The 2021 Central Florida Classic

at the Sun ‘n Fun Expo campus of Lakeland Linder Airport (LAL), Florida

December 3-4, 2021.

Schedule & Fly-In Info

STOL or Short Takeoff and Landing Competitions showcase the skill and precision of pilots who have mastered the art of short take off and landings; and we are pleased to be hosting National STOL’s, Central Florida Classic Competition during our Holiday Flying Festival!

The National STOL Competition uses a fixed-line that competitors must land beyond, and their distance is recorded when their tires stop. For takeoffs, pilots start on the line and take off in the shortest distance.  In both cases, the distance is measured from the start line.

The event will be live-streamed online, broadcast via Youtube and Facebook.

Competitors will fly in a series of qualification heats on Friday. Open Practice will be in the afternoon of December 2nd, and morning of December 3rd, with the first round of competitions starting directly after practice. Qualifying is open to all competitors, with up to 125 competing for the top 6 spots in their class. The following day, Saturday, December 4th, the top 30 with the shortest distances from the previous day will compete in the final round to achieve the lowest scores.  Winners will take home some amazing prizes and trophies! Throughout the Holiday Flying Festival, there will be additional events, food and other social activities planned.

The airport will remain open during the events and competitions for arrival and departure of aircraft. Numerous aircraft in the vicinity of the LAL airport! Please fly aware!

If you are Interested in competing, sign up today for the Central Florida Classic on the National STOL website, using the link on this page. Registration is limited to the first 125 competitors.

For more event information and general tickets please visit the Sun N Fun Website at THIS LINK


Would you like the opportunity to take a ride in one of our STOL competitor’s airplanes?! Do like to eat good food & be in the presence of great people?!Then consider volunteering for this event by registering at THIS LINK!!

Thursday, December 2nd

Event Starts! Aircraft arrivals and camping & vendors setup

1:30 pm Pilot Safety Briefing

2:00pm Competitor Open Practice


Friday, December 3rd

9:00 am Pilot Safety Briefing, Registration Closes

9:30 am – 6:00 pm Gates Open
Vendor Booths Open
Food Vendors Open

10:30 am Staging for First Round

11:00 am – 12:20 pm Quarter-finals
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch Break

1:15 pm – 4:30 pm Quarter Finals Continue

Time Permitting, Competition Practice after Qualifying

Saturday, December 5th.

8:00 am – 9:00 am Competitors Breakfast
8:00 am – 8:30 am Balloon Launch

9:30am Gates Open

9:00 am Pilot Safety Briefing

11:00 am – 3:30 pm Competition Finals (Live Broadcast Online!)

Following: Trophy Presentation & Dinner



Make it a trip to remember – go camping! SUN ‘n FUN has camping available for RV’s with full hookups, primitive/tent camping sites, or you can camp with your airplane!

For RV or tent camping, please visit the Driving In link above for directions. You will have a different entrance from regular vehicle traffic, so please make note of the route and follow the signs when arriving at our site. If you are in a car or truck and just tent camping, we recommend having a placard in your windshield that says “CAMPER” to help our volunteers route you to the correct location.

For Aircraft Camping, you will need to register prior to arrival as space is limited. Please click the button below for more information and to purchase your camping pass.

RV Full Hookup Sites – $39.20 per site per day (Includes sales and tourist tax)
Dry / Tent Camping – $28.00 per site per day (Includes sales and tourist tax)
Aircraft Camping – $28.00 per site per day (Includes sales and tourist tax)

Competitor Sign-up


A competitor entry allows you to compete in one of our five aircraft classes. Click on the button below to enter. All of the event rules can be found on the menu above.

Camping for competitors must be reserved separately on the link below. Sign up first as a competitor, and then add the competitor camping to your cart!