The base will be open to the general public Saturday, October 15- Sunday, October 16. Access to the base will be allowed through the West (Off SR-14 and Rosamond Blvd) or North Gates (Via SR-58) (Maps forthcoming). Please note, South Gate WILL NOT be open to the general public. DO NOT arrive at South Gate, you will be turned away. All vehicles and personal items are subject to search.
Note: All vehicles MUST be on Edwards Air Force Base property by 11:30 a.m. each day. Roads and base access will close at 11:30 a.m. ARRIVE EARLY.
Gates Open: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 A.M.
STEM Expo: 10:00 – 2:00 P.M.
Air Show Flying: 11:00 – 3:00 P.M.
Event ENDS: 4:00 P.M.
Q: “What is the Aerospace Valley Air Show?”
A: “The Aerospace Valley Air Show is an entirely new event dedicated to showcasing the best of STEM and aviation. Organized by the 412th Test Wing, Edwards Air Force Base, this event will be the first open house for the base in 13 years. The weekend consists of a large STEM Expo with nearly 60 hands-on displays and activities, a large air show headlined by the USAF Thunderbirds Flight Demonstration Team, and several surprises you will have to see to believe! Crowd favorites such as a Kids Zone and beer garden round out the entertainment.
2022 marks the 75th anniversary of the United States Air Force, while October 14, 2022 marks 75 years of breaking the sound barrier over the sky above Edwards. During this weekend, we will pay homage to both legacies with historic aircraft and sonic booms, mixed with the latest in cutting-edge aviation. You never know who will drop in from the desert sky!”
Q: “When is the Air Show?”
A: “October 15TH and 16th 2022.”
Q: “What time do the dates open and close?”
A: “Roughly, gates will open around 8:00am with the show ending at 4:00pm. NOTE: If you are not on Edwards Air Force Base property by 11:30am, you will be turned away for the day. Also, if we reach capacity for the day we will have to turn people away as well; so it is advised to get there early.”
Q: “Will there be a performer schedule?”
A: “Due to the ever changing nature of flight operations, we will not be releasing a dedicated flight schedule. Flying will begin at 11:30am and conclude by 4:00pm each day”
Q: “Will there be shaded areas available?”
A: “Shaded areas are available near the Flight Line Club— specific tickets are required for these areas. For General Admission, limited shade may be found under the wings of static display aircraft but is limited. Guests are encouraged to bring sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and portable, small hand-held umbrellas for their comfort. Hangar 1600 can also be utilized for a break from the sun!”
Q: “Do we need hearing protection (ear plugs)?”
A: “We do encourage you to bring and use proper hearing protection such as quality ear plugs, and especially so for children. The noise from the jet engines and pyrotechnic explosions may be painful or harmful for some. This is especially true if you are viewing the show from the front line. For young children who may tend to play with and/or remove the foam type plugs, a suggested alternative is sound muffs (available at most sporting goods stores, and generally available in children’s size). Please make your own choices on this matter and protect your hearing.”
Q: “What will happen if it rains?”
A: “Base Operations will be able to forecast if rain is on the way prior to the show. If rain is in the forecast, it may drive a significant capacity limitation or potential cancellation due to Edwards’ unique geographical characteristics.”
Q: “Can I come on Friday/STEM Day?”
A: “STEM Day is NOT open to the general public. The base will be closed to the general public, but open to valid DOD cardholders and Edwards Air Force Base families. A full practice air show will be conducted throughout the afternoon.”
Q: “Is smoking allowed at the Air Show?”
A: “There will be designated areas that are a safe distance from aircraft and other fire hazards unique to a flight line.”
Q: “Is the Air Show being broadcasted anywhere?”
A: “The Air Show will be broadcasted across our multiple Edwards Air Force Base social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and ROKU. Unauthorized broadcast of the show is prohibited. To see all aspects of the Airshow, you need to attend.”
Q: “How much are tickets?”
A: “General Admission and Parking is FREE. Premium and VIP seating tickets are available at avairshow.com. Click on the ASN VIP experience section.”
Q: “What is the difference between General Admission and Premium Seating/Chalets?”
A: “General Admission is FREE but simply gets you in the gate to the Air Show. You are responsible for your own seating during the show.
Premium Box Seats: Exclusive viewing area • In-and-out privileges from the box seating area• Dedicated concessions and restroom facilities• Children ages 3 & under admitted free (lap only)
Flight Line Club: In-and-out access from Flight Line Club area throughout the day • Front line seating in spacious exclusive viewing area • Reserved tables of 4 available (single seats not available).• Catered, buffet-style lunch• Unlimited water and soft drinks • Private “Premium” restrooms • Children ages 3 & under admitted free (lap only)”
Q: “Will refunds be offered for Premium/VIP tickets?”
A: “Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds on Premium/VIP tickets.”
Q: “How much is the FSS Kids Zone?”
A: “The FSS Kids Zone is for our youngest air show fans, complete with slides, bounce houses, and games. The cost for entry is $5 per child.”
GETTING TO THE AIR SHOW
Q: “Can I use rideshare and get dropped off and picked up at the Air Show?”
A: “Due to the location and unique dynamics of Edwards, ridesharing, taxi, or drop-off services are NOT authorized to the 2022 AVAS. Do not attempt a drop-off, you will be turned away.”
Q: ”Will I be able to fly into Edwards Air Force Base to attend?”
A: “NO aircraft are authorized to fly into Edwards Air Force Base. If you are desiring to fly into the area for this event, we recommend Mojave Air & Space Port or Fox Field in Lancaster with alternatives being Meadows Field Airport in Bakersfield, BUR in Burbank, and LAX in Los Angeles.”
Q: “How do I get there?”
A: “We are located in North LA County. From SR 14 exit off Rosamond Blvd and then follow the signs to West Gate. Or from SR 58, exit off Rosamond Blvd and follow the signs to North Gate. NOTE: Do not arrive at South Gate. You will be turned around and asked to enter through the other gates. All vehicles and personal items are subject to search.”
Q: “Where can I stay for the weekend?”
A: “We recommend looking for lodging in Palmdale or Lancaster which are closer to the base.”
Q: “Where do I park?”
A: “Follow the marked lanes to the dry lakebed for parking. You will be guided to either the Red, White, or Blue lots. Upon exiting your vehicle, you will make a short walk to the shuttle area. Shuttles will be in constant rotation to take you from the lakebed to the Air Show flightline and vice versa. Visitors also have the option to walk the 1 mile path that includes benches, restrooms, and water stations which takes you to the lakebed or the Air Show flightline.”
NOTE: WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE CARPOOLING.
Q: “Will there be parking access for individuals with disabilities?”
A: “Those with designated handicap tags or plates will be directed to a special location in the front row of the Red, White or Blue lots. We will have limited ADA accessible shuttles for those requiring a lift or other equipment accommodations. Please keep in mind, the event area is large and has limited shade. Plan accordingly based on your individual abilities. Due to the large crowds expected, the AVAS is unable to offer shuttle services beyond the planned parking lot to the flightline entrance route. Wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment are the sole responsibility of the owner.”
AT THE AIR SHOW
Q: “What if I lose something while I am at the Air Show, will there be a designated lost and found area?”
A: “A dedicated Lost & Found area will be located in Hangar 1600. Please only bring what you need and maintain your belongings.”
Q: “What if I lose my child, where would I get help?”
A: “A dedicated missing children’s desk will be located in Hangar 1600. Parents will have the option or writing their personal contact information on complimentary wrist-bands.”
Q: “Will there be restrooms on site?”
A: “Portable restrooms will be available throughout the event grounds and parking lots for your convenience.”
Q: “Will there be a new mothers’ area/nursing station on site?”
A: “A dedicated nursing station for new mothers will be located at Hangar 1600.”
Q: “Will there be a first aid area on site?
A: “A dedicated first aid station will be located in Hangar 1600. We will also have medical personnel distributed throughout the event grounds. In case of emergency, listen to all show announcements. These will be further communicated by show volunteers, our website, social media, and the official AVAS App.”
Q: “What are the COVID protocols at the Air Show?”
A: “Currently, there are no State or Local mandates regarding masks, vaccinations or negative test results at the Air Show. We remain in communication with the Public Health department. The Air Show will comply with all State and Local mandates at the time of the event. If and when mandates change, we will inform all patrons immediately.
Please note, all patrons on shuttles are REQUIRED to wear a surgical mask or better. If you do not have a mask, one will be handed to you at no charge.”
WHAT CAN I BRING?
Q: “Are there bag restrictions at the Air Show?”
A: “Bag size cannot exceed a standard school backpack or diaper bag. All bags will be searched upon entry. Please only bring what you absolutely need, use common sense.”
Q: “Can we bring food in?”
A: “No outside food is allowed unless medically necessary. There will be a variety of food vendors on site to purchase food and drinks from. Food vendors will accept cash, card, and contactless payment.”
NOTE: There is NO ATM on-site, cash is accepted but strongly discouraged.
Q: “What are some recommended items that we should bring to the show?”
A: “Comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, pen for autographs, refillable water bottle, (water stations will be available at no charge) folding lawn chairs (no seating is provided unless VIP tickets have been purchased) strollers for young children (will be searched) camera (there are currently no lens restrictions, bags cannot exceed standard backpack size).”
Q: “What can we NOT bring?”
A: “Here are a list of prohibited items:
- Weapons of any kind (regardless of permit) to include but not limited to: firearms, knives (including pocket knives and multi-tools), replica or toy weapons, pepper spray, mace, stun guns, and martial arts weapons
- Outside alcoholic beverages
- Ice chests or coolers that are not medically required
- Pets, other than service animals
- Glass containers
- Bicycles, roller skates, roller blades, (kick and electric) scooters, skateboards, or hover boards
- No personal drones (i.e. quad or hex copters) are allowed to operate on Federal Property or airspace
- Lasers or laser pointers
- Large umbrellas, canopies, or beach covering
- While coolers/ice chests are NOT permitted, an exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a specified lane at each gate
- Federally banned substances such as illicit narcotics
REMINDER: No outside food is allowed unless medically necessary.”
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Ear Plugs
- Pen for autographs
- Refillable Water Bottle (Water stations will be available at no charge)
- Folding Lawn Chairs (No seating is provided unless VIP tickets have been purchased)
- Strollers for young children (Will be searched)
- Camera (There are currently no lens restrictions, bags cannot exceed standard backpack size.
Due to the ever-changing nature of flight operations, we will not be releasing a dedicated flight schedule. Flying will begin at 11:00 a.m. and conclude by 3:30 p.m. each day.