Cleveland National Air Show

Fans , help save the Air Show!

Tell the U.S. Department of Transportation that Cleveland fans want their Air Show!

Cleveland's celebrated 40 years of the Air Show, let's work together to make it many, many more.

Write a letter, e-mail or send a fax to Norman Y. Manetta, Secretary of Transportation, to let him know you think.

The law must allow the Cleveland National Air Show to operate concurrently with major league sporting events!

Learn more about the overlapping TFRs and view the Diagram of Cleveland National Air Show/Major League Baseball Temporary Flight Restrictions with accompanying Air Show Area of Operations and Aerobatic Area.

Here's what you need to know about the law that the Federal Aviation Administration interpreted in August, nine days before the Air Show, in a way that prevents the Cleveland National Air Show from operating during regular season major league sporting events in downtown Cleveland.

The original purpose of this law was NOT in response to homeland security .

In 1999 , the rules were first proposed in response to a U.S. Department of Defense request to establish temporary flight restrictions during performances of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. The DoD wanted to step up air space safety for the jet teams by adding another layer of protection to the existing "see and avoid" method of collision avoidance. In addition, major league sporting events sought FAA restrictions to prevent congestion of aircraft - banner towing, aerial sightseers, etc. - over its venues. In 2004, these rules had evolved into the confusing Public Law No. 108-199.

What's a temporary flight restriction?

Imagine a cylinder of air with a defined radius and altitude over the Air Show or a stadium. Non-participating aircraft are told to remain clear of that air space while the event is happening. However, its effectiveness is dependent upon the adherence of responsible pilots.

The law is NOT about homeland security because it:

•  Does not prohibit general aviation pilots from taking off and landing at will from Burke Lakefront Airport during a regular season Cleveland Indians or Cleveland Browns game.

•  Ignores that professional Air Show pilots like those who perform at the Cleveland National Air Show must be certified annually by the FAA to perform before millions of people. Military pilots are authorized by the U.S. Department of Defense.

•  Allows professional pilots - Air Show or otherwise - to fly before major league crowds if they do so as part of the sports event itself.

•  Treats people differently. Regular season sporting fans fall under the temporary flight restriction rules, but pre-season sporting fans and all Air Show fans do not.

The Cleveland National Air Show cannot continue if the law is interpreted as it was in 2004 - organizers require 14-plus months of planning for the event, well before major league schedules are set. Plus, game times can be changed with only a week or single day notice - for rain make-ups or to accommodate television schedules.


So let the U.S. Department of Transportation know that you know that Public Law No. 108-199 is NOT about safety related to the Air Show operating at the same time as a stadium event in Cleveland. The Department of Transportation must allow the Cleveland National Air Show to go on whether there's a major league sporting event or not!

Put SAVE the Cleveland National Air Show in the subject line or on the envelope.

Write, call or e-mail:

Secretary Norman Y. Manetta
U.S. Department of Transportation
400 7th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20590

(202) 366-4000

Subject line and on envelope: Save Cleveland National Air Show!

Copy your own Congress members too!
Here's how:

Senator George Voinovich

317 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-3353; Fax: (202) 228-1382

Email through Web:

Senator Michael DeWine

140 Russell Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2315; Fax:  (202) 224-6519

Email through Web:

Email for all U.S. House of Representatives:
Congressman Dennis Kucinich

1730 Longworth House Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20515

(202) 225-5871; Fax (202) 225-5745

Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones

1009 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

(202) 225-7032; Fax: (202) 225-1339

Congressman Steven C. LaTourette

2453 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

(202) 225-5731; Fax: (202) 225-3307

Congressman Sherrod Brown

2332 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

(202) 225-3401; Fax (202) 225-2266

Tell the DOT the law must allow CNAS to operate at the same time as major league sporting events!


Convenient Parking for Air Show Fans

Air Show fans can park on-site at Burke Lakefront Airport. Just take E. 55th to N. Marginal Road and enter the Air Show Parking lot at Gate 13. Fans must show their air show ticket (or purchase an air show ticket) and can park in the air show lots (Parking is $10).

Fans will then park their car on-site, take a complimentary shuttle to Gate 6 where they will exit and enter the show at Cleveland National Air Show's Gate 4.

Friday Air Show is on, planes won't fly at twilight

All Air Show tickets are good for Friday evening, plus one weekend show day

CLEVELAND, Ohio (Sept. 1, 2004) - The Cleveland National Air Show will hold a Friday early evening event and offer free admission to anyone with an Air Show ticket for Saturday, Sunday or Monday. You must have an Air Show ticket or purchase one at the gate to be admitted Friday.

The FAA will issue a waiver for a Friday Air Show, allowing civilian flying until 6:05 p.m. followed by the military flying exhibitions.

However, the future of the Air Show in 2005 and beyond still is in jeopardy as the law that prevented the FAA from issuing a waiver to allow the Air Show to go on concurrently with a major league sporting events remains in place.

"After many discussions and much analysis, we now agree that the FAA's hands are tied by this law. The Air Show is exploring all its options for the future, including challenging the law in federal court," said Executive Director Chuck Newcomb.

"The enthusiastic support from Northeast Ohio's congressional delegation, including Congressmen Kucinich and LaTourette, Congresswoman Tubbs Jones, and Senator Voinovich as well as Governor Taft throughout this past week gives us hope that the Cleveland National Air Show will be able to continue long past its 40th anniversary this weekend," Newcomb said.

"We've received so much support from Northeast Ohio that we want the show to go on and we want to welcome fans to Burke Lakefront Airport Friday night for an exciting kick off celebration for the four days of the Cleveland National Air Show," he said.

Anyone who has purchased an Air Show ticket or buys one at the gate Friday afternoon will be able to use that same ticket for entrance one day over the weekend - Saturday, Sunday or Monday. People with weekend seating tickets also will be admitted for free Friday night.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. Friday, with featured flying scheduled to begin around 5 p.m. and finishing around 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday and Monday shows remain on schedule - gates open at 9 a.m. with featured flying beginning around noon.

Air Show Future Remains Uncertain

Cleveland National Air Show relies on FAA-certified pilots

CLEVELAND, Ohio (Aug. 30, 2004) - The future of the Cleveland National Air Show is still in jeopardy as the Federal Aviation Administration has not revised its interpretation of regulations regarding flight restrictions to prohibit the Air Show from flying concurrently with a Cleveland Indians game at Jacobs Field.

"We're still very perplexed as to why Department of Defense-approved pilots and Department of Transportation-approved pilots are not allowed to fly an Air Show the same time as a regular season game at Jacobs Field," said Executive Director Chuck Newcomb.

In a phone conversation Monday, an FAA official told Newcomb the Transportation Department believed military aircraft could be approved to fly concurrently with a game at Jacobs Field and asked if the Friday Twilight Show could go on in this case. Newcomb replied that the Twilight Show could not go on with only military aircraft flying during the Indians game. The FAA official responded by saying he would take Newcomb's response back to those who were discussing the matter. The Air Show has not received any further word from the FAA.

"We couldn't deliver the event promised," Newcomb explained, noting more than 50 percent of the scheduled acts are civilian performers.

"All pilots who perform at the Air Show are certified by the federal government. We don't understand why the FAA would treat FAA-approved professional Air Show pilots differently from Department of Defense-approved pilots," Newcomb said.

In addition to issuing an aerobatic competency card for each civilian pilot that allows him or her to perform at the Air Show, the FAA checks the pilots' certifications, inspects their aircrafts, briefs the pilots before each performance and is on site throughout the weekend.

Also noteworthy is that if the Air Show were allowed to go on as scheduled Friday night at the same time as the Cleveland Indians game - the restricted air space to protect persons on the ground would be even larger. The Air Show operates within a temporary flight restriction (TFR) that stretches five nautical miles and has a 16,000-foot ceiling. The TFR for sports stadiums reaches only three nautical miles and has a 3,000-foot ceiling.

The Air Shows on Sept. 4, 5 and 6 were never in jeopardy because they do not conflict with any regular season home games. Gates open at 9 a.m., flying starts around noon and continues until 4:30 p.m. each day.

"Whether the Cleveland National Air Show will fly after 2004 remains to be seen. We're hopeful that the federal government will understand the impact of its revised interpretation on this city's as well as other major cities' aviation events," Newcomb said.

The Air Show celebrates its 40 th anniversary with three action-packed days of flying and dozens of aircraft on display. Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The show celebrates aviation's power. Visit for more information.

2004 May Be Last for Cleveland National Air Show!

FAA Revised Ruling Jeopardizes City's Labor Day Weekend Tradition

CLEVELAND, Ohio (Aug. 26, 2004) - The 2004 Cleveland National Air Show may mark the end to the city's premier aviation event at Burke Lakefront Airport and its $5 million-plus economic impact on the region.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which issues the necessary waivers for the event, notified the Air Show on Wednesday that the Air Show cannot go on at the same time as a regular season major sporting event in Cleveland.

"That interpretation will effectively cancel future Cleveland National Air Shows because of the unpredictable annual schedules of Major League Baseball, the National Football League and other professional sports. The resulting financial losses suffered by the Air Show would doom the event," said Executive Director Chuck Newcomb.

The 2004 event on Sept. 4, 5, 6 can go on because no professional sports are played during the day. However, if the FAA decision stands, the Twilight Show on Friday, Sept. 3, would be canceled.

The FAA's decision is especially perplexing because it issued a waiver under similar circumstances for Cleveland's event in 2003 as well as ones in St. Louis, Chicago and Seattle over the last 18 months, Newcomb said.

In addition, when the FAA met with Cleveland Air Show officials a month ago, the FAA indicated that the Friday, Sept. 3, Twilight Show could go on despite the Cleveland Browns pre-season game happening that same night. When the FAA notified the Air Show of the revision this week, it stated that while the Browns game was not a conflict, the Cleveland Indians schedule did present the a conflict.

"We certainly understand the need for homeland security in a post-9/11 world. What we cannot understand is why it's OK to have an Air Show within a half mile of Cleveland Browns Stadium but not OK to have it more than a mile away from Jacobs Field," Newcomb said.

If 2004 is the last year for the Cleveland National Air Show, the event's end will be memorable - with some of the most exciting Air Show acts and high-powered military demonstrations soaring above the expanse of ground displays that includes more than 50 aircraft.

More Information:

The 2004 Air Show is ON - Sept. 4, 5 and 6 - Saturday, Sunday and Monday!!! The FAA decision's this week jeopardizes future years' shows NOT 2004.

However, the Friday Twilight Show will not go on unless the FAA reverses its decision.

I've purchased tickets for Friday show, what do I do now?

Since Friday's show was General Admission only, your tickets are still good for any one of the three show days, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

What if I can't attend the show on Saturday, Sunday or Monday?.

Please save your tickets and an announcement will be made Tuesday, Sept. 7, about what to do with those tickets. Information will be posted on our Web site,, and available by calling this same number.

Is there anything I can do to help save the Air Show?

We certainly appreciate your willingness to help. We're currently contacting our elected officials to enlist their support. As information becomes available, we will be posting it on the "What's New?" section at

Please understand that the Cleveland Indians or Cleveland Browns are not directly responsible for this FAA ruling. It is a ruling that is being applied to MLB, NFL, NASCAR and major college sporting events. Both the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns organizations continue to be valued supporters of the Cleveland National Air Show.



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