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Ben Coleman Named Safety Advisor to Sun ‘n Fun’s President

Aviation expert, Ben Coleman, a frequent contributor to this blog, has been named Safety Advisor to the President of       SUN ‘n FUN. In this role, Ben will serve as the resident safety advisor contributing to all phases of SUN ‘n FUN and its Florida Air Museum’s operations. President John R.”Lites” Leenhouts made the announcement last month online at the Sun ‘n Fun website with a great article stating his dedication to safety:

 I am dedicated to advance SUN ‘n FUN’s long-term commitment to safety to the next level, says Lites Leenhouts, SUN ‘n FUN’s new CEO, and the opportunity to work with Ben Coleman to review our entire operation will yield significant benefits to our safety culture. Our commitment to safety is one of the cardinal values in the day-to-day operations of our campus. It is paramount in the operation of our annual International Fly-In & Expo, says Lites.

As stated on it’s website:

SUN ‘n FUN has been promoting aviation since our first fly-in in 1975. What began with a small group of dedicated aviation enthusiasts has grown in the second largest event of its kind in the world. Every April, tens of thousands of aviation enthusiasts travel from around the globe to to enjoy one of the world’s greatest aviation conventions. Held at the SUN ‘n FUN Complex at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, FL, this six-day event celebrates aviation with more than 4000 airplanes, over 500 commercial exhibitors showcasing the latest products in the industry, and in excess of  450 educational forums, seminars, and hands-on workshops for virtually every aviation interest.

SUN ’n FUN’s mission is to preserve and enhance the future of flight through world-class events, inspiring and educating people of all ages.

When I spoke to Ben about his new role he referred to what he called “Ben’s” plan:

I am developing an actual comprehensive safety program for all aviators AND helping them develop year round activities that engage the aerospace and aviation industry.  One long weekend will be dedicated to aircraft maintenance, another weekend to ballooning, etc.  My role will be much more than just “safety” for the Fly-In, but will include prevention techniques in our comprehensive safety program.

All things considered, Pres. Leenhouts, you’ve got the right man for the job. Congrats!  We look forward to a safe and exciting SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In & Expo.

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