Saturday, April 14, 2018

Air show lawsuit settled

The show will go on.

A civil lawsuit filed last year by several Chino Airport tenants hoping to shut down the annual Planes of Fame Museum air show claiming their businesses were affected has been settled by all parties, allowing the Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6 event to go on as planned.

“We are happy to have reached an agreement so Planes of Fame Air Museum can bring to the aviation community one of the premier aviation events in the United States and the world,” said Planes of Fame president Steve Hinton in a statement on Tuesday. “We are pleased that the tradition will continue as many in the aviation community from all over the world look forward to their annual trip to Chino for the air show.”

Yanks Air Museum, Flying Tigers Aviation, SOCAL MRO and Zangeneh Aeronautics claimed in their lawsuit filed March 27, 2017 that the air show “physically blocks and obstructs various airport businesses from operating by erecting fences and other barriers that keep would-be customers from accessing their businesses.”

The plaintiffs were also seeking compensation for lost business, dating back to 2013.

Since the lawsuit was filed, all parties worked together to come up with an agreement. The lawsuit was dismissed last month, according to San Bernardino County Court records.

“I’m glad we have settled the lawsuit and are looking forward to better serving the aviation community,” said Flying Tigers president Michael Thayer. “I know with the additional support of Flying Tigers FBO and Yanks Air Museum, it will be the best air show ever and create a win-win for us all.”

Yanks Air Museum founder Charles Nichols said “Yanks Air Museum has the world’s largest collection of historic all-American aircraft. Yanks was created to share aviation history with everyone and we look forward to displaying and flying the museum’s aircraft at our home in Chino.” 

He added the airport tenants have “pledged to work together for the success of future air shows.”

During air show weekend he said Yanks Air Museum will offer an air show experience to include VIP parking at the museum, free admission to the air show, a covered viewing area with seating, and a food and beverage ticket. Proceeds will go towards the restoration of its aircraft. 

The air show will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chino Airport, 7000 Merrill Ave. 

More than 50 historic aircraft including the USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II Demo and Heritage Flight Team, Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle, and Sea Fury Aerobatics by Sanders Aeronautics will perform. 

Doolittle raider Dick Cole is scheduled for the veterans’ tent. 

He was Doolittle’s co-pilot and is the sole surviving veteran of the Doolittle Raiders. Military vehicles, a kids’ zone, vendors, and food will be offered. 

General admission is $25. Children 11 years and younger are free. General parking is free. Preferred parking is $17.50 and can be purchased on the museum’s website.


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