2022 Air Show FAQ



Please refer to the Terms and Conditions of entry to the airshow.

1 Will the Museum be open on the day of the Airshow
No sorry the museum will be closed all day Sunday. The Gift Shop will be closed and operate at the airshow.

2 Are there any special meal deals in the Avgas cafe, before, during and after the show?
Friday night will be our usual Friday evening special menu until 8pm. During the airshow on Sunday there will be reduced café food and beverages selection from the AvGas cafe during the day. There will be several food vendors at the airshow and Classic Flyers will have operating a cafe on the airfield during the airshow.

3 Are people allowed to bring alcohol to the airshow?
No. The public will not be permitted to bring alcohol on site. There is a bar back at Classic Flyers NZ. no bar on the airfield.

4 Are pets allowed at the airshow?
No.  Dogs [except registered guide dogs] and other pet animals or birds are not allowed to be brought on to the airfield site, including airfield car parks. 

5 What happens if the weather looks marginal?
Please check the weather page on this website.  We will update the weather page if the weather looks marginal. The weather often is marginal at Papamoa and/or Bethlehem but is good for flying at the airfield.

6 Can we bring a gazebo and /or sun umbrella to the airshow?
Sun umbrellas are recommended. Gazebos are limited to 3m x 3m to be courteous to all spectators.

7 Is there parking on site at the airshow?
Yes there is plenty of free parking at the airshow site.

8 Is there seperate parking for motorcycles at the airshow?
Yes the car parking team will marshall motorcycles to a specific motorcycle parking area.

9 How do we access the airshow?
From Aerodrome Road or Jean Batten Drive into Seawind Lane between Bunnings and the AvGas café at Classic FlyersNZ. This will have signage and marshalls.
NB There is no right turn from the Bunnings end of Jean Batten Drive into Seawind Lane during the airshow. Go down Jean Batten Drive to the airport roundabout and come back up Jean Batten Drive for a left turn into Seawind Lane.
Exit during the airshow is via Totara Street South. There is NO public airshow entry through this gate. Following the airshow exit is via Totara Street South and Jean Batten Drive.

10 Will disabled toilets be available?
Yes on the airfield site, and at Classic Flyers NZ.

11 Is there parking for people with Mobility Parking permits?
Yes there is. Current permits are required to be displayed.

12 Is there pedestrian access to the airshow?
Yes, there is pedestrian access through the glass gate to the garden bar from the carpark at the AvGas cafe. Past Rent-A-Dent (RAD) then follow the marked yellow lines behind the Classic Flyers building to the airshow site.

13 What are the airshow hours?
Gates open to the public at 7.30am.
Aircraft and Classic Cars on display from 8.30am
The air display starts at 8.30am and finishes at 3.00pm approximately.

14 Can I take a flight in an aircraft at the airshow?
Yes there will be flights available in Part 115 aircraft – see elsewhere on this website

15 Are there ATM machines on site?
No, please bring cash. There will be some EFTPOS machines at some food/beverage stalls but no cash out.

16 Can people fly their private aircraft in to visit the airshow?
Yes but arrangements have to be made with the Secretary beforehand. Check the Aeronautical Information Publication for air space closures.

17 Can people fly their drones at the airshow?
No, the public cannot fly drones at the airshow. Please check the link here for information regarding flying drones.

18 Can people hire mobility scooters at the airshow?
Sorry no, try google "mobility scooter hire Tauranga" for contact details of local companies who do this.

19 Will vaccine passes be required at the show?
Yes, vaccine passes will be required upon entering the show as per Government guidelines, Photo ID will be requested too.

20 Do I have to wear a face covering/mask?

Face coverings/masks are recommended but not mandatory due to the event being outdoors and having vaccine passes in place.

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