NEWS | April 5, 2011

2011 Air Expo survival guide

By Airman 1st Class Jared Trimarchi Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

The 2011 Air Expo and Family Day are expected to bring more than 100,000 attendees from all over the Lowcountry to Joint Base Charleston.

The air show is going to be to be held outdoors and is an all day event. Gates open at 8 a.m. and the show begins at 10 a.m. The air show's admission and parking are free.

"The air show is going to be a fun time, but we have to make safety our top priority," said Thomas Kistler, 2011 Air Expo Committee member. "This survival guide is to ensure the comfort, enjoyment and safety of the public and our personnel, is maintained." 

  Things to bring: 
                                                        Prohibited items:
- Camera                                                                     - No coolers
- Sunscreen                                                                - No backpacks or gym bags
- Cash (ATMs will be available)                              - No alcohol 
- Hats                                                                           - No pets
- Sunglasses                                                             - No firearms
- Folding chairs                                                         - No illegal drugs
- Strollers and diaper bags                                     - No glass containers
- Comfortable walking shoes                                 - No knives
- Umbrellas                                                                - No walkie talkies   
- Water (A bottle or two)                                            - No skateboards, rollerblades or bicycles


There will be plenty of food vendors and restrooms available as well as several first aid tents located throughout the air show.

There will also be two lost child stations in place for a missing child. At the entry control points, parents will have the opportunity to tie a wristband to their children with contact numbers in case of a separation.

Car alarms must be disabled during the duration of the air show.

"We are excited to have the public joining us and we are looking forward to having a fun and safe air show," Mr. Kistler said. "Please bring your friends and families and enjoy the show in the air."