China Lake Air Show
China Lake Air Show

FAQ

What types of tickets are available?

General Admission

General Admission tickets are FREE and simply get you in the gate to the air show. You may bring a blanket or a chair to enjoy the air show at your leisure.

Premium Box Seats

The Premium Box Seats offer a dedicated numbered seat located directly on the flight line area providing an outstanding way to watch the air show. This area offers ”in and out” privileges throughout the day for our guests to enjoy the static displays, exhibit booths, and kids play area. Seating is not under shade for maximum enjoyment of the air show. A shade area is provided in the back section of the Box Seat area on a first come first serve basis. Concessions are available for purchase at a dedicated booth located for exclusive access by the Box Seat guests. The Box Seat area also offers dedicated porta-lets for the convenience of our guests.

Flight Line Club

The Flight Line Club is a chalet located directly on the flight line with the best views of the flying action. In addition to “in and out access” throughout the day to visit the static displays, exhibit booths and kids area, the Flight Line Club offers covered and outside seating (tables and shade areas are first come first serve) as well as a catered lunch and unlimited refreshments throughout the day. Lunch beginning at 11:30 AM and ending at 2:00 PM. Ice cream and cookies are served after lunch. Beer and wine are available for purchase in the Club. The Club also offers dedicated porta-lets for the convenience of our guests.

For more information about tickets, please visit our Buy Tickets page.

Where can I purchase tickets?

Advance tickets (for all types of seating) can be purchased on our ticket page.

How do I get my tickets when buying online?

When you purchase your tickets online, you need to have an email address ready. Tickets bought online are sent to an email address where you can download and print out your tickets instantly! Be sure you have a working printer handy as well, or a friend that will let you use theirs. There is not a Will Call at the show.

When do the gates open?

Gates open at 9:00AM. Static displays, kids zone, and exhibits will open at 9:00AM. The parachute jump with the American flag and the National Anthem will be at approximately 11:30AM. Performers will start immediately after that and continue until about 4:30PM. We suggest arriving in plenty of time before the performances are scheduled to begin.

Are children free?

General Admission is Free. There are Premium Ticket options for children ages 4-12. Three (3) and under are admitted FREE!

Do you offer military or senior citizen discounts?

No. The only ticket discounts that we offer are the advance purchase discounts available through the website up until the day of the show.

Are there any group discounts?

Group discounts are available for groups of 40 or more. For group sales, please call 800-553-6637 ext. 111

Will tickets be sold at the gate?

Yes, while supplies last. However some ticket areas are close to selling out, so you may want to purchase online.

Can I use my Saturday reserved tickets on Sunday instead or my reserved Sunday ticket on Saturday?

No. You must use the reserved Premium Box seat or Flight Line Club tickets for the day for which they are purchased. The reserved seating areas have assigned seats and the other day’s seats are already assigned to someone else.

I can’t find my tickets!

Tickets are sent to your email address upon purchase, please download and print them. Sometimes they get sent to your junk or spam folders be sure to check those places to see if your tickets might be in there. You must bring your ticket(s) to the air show in order to gain entrance to the air show.

Is their handicapped parking?

Yes. You must have a handicapped plate or tag in the car and make sure the parkers flagging your car are aware of your handicapped status. They will direct you to the area you will need to park in. Parking is limited and on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early to insure a parking spot.

Where can I stay for the weekend?

There are many great lodging facilities in the area.

Can I bring a scooter/wheelchair/golf cart?

Motorized scooters and wheelchairs for disabled patrons are allowed in the air show grounds. Personal golf carts are not allowed. Please be aware that the crowds may be heavy, maneuvering may be difficult, and that there is no place at the show to plug in and recharge.

Is there a schedule of events?

We list our acts, but cannot give a specific schedule since schedules are finalized much closer to the air show and depend on availability and various conditions. *All acts are subject to change/cancellation without notice

Can I bring a lawn chair or blanket?

Yes! There is no seating included with your General Admission ticket and guests are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. However, no tents, sun umbrellas, or canopies are allowed.

Can I bring my own food and drink?

Outside food and drinks are not allowed. There will be plenty of food vendors available on the show grounds.

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. Security personnel at the gates will search all items and have the final say on what is allowed in.

What should I bring/wear?

You are welcome to bring the following items:
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes for a sunny day
  • Ear protection for kids (ear plugs, etc)
  • Sunglasses
  • Your camera (minus the bulky camera bag)
  • Something to sit on (blanket, lawn chair, stroller/wagon for the kiddos)
  • Money for the midway/food/drinks/souvenirs
  • A great attitude and a love for all things aviation related!

What items are NOT allowed?

The following items are NOT allowed:
  • Backpacks
  • Coolers
  • Alcohol
  • Cans
  • Glass containers
  • Pets
  • Weapons
  • Narcotics and paraphernalia
  • Roller blades or skates
  • Skateboards

What if it rains?

UNFORTUNATELY THERE ARE NO REFUNDS, REGARDLESS OF WEATHER UNLESS THE GATES DO NOT OPEN.

Can I bring a sun umbrella?

Sun Umbrellas are not allowed.

Are cameras allowed?

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

Are pets allowed?

Pets are not allowed onto the air show area and should not be left in vehicles. Because of the festival setting with food and drink vendors, the Health Department prohibits animals, other than legally allowed guide and assistance animals. Please also understand that temperatures on the tarmac area can easily reach in excess of 100 degrees and will burn a pet’s feet. Plus, the loud noises and explosions can injure their sensitive hearing and/or frighten the animals.

Will there be ATMs?

Yes, there will be ATMs available.

Will there be shade?

The air show is held under an open sky. You are encouraged to bring hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen lotion. No tents or canopies are allowed.

Do I need hearing protection?

The air show strongly encourages you to bring and use proper hearing protection such as quality earplugs, and especially so for children. The noise from the jet engines and pyrotechnic explosions may be painful or harmful for some.

Look – Don’t touch

Be careful when you are near airplanes or other displays. Equipment can be easily damaged. Do not touch exhibits unless you have permission from the pilot or owner. Keep your children close and let them know they should not touch anything. No smoking near the aircraft.

Is the show the same 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.

Can I go out to my car and re-enter the show?

Re-entry will not be allowed once you have left the gates.

Can we watch the show from our car in the parking lot?

No. Even if you have purchased tickets, you must leave your vehicle and view the show from inside the air show grounds. This rule is due to FAA safety regulations involving the performance area.

Can I arrange for a handicap parking drop off/pick up close to the eating area?

Unfortunately, we do not have shuttle service to/from the show due to foot traffic and aircraft proximity.

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 air shows, and events in the U.S.

What is the radio frequency used by the air show?

That information is not released to the general public.

About NOTAMs

NOTAMs (Notice to Airmen) will be issued throughout the Air Show week, but we are scheduled to close the airport on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00AM and re-open at 5:00PM





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