By any measure, the sky around us is an aviation mecca. For one week each spring, the weeklong Sun ’n Fun Fly-In brings thousands of flying machines and several hundred thousand people to warm, comfortable central Florida.
It’s early morning on the third day of Sun ’n Fun, and in the far distance, we can see the line of airplanes already starting inbound toward Lakeland Airport. I’m headed the opposite direction in a new Socata Trinidad GT. It’s Socata’s 20th anniversary version of its retractable single. The Trinidad GT is a highly-modified, retractable variation on the earlier Aerospatiale Rallye singles, the 150, 180 and 235. Certainly one of the TB-20’s primary attractions is its big cabin. From the beginning, Aerospatiale concentrated on designing an airplane around an unusually roomy and comfortable cockpit.