WARSAW — The Airshow of Warsaw has been a staple of the Warsaw community for many years, but it is a staple that residents will have to do without this summer. The Historic Flights Foundation, the nonprofit 501c(3) organization that sponsored the Airshow of Warsaw, has decided to no longer sponsor any airshows.
While the 2016 airshow is no longer possible, there are those who work within the Warsaw Municipal Airport that are planning for the future.
“There are a lot of gentleman here at the airport that would like to see the airshow come back to Warsaw, and we are exploring a lot of different possibilities to see what jus the best not only for the airshow but for the people of Warsaw,” said Nick King, manager o the Warsaw Municipal Airport and the usual executive director of the airshow.
Though passionate, King went on to describe the difficulties involved in replacing the airshow.
“Making a 501c(3) is definitely the first hurdle, and coming up with the finances to do it (the airshow) would be a close second… It takes18-24 months to put together an airshow like this… You typically schedule performers 12 months in advance. If we were doing an airshow in August, then we would have had to have known our budget for it in December.”
Despite these difficulties, King is optimistic about replacing the airshow as early as 2017.
“We want people who don’t get a chance to see airplanes and warbirds on a day to day basis like we do, get the opportunity to see them… We want everybody to be as excited about aviation as we are… Aviation isn’t a career to me, it’s a passion, and that is what we’re trying to spark with the airshow.”