FAQ

 

What is the schedule for the 2018 Air Show?*
The 2018 Air Show is Nov 2nd & 3rd. On Friday and Saturday, the air show gates will open at 8:00 a.m. with the show beginning at 9:30 a.m. The Blue Angels will fly on Friday and Saturday, during the day shows, around 2:00 p.m.


What is the admission fee?
Admission, parking and blanket seating are FREE.  “Blanket Seating” means an open paved area where attendees can stand or sit on their own blankets or lawn chairs.  Preferred seating areas are available with paid admission.

May I purchase advance seating to the air show?
Yes, advance seating tickets are available. Please visit our seating tickets tab to purchase tickets online.

Where can I purchase seating?
Seating reservations are available online on the seating tickets tab of this website.

Are seating reservations for the entire weekend or for just one day?
Each ticket is good for one day / one show only — Extra reservations would be needed for any additional day(s) / shows you wish to attend.

What are chalets?
Chalets are exclusive rented areas on the flight line that include seating, a tented area, tables, catered food and beverages. Many corporations and groups buy chalet packages as a bonus for their patrons or workers. Smaller businesses / groups can buy smaller packages that gain them access to the MWR Chalet or purchase individual tickets to the Flight Line Club that also provides chairs, food, and beverages for an extra special experience at the air show.

May I upgrade my ticket the day of the event?
Yes, if there is availability. It is highly recommended to purchase seats in advance as seats have sold out in the past. 

Are there Military or Senior Discounts?
No; Entry to the show and parking is FREE!

Is there a handicap area?
There is a seating section for wheelchairs only (first come, first served). A companion may sit with the wheelchair member, but we ask that large family groups not take up space that others with handicap needs would like to use. If a family wants to purchase reserved seating (Box or Flightline Club), accommodations for a wheelchair can be made the day of the show.


 

General Information:

Safety Regulations

All individuals entering the flight Line area through the admission gates are subject to search.  Please arrive early, pay attention to all signs and announcements and be patient.  These procedures are in place to ensure the safety of all those attending the Air Show.

What time does the show start and end?
Air Show gates open at 8:00 a.m. both Friday and Saturday, and the show is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. The Blue Angels are the last performers during the day show and are scheduled to go up around 2:00 p.m.

Other than the air show, what other attractions will be at the show?
In addition to the air show, spectators can enjoy a collection of aircraft on display, virtual games and other attractions/displays at vendor booths, food booths, souvenir booths, and a kids’ fun-zone! The National Museum of Naval Aviation located adjacent to the air field, and will also be open for business.

Is it a different show each day?
The show schedule is the same each day. Low clouds or high winds can affect the performer’s acts and the show schedule.

What happens if it rains?
Unfortunately due to performer scheduling, there are no refunds and no rain dates for the event. Check our website for foul weather announcements.

What is the temperature at the show?
The average temperature in November is 63 degrees. It can be windy on the tarmac.  We suggest layers as the temperatures can vary from morning to afternoon.  We ask that you use hats and sunscreen and not umbrellas that obscure the view of people behind you.

Should I bring hearing protection?
Yes, hearing protection is highly encouraged for all Air Show spectators, especially young children.  Ear plugs will be available for purchase at the Air Show.

What is the schedule for the Air Show?
Please visit our Schedule page for information on the Air Show schedule.

How do I get to NAS Pensacola?
Please visit our Directions page for information on directions to the Air Show.

Will an ATM be available?
Yes.

Do the vendors take credit cards?
Some do and some don't, however an ATM is available on the site.

What camping opportunities are available?
Those eligible to use base facilities may reserve camping space or cabins at Oak Grove Park or Blue Angel Park. There are limited civilian camping areas in the area that include, Gulf Island National Seashore, Big Lagoon State Park and Gulf State Park (Alabama).

What is there to do in the Pensacola Area?
Located on the stunning white beaches with emerald-hued waters, Pensacola is a top travel destination.  Visitors can take advantage of the picturesque beaches, beautiful golf courses and vibrant downtown.

www.visitpensacola.com

I'd like to sell food at the Air Show.  Who do I contact?
Please visit our Food Vendors page for more information.

I'd like to sponsor the Air Show.  Who do I contact?
Please contact, naspensacolaairshow@gmail.com. Please visit our Sponsorship page for more information.

Is there shade?
General Admission ticket holders will be under an open sky. Patrons are encouraged to plan accordingly and bring plenty of sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. We do not encourage umbrellas as they block the view of other patrons.

How do I get Press/Media Credentials?
Media credentials will only be extended to media on assignment. Media Credentials requests must be submitted in advance of air show dates on station/publication letterhead. Please visit our Media Accreditation Form page for more information.


 

Permitted/Prohibited Items:

Are wagons and strollers allowed?
Yes. Be mindful that strollers, carriages and wagons cannot take up aisle space in the seating areas and have to be stowed under the bleachers.

Are strollers or wheelchairs available for rent at the show?
At this time there is no vendor renting these items.

Are pets allowed on the airport grounds?  
No, pets are NOT permitted other than service animals. The crowds and noise are not suitable for pets.

Is smoking permitted?
Smoking areas are limited. Smoking is NOT permitted anywhere on the flight line in the vicinity of aircraft, vendor tents or chalets. There is a smoking area located between the two hangars.

May I bring lawn chairs or blankets?
Chairs and blankets are permitted and recommended for general spectator seating. These items are subject to search. If you have purchased an upgraded flight line ticket or have a Sponsor ticket, seating will be provided in these areas and you will not need to bring your own chairs.

Are coolers allowed at the event?
No.

Will outside food and drinks be allowed?
No.  No outside food or beverages are permitted on the flight line except baby bottles (non-glass) and small snack items for young children.  We have a variety of food and beverage vendors available for purchase at the Air Show.  Alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase from Air Show vendors.

Are bags allowed? 
Most bags will not be allowed to include backpacks and camera bags. Only small purses and diaper bags will be accepted, and are subject to search.  Please bring only what you can hand carry.

Can we bring a pop-up tent?
No, due to safety concerns, pop up tents are not permitted.

Are roller skates, skateboards, bikes, or personal golf carts permitted on the airport grounds?
No. None of these items are permitted due to security and safety restrictions. Handicap scooters and electric wheelchairs are permitted.

Are there any restrictions on bringing weapons to the event?
Yes. No weapons are permitted on NAS Pensacola. Weapons including pocket knives, multi-tools, replica/toy weapons or pepper spray are NOT permitted, and will be confiscated.

Can I bring in photography and camera equipment?
Photography and camera equipment are permitted, but must be hand carried.  Also, in order to keep the entry line moving along, you will want to bring only what is absolutely needed.  Please be considerate of those trying to view the show and do not block their view by setting up tripods in front of their seats.

Are cell phones, laptop computers and iPads allowed?
Yes.

Are FRS/GMRS radios allowed?
FRS/GMRS radios are permitted.  VHF band and other scanners are also permitted, but transmitters/transceivers are not.


 

Transportation and Parking:

Where do I park?
You will be directed to the nearest available parking areas by security personnel. As this parking fills, you will be directed to parking lots that have shuttle service to and from the show.

Is there handicapped parking available?
There is a handicap parking lot west of the tarmac area; next to the west handicap viewing area. We also offer, handicap accessible shuttles from our designated parking lots.

Is it possible to drop people off at the flight line entrance gates and then go park?
Unfortunately this is not allowed.

Can I ride a motorcycle?
Yes. Please visit our safety page for information on base regulations for riding motorcycles on NAS Pensacola. Motorcyclists will be directed by security for parking.

Will there be RV/travel trailer parking?
RV/Travel Trailers are allowed onto NAS Pensacola.  RV parking is available but please keep in mind that parking is a first-come-first-served basis and limited.  No overnight RV/travel trailer parking will be permitted at the Air Show site.  Qualified base patrons may contact Oak Grove Park or Blue Angels Park for camping reservations.

Are buses allowed?
Yes, buses are allowed. Buses will be directed by security for parking. Please contact the security office for questions specific to parking different types of vehicles at 850-452-2653.

I’m a pilot and own a small plane. Can I fly my own plane to the show?
You cannot fly into the base, however small air planes can land at Pensacola Regional Airport and at Ferguson Airport.

*Schedules and performers are subject to change without notice.

 

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