National Check Pilot SchoolSun 'n Fun

SUN ‘n FUN is the 2nd largest fly-in, air show, industry tradeshow, and aviation event in the nation – and it's right here in Lakeland Florida. The size of this event requires hundreds of volunteers, and that's where CAP comes in to help make it the popular and successful show that it is.


Event Description

SUN ‘n FUN attracts more than 160,000 aviation minded people from around the world, so it's an ideal location to make CAP's presence seen, heard, and known. The CAP partnership with SUN ‘n FUN is a perfect fit with all three core components of the CAP mission. CAP provides Emergency Service and operations support. Aerospace education is abundant in the hundreds of seminars, hands on activities, and aerospace related vendors.  Cadet and senior member participation is essential to fulfill the many volunteer roles needed for a show of this size. 

Under the CAP corporate mission, members will be in the center of the action participating in flightline duties, demonstrating Cadet Programs and ES activities at the recruiting booths and static display of CAP aircraft, assisting the FAA, and helping with crowd control in vendor hangars.  CAP will also be onsite to provide Emergency Services. In addition, there are exciting cadet special activities, time to see the airshow, attend forums, or visit vendor exhibits. As in the past, Florida Wing will play a vital role throughout this amazing airshow.


All members in good standing who have completed Level One, CPPT (Seniors) or Achievement One (Cadets) may participate.  All personnel will need to show CAP membership card, ES101 card and two (2) copies of CAPF161. Be sure you are Safety compliant, check before you leave home.

Event Details

 When & Where

7 to 15 April 2018 -- Lakeland, Florida
Hangar Duty: 7-9 April
Fly-In & Air Show: 10-15 April


Participation Fee


 Registration Process

See below

 Lodging Information

Bivouac space only. 


Lunch will be provided for all registered participants. Time will be allotted for lunch. Those bivouacking will also be provided dinner and breakfast Tuesday evening through Sunday morning. Food cost is $35 for those who are bivouacking.  Those not participating in the bivouac can bring food or purchase food from vendors on site.


Team participants and staff will check in no later than 0730 hrs on 9-15 April at the CAP check in tent located inside the Rocky Rd entrance to SNF  (at the corner of Old Medulla Rd: follow CAP check in signs). Members must be in uniform with all required documents. After in-processing, cadets will wait be transported by CAP van to the CAP bivouac site at the Lakeland Aero Club.  Senior members and cadets with vehicles will park in the Orange Parking lot, and then enter through the main gates and report to the CAP bivouac site Lakeland Aero Club on the of James C Ray Dr (see map). EVERYONE WILL REPORT FIRST TO THE CHECK IN TENT AND THEN TO THE CAP BIVOUAC SITE, EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT BIVOUACKING.   

 Uniform of the Day

Recruiting and FAA Center:  Short sleeve blues uniform or ABU’s
All other areas: ABU’s/BDU's or Blue Polo/Gray Slacks combination for Senior Members
Advisory  The proper wear of the uniform is paramount.  Please take time to insure your uniform is in good serviceable condition and a credit to you, your classmates, and the Civil Air Patrol to avoid any embarrassment.  If you have any concerns or questions, refer to CAPM 39-1, CAP Uniform Manual or contact a resident adviser. 
Advisory Transportation to and from such activity is not the responsibility of CAP and is provided "as available”.  Transportation during the activity will NOT be provided. Privately owned vehicles (POVs) traveling to or from such activity is performed solely at the risk of the individual CAP members and their passengers.CAP assumes no right of control, liability or responsibility for such transportation (reference CAPR 77-1, Operation and Maintenance of Civil Air Patrol Vehicles, para 1-8 b.). 


Forward all questions, comments to:
 Operation: Sun 'n Fun '18
Date: 7 April to 15 April 2018
Location: Lakeland, FL
 Project Officer/Commander: Maj. Bill Hansen
Operations Officer:  Maj. Christina English
Cadet Commander:  C/Capt Michael Bohn 
Capt. Trish King: Liaison to Sun 'N Fun


Click here to submit your forms.


Important Updates


Hangar Duty Weekend (Saturday 7 April to Monday 9 April)

Members will report to Hangar A on Laird Dr on the Sun 'n Fun campus at 0745. Please bring hydration and snacks. Lunch will be provided. Uniform is ABUs/BDUs or gray slacks & polo for senior members. You may park near the hangar. Hangar duty is officially 0800 to 1700 on Sat & Sun. If you will be doing hangar duty on Monday please remember to get your parking pass and wristband at the CAP registration tent on Rocky Rd..


PICK UP IS AT 1715 at same location.


WRISTBANDS AND PARKING PASSES ARE REQUIRED FOR MONDAY. If you need to pick up your wristband and parking pass please be at the Rocky Road gate (off Medulla Rd) at 0715 to pick them up. Cadets must have forms ready for inspection at the rally point.
PARENTS MAY NOT LEAVE UNTIL CADETS HAVE HAD THEIR FORMS REVIEWED AND ACCEPTED. Senior Member’s driving in will receive a parking permit and will proceed out to the orange parking lot to park, then proceed through the gate and walk to the hangars.

Duty times are 0800 to 2000 on Monday.

Pick up is also at Rocky Road gate at 2015. There is limited parking and you may need to circle the area until you see the CAP van and cadets arrive.

Airshow (Tuesday April 9 – Sunday April 15)

Arrival and Departure point is at the CAP bivouac check in tent inside the Rocky Road entrance of SNF (Old Medulla Rd and Rocky  Rd. Follow CAP check in signs)

Please park out of the way of the RV’s and other visitors coming in and out. Do not approach the service center as they are not able to check you in¬ you must wait for a CAP van.

Arrival: The rally point will be manned from 0700 to 0900. Look for the CAP sign in the parking lot. Later arrivals will have to wait until there are enough personnel to justify sending a van;¬ the later you arrive the longer the wait. The Registration Officer will verify each cadet’s forms are properly filled out and bivouac fee is paid (if applicable.) PARENTS MAY NOT LEAVE UNTIL CADETS HAVE HAD THEIR FORMS REVIEWED AND ACCEPTED.

Members arriving outside of the 0700¬-0900 check-¬in time may arrange pick¬up by calling the Communications Unit 30 minutes prior to arrival at 1¬863¬430¬4773 between 0900 and 1800. Arrivals outside of these hours are discouraged and should only be for emergencies, traffic delays, etc, but not planned. Outside of these hours, contact the following persons in this order:

1.Maj. Christina English 407-413-3740

2.Maj. Bill Hansen 860¬-304-¬1253

Participants driving a vehicle (corporate or personal) will follow the same instructions. A vehicle parking permit and further instructions will be issued at the rally point.


Parents should arrive to the same rally point as arrival at 1700, unless notified by their cadet or a staff member of an earlier or later pick¬up time. Have your cadet’s CAP ID# ready. Upon arrival, you will give your cadet’s name and CAP ID# to the Registration Officer and your child will be transported from the staging area to the rally point.


1.      Communications Center¬ 1-¬863-¬430-¬4773 0800-¬1800 Tuesday – Sunday

2.Maj. Christina English 407-413-3740

3.Maj. Bill Hansen 860¬-304-¬1253

Click on the link just below the header to register today for the best chance of volunteering on the days of your choice and in the roles you'd prefer.

Event Schedule/Location

Set up of the Command Trailer and Communications Trailer will be done on Saturday the 7 April 2018 with the Hangar Duty on the 7-9 of April. The Airshow itself will run 10-15 Apr 2018. Anyone wishing to participate in this year's event should go to the sign¬up link below.

During the Air Show there will be different Duty stations including the SNF Air/Ground Ops (Taxi ways), Warbird flightline safety, and recruiting.

There will be an organized bivouac on 7-15 April 2018 for members wishing to stay on¬site. Meals will be provided starting with dinner on Tuesday 10 April. Cost of the bivouac is $35 per person and includes camping and meals. Each member must bring their own camping gear. Members wishing to bring an RV or camper trailer may purchase an RV pass from Sun n Fun via their website. Additional information on the bivouac will be provided to registered members we get closer to the event. Camping for members arriving early for hangar duty weekend can be arranged at no additional expense.

Please remember that we follow the Buddy system and CPPT guidelines.

Cadets: Be sure to check your school schedule to see if this falls during your spring break before registering. If you intend to miss school, be sure to discuss it with your parents and teachers first. We cannot provide excuse notes for missed school days.


Current Civil Air Patrol Senior Members who have completed Level One or Cadets who have completed the curry achievement and are in good standing. All participants must have GES ES rating. All personnel will need to show current CAP membership card, ES101 card and two (2) copies of CAPF161. Be sure you are safety current, check before you leave home.

Fee / Lodging

There is no fee for members coming and going for the day.

Members participating in the bivouac will have a fee to cover the cost of food and supplies. The cost is $35 and includes meals from dinner Tuesday through breakfast Sunday.  The deadline to cancel with refund is 1 April 2018.  No refunds will be available after this date. Lunches are provided by Sun n Fun all days.


Application Procedure


Required Forms:
Cadets must upload the following forms NLT 5 April 2018:
1.  CAPF 31
2.  CAPF 32
3.  CAPF 160
4.  CAPF 161
5.  CAPF 163
6.  Cadet Shower Procedures Parental Consent(available for download at the bottom of this webpage)

CAP Forms are available at

Cadets must also bring 2 copies of each form with them to check-in.  CADETS ARRIVING WITHOUT FORMS WILL BE SENT HOME!  

Deadline for cadet staff applications: 1 March 2018.

Notification of staff selection will be made by 10 March 2018.


Transportation to and from the activity in Corporate vehicles/vans is provided "as available”. Privately owned vehicles travel to or from such activity is performed strictly at the member’s own risk (reference CAPR 77¬1 and CAPR 52¬ 16) and expense and is not under CAP direction and control. CAP Aircraft are not permitted to fly in/out of Lakeland¬Linder Regional Airport during Sun 'n Fun week.


Lunch will be provided by Sun 'n Fun for all registered participants during the airshow. Members participating in the bivouac will have breakfast and dinner provided starting with dinner on Tuesday through Breakfast on Sunday. Cost is still being determined but is estimated at $30¬40. We will make an effort to keep costs as low as possible while still providing healthy and nutritious meals.

Uniform of the Day

All uniforms MUST BE clean, pressed and in good condition, and worn properly per regulations. Participants will maintain a well-groomed, professional image and demeanor at all times!

Recruiting and FAA Center:  Short sleeve blues uniform or ABU’s
All other areas: ABU’s/BDU's or Blue Polo/Gray Slacks combination for Senior Members

Senior Members who do not have BDU's are authorized to wear the gray slacks/ blue golf shirt combination.

Senior Members and Cadets assigned to Public Affairs should bring several sets of business casual civilian clothes- Polo shirt, khaki slacks, etc. PA staff may be required to attend press events at the media center where uniforms are severely out of place.

Cadet Command Staff should bring Class A Service Dress Blues with jacket- there may be a possibility of attending receptions or events as a representative of CAP.

For members participating in the bivouac that will be present a minimum of 5 days, laundry service will be provided on Friday. Only BDU's will be washed. Make sure to bring enough undergarments and other clothing to last your entire stay. BDU's must be clearly marked with owner's name and CAP ID# in permanent laundry pen.

Email any inquiries to


Click here to submit your forms.

Sun N Fun bivouac packing list 2018.pdf