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National STOL’s Central Florida Classic Competition will headline SUN ‘n FUN‘s first Holiday Flying Festival and Car Show, taking place Dec. 4-5, 2020, at Lakeland-Linder International Airport (KLAL).
According to National STOL officials, anyone of any age can compete in the competition, as long as they have “mastered short takeoffs and landings.”
The National STOL Series has competitions planned in Oregon, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Minnesota, and the Carolinas. The series launched in 2020 in Gainesville, Texas, with 56 competitors from across the United States competing to show who can takeoff or land in the shortest distance.
Through an exclusive broadcast with Live Airshow TV, the event was streamed live across the world, with more than 275,000 domestic and international viewers. Over the past few months, viewership has rocketed past 1 million viewers on all viewing platforms, according to officials.
Doug Jackson, founder of the National STOL, said he is looking forward to bringing the competition to Central Florida.
“National STOL is very proud and humbled to be featured in the first annual Holiday Flying Festival and Car Show at the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus,” he said. “To be a partner with this iconic organization is a great honor, and we look forward to putting on a great show!”
“The best part about STOL flying is that anyone at any age level can compete,” he continued. “Whether you just got your private pilot’s license at the age of 17, or you’ve been flying for decades, if you’ve mastered short takeoffs and landings, then you are already prepared for this competition.”
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