Air Show Story

The Great Georgia Air Show is one of the most popular weekend festivals in Georgia and one of the most
highly regarded aviation events in the nation. The Great Georgia Air Show, known to Insiders as GGAS,
began as a local fund raiser at the close of the last millennium. While non-profit organizations still benefit
financially from airshow revenue and publicity, The Great Georgia Air Show has grown to have a positive
financial impact on the entire Greater Atlanta area and has been named a Top 20 Event by the Southeastern
Tourism Association.

Tens of thousands a year attend this ticketed event, totaling around a third of a million
people through the gate since the Show’s inception. The Great Georgia Air Show
financially supports more than 40 area non-profit and civic organizations
through revenue generated from corporate sponsorships, ticket sales,
concessions and other vendor-related income. The event also offers
a one-of-a-kind opportunity for organizations to connect with the
public against a backdrop of high energy and excellence.

Known for its high-quality performances, The Great Georgia Air Show
attracts top-tier performers such as Canadian Forces Snowbirds, Black
Diamond Jet Team (formerly Heavy Metal Jet Team), AeroShell Aerobatic
Team, U.S. Army Black Daggers and many other active military aviation
demonstration teams.

WSB Radio’s Scott Slade, himself an aviator, says it’s the layout of Falcon Field
that makes it so “perfect” for air shows. “I know of no other major air show where the
crowd can be so safely close to the action,” he says. Not only does the landscaping
lend itself to something like stadium seating just off the taxiway, but air show guests
are also encouraged to mingle with performers alongside their aircraft all along the
ramp. “It is definitely an up-close and personal air show,” says Great Georgia Air
Show Director Angie Faulise.

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