GOSHEN — The fifth annual Rotors ‘n’ Ribs helicopter fly-in will take place July 15, from 5-10 p.m. and July 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Goshen Municipal Airport, 17229 C.R. 42.
This year’s Rotors ‘n’ Ribs, which is the second largest gathering of helicopter pilots in the country, second only to HAI’s Heli-Expo, will feature an air show and a possible Guinness World Record attempt, according to organizers with Indiana Helicopters, Goshen.
The Rotors ‘n’ Ribs Fly-In is designed for helicopter pilots and enthusiasts to show off their helicopters and share their flying experiences and love of helicopters, according to the organizers. The event also serves as a tool for increasing aviation awareness with the goal of inspiring future pilots young and old. The Saturday event is open to the public, which can view the aircraft, watch the aerial displays and enjoy the food and drinks offered.
Organizers said the event will begin with a private, invitation-only affair on Friday, July 15, free to pilots, exhibitors, and sponsors. Friday night will bring together helicopter pilots, aircraft manufacturers, parts and service suppliers, and other aviation-related vendors for socializing and education. Friday night’s activities will include a town hall meeting hosted by one of the main sponsors, Helicopter Association International and led by HAI president, Matt Zuccaro, followed by a barbecue, live music, and drinks. The highlight of the evening will be a twilight air show and fireworks by the Mad Bomber.
On Saturday, the event will be open to the public and feature helicopter rides, vendor displays, and an air show. Saturday will begin with the 5K Rotor Run starting at 8 a.m. More than 200 participants are expected to enjoy the unique experience of walking or running Goshen Airport’s 6,000-foot long runway.
Gates will open to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16, and attendees can check out the wide variety of helicopters on display; learn about aviation products and services; enjoy the food, including barbecued ribs from Tony’s of Findlay, Ohio; play in the kids zone; take helicopter rides in Hueys and Cobras; and more.
At 1 p.m. Saturday, America’s largest helicopter air show will kick off and will star Shockwave, the world’s fastest jet truck, plus the original Batcopter and Batmobile, the Sky Soldiers, and more performing aerial demonstrations and feats.
Tickets for adults 18 and older are $8 in advance or $10 at the gate. For college students and children ages 3-17, tickets are $4 in advance or $5 at the gate. The event is free for military veterans and active service members with valid military ID and for children age 2 and under. Advance tickets can be purchased online at rotorsnribs.com or at the Goshen Air Center.
Source: GOSHEN NEWS