For the past 23 years, aviation enthusiasts and airshow fans alike could look forward to a yearly airshow in Georgia. However, due to an issue in securing an FAA aerobatic waiver, the Boshears Skyfest in Augusta, GA will not hold an aerobatic airshow in 2016.
On Friday, Feb 5th, Augusta Aviation and Skyfest officials said that they will not hold an airshow at Daniel Field Airport. Last year, the show was held in October and featured Gary Ward, Greg Koontz, Vertigo Airshows and Team Aerodynamix. A car show and airplane rides were also at the 2015 edition of Skyfest.
WJBF in an interview with Augusta Aviation Vice President of Business and Development Becky Shealy confirmed the issue in securing the waiver. When asked if “there is any possibility the F.A.A might resign the waiver” in the future, Shealy said “no.”
Shealy said that trees and nearby homes are causing issues in securing the waiver. Other issues include the proximity to the Augusta Municipal Golf Course, parking and how the aerobatic box would be drawn with the trees and homes.
Organizers do plan on attempting to bring back the airshow part of the event in future years but for 2016, they plan to host a car show, motorcycle show and offer airplane rides