our forums speaker periodically on the SUN 'n FUN web site.   Our speaker's have given a brief description of the forum they will be conducting.  Our current spotlight includes two speakers.

Jon Goldenbaum

Jon Goldenbaum graduated from the University of Texas just in time to get drafted, went to USAF flight training, then did two tours in Viet Nam flying over 600 combat hours in A-1 Skyraiders and OV-10 Broncos. Spent 20 years flying fighters in the Air Force, retired from F-15s. After the Air Force, flew for Delta Air Lines; during his Air Force and Delta days remained active with antique classic aircraft, owning a J-3, Taylorcraft, and Stinson 108. Got involved in antique and classic avaition businesses, and is now the president of Consolidated Aircraft Coatings manufacturers of Poly Fiber, Ceconite and Randolph fabric covering systems. Also Chairman of the Board of the Tom Wathen Center who runs historic Flabob Airport in Riverside, CA. Actively flies antiques and warbirds inclucing a DC-3, C-47, Navy N3N, T-28, as well as a variety of fabric covered classic aircraft.

Jon Goldenbaum will give two forums:

Flying the A-1 Skraider in Viet Nam which a biographical account of combat flying in the Search and Rescue mission (SAR) in the skies of Viet Nam, Laos and North Vietnam in 1970-1971.

Fabric Repairs and Maintenance is a broad review of fabric covering systems available today as well as information on longevity and maintenance. Specific questions from the audience on a particular problem are welcome.


Jan has over 7,800 hours of flying experience including 3,000 hours in RV’s with over 2,600 hours of transition training provided, equally divided between tail-wheel and tricycle RV’s. Each year he holds forums at Sun-N-Fun dealing with topics related to flight characteristics, safety, pilot proficiency, aerodynamics, regulations and inspection of Van’s RV family of experimental aircraft. During his career he has taught college courses in private, commercial, instrument ground school, meteorology, aerodynamics, propulsion systems and history/regulation of aviation.


Handling emergencies in Van’s RV airplanes: Presented in room 2 Thursday at 11 am will really apply to emergencies in any airplane. The focus will be on the performance capabilities of the RV that allow the proficient pilot to have options that may not be available on production airplanes. A common sense approach to preventing emergencies and how to deal with them will be the objective of the session. Come prepared to ask and answer questions in this audience interactive forum. Topics will include fuel management, fires, in-flight and on the ground, engine failure, deviations in directional control, weather and topics from the audience.

Questions and Answers about flying your Van’s RV: Presented in room 8 Friday at 11 am will be an in-depth discussion of the taxi, takeoff, flight and landing “with emphasis on landing” characteristics of the family of RV airplanes. Audience participation will allow discussions that are of interest to the attendee’s. Tips and techniques for dealing with the unique characteristics of the RV will be discussed and shared. This is a very open-ended forum, driven by audience experience and questions.


TUESDAY - April 1


THURSDAY - April 3

FRIDAY - April 4

SATURDAY - April 5

SUNDAY - April 6

PLAN YOUR FORUM PARTICIPATION A NEW WAY!  Follow a FORUM TRACK that interest you! Click here.

Schedules subject to change.

Are you interested in presenting a forum?

Would you like to contribute to the diverse types of information shared throughout the week of SUN 'n FUN?  If you have knowledge on an aviation topic and would like to share with your fellow aviators, please email our Forums Scheduling Chairman, Joel Walker to be placed on the schedule.

SUN 'n FUN is very interested in providing a variety of forums on topics that range from aircraft restoration to woodworking and much, much more. This information-filled week provides our guests the opportunity to take home information on just about any aviation-related topic available. Share your knowledge with them.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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