Snag Some Airtime at the Oakland County International Airport Open House and Air Show

From flips and rolls, to dips and dives, the event boasts high flying entertainment and historical aviation.

Follow the tailwind to the 30th Annual Oakland County International Airport (OCIA) Open House and Air Show6500 Highland Rd. Waterford, set to take off Sunday, August 28th from 10 am. to 4 p.m. The Air Show will start at 2 p.m.

The Airport Open House and Air Show is a free community event with aviation entertainment and exhibits that include Cold War-era military trainer jets and aerobatic planes.

Kick off the day with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Oakland County International Airport Open House and Air Show Committee from 8-11 a.m. Ticket costs are $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under.

View demonstrations by championship aerobatic teams, individual performers and free-fall parachute drops.  More than 50 different types of aircraft will be on display, including Tuskegee Motor Gliders, war birds, vintage jets, World War II aircraft, a variety of military, commercial aircraft and civilian aircraft as well as  the Oakland County Sheriff‘s helicopter and Beaumont One, Beaumont Health’s air medical transportation service.


“Families come to tour the planes on the ground but they stay for the excitement of the air show,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “The airport open house committee decided this year that it was time to give the fans more of what they love.”

Other Open House activities include:

  • Health and Safety Fair – 10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m
  • Bill Crell the NASA Guy (experiments / demonstrations)
  • Airplane Rides
  • Open Cock-pit Airplane Rides
  • Helicopter Rides
  • Kids Bounce House & Rock Wall
  • U of M Flight
  • Vintage Jets on display
  • Round-ball One – The Detroit Piston’s Jet
  • Radio Controlled Airplanes – Demos available!
  • Parachute jumps
  • WWII Military Vehicles
  • Yankee Air Force B-25 (rides available) & C-47
  • Tuskegee Motor Gliders
  • Michigan Mason’s Child Identification Program
  • Oakland County Sheriff’s Helicopter and Hovercraft
  • Civil Air Patrol Flag Folding Lessons and Demonstrations

Get a glimpse from the sky with Open Cockpit Biplane Rides, from Waldo Wright’s Flying Service. 10 minute rides are available at $75 per person, up to four passengers are able to ride at one time. Helmets and goggles will be provided. Helicopter rides are also available at $35 per person.

Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the nation’s first LEED-Gold certified general aviation terminal, that opened in 2011. The Green Terminal is  eco-friendly and features solar panels and wind turbines, solar hot water heater, and a geothermal field all designed to reduce energy consumption. As a result, the terminal has reduced its energy consumption by 44%.

Although admission is free, there is a $5 parking fee for the event.


For more information on the Oakland County International Airport, visit their website, or follow the OCIA on their Facebook page.

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