GREELEY, Colo. — Due to construction at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, The Rocky Mountain Airshow is moving to the Greeley-Weld County Airport (GXY) for its 2014 event, August 22- 23.
This year, spectators will see the widest variety of aerobatics from giant radio-controlled aircraft to full scale performances.
In addition, back by popular demand, is the Friday Night Twilight Show, combining aerobatics, pyrotechnics, and a fireworks display.
The show will also debut flight demonstrations performed autonomously by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or UAS – Unmanned Aerial Systems). An early step in the integration of UAS into the American airspace, these FAA sanctioned flights will provide an opportunity for the public to get connected with the technology coming to our skies, organizers say.
“We were unable to plan an event at our home airport in Broomfield, but we’re thrilled to be able to take the show on the road. We’ve been getting a very warm reception,” stated Jim Cimiluca, event chairman.
“It’s been quite a while for this airport to host an airshow,” added Gary Cyr, Greeley-Weld County Airport Director. “We’re looking forward to an event in which the entire family can come out and enjoy the day on the airport grounds.”
When asked about the UAS demonstrations, Cimiluca notes, ‘”Work that we did with last year’s debut of giant scale rocketry was leveraged by the FAA towards these new UAS guidelines. We are proud to have been selected to follow up with the debut of this new type of aerial demonstrations in 2014.”
Another first this year is the creation of the UAS Pavilion. Located on the main ramp, guests will be able to interact with some of the leading UAS manufacturers in the country. Aircraft, ground control and navigation systems will be displayed by the people who fly them.
All details, including the full performer line-up and tickets, are available here. Use the promo code Launch2014 for a $2 discount on general admission tickets for a limited time.