Hawaii International Air Show Invitational kicks off Saturday

KONA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii's first civilian air show will be presented by Hawaii Airshow, Inc on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, 2011 at the Kona International Airport.

Featured at the first annual Hawaii Airshow Invitational will be aerobatic performances by some of the top pilots in the country and a single ship demonstration by a USAF team with a F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighter.

Also included in the daily 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. attractions will be display aircraft ranging from an antique Bellanca Pacemaker to a B-1 bomber, a midway of local vendors and information tents and a Kid Zone.

Over a half dozen pilots will share the sky above the southern end of the Kona International Airport on Memorial Day weekend. Performers will include Honolulu's Hank Bruckner in his CAP-10C stunt plane, showman Dan Buchanan from Nevada creating aerial ballet with his custom hang glider, Oahu's Bruce Mayes in his vintage WWll Pacific Warbirds SNJ-4 Texan and Californian Melissa Pemberton, who soars in with the American flag to begin each day's shows and also literally 'flies' in her handmade bat wing skydiving suit.

Rounding out the performers roster are former USAF pilot Clint Churchill putting his Extra 300 stunt plane through its paces directly overhead, Alan Miller with his classic Aeronca Champ and the thundering F-16 Fighting Falcon of Capt. Jeffery Schneider from the Pacific Air Forces Aerial Demonstration Team.

On the tarmac there will be over a dozen unique aircraft to see; from the restored 1929 Inter Island Airways (now Hawaiian Air) Bellanca Pacemaker, to military workhorses like the KC-135 Stratotanker, C-17 Globemaster and Mach 2.2 B-1 bomber. Many experimental and civilian aircraft and helicopters will also be on hand to view and learn about.

The Airshow midway will be full of food and new product vendors, many with aviation-oriented products and services. Clubs like the Kona RC Flyers will have both information about their hobby and demonstrations of their scale model aircraft - from mini jets to helicopters. There will also be military vehicles on display and $30 airplane rides being offered on both days of the show. Live music by Hoku-nominated L T Smooth will begin each day's entertainment when the gates open at 9 a.m.

For keiki of all ages there will be a Kid Zone featuring attractions like the Fishpipe water ball (bring swimsuit and a towel), electronic games and Laser Tag from Games 2 U and bouncers and climbing wall from Fun 2 Jump.

A special parking lot at the southern end of the airport with room for over 3,000 cars will be debuted for the Airshow. All day parking is $5 per car. Advanced sale tickets for the event are available on the Airshow web site up until 5 p.m. on May 27. www.hawaii-airshow.com. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for 10 to 17 years of age. Tickets will be $20 and $15 at the gate. Keiki under 10 are free.

Spectators are welcome to bring beach chairs and regular size umbrellas for sun protection, but sunscreen and hats are also advised as well as ear protection for the children. No smoking, coolers or outside food and beverages. Performances will go on from 10 a.m. until about 3 p.m. each day scheduled around commercial air traffic at the Kona International Airport. If you are flying out that weekend, plan ahead to avoid delays due to increased traffic.

Further information about the event is at www.hawaii-airshow.com.

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