What makes a good airshow or fly-in?

For the month of February, we are going to focus on airshows and fly-ins, so we wanted to ask our readers “What makes a good airshow or fly-in?” What are the elements to success? What do organizers do that make it more enjoyable for you? What detracts from the experience? You can comment below or send your comments to janice@generalaviationnews.com

The show must go on

GUEST EDITORIAL By PHILIP HANDLEMAN

Sequestration is forcing the Pentagon to slash $41 billion this year on top of the $487 billion reduction in defense spending already mandated over the next 10 years. Resultantly, a cruel triage within the Defense Department has taken hold. Communities across America are waking to the reality that their scheduled airshows will not feature military air demonstration teams or that, in the absence of the teams, the shows themselves are being scrubbed altogether.

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Sequestration leads to Air Force cuts at airshows

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The leadership of the U.S. Air Force has cancelled all aviation support to public events for at least the remainder of the fiscal year, including  standing down the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team to save flying hours to support readiness needs.

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Context is hard to find when the numbers are this big

We are all encouraged to “Write Congress” to support [fill in the cause here] from time to time. Often, the intention of the person seeking help is honorable.

A post I just read on the Facebook page of Kyle Franklin from Franklin’s Flying Circus is a good example. It is a plea with the best of intentions:

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Idaho Aviation Expo set for May

The Idaho Aviation Expo, formerly known as Trade Show Aviation Idaho, will be held May 17-18, 2013 at Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA).

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SUN ’n FUN begins gearing up for this year’s show

The SUN ‘n FUN Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers are deep in the planning stages for the 39th Annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo being held April 9-14.

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Sebring LSA Expo: A different kind of airshow

As the curtain closed on the 2013 edition of the US Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Fla., a common comment was overheard escaping the mouths of a handful of attendees. The specific wording varied, but the intent was familiar. Is attendance down? Where are the crowds?

Have no fear — the show, commonly known as the Sebring LSA Expo — is doing just fine, even if it is somewhat misunderstood. [Read more...]

Blue Angels featured at Wings over Wayne Air Show

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — The Wings Over Wayne Air Show at Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, N.C., takes off May 18-19.

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Sebring LSA Expo wraps up successful weekend

SEBRING, Florida —The ninth annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo wrapped up a successful weekend of activities supporting general aviation and the Light-Sport Aircraft industry Sunday, Jan. 20. Expo officials estimate the weekend’s attendance will exceed last year’s record attendance of 16,000.

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Air Boss gets own reality TV show

Legendary Air Boss Wayne Boggs, who was recently awarded the International Council of Air Shows’ prestigious Sword of Excellence, prepares for the 2013 airshow season ready to star in his own TV series.

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