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Arizona Flying Circus
February 14-17, 2019
Join us for an annual gathering celebrating a fun, eccentric, and diverse camaraderie of amazing people partaking in aviation, shooting, pyro fun, large scale art, and other activities in the pristine beauty of the Arizona Sonoran Desert.
As the dates get closer we will update this website with more details, driving directions, and a preregistration page.
What is the Arizona Flying Circus?
Part fly-in, part Burning Man, part Wild West, the the Arizona Flying Circus has evolved into a rather unusual event like no other. Certainly a large variety of pilots make it out every year with their flying contraptions, but you will also find wild costumes, great food, explosions, enormous fires, fireworks, firearms (yes, there is a shooting range on site), live music, and the infamous bowling ball cannon.
What makes AFC amazing are the contributions of participants. We ask each person coming to AFC to bring something special, cool, unique, and exciting to share at the event. Especially anything that fly's, shoots, burns, explodes, or is just plain weird. But participants have also donated artwork, talents, construction, safety, and cleanup. For example, the "Flying Man" sculpture was donated by two talented artists a few years ago.
The AFC is a purely volunteer effort guided by our love and passion of flight and to celebrate our remaining freedoms, meet and reconnect with fellow birds of a feather, and gather at this breathtaking place. All proceeds collected from year to year go right back into making this event even more amazing than the last. We welcome your generous donations in time, talents, and resources to make this amazing event continue from year to year.
Located just thirty miles Southwest of Phoenix in beautiful Vekol Valley, Motown Airport (5AZ6) is an amazing haven for flying, shooting, and enjoying the beauty of the open desert. You can either fly in or drive in. The property features a huge Paramotor launch area and two hard-packed, smooth, dirt runways. The East-West runway is 2700' long and 65' wide! We also have a open hangar and a fantastic pilot lounge. Surrounded by pristine desert mountains and incredible wildlife, this 80 acre haven is ideal for Ultralight, LSA, and GA flying. Located just 30 miles to the South East of Phoenix, this site can be difficult to find and drive to. But the rewards of finding and flying here far out weigh the adventure of getting there. Come join us for warm winter flying in sunny Arizona!
32 55' 30.00"N
112 15' 34.00"W
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RV's & Camping:
You are welcome to camp out on Thursday, Friday and/or Saturday nights. Trailers, RVs, motor coaches and tent camping are welcome and there's plenty of space for everyone. Dry camping only, we have no hookups. But we do have plenty of fresh drinking water from a well on site. Portajons and wash sinks will be available at the event.
Food & Drink:
For food, we will have an incredible breakfast available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. For Saturday, lunch and dinner will be incredible BBQ banquet available with event preregistration or for sale during the event. Variety sodas and water will be available for sale during the event.
Runway & Aircraft Details:
Motown Airport (5AZ6) is an FAA designated private airfield. There is an EW hard-packed dirt runway 2700' long by 65' wide and a taxiway to park aircraft. The NS runway is usable for only slow aircraft with tundra type tires: there is a section of the NS runway that is washed out and may damage your aircraft if you attempt to cross it. Buckets of sand are available as tie-downs. Park your aircraft in the taxiway on the NW side of the EW runway. Aircraft patterns are to the South or West. Please avoid flying over the NE area as there will be people shooting guns towards the NE hill. Also be aware of the open areas adjacent to the runways where paramotors are launching and landing. We will use 122.9 as the main aircraft frequency. Many of the ultralights will be on FRS channel 5 or 6.
You are welcome to bring your firearms, airguns, archery, slings shots, trebuchets, bowling ball cannons, launching anvils, vortex (also known as hail) cannons, etc to Motown. We have a cool shooting range on site and we love the sound and sights of anything that shoots. Bring small to huge caliber, single shot to fully automatic, old to new, common place to exotic and interesting. Lots of folks enjoy bringing exploding targets.
Arizona has very relaxed firearms laws which allows us to enjoy our freedoms to own and use firearms responsibly. If you choose to bring shooting gear, practice the utmost weapons handling safety and respect for the environment. Be mindful of your trajectory and pick up your brass and casings. If there is any shrapnel, fragments, or other waste from this fun, pick it up. Never leave your weapons unattended.
Dogs & Pets:
Dogs and other pets are strongly discouraged at the Arizona Flying Circus. There will be lots of loud noises including very loud explosions, large caliber fire-arm shooting, fireworks, sirens, music, lots of airplane noise, and other random loud noises. Most dogs and other pets will get very agitated and uncomfortable with all the noise, some even run away. Additionally, there are active runways with fast moving aircraft landing and taking off close by. If you decide to bring your dog or pet, please know, you are responsible for its actions at all times. Additionally, you are required to: 1) keep your pet leashed when outdoors, 2) pick up its poop and other mess, 3) respect quiet hours at night, no barking or howling. Lastly, ODOs (Obnoxious Dog Owners) who don't follow these basic courtesy guidelines will be made examples of with 20 public shock collar zaps next to the hanging tree.
For more info please
call Mo Sheldon at 602-692-7995.
Arizona Flying Circus Videos:
Some cool videos of past Arizona Flying Circus gatherings... Enjoy!