Airshow Etiquette/Dos and Don’ts

  • · Wear comfortable clothes and shoes appropriate for the weather. Much of the airshow spectator area is on grass, and we recommend comfortable, flat-bottomed shoes such as sneakers that are good for walking long distances. Prepare for the possibility of soft or muddy surfaces.
  • · Treat the aircraft with respect. Although many performers/static displays encourage spectators to come look at and interact with the aircraft, they can be more delicate than they appear. Treat the aircraft as if they were your own property and ask before touching. Maintain a vigilant watch on small children around aircraft at all times for their own safety as well as for the preservation of aircraft.
  • · No Smoking on the flight line (including e-cigarettes). Smoking is permitted in the parking areas, but please be courteous to other patrons and dispose of cigarette butts properly.
  • · Foreign Object Debris (FOD) is any loose debris that can pose a hazard if ingested or accelerated by an aircraft engine. FOD can cause major damage to internal and external aircraft components and can also pose a projectile hazard for spectators. Please take care to pick up after yourself, but the responsibility on preventing FOD damage falls on every participant/spectator. Trash receptacles will be located throughout the viewing area; please pick something up if you see it.
  • · Hearing protection is strongly recommended. Airshows are LOUD and our ears are sensitive. Although some vendors will sell earplugs, more robust hearing protection is strongly suggested for small children. See the FAQ section for more details. 
  • · Hydrate. Dehydration is possible even on the cloudiest of days, and Texas Spring days are notoriously unpredictable. It can be cool and cloudy one minute, and hot, muggy, and sunny the next. Plan ahead and start hydrating before you leave home.


Frequently Asked Questions

Getting to the Airshow

  

How do I get to the Airshow?

When arriving at the Temple Airport on Highway 36 (Airport Rd.), you’ll take the 3rd entryway from the east or the 1st entryway from the west off to get to the event. 


Can I fly into the Airshow?

Yes. Transient aircraft may arrive on Friday before 6:30 P.M. (can leave no earlier than 9:30 P.M.) and Saturday or Sunday before the waiver at 1 P.M. (can leave no earlier than 5 P.M.) You will be required to have or buy a ticket to the show. You will not be allowed to remain with your plane. Check the website periodically as times are subject to change.


Where can I stay for the event?

There are many great lodging facilities in the Temple Area. Here is a list of some of the establishments you can stay at. Some may offer special room deals during Airshow weekend, so be sure to book early! Visit the city and chamber websites for more listings.

Parking Questions

  

How much is parking?

Parking for the event is completely free!


Is there Handicapped Parking?

Yes. You must have a handicapped plate or tag in the car. Handicapped parking is limited and is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please arrive early to ensure yourself a parking spot. Handicap parking will be accessible from the first entryway from the east off of I-36. For questions pertaining to you individually, feel free to contact us.


Is there Motorcycle Parking?

Yes. There is a hard-top surface for motorcycle parking. Please ask the parking flaggers to direct you to the motorcycle parking area. Motorcycle parking is limited and is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please arrive early to insure a parking spot.


Can I re-enter the Airshow?

Yes, you will have your hand stamped upon entering the show that will allow you to get in and out.

What Can I Bring?

  

Can I bring weapons or firearms to the show?

Firearms, weapons and concealed firearms are prohibited. For a full listing of TSA restricted items at airports, please see: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/printable


Can I bring a scooter, wheelchair or golf cart?

Motorized scooters and wheelchairs for disabled patrons are allowed in the Airshow grounds; personal golf carts are not allowed. Please be aware that the crowds may be heavy and maneuvering may be difficult, and you must bring your own charging equipment if you plan on recharging your device. Bicycles, skateboards, and roller skates are not permitted.


Can I bring chairs, blankets and/or umbrellas to the event?

Yes! Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and small umbrellas. However, no tents, large umbrellas, or canopies are allowed.


Can I bring my own food and drink?

You may bring your own food and drinks; however, you are NOT allowed to bring a cooler, alcoholic beverages or glass containers. Any food or drink must be in clear plastic container or bag for quick inspection. Loose ice is prohibited. Frozen ice packs are allowed. No large bags. Any bags brought in are subject to search by the security personnel at the gates and you may not be allowed in with such items. No cooking equipment is allowed.

Remember that there are food and drink vendors available at the show, with most being run by charitable groups as fundraisers. Complimentary water is available at several locations marked with a “WATER” banner.


Why the restrictions on coolers, large bags, and totes?

The FAA and Department of Homeland Security have required us to enforce these rules for your safety. You will be on airport grounds. This is a rule common to all airports, major airshows and events in the U.S.


Can I bring a stroller or wagon for my kids?

Yes, strollers or small wagons are allowed. Please limit any diaper bags to the smallest you can manage. All items will be searched by security personnel at the gates and they have the final say on what is allowed in.


Are camera devices allowed?

Yes, cameras for personal use are allowed. Your camera bags will be checked by gate security upon entry. Remember that the Airshow performance and many performers’ acts are copyrighted, and your photography or video cannot be used for commercial purposes.


Are drones allowed? 

Drones are not allowed.  A TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) will be in effect within a 5-mile radius around the Temple airport, restricting air traffic of all types (including drones).


Are pets allowed?

Pets are NOT allowed onto the Airshow area and should NOT be left in vehicles. Because of the festival setting with food and drink vendors, we prohibit animals, other than legally allowed guide and assistance animals. Please also understand that the loud noises and explosions can injure their sensitive hearing and/or frighten them.


Is there an ATM machine on the site?

Yes there is an ATM machine on site in convenient locations.



Show Questions


Can you give me a schedule of acts?

We list our acts but cannot give a specific schedule since schedules are finalized much closer to the date of the Airshow and depend on availability and various conditions. Times are subject to change without notice. More information may be found on our schedule page.


Is the show the same for both Saturday and Sunday?

Generally, yes, the show is the same. However, there may be some variations depending on special aircraft, which may make only a one-day fly-by appearance.  More information may be found on the site as we get closer to the event date.


What are the radio frequencies used by the Airshow?

That information is not released to the general public.


Is there shade?

The Airshow is held under an open sky. You are encouraged to bring hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen lotion. Limited shade may be found under the wings of some static display aircraft but there is no “shaded area”. Umbrellas are discouraged except at the very rear of the viewing area to insure that all visitors have a good view of the show. No tents or canopies are allowed.


Can I meet any of the pilots?

Yes! Many of the feature pilots and crew make themselves available before or after their performances to meet their audience. Many of the WWII-era and military crews are at their aircraft during static viewing times and are happy to answer questions and pose with you for photos. Airshow performers and may stop in before or after their performances to talk with you and answer questions.


Do I need ear plugs or other forms of hearing protection?

The Airshow strongly encourages you to bring and use proper hearing protection such as quality ear plugs, and especially so for children. The noise from the jet engines and pyrotechnic explosions may be painful or harmful for some. This is especially true if you are viewing the show from the front line. Many vendors at the show sell earplugs at their booths for only a dollar or two. For young children who may tend to play with and/or remove the foam type plugs, a suggested alternative is sound muffs (available in the gun section of most sporting goods stores, and generally available in children’s sizes). Please make your own choices on this matter and protect your hearing.


What happens if it rains?

Unless the weather is severe, we will fly as much of the show as is safe and possible. In the event that both days of show are canceled, your ticket price will be considered a tax-deductible contribution to an IRC 501(c)3 charitable organization. Due to FAA permit restrictions and performer commitments, it’s not possible to reschedule the airshow for another weekend.