Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

 

1.      When should I plan to arrive for the airshow?

2.     How long is the airshow?

3.     Do you accept credit cards or checks?

4.     How can I avoid waiting in line to get in?

5.     Can I purchase airshow tickets in advance?

6.     How far in advance do you let everyone know that the airshow has been canceled?

7.     How do I find out if the airshow has been canceled?

8.     How far in advance do you let people know that the airshow has been canceled?

9.     When do you start/end the airplane rides?

10.        How can I make sure I get my airplane ride before the airshow?

11.         Can I reserve an airplane ride in advance?

12.        Can I choose the airplane I want to ride in?

13.        What about food and drink? Can we bring in our own, or can we purchase food and drinks on site??

14.        Is there any place to sit and eat in the shade?

15.        Are pets allowed?

16.        What if I have a gift certificate for and airplane ride?

17.        Are there public restrooms available?

18.        Is the airshow accessible to persons in a wheelchair, or that require assistance walking?

 

1.   When should I plan to arrive for the airshow?

Our gates open at 11:00 on Sunday.  It is best to arrive well before 1:00 as the line to get in will often back up with late arriving guests just before show time.

2.   How long is the airshow?

The Airshow starts at 2:30, and runs about 90 minutes, after the airshow we allow the audience to come on to the airfield and meet the pilots and other airshow performers for about 30 minutes.

 

3.   Do you accept credit cards or checks?

Cash/checks/Visa and MasterCard are all accepted for entrance to the airshow, for purchases at the gift shop and for airplane rides.  The snack bar (Fifi’s Café), currently only accepts cash, but we expect to accept credit cards later this season.

4.   How can I avoid waiting in line to get in?

We have both a CASH ONLY and a CASH/CREDIT/CHECK line for entrance to the airshow, Because of the new “chip” credit cards, it takes a bit longer to process each transaction, So to avoid the lines use the CASH ONLY line as it moves much faster!

 

5.   Can I purchase airshow tickets in advance?

No, tickets can only be purchased at the gate on the day of the show.

6.   How far in advance do you let everyone know that the airshow has been canceled?

We try to let everyone know as soon as possible on the day of the show. Weather predictions are not always reliable, and the weather in DC or Fairfax, may be quite different then what we see in Bealeton. Usually we post the cancellation notice between 09:00-10:00.

7.   How do I find out if the airshow has been canceled?

A cancellation notice is posted on the scrolling banner message on the Flying Circus Airshow home page. Additionally, the voice mail on our phone (540-439-8661) is updated with a cancellation notice. Your best option is to check the phone message, as it can be updated immediately from the airport.

8.   How far in advance do you let people know that the airshow has been canceled?

We try to let everyone know as soon as possible on the day of the show. Weather predictions are not always reliable, and the weather in DC or Fairfax, may be quite different then what we see in Bealeton.

9.   When do you start/end the airplane rides?

We open the gate (and start the ride operation) at 11:00, and continue until about 1:45. After the airshow (~4:30) we resume the ride operation until all rides are finished, or it gets too late to continue flying.

10. How can I make sure I get my airplane ride before the airshow?

The simple answer is to buy your ride ticket early.  If you delay until 1:30 to buy you ticket, you may have to wait until after the airshow when we resume the ride operation.

11. Can I reserve an airplane ride in advance?

All our airplane rides are on a first-come, first-served basis. All our ride tickets are numbered, and they are called out in that order.

12. Can I choose the airplane I want to ride in?

Our pilots take turns in rotation to distribute the rides evenly amongst all pilots. We will try to accommodate special requests for a particular pilot or aircraft. But we may have to send other riders up ahead of you until that pilot/airplane comes up in the rotation.  Additionally, if you are requesting a particular aircraft for a standard ride, and the aircraft is primarily used for aerobatic rides, or double (two passenger) ride, you may have to wait until all those specialty rides are finished before we could put you in the airplane for a standard ride.

13. What about food and drink? Can we bring in our own, or can we purchase food and drinks on site??

Yes, outside food and beverages are permitted. We also have a snack bar that offers good food at reasonable prices.  We have Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Natchos, Pepsi products, Ice Cream, etc.

 

14. Is there any place to sit and eat in the shade?

We have a large tree shaded picnic area with picnic tables available for use on a first-come basis.  We also have a large pavilion that (when it is not rented out by a group for the day) is also available on a first-come basis

15. Are pets allowed?

Yes they are --- But there are a few restrictions ….. And a cautionary note:

·         Pets must be kept on a leash at all times. 

·         Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets

·         Pet owners are responsible for insuring that their pets do not become a nuisance to our other customers.

Please note that our pyrotechnics and aircraft are sometimes quite loud during the show, so please keep this in mind if your pet does not react well to sudden loud noises.

16. What if I have a gift certificate for and airplane ride?

Gift certificates are redeemed at the gift shop, and you will be issued a ride ticket.

17. Are there public restrooms available?

Yes we have restrooms.  Our restrooms are clean, spacious, and handicap accessible.

18. Is the airshow accessible to persons in a wheelchair, or that require assistance walking?

There is handicapped parking in the area immediately behind the audience seating area.  Depending on the row you wish to sit in, it is only 10-50 feet from the car to a bench.  You are also welcome to bring your own lawn chairs and sit in the same area.  The area is grass covered, but it is mowed & quite level.  This area is also adjacent to the restrooms.