October 13, 2014
50th anniversary Grand Champion Winner is N12438

Each year during the Watsonville Fly-In & Airshow the ramp is home to some of the finest examples of certified and experimental aircraft ranging from antiques, classics and neo-classic. These fine examples include Military aircraft, replica and foreign models, amateur, and light sport aircraft.

This year's Grand Champion is N12438 owned by Mr. Alan Buchner!

Click here to see all of the 2014 winners.



October 13, 2014
Watsonville Fly-In & Airshow says Thanks!

The golden anniversary celebration was a success! Thanks for all the community support.

We hope you and your family enjoyed the Fly-in aircraft, Airshow performances, Car Show, Vendors, Food Booths and Music!

Blue Skies and tailwinds,
Watsonville Fly-In & Air Show Board



October 8, 2014
FREE Friday admission with the donation of a canned good item!

Donate a canned good item and receive FREE access to view the performer practice session, enjoy the Kidz Zone and enjoy free popcorn during the outdoor movie!

Donated canned goods to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank!



October 6, 2014
Online Tickets Sales end Oct. 10th @ Midnight

Be sure to save $$$ and purchase your tickets online now! Online ticket sales close October 10th @ Midnight!



October 6, 2014
New for the 50th anniversary....a tribute to Law Enforcement; Cops vs Cops!

Watsonville's 1968 Ford Custom vs Santa Cruz's 1961 Chevy Biscayne. It's a Ford 390 vs a Chevy 350...right down the runway. It's a match made of City vs. County. You will not want to miss this special event on Sunday October 12th during intermission.



September 29, 2014
Custom-built Experimental Aircraft formation flying team returns to Fly-in & Air Show

The West Coast Ravens Formation Team flies the highly popular custom-built Vans RV Aircraft, many built by the owners themselves. In all West Coast Raven routines fans will see symmetry, precision, and grace. Formation flying is both art and science, and the pilots of the West Coast Ravens fly a variety of unique, colorful aircraft, flown with a commitment to safety, professionalism and showmanship. Truly a sight to behold!



September 29, 2014
The Santa Cruz County RC Bees

Returning to the Watsonville Fly-in & Air Show is the ever popular RC Bees whose passion for sport of radio control aircraft modeling is only equaled by their skill and dexterity. The RC Bees will perform each day of the Fly-In & Air Show at intermission.



September 22, 2014
Hot Rods at the Beach!!

The Watsonville Fly-In & Air Show is proud to partner with , Hot Rods at the Beach, as they hold the 17th annual two day event which features over 150 cars on October 4 & 5, 2014, at 701 Ocean Street in Santa Cruz.

You can purchase tickets to the Fly-In & Air Show on site while checking out some fantastic Hot Rods!

The following week don't miss "The Car Show" on October 11th during the Fly-in & Air Show.



September 15, 2014
New to the Watsonville Fly-In & Air Show this year is Music and Música!!

During intermission on Sunday popular local bands and bandas will be on the tarmac! Don't miss these exciting performers. Also appearing are the Aztec Dancers Yaocuahutli!




September 8, 2014
Disney's PLANES movie headline Kidz Friday at Fly-In & Air Show…sponsored by BayFed Credit Union

Disney's 2013 mega hit will be shown Friday night Oct 10th



Watsonville Fly-in & Air Show brings back the Friday night movie! This year we close the Friday practice session with an under the stars showing of the DisneyToonStudios' 2013 movie "PLANES". "Sponsored with our partner Bay Federal Credit Union, it's a natural fit for the 50th anniversary celebration!", said Glen Ceresa, Board Director of Vendors. "We welcome the opportunity to bring this instant classic to the Fly-in & Air Show. It's sure to be fun for everyone!" noted Bay Federal Vice President Amy Ivey.



September 8, 2014
Second Harvest Food Bank and EAA join forces!

Santa Cruz County food bank and EAA welcome kids to Friday night Kidz Zone



Santa Cruz County Second Harvest, Martinelli's, and EAA young eagles join forces to welcome local children to kick –off the Kidz Zone at Friday's Watsonville Fly-in & Air Show practice session. A performer practice starts at 4:30pm on Friday October 10th and concludes at 6:00pm. Performers will be signing autographs, providing a chance to check out the planes and of course welcome the youth to the Kidz Zone! Price of admission for youth is one canned good and EAA Young Eagles provides delicious Corralitos Hot dogs, and a refreshing bottle of Martinelli's apple juice!



September 1, 2014
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association signs on as sponsor

AOPA assists with awards and plaques

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) a non-profit organization that advocates for general aviation has signed on as a sponsor for the 50th anniversary Fly-in & Air Show celebration. "We are pleased to join the nation's aviation community in congratulating the Watsonville Fly-in & Air Show for continuing this rich tradition dedicated to GA." , commented John Pfeifer, regional manager. We are looking forward to providing support in the aircraft judging and awards presentation.



September 1, 2014
Experienced airshow leader signs on for the Fly-In & Air Show

George Cline signs on as 50th anniversary Fly-In & Air Show AirBoss

The Watsonville Fly-in & Air Show is pleased to announce that Mr. George Cline of AirBoss Inc. will be serving as the "AirBoss" for the October 11th and 12th Fly-In & Air Show. "George brings many years of combined military, FAA ATC and AirBoss experience, knowledge and coordination to our event.", said Hank Wempe, Fly-in & Air Show Board president. "Safety is paramount! As the cornerstone of the Watsonville airshow, my training and expertise to manage the flight operation and appropriately respond to any irregularities is a commitment I take seriously. I'm looking forward to Watsonville!" stated Cline.



August 25, 2014
On-line Tickets at deep discount…get 'em now at big savings!

August and September offer the best discounted pricing!

On-line Fly-In & Air Show tickets at a deep discount? How to you get them? Where are they? Look no further than right here…you may purchase tickets on line right here on the Fly-In website. Print the ticket at home and you are ready to go? The best deepest discounts end August 31st... so don't delay!



August 25, 2014
Balloon rides return to Watsonville Fly-In & Air Show

Sponsored by RE/MAX... tethered balloon rides return to the Fly-in & Air Show!

Balloon rides return to Watsonville this October! Sponsored by RE/MAX tethered balloon rides will begin on Saturday and Sunday mornings when the air is cool and the winds are light. You'll have an opportunity to rise one hundred feet above the tarmac and get a bird's eye view for miles and miles. Rides are discounted for children under 12.



July 12, 2014
Steak & Lobster Fundraiser!

The Watsonville Fly-In & Air Show is bringing back the ever popular Steak & Lobster Fundraiser Dinner!

Partnering with our friends at Pacific Air Care we are pleased to offer a delicious dinner, silent auction, live entertainment to help us bring our community a celebration worthy of the 50th anniversary event.

There are a limited number of tickets available for the Saturday August 9, 2014 dinner.....but there are a number of ways you can secure your seat at the table.

Where do you get those tickets?

You can stop by Chevrolet of Watsonville, the Watsonville Municipal Airport Office or purchase your tickets online now!

Don't miss this fun-filled evening. The hangar doors open at 1630 (4:30pm) and dinner is served at 1730 (5:30pm).

Thanks in advance for considering the Steak and Lobster Dinner Fundraiser. We look forward to seeing you on August 9th!



June 10, 2014
Photo-Shoot Fundraiser!

The Watsonville Fly-In & Air Show is partnering with the Watsonville Municipal Airport's annual Open House event.

In addition to KWVI's annual event, which in includes the Monterey Bay Ninety-Nine's "Dime-a-pound-Rides", Historical Aircraft Displays, First Responders, EAA Hot-dog booth, Bounce houses and cheapest fuel within 50 miles.....there will be an attempt to break the record for most aircraft on a runway for a photograph at Watsonville.

Sign up now and plan on being on the field Saturday June 28th, at 1200 hours for the staging and 1300 for the photo-shoot. You'll be welcomed by the ground crew, directed to a staging location for the photo on Runway 9-27 for this historical photo. This effort is sure to make the aviation press and publications. All this and you get to support the Fly-in with this unique fund raiser.



May 29, 2014
Watsonville High School's Jasmin Samudio is the winner!

The Watsonville Fly-In & Air Show announced that Ms. Jasmin Samudio, a senior at Watsonville High School, is the winner of the annual student poster design contest.

Jasmin is a student in Mr. Golden Brown's Graphic Design class and her winning 50th Anniversary Poster entry may be viewed on this website under Poster Contest Winner link.

Mr. Morgan Miller of Aptos High School and Ms. Sierra Rodgers of San Lorenzo Valley High were the runners-up.

The Fly-In & Air Show Board thanks every student who submitted entries and is most appreciative of the support and guidance provided by their teachers.



May 9, 2014
Three local High Schools are finalists in Poster Contest

The Watsonville Fly-In & Air Show has broadened the annual poster creation effort by sponsoring a county wide "Poster Contest"; reaching out to local high schools.

Aptos High School, San Lorenzo Valley High School and Watsonville High School submitted semi-finalist entries and the Fly-In & Air Show Board has culled those entries down to three finalists.

Watsonville Municipal Airport's pilot community will soon began online voting to select a poster which best represents celebrating the 50th anniversary Fly-in & Air Show. The voting window opens Monday, May 12, 2014 and closes Monday May 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm.

The Winner will be announced the week of June 2, 2014.



April 15, 2014
Air Force confirms Rapid Strike Simulator at Watsonville Fly-In & Air Show

TSgt. Coby W. Austin, USAF Special Events NCO, has confirmed the RAPID STRIKE SIMULATOR will be at Watsonville for the 50th anniversary Fly-In & Air Show on October 11th and 12th, 2014.

RAPID STRIKE is the fifth mobile tour for the Air Force's Recruiting Services and the fourth managed and operated by Next Marketing. The RAPID STRIKE simulator travels to fairs, air shows, high schools and festivals throughout the country.



Fly-In & Air Show attendees can take advantage of the simulator ride and augmented reality video games. Want a sneak peek? Watch now on YouTube!



March 29, 2014
Santa Cruz Sentinel — "Coastlines"

Watsonville: Organizers of the Watsonville Fly-In & Air Show are visiting area high schools to promote an annual poster contest open to students in grades 10-12.

The annual aviation event, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, will be Oct. 11-12 at the Watsonville Municipal Airport.

Each high school will submit three entries, which will be submitted to the Fly-In board on May 1.

After trimming entries to a final three, the board will poll pilots to determine the winner.

The winner will be announced in June.

Posters must have an aviation theme and include specific information about the event. For information, visit www.watsonvilleflyin.org.



March 11, 2014
Welcome to the new and improved Watsonville Fly-in & Airshow website!

This is your online portal to an exciting event that will occur in Watsonville on October 11th and 12th…a two day golden anniversary celebration of one of the nations longest continuously held Fly-In and Air Shows.

Our theme is "Your Home town AirShow….at your Home town Airport!" with a focus on revisiting many of the acrobatic performers, historic aircraft and associated activities that have come to make this event a community mainstay since 1964.

October 11th and 12th will have an itinerary of activities which will be available in the near future, which will of course include familiar performers, the return of the ever popular antique aircraft and automobiles and a few new wrinkles.

As a California non-profit organization, with a history of giving back to the local community, the Fly-In & Air Show Board is proud to partner with local charities to support the needs of those less fortunate.

Please check back soon for the latest information on the 50th anniversary celebration!

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