Annual Banquet

john leenhoutsJohn "Lites" Leenhouts
President & CEO of Sun 'n' Fun

Join Us in Welcoming John "Lites" Leenhouts of Sun 'n' Fun


John “Lites” Leenhouts, CEO and President of SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In International and The Aerospace Center for Excellence located in Lakeland, Florida, is a 27-year veteran of the United States Navy with a distinguished record of service as a carrier fighter pilot. Lites passion for aviation has spanned over nearly 5 decades from hitch hiking to his first airshow as a young kid to retiring from the United States Navy in 2001 as the Commodore of the Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic. Lites holds the distinction of being the most experienced US Naval aviator of all time having successfully completed 10 major deployments and achieved 1,645 arrested carrier landings.

After his retirement from the Navy, Lites worked for over 10 years for the Northrop Grumman Corporation. He created a successful, teaming arrangement with the Boeing Corporation to modify, repair and overhaul all variants of the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet.

“Lites” became the CEO & President of SUN ‘n FUN, Fly-In, Inc. in 2011 and steered the corporation to new heights that most could only dream of. Forming and guiding the SNF team, he drove the organization to become debt free for the first time in over 4 decades. Additionally, Lites has founded and molded the Aerospace Center for Excellence, a subsidiary of SNF whose mission is to populate the aviation industry with aerospace professionals.

Lites and his wife Nancy enjoy flying in their 1930 Waco or 1964 Piper Comanche, driving antique British cars, or riding their Harleys on the many back roads of our great nation.


This year's banquet Grand Door Prize is a Yaesu Vertex FTA 550 VHF Handheld Radio provided by Aircraft Spruce!


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Bearden Banquet Hall
5806 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919

Saturday October 6, 2018 from 11:30AM – 2:30PM

Shuttle service will be available from KDKX to the Banquet Hall between 11:00AM – 11:30AM and then return following the event.

$22.50 Adult Advanced

$18.00 17 and Under Advanced

$25.00 at the door

Online Registration Closes Oct. 1st.

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