Sheltair has formed a partnership with the organizer of the Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo and will be the official fuel supplier for the 2021 airshow, which opens tomorrow and runs through Sunday at Central Florida’s Lakeland Linder International Airport (LAL). Sheltair already operates the sole FBO at LAL, though an on-field competitor is expected to open soon.
The FBO chain will also be supporting the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), which is run year-round by the airshow organizer to “engage, educate, and accelerate the next generation of aerospace professionals” and is primarily funded by proceeds from the expo. In addition to an in-kind contribution, Sheltair will donate 10 cents per gallon on all uplifts during Sun ‘n Fun to ACE's Project Skylab, a STEM learning center designed to provide hands-on activities for kids.
As an Avfuel-branded FBO, pilots flying to Sheltair Lakeland for Sun ‘n Fun will receive triple Avtrip points on fuel and service purchases. Sheltair will also offer more streamlined services at the event this week, including invoicing at the refueling truck. The FBO expects to serve upwards of 6,000 aircraft movements over the six-day show, it said.
“We always look forward to serving the airshow, but furthermore are proud to align with [ACE’s] mission and inspired to support the next generation of aviators,” said Andy Castro, Sheltair's general manager at LAL.