Frequently Asked Questions

What will you do if it is raining or the ground is wet?

Welcome to the Festival of Flight and Fly-In. We continue to hope that moving our event from June to October, will avoid excessive moisture.  This doesn’t always play well (ask Hurricane Matthew), but again we put in a request for rain to be held off in 2017. However, we must make decisions based on the safety of aircraft, attendees, and activities. It is no fun in soggy, wet conditions. HOW WILL YOU KNOW IF WE NEED TO CANCEL? CHECK THE FRONT PAGE OF THIS WEBSITE WHERE WE WILL POST THAT INFORMATION AS SOON AS A DECISION IS MADE. BUT WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF EXCESSIVE RAIN IN TIDEWATER VIRGINIA IN OCTOBER TWO YEARS IN A ROW?

Why do you charge admission for the Festival of Flight and Fly-In?

For years we have charged a $10 per person admission to the Virginia Festival of Flight and Fly-In. This year, the same entry fee covers admission to BOTH the Virginia Festival of Flight and Fly-In PLUS the Suffolk Peanut Festival.  Those choosing to fly in will pay $10 per aircraft. One fee for all that both festivals have to offer.  This may easily turn out to be the best dollar value worth of fun and education available.

Does the entry fee cover your expenses?

Actually no. The cost for tents, utilities, setup, and signage easily exceed our revenues. Vendors, sponsors, and partners make a big difference, but the cost of doing business does not keep pace with our trying to minimize the cost to our attendees. We appreciate the support we receive from the Virginia Department of Aviation and the City of Suffolk. We are all about aerospace education and every dollar we get goes directly into our programs.

How can I make a donation towards aerospace education?

One way is to attend our pancake breakfast (from 8 AM – 11 AM) on Saturday. For a $10 donation enjoy all the best that an aviation event pancake breakfast has to offer. For a $20 donation, enjoy the pancake breakfast AND receive a special Festival of Flight and Fly-In T-Shirt.

Another way to contribute is to visit one of the locations below with a donation of $20 or more and receive the same special Festival of Flight and Fly-In T-Shirt. Of course, donations of any amount are welcome at these locations, but T-Shirts are only available for a minimum donation of $20.

To make a donation and help support aerospace education, be sure to stop by: the pancake breakfast tent (from 8 AM – 11 AM only); 2) the information tent; 3) the terminal building; or the youth area.

What kinds of aircraft will I see at the Festival and Fly-In?

We’re always surprised by the broad types and number of aircraft, including: ultralights, powered parachutes, parasailing, light sport aircraft, single engine and multi-engine aircraft, helicopters, military, antique, gliders, balloons, radio-controlled and drones. We invite all individuals and aviation organizations to come show their aircraft and share the history and wonder for all these flying machines.

When can I arrive and when must I leave?

Our Festival begins at 8 AM on Saturday with our world famous Pancake Breakfast.  Safety seminars will be held first thing, as will drone demonstrations. The Suffolk Peanut Festival begins at 10:00 AM. Aircraft and automobiles will begin arriving as early as 6:30 AM.  A full day of fun, entertainment, and education awaits you. Enjoy the music on Saturday evening, followed by fireworks. Aircraft flying in are free to remain until the evening’s events are over, but if you are planning to do so, please inform Ground Control so that we can provide the best parking for your aircraft. You may elect to camp under the wing on days leading up to and following the Festival of Flight and Fly-In, since the Peanut Festival runs from Thursday night through Sunday.

What’s the deal with volunteering?

We could not have this event without the support of a dedicated group of volunteers. Sign-up in advance to secure the job you want, or on the day of the event if you want to be part of the walk-in excitement. Volunteer jobs cover all the main areas of the Festival of Flight and Fly-In. You do not have to be a pilot; all that is required is a volunteer spirit. Jobs involve standing, moving, driving, talking, observing, and directing. Volunteer shifts run in the following blocks:

  • 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
  • 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

In addition to being part of the festival’s implementation, you will receive one of the coveted festival t-shirts to wear during the event.  Volunteers will get a great behind the scenes look at what it takes to put on Virginia’s biggest and best Festival of Flight and Fly-In.

Can I bring my own golf cart to ride around in?

Things are just too crowded to permit attendees to bring their personal golf carts to the festival.

Can I camp at the Festival of Flight and Fly-In?

Absolutely, and it is free.  RVs, trailers, and tents are welcome in our campground. Under the wing camping will also be available in the same area.  This is a dry camping area (no water or electricity, but porta-potties will be available).  Since the Suffolk Peanut Festival runs from Thursday – Sunday, you might want to come down in advance or stay an extra day. Look for signs to the Festival of Flight and Fly-In camping area.

What kinds of food will be available for attendees?

All kinds of course. On the Suffolk Peanut Festival side, there will be over 30 food vendors.  On the Festival of Flight and Fly-In side you will be dazzled by a variety of food trucks.