The Aviators Rendezvous is also a fly-in event and many unique aircraft will be landing and taking off all day long. There is even a special aviators pancake breakfast on Sunday morning from 8am to 10am. There is truly something for everyone.
Tickets for the event are available for $5 if purchased online in advance, $10 at the door. A special VIP ticket is available for $50 which includes a $100 voucher for food & beverages including beer and wine (VIP ticket supplies limited) up front parking, special seating for the concert and a meet & greet with the band.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.aviatorsrendezvous.com
Thanks to Shell Aviation, fly-in attendees receive free admission with a 10 gallon fuel purchase.
In 2018 local men Tony Cross of Pats Body Shop and Richard Montgomery of Superior Aero Services began a friendship over a business partnership between the two companies. Originally the idea was to invite a select few aviators to a small event to showcase the new services the two companies offered together. The idea turned into something much larger than anticipated. The first annual Aviators Rendezvous saw an unexpectedly large turnout and a high demand for a repeat of the event this year.
Tony and Richard have now set their sights on a huge goal… an airshow at the Davidson County Airport in 2020. This year’s event serves as a test of the logistics for such a large event. The Aviators Rendezvous 2019 could almost be considered an airshow, but it is not. It is important to stress that there will be no aerobatic performances or airborne demonstrations this year. The lessons learned from this years event will be carried over to next year when Tony and Richard hope to receive the needed endorsements from the Federal Aviation Administration to have an aerobatics box (a designated area for aerial performances that does not jeopardize spectator or public safety) and the necessary waivers of federal regulations needed for high speed aerobatic performances close to the ground.
According to Boeing, aviation is going to need 790,000 new pilots by 2037 with 96,000 of those pilots needed to support business aviation. (Garcia, Marisa. “A 'Perfect Storm' Pilot Shortage Threatens Global Aviation.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 29 July 2018) Boeing also predicts the need for 189,000 new aviation maintenance technicians over the next two decades (Mark, Rob. “Aviation Technician Shortage is a Gathering Storm, Although There are Solutions on the Horizon” Flying Magazine, 27 September 2018). Inspiring todays youth to become involved in aviation is the key to future success for both commercial aviation as well as general aviation. The Aviators Rendezvous has a primary focus of exposing people, young or old, to aviation to possibly inspire involvement.