The Palm Springs Parade of Planes Aviation Expo! Where can you land your airplane and taxi through city streets to a premier aviation convention? Help us kick off a phenomenal 3-day show with one of the most unique events in aviation.
Experience the power and excitement of aviation all along the route as a diverse collection of aircraft taxi by. Small airplanes will taxi down Palm Spring’s streets on Thursday in an annual Parade of Planes that begins a three-day aviation expo in the desert city.
“There’s nothing quite like the Parade of Planes anywhere else in the country,” said Marco Parrotto, president of Lift Event Management, which is planning and organizing the event. “It allows fans to get up close and personal with some of the most sophisticated aircraft in the country and in the world.”
Pilots who attend Aviation Expo 2014 can drive their planes from the airport to the Palm Springs Convention Center where the event is held. Visitors can watch the parade from 10 a.m. to noon as aircraft whir their way for about a mile along East Alejo Road and North Avenida Caballeros.
The planes will be on display 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday before they reverse the parade route from 2 to 4 p.m. and return to the airport. Seminars at the expo cover topics as diverse as “10 Ways Your iPad Can Cause an FAA Violation or Accident” to “Aviation and the Neurology of Thinking”.
Among the keynote speakers: Brian Shul, a pilot who flew the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane and who was inducted into the Air Force Legends Hall of Fame in 2011.
While you’re in town, plan to make a stop at the Palm Springs Air Museum to see all kinds of aircraft, including World War II fighter planes.