Friday April 15th, 2005|
Sun-n-Fun 2005 Day #1
Monday Mike sent me an e-mail inviting me to go along with him to Sun-n-Fun for the weekend. We left out this morning at O'dark thirty and headed down.
The approach into Lakeland was...let's just say it was interesting. You're basically told to follow the airplane in front of you, but the airplane two in front of us didn't make a turn and kept going out away from the airport. Mike's done this a million times so he knew exactly where to turn...and we got everyone back on track.
Anyway...as soon as I started walking around I found the Van's tent. There was a quite a following out there. They had the -7A, -8A, -9A and -10A demonstrators present.
Here's the -7A demonstrator. I'm a very poor photographer and this picture doesn't do this airplane justice. It's absolutely gorgeous. I sat in it (I've never sat in a -7/-7A) and I was suprised to find that it seems to have quite a bit more space than Mike's -6A. The Van's employee at the airplane at the time (I forget his name at the moment) said that the fuselage is the exact same width but that the geometry and of the fuselage had changed in such a way as to provide more legroom -- I believe it.
Mike's plane also has thick (and comfortable) leather seats. I think this also limits the amount of room for moving around.