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Chennault International Airshow follows the “tailgate airshow” model, with vehicles parking in rows at the flight line and along the adjacent tailgate viewing area.

Your ticket buys the space where you park your vehicle and watch the airshow.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Are the Airshow performances the same on both days?2021-04-27T15:43:52+00:00

Yes. The performers and time slots Saturday are repeated Sunday.

Please note, however, that scheduled events, performers, teams and activities are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Weather, mechanical conditions and medical issues are all factors that may force a team and/or performer to adjust and/or cancel their performance.

Performer cancellation does not qualify for a ticket refund.

Can I bring my own food and drinks?2021-03-22T14:03:57+00:00

Sure! You can bring prepared items, because no cooking or heating of food is allowed. Also, no glass containers are allowed.

Please note that all local laws regarding consumption of alcohol will be in effect — and enforced.

There also will be food and beverage vendors.

What does a premium ticket offer?2021-04-27T15:44:19+00:00

You get a tailgate slot within the area closest to all the aviation action. This area is the first rows of the airfield. Even if you arrive late, you’re guaranteed parking there.

Can I buy a ticket on the day of show?2021-03-22T14:04:54+00:00

No. The deadline to buy a ticket for the Saturday show is Friday, June 4 — unless the show is already sold out. The deadline to buy a ticket for the Sunday show is Saturday, June 5 — unless the show is already sold out.

How many people can be in my vehicle?2021-03-22T14:05:21+00:00

You can have as many people as the number of seat belts in your vehicle. This is for safety reasons as well as for your group’s viewing enjoyment.

Do I need to buy a ticket for everyone in my vehicle?2021-03-22T14:06:45+00:00

No. You buy one ticket per vehicle, good for one day’s admission.

What if my vehicle is oversized?2021-05-05T15:40:36+00:00

For RVs and other oversized vehicles — those larger than standard cars, pickups or SUVs — you may purchase a ticket for the RV zone. You will have a 25’ by 25’ tailgate area adjacent to where you are parked. Please note that at the end of each day’s show , RVs exit after all other vehicles have departed.

Setting Up your Tailgate

What can I bring? What can’t I bring?2021-03-22T14:25:33+00:00

Here’s the rundown.

Welcome are:

  • Tables and chairs.
  • Golf umbrellas up to 60 inches across.
  • Coolers, including food and beverages.
  • Service animals.

Prohibited are:

  • Generators.
  • Glass containers.
  • Tents.
  • Beach umbrellas.
  • Grills.
  • Animals, except for service animals.
  • Motorcycles.
  • Golf carts, ATVs, bicycles, skates, skateboards and roller blades.
  • Drones.
  • Kites.
  • Narcotics.
  • Guns and other weapons.

Please note that vehicles are subject to search by law enforcement while at the Airshow.

Are pets allowed?2021-03-22T14:13:21+00:00

Pets are not allowed but service animals are welcome with their hosts.

When should I arrive?2021-03-22T14:13:41+00:00

Airport gates will open at 10 a.m. each day. Lineup begins at 9:45 a.m. Flying starts around noon.

How will I be checked in?2021-03-22T14:14:05+00:00

Your ticket will be scanned. Have it ready — either a printout or with the ticket image ready on your phone. Parking staff will guide you to the next available parking spot.

Can I pick my own spot?2021-03-22T14:14:25+00:00

Unfortunately, with hundreds of cars, that’s not practical. It would create severe traffic issues. We cannot reserve a specific parking space.

Do I have to stay in my private viewing area the whole time?2021-03-22T14:14:47+00:00

With the exception of an emergency, visit vendors or going to the bathroom, please stay in your own tailgate area.

Are masks required?2021-03-22T14:15:05+00:00

We encourage all attendees to wear a mask if you are away from your private area. We also ask that you maintain social distancing if you are away from your private area.

Will there be restrooms?2021-03-22T14:15:25+00:00

Sanitized portable toilets — and wash stations — will be located throughout the tailgate areas. Accessible units also will be provided.

All units will be sanitized regularly each day.

Can I keep my engine running?2021-03-22T14:15:47+00:00

Please keep your engine use to a minimum. Also, headlights and parking lights should be off at all times.

If you have car trouble, please notify a roving security officer or parking attendant.

Can I smoke in my private viewing area?2021-03-22T14:16:10+00:00

No. Not even in your vehicle. There is no smoking allowed anywhere at Chennault.

Can I play music?2021-03-22T14:16:48+00:00

No loud music, please — don’t disturb people nearby who want to enjoy the show. We will be playing music throughout the day.

How will I be able to listen to the Airshow narration?2021-05-05T15:41:03+00:00

Loudspeakers are positioned throughout the venue. Also, an AM signal can be heard in your vehicle or radio.

Should I wear earplugs? Should my kids?2021-03-22T14:17:40+00:00

Yes, earplugs are highly recommended — especially for children.

Will we be able to buy souvenirs?2021-03-22T14:18:09+00:00

Yes. There will be vendors selling souvenirs, earplugs and masks.

Other Key Information

What are the COVID-19 protocols and other safety policies?2021-03-22T14:18:55+00:00

We adhere to social distancing and other health measures and recommendations currently in place by area and state officials and public health professionals.

Even with these safeguards, please note that under Louisiana law, there is no liability for an injury or death of an individual entering the Chennault International Airport property. If such injury or death results from the inherent risks of contracting COVID-19, you are assuming the risk by entering the premises. We will balance our dual goals of having heathy, safe tailgaters and presenting an exciting airshow.

Where can I find the schedule of events?2021-03-22T14:41:04+00:00

Visit chennaultairshow.com or the Chennault International Airshow page on Facebook.

What if I have to leave before they Airshow ends?2021-03-22T14:19:35+00:00

Notify a parking attendant or roving security officer before moving your vehicle. Please note that there is no re-admittance when you leave.

Is general aviation fly-in available for pilots?2021-03-22T14:20:00+00:00

Not this year. The ramp space is for tailgaters.

May I cancel or receive a refund for my tickets?2021-05-05T15:42:33+00:00

No. Should any local, state, federal, military, or FAA entities determine we cannot host the airshow due to matters beyond our control — such as weather, COVID or other acts of God — your ticket will be honored at the 2023 show.

Will the Airshow performances take place if it rains?2021-03-22T14:20:45+00:00

Should it rain, performance times may change or the performers may modify their ceiling levels to work around weather.

In the case of severe weather — especially lightning — you’ll be notified by loudspeaker to remain inside your vehicle until the show is cleared to re-start.

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