Sunstate Wing & Rotor Club

Sunstate Wing & Rotor Club Logo Sunstate Wing and Rotor Club, PRA Chapter 26, is a non-profit group established for those interested in enjoying the fun of flying. Through this fraternal group of aviation enthusiasts, you'll be a part of a group who love rotorcraft, swap information, hold flying events and share their expertise and experience. As a member of Sunstate Wing and Rotor Club, you'll have access to our message board to keep you up-to-date on local activities and other valuable discounts during Club events like Bensen Days, etc. Rss Feed
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Meetings: Bensen Days! April 15-19 2005!

Watch the Latest Anouncements, News & Information below for our next meetings and locations. For more information about our meetings, including directions click here.

Latest Announcements, News & Information:

2015-01-30 -- Bensen Days 2015 Open Registration Begins 1-31 @8:00PM

Campsite selections and open registration for Bensen Days 2015 begins Saturday evening, January 31, at 8:00PM. The "Members-Only" registration resulted in almost half the campsites reserved. If this goes like last year, the rest of the sites won't last a week. Don't wait! Get your Bensen Days site NOW.

2015-01-23 -- Bensen Days Early Registration NOW ACTIVE!

Sunstate members get a two-week head start on campsite reservations as a member benefit. To take advantage, follow the links at For Members-> Bensen Days Early Reservation

2014-09-23 -- Calendar

Calendar production goes into effect as of next week. You still have time to send in info and pictures. Sunday the 28 is cut out time!

2014-07-23 -- Newsletters Now Live on the Site!

Effective immediately, Steve Jones' Sunstate Wing and Rotor Club Newsletters are available here on the website. Log into the For Members area and click the Newsletters link or use the menu to navigate to For Members->Newsletters.

Miss a newsletter? No problem! Newsletters will be archived here permanently.

2014-07-15 -- July 19th Zephyrhills

The buzzard chasers of Zephyrhills are inviting anyone interested to come and hang out at the hangar on Saturday July 19th.

2014-07-03 -- Tomorrow is the day

Hope to see you all the Wauchula Municipal Airport for the 4th of July gathering. There is no plan to do anything out of ordinary. That way we don't disappoint.....

2014-06-24 -- Bensen Days 2015

Bensen Days at the Wauchula Airport is scheduled for 2015 as April 15-18. (or 11-18 for those who can get away for a full week).

2014-06-16 -- DeLand 22nd,

Hey boys and gals we are gonna have a "happening in" DeLand KDED the usual setup. Ya'll welcomed. Bring a friend. DOn't forget the 4th of July "happening in" in Wauchula.

2014-05-08 -- Eastern division addition to the club

Sunstate Wing and Rotor Club now has an Eastern division at DeLand Florida. KDED We are eager to build a large club here in Central Florida as an addition to our existing Wauchula home base. The greater Orlando Area has lot of potentials and we would like to explore it. CTAF/UNICOM: 123.075 WX AWOS-3: 119.575 (386-740-5811) Ownership: Publicly-owned Owner: CITY OF DELAND 120 S FLORIDA AVE DELAND, FL 32724 Phone 386-626-7107 Manager: JOHN EIFF DELAND MUNI-SIDNEY H TAYLOR FIELD, 1777 LANGLEY AVENUE DELAND, FL 32724 Phone 386-740-6955 AIRPORT PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 1777 LANGLEY AVE

2014-04-18 -- River Acres Pancake breakfast fly in

April 26th Saturday 8:00 -11:30 am. Okeechobee, Fl. 10 miles NW of KOBE All aircraft types welcomed ! AP Identifier: FD-70 Runways: 15/33 (Left Pattern ) Surface: 3,875 x 60 Ft. Turf UNICOM: 122.9

2014-03-30 -- Another Bensen Days Come and Gone

Well done! Another fantastic Bensen Days has come and gone. All the feedback has been extremely positive. A well-run event with no incidents or issues and a good time had by all in attendance.

Congratulations to the whole Bensen Days management team for another credit to the gyroplane community and thanks to all who participated for their support!

2014-03-07 -- Bensen Days Event in Florida Coming Up!

"Bensen Days" is one of the largest and oldest events for gyroplanes, gyrocopters and other rotorcraft. It is held each year at Wauchula, Florida (near Tampa) and will run from March 26-29 for 2014. March 29 is the best day for the general public, as that Saturday features demonstrations, contests and all the events designed for overall interest.

Go to The Bensen Days Event Website for additional information.

2014-02-01 -- PayPal Membership Renewal Now Available

PayPal membership renewal is now operational. Current members may now update their membership information and pay the $25.00 dues online. Here's how:

1. Go to For Members. If you have logged in recently, it will go directly to the Member Renewal page.
2. If it does not go to the Member Renewal Page, Log in. It will then go to the Member Renewal Page.
3. Verify the information we have on file and make changes as necessary. Then press CONTINUE.
4. The next page shows the current updated information and has a Buy Now button at the bottom that leads to a secure PayPal transaction.
5. Once we receive verification from PayPal, your account will be renewed for 2014. REMEMBER: This means that you will be allowed to get early registration at the 2015 Bensen Days event!

2014-01-04 -- Bensen Days registration now live for members!

The registration page is now active for our 2013 Sunstate members to reserve their campsite. Contact Gabor if you do not know your password.

2014-01-03 -- New Hosting Service

The site has been moved to iPage hosting from Network Solutions due to continued problems with performance on Network Solutions servers. This should end the intermittent errors.

Work is now in progress to allow Sunstate Wing and Rotor Club members to reserve campsites on the New Bensen Days site WWW.BENSENDAYS.US.COM or WWW.BENSENDAYS.NET prior to open registration January 15, 2014.

Look for a new menu option For Members->Bensen Days Reservations coming soon. A valid Sunstate login will be required and you must enter the Bensen Days Campsite Registration page through the link on this site.

2013-09-19 -- Bensen Days 2014

I am delighted to inform all of you that we do have a confirmation that Jim Vanek will be attending Bensen Days 2014 representing SportCopter. He will be performing his world famous loop and roll during our exhibition flight program. Mark your calendars! The dates are SET in STONE!!!

2013-09-12 -- PRA Safety Communication

This is a safety communication bulletin from PRA. This is information everyone should have who owns a gyro.

2013-09-04 -- New Bensen Days 2014 Promo Video Online

Tim Chick's new promotional video for Bensen Days 2014 is available now in the Gallery->Video Clips & Links section.

2013-08-23 -- For the ones who come by air

CHN Wauchula Municipal Airport. CTAF: 122.9 WX AWOS-3 at AVO (19 nm E): 118.725 (863-453-4223) Lat/Long: 27-30-53.7000N / 081-52-49.7000W 27-30.895000N / 081-52.828333W 27.5149167 / -81.8804722 (estimated) Elevation: 108 ft. / 32.9 m (surveyed) Dimensions: 4005 x 75 ft. / 1221 x 23 m Surface: asphalt, in good condition Runway edge lights: medium intensity RUNWAY 18 RUNWAY 36 Latitude: 27-31.224823N 27-30.563918N Longitude: 081-52.828178W 081-52.827343W Elevation: 99.3 ft. 103.3 ft. Traffic pattern: left left

2013-08-19 -- New Pictures Added to Gabor's Behemoth Project

Gabor sent in some new pictures detailing the push-rod system of his Behemoth Gyroplane build. They are now posted in Gallery-Our Projects.

2013-08-14 -- Labor day gathering

Please plan on coming down for Labor day to Wauchula Municipal Airport. Aug 31st through Sept 2nd. Everyone is welcomed. Bring a friend. Will be cooking something as usual. See you all there.

2013-08-12 -- Bensen Days 2014 Dates Announced!

The 2014 Bensen Days Rotorcraft Event will be held March 26th - March 29th! Mark your calendars!

2013-07-23 -- Network Solutions is Having Issues AGAIN

This site is hosted on Network Solutions servers. In recent weeks, Network Solutions has had issues that have caused this site to be temporarily unavailable. Today was no exception. Please have patience and try again as Network Solutions deals with the problem.

2013-07-23 -- New Pictures of Kirk Grover's Gyro Added

These pictures from Phil have been added to Gallery->Aircraft.

2013-07-09 -- Our next scheduled gathering is Labor day's gathering.

Put a note in your calendar for Labor Day's gathering from August 30th through September 2nd. The usual relaxed environment with food and lots of flying if weather permits. Bring a friend!

2013-07-03 -- See you all tomorrow

I hope to see you all tomorrow. Bring a friend!

2013-06-26 -- Don't forget!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BUMP! Fourth of July gathering coming up. Sunscreen, and cold drinks are a must. Bring a friend. See you there.

2013-06-14 -- New Pictures Added

Some new pictures were added today to the Gallery->Our Projects and Gallery->Our Aircraft Sections today!

2013-06-13 -- Desmon Butts will be in Florida again

Every one who needs time with Desmon please make plans and contact him either by phone: 907-841-2409 or by e-mail: He will be in Florida on the following week passed Father's day.

2013-05-29 -- Next gathering!

We are going to have our next gathering on the 4th of July weekend. That would be from the 4th through the 7th. See you all at Wauchula.

2013-05-27 -- Forgot Your Login or Password?

A login recovery feature has been added at For Members -> Forgot My Login. Enter the email address we have on file for you and it will handle the rest.

2013-05-18 -- Memorial Day week end at Wauchula

I plan on going to Wauchula. Looking forward to seeing everyone next Saturday. Phil.

2013-05-17 -- Memorial day's gathering

Next weekend is out next gathering. Please come down and join us for a great weekend of fun, food and flying. Bring your friends too!

2013-05-04 -- RSS News Feeds Now Active!

RSS Feeds have been installed and activated for both the Public News on the Home Page and the restricted content in the Members-only Blog. A login is required to access the content in the Blog RSS feed, but the Public News is readily available to all.

Click on the image on each page to view or subscribe to the feed. There are two separate feeds.

2013-05-03 -- Desmon Butts will be in Florida

Ladies and Gentlemen, for your information Desmon Butts CFI will be at CHN Wauchula municipal airport between June 17-29th with his MTO Auto Gyro. You can book with him by calling 907-841-2409 or drop him a few lines at

2013-04-21 -- Getting ready for Memorial Day weekend gathering

All Sunstate members please make plans to attend the Memorial Day weekend gathering at our favorite place the Moron Hangar in Wauchula FL. Expect some great food and lots of hangar talking and if the weather permits we ought to poke some holes in the sky too.

2013-04-21 -- The Members' Blog Is Now Active!

The blog is useful for posting member-to-member news and comments. It is also the means by which items are added to the News section of the home page (like the comment you are reading right now).
A UserId and Password are required to use the Members Blog and other "For Members" features. UserIds and Passwords will be assigned and distributed soon.

2013-04-17 -- Contact Us Now Online

The About Us->Contact Us section is now live. Questions, comments and requests for information are welcome!

2013-04-17 -- Link To The Valkaria Airfest Official Website

Here is the link to the Valkaria Airfest Official Website.

The Gyro Event section also carries a link an brief information on the event for future reference.

2013-04-16 -- Valkaria Airfest THIS WEEKEND!

All Sunstate members please make an effort to attend and spread the word about the sport. We have a chance for a great exposure that is around 5K in attendance. See you all there and thank you.

2013-04-16 -- New Sunstate Site Getting Started

Welcome to the new site. Pardon the dust. It will take a little while for all the features to become available, but we're off to a great start!