October 24th and 25th
Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, Florida
USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon Demo
USMC MV-22 Osprey Demo *POSSIBLE*
Clemens Kuhlig - Pitts S1S "Chefpitts"
Gene McNeely - T-6 Texan
LD Jeffries - FLS Microjet
Thom Richard - P-40N Warhawk "American Dream"
Updated As Of 3/6/20
It's Official! Plans are Underway for "Wings Over Charlotte Harbor" featuring the F/16 Demo Team - October 24th & 25th.
For Immediate Release:
Plans underway for Wings Over Charlotte Harbor
Punta Gorda, FL The Florida International Air Show (FIAS) Board of Directors is anticipating a temporary change in venue and format for the 2020 and 2021 shows. While the Air Show has been traditionally hosted at the Punta Gorda Airport (PGD), scheduled runway rehabilitations and construction projects mean space won’t be available for aircraft displays and the thousands of visitors it attracts.
Instead, the Air Show will be held over Charlotte Harbor and spectators will be encouraged to watch from Gilchrist and Bayshore Parks October 24-25, 2020. FIAS is working closely with PGD, City of Punta Gorda and Charlotte County to provide a free Air Show for Southwest Florida. The Show may be viewed from various locations from Laishley Park to Fishermen’s Village and the boating community will enjoy front row seats. iHeartMedia, Inc. will partner with FIAS to broadcast the event on FM and AM stations as well as the iHeartMedia app.
The Saturday and Sunday Air Show will feature professional and military performers: The USAF F-16 demonstration team will anchor the show with performances by Clemens Kuhlig “Chefpitts”, Gene McNeely T-6 Texan, LD Jeffries BD-5 Jet and a special Warbird Heritage review. Several additional military performers are anticipated. The performers and aircraft will be hosted by PGD departing from runway 4/22 and circling to the Air Show “box” which is an invisible boundary 1500 feet downstream of the southbound US41 bridge to west of Fishermen’s Village.
The Charlotte County Airport Authority is currently extending PGD’s Runway 15-33 to total 6,281 feet, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. Concurrently, the Authority is planning construction of a new general aviation center and ramp, as well as taxiway and taxilane extensions, on the north side of airport property where the Air Show has taken place the last several years. In 2021, rehabilitation of Runway 4-22 is planned to begin as well.
“These projects have been in the pipeline for several years and are absolutely necessary for future operations and sustainable growth,” said PGD’s Marketing & Communications Manager Kaley Miller. “While the public Air Show won’t be scheduled at PGD for the next couple years, the Airport Authority will likely continue to provide in-kind support and a base for visiting aircraft.”
Organizers cannot say for sure exactly when the Air Show will return to PGD. “We will evaluate the construction schedule again next year to estimate a time window when Air Show may be able to return to PGD,” said Miller.
“We are excited to celebrate the 39th Air Show by relocating to Punta Gorda and Charlotte Harbor” said FIAS Chairman Dana Carr.
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