Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
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- - Where is the Wings Over Wine Country Air Show?
Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport, about five miles north of Santa Rosa off 101. Take the Airport Blvd exit and go west about one mile to the parking areas.
- - When is the Air Show?
Check back for the dates for the 2016 Show.
- - How much is admission?
$20 for adults. $15 for seniors (age 65 and over). $10 for students (ages 11-17). Children under 10 are free. Buy in advance and pay just $18 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $8 for students. General admission for World War II and Korean War veterans is Free. General admission for Active Duty Military personnel with ID card is Free.
- - Where can I get presale tickets?
Ticket options are described at www.wingsoverwinecountry.org.
Adult and Senior presale tickets cost $2.00 less than on show days: $18.00 for adults, $13.00 for seniors, and $8.00 for students ages 11-17.
- - Is there a Performers Reception or any other special events?
Yes. On Friday evening, September 25, there will be a Performers Reception at the Redwood Hangar at Sonoma Jet Center. Tickets are $65.00 in advance, or $500 for a table of eight. This is your chance to meet and mingle with the pilots of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and other performers. A buffet dinner will be served, there will be music, and cocktails.
- - Is there a President's Club or other exclusive seating?
Yes. The President's Club is an exclusive tent right on the flight line, with shaded indoor and outdoor seating. You can watch all the action from under a shade umbrella, mingle with your friends and other visitors, and enjoy our roomy pavilion. Amenities include premium parking, admission to the Air Show, continental breakfast, gourmet catered lunch, assorted desserts and snacks, wine, beer, and more. President's Club tickets are $150 each, and are available for Saturday and Sunday. Learn more.
We also offer box seating and bleacher seating. Learn more.
- - Whom do I contact to volunteer?
First, visit our Volunteers page for more information. On that page there is a link to a Volunteer Signup Form. You may also phone the following:
Air Show Volunteer Coordinator, David Kinzie: 415-279-8759
Air show information hot line: 707-566-8380
Air Show Director, Nancy Heath: 707-477-4307
- - I am a Pacific Coast Air Museum Member; how do I get in free?
Go to the Will Call booth outside the gate, show your current year Membership Card(s) and they will give you admission tickets. If you have a Family Membership, each member age 6 or over needs to show their card. If you have an Individual Membership, only you are entitled to a free ticket.
- - May I get in free if I belong to another museum, but not PCAM?
- - Is there any other way I can get in free?
Become a volunteer for the day or for the weekend. Please contact Air Show Volunteer Coordinator David Kinzie at 415-279-8759, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- - Are pit passes available?
- - May I get in early?
The main gate is open at 9:00am. Volunteers can get in early.
Become a Volunteer
- - May I leave the show and come back in?
Yes, but only if you have your hand stamped at the exit gate for reentry on the same day.
- - What about parking?
Parking is available in designated parking lots near the Air Show for a donation of $10.00 per vehicle (donations benefit the Boy Scouts, who help with the parking).View a map.
- - What about accessible or handicapped parking?
Dedicated accessible or handicapped parking areas will be set up and clearly marked. View a map.
- - Is there any overnight camping?
- - Is there any public transportation to the airport?
Yes - Sonoma County Transit has busses from various locations in Sonoma County. For more information call 707-576-7433 or 800-345-7433.
- - What kind of airplanes will be at the Air Show?
The big attraction this year will be the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, a Canadian nine ship precision formation team composed of serving members of the Canadian Forces. We expect them to fly on both Saturday and Sunday. A U.S. Air Force F-16 will fly a full aerobatic routine, afterburner and all. The F-16 will also fly a Heritage Flight in formation with a vintage P-51 Mustang World War II era fighter. The USAF Wings of Blue Skydiving Team will perform. There will be stunt planes, vintage warbirds doing fly-by passes, and more. You will also see just about every other type of aircraft: vintage, aerobatic, warbirds, models, etc. Please see the Performers Page at www.wingsoverwinecountry.org for further information.
- - What is on the program?
The big attraction this year will be the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, a Canadian nine ship precision formation team composed of serving members of the Canadian Forces. A U.S. Air Force F-16 will fly a full aerobatic routine, afterburner and all. The F-16 will also fly a Heritage Flight in formation with a vintage P-51 Mustang World War II era fighter. Other performers include Spencer Suderman in his Meteor Pitts, Vicky Benzing in her Stearman, Jim Peitz in his aerobatic Bonanza, Frank "Dr. D" Donnelly in his Taylorcraft performing old-time aerobatics, the USAF Wings of Blue Skydiving Team, the Red Stars flying their CJ-6s, and more. You will also see just about every other type of aircraft: vintage, aerobatic, warbirds, helicopters, models, etc. We will have As always, the ramp will be full of aircraft on display, including many from the Pacific Coast Air Museum that you can climb aboard. Please visit our Performers page, the Schedule & Events page, and Added Attractions page to learn more.
- - Are there any ATMs on the premises?
Yes, there are two ATMs near the Command Post near the middle of the Air Show site.
- - Are pets allowed at the Air Show?
Only Guide Dogs and certified Companion Dogs are allowed; absolutely no other animals.
- - Is the Air Show wheelchair accessible?
Yes, but we do not have wheelchairs available for loan or rent.
- - May I bring a bike or scooter?
Yes, but you need to leave it locked outside the gate. Security is not provided in such situations.
- - Is there box, shaded, or bleacher seating?
Box seating and bleacher seating are available. See our ticket options page for details and pricing. Limited seating is available for boxes and bleachers. Currently, no shaded box or bleacher seating is planned. The President's Club offers ample shade, food, drinks, and other amenities for $150 per day.
- - May I bring folding chairs and/or umbrellas?
Yes, but keep in mind we do have bleacher seating. If you bring an umbrella, please make sure it's small enough to not block the view of other visitors.
- - May I bring picnic coolers or backpacks?
Backpacks are allowed. Picnic coolers are not allowed. All backpacks, bags, and other containers will be examined at the main entrance to prevent carrying prohibited items into the air show.
- - Will there be food and drink available?
Yes, there will be many concessions offering hot and cold food, beer, bottled water and soft drinks.
- - Is smoking permitted?
By Federal and Sonoma County Regulation, smoking is forbidden anywhere on airport property except in the specially designated area outside the main gate.
- - Is there a children's play area?
No. Space restrictions prevent us from offering a children's play area in 2015.
- - Are babysitters available?
- - Is there a place to store valuables temporarily at the Air Show?
- - When and where is airspace around the Air Show limited for other air traffic?
The airport will be closed for the air show from 10:10am until 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. Refer to NOTAMs and/or the STS tower.
All normal airline schedules will remain in effect during the air show.
- - Are there free lunches for volunteers?
Yes - refer to your Volunteer Handbook for details.
- - Are there picnic tables available?
- - Where is the vendor's gate?
Next to the Pacific Coast Air Museum, at One Air Museum Way. Take Airport Blvd. to North Laughlin. Turn onto Becker, and the first right at the Air Museum is Air Museum Way. Prior to the Air Show, vendors are issued wrist bands for themselves and for their employees. Only those wearing wrist bands or possessing ramp passes will be allowed through the vendor gate or any other entrance. If you are an employee of a vendor, and he or she has not given you a wrist band, you will have to buy a ticket at the main gate to get in, then get reimbursed by your employer. Just saying you work for a vendor will not get you in.
- - Whom do I call about Marketing, Publicity or Press Passes for the Air Show?
Please call Doug Clay at 925-736-7962 or 925-997-2774, email email@example.com.
- - Whom do I call about sponsorships or flight line chalets for the Air Show?
Please call Roger Olson at 707-396-3425, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- - Whom do I call about displaying civilian aircraft?
Please call Martha Curoso at 707-539-6335 or 707-529-4226, email email@example.com
- - Whom do I call about air operations during the Air Show?
Please call Matt Doyel at 707-356-8228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- - Whom do I call about vendor operations?
- - Whom do I call about hotels and transportation for Air Show performers and other paid participants?
Please call Air Show Director, Nancy Heath: 707-477-4307.
- - Whom do I call about security matters?
Security information will be added soon.
- - Whom do I call about general Air Show matters not specifically covered above?
The Air Show Information Hot Line: 707-566-8380
The Pacific Coast Air Museum: 707-575-7900
Air Show Director, Nancy Heath: 707-477-4307
- - Whom do I call about becoming a member of the Pacific Coast Air Museum?
Call the Pacific Coast Air Museum administrative office at 707-575-7900 or go to www.pacificcoastairmuseum.org where you can read more about the museum and join on-line.