May 1, 2010
By Julie Summers Walker
It’s airshow season!
May heralds the start of the airshow season across the country. From big and bold to small and silly, there’s an airshow this month somewhere near you. If the roar of F–16 engines isn’t your style, maybe you’ll find something else in this roundup—or check our online calendar for other ideas.
For more destinations and events, check out our calendar online.
Birmingham International Airport ( BHM) Birmingham, Alabama
Dreams on Wings gives children with life-threatening illness and their families a chance to escape their harsh realities and simply go flying and have fun. From hot air balloons to helicopters, business jets, and single-engines, this gathering of all-volunteer aircraft offers a full day of entertainment. Check it out on Saturday, May 1.
Chino Airport ( CNO) Chino, California
The 2010 Planes of Fame Air Museum annual airshow takes place May 15 and 16. This year’s “Salute to the Greatest Generation” airshow features a missing-man formation, aerobatic demonstrations, warbirds, air battles, and much more.
Brian Ranch Airport ( CL13) Llano, California
Every year on Memorial Day weekend, Brian Ranch Airport hosts “The World’s Smallest Air Show.” This private airstrip features ultralights, light sport, and general aviation aircraft. Next door is the ranch’s U-Pick-Em fruit orchard. The event is open to the public.
Shoals Creek Sea Plane Base ( AL46) Florence, Alabama
Splash in to the annual Bluegrass Splash-In held on Wilson Lake in northwest Alabama, Saturday, May 8. Live music, a seaplane fly-in, and an antique car show are all part of this fun event at this private base open to the public for the event—and free of charge.
Nantucket Memorial Airport ( ACK) Nantucket, Massachusetts
The world’s historic whaling capital becomes the nation’s wine capital during the fourteenth annual Nantucket Wine Festival May 19 through 23. Fly in to enjoy great wines in the historic houses of this charming island and attend a celebrity chef and winemaker dinner.
Louisville International Airport ( SDF) Louisville, Kentucky
Home to the Kentucky Derby, Louisville hosts the 136th annual Run for the Roses this year on May 1. Churchill Downs is just four miles from the airport (Bowman Field is eight miles from the racetrack). Other local attractions include the Derby Museum and Harland Sanders Museum.
The movement to exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical certification process is gaining momentum in Congress and the aviation community.
The recent warrantless stops and searches of law-abiding pilots on general aviation flights have drawn the attention of mainstream media.
The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the Collier Trophy for “the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier.”
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