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Flyover and Military Aviation Support

How do I request a flyover or other military aviation support?

Requests for a military flyover at your special event must be made through the U.S. Air Force Aerial Events Support home page http://www.airshows.pa.hq.af.mil/PublicSite/Index.cfm?fwa=home .

There are four simple steps to requesting a flyover and all requests should be turned in 90 days before the event: 

1. Go to https://www.airshows.pa.hq.af.mil/PublicSite/Index.cfm?fwa=home and fill out a new request.
2. Wait for approval from Air Force Public Affairs. 
3. Fax the DD Form 2535 to the local FAA office for approval, phone (304) 263-2106, fax (304) 267-6350.
4. After you have received approval from both AF Public Affairs and FAA please contact the 167th AW Flyover Point of Contact, Major Melissa Shade at (304) 616-5240.

Event organizers should be aware that military aircraft flyover requests are subject to a number of restrictions and are supported only where they do not impact operational mission accomplishment. Anyone requesting a military aircraft flyover must submit a completed DD Form 2535 a minimum of 90 days before the event to be considered for support. Requests received 30 days or closer to the event will NOT be considered.

Air Force aerial support events generally fall into two categories: Aviation/Patriotic Holiday-related and Non-Aviation-related.

Requests for off-base flyovers will be considered only for aviation-related events (i.e., air shows, airport anniversaries or dedications) or for patriotic observances held in conjunction with formal observances, open to the public, on Armed Forces Day (third Saturday in May), Memorial Day (last Monday in May), Independence Day (July 4), Prisoner Of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Recognition Day (third Friday in September), and Veterans Day (November 11 ) when held within seven days of the holiday date. This does not mean that you can request a flyover for an event on July 2nd, justifying its eligibility because it falls within seven days on one of the DoD-approved holidays. As a reminder, all sporting events require Air Force Public Affairs exception-to-policy approval regardless of the date. All other events that do not meet DoD eligibility criteria may possibly be considered as exceptions-to-policy events for one-time-only events provided there is sufficient rationale.

Aviation support that may be requested includes static display aircraft, a flyover, an aerial demonstration or a parachute team performance. An authorized flyover is a straight and level flight, limited to one pass, by no more than four military aircraft of the same general type (e.g., tactical, transport, rotary wing) from the same military Service over a predetermined point on the ground at a specific time and not involving aerobatics or demonstrations.

Aerial demonstrations are reserved for air shows only and will not be performed over other public events.

Generally, the Air Force is unable to support fundraising events. If your event raises funds for any purpose, please call the Air Force Aerial Events Office at (703) 695-9664 or (703) 695-9776, to discuss your options.