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Aerial Support Requests

In order to request an aircraft flyover, aircraft static display or a parachute demonstration, you must thoroughly complete a DD Form 2535. You must have the form:

  • Completed and signed by the sponsoring organization
  • Certified (and signed) by the event site owner
  • Approved by the local Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Standards District Office (FSDO)
  • Submit the form per the instructions below

Requests should be completed, signed, approved by the FAA and submitted per the instructions below at least 90 days and no later than 30 days in advance of the event. Incomplete forms and requests will not be considered. The Air Force and Army determine whether the event is eligible for support.

Four AH-64 Apache helicopters perform a flyover prior to the Dickies 500. Four AH-64 Apache helicopters of the 1st Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment, perform a flyover prior to the Dickies 500: NASCAR Race at the Texas Motor Speedway Nov. 6. The Texas Army National Guard aircraft, flown from Ellington Field, Houston, Texas, comprised part of the military presence at the event. Pre-race activities also included Soldiers carrying in the U.S. and Texas flags, a B-1 bomber flyover, and precision rifle drill by the Old Guard. (Texas National Guard photo by Capt. Randy Stillinger, 3rd Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment)
FAA coordination is required prior to submission
FAA approval must be obtained for all U.S. aerial events except aircraft static displays before submitting your request. Find your area FAA FSDO's address in your local white pages under Government or via the Federal Aviation Administration.


Submitting your request
Requests for Air National Guard assets should be submitted directly to the Air Force via Air Force Aerial Events. Requests for Army National Guard assets should be submitted to your State Public Affairs Office. Requests should be submitted at least 90 days and no later than 30 days prior to the scheduled event.


Securing aviation assets after receiving approval
It is the requestor's responsibility to coordinate actual participation of National Guard flying units once your event has been determined eligible for support. Please contact your State Public Affairs Office to determine whether units are available to support your event after your event has been approved.


Things to keep in mind
Aircraft participation is at no additional cost to the U.S. Government and on a non-interference basis with Department of Defense missions. Therefore, military contingencies and training requirements may preclude event participation at the last minute.

Additionally, patriotic events that are free and open to the public and those events designed to enhance Armed Forces recruiting and retention efforts have a higher likelihood of being approved by the Department of Defense. If your event falls within both or either of these categories please state so on your DD Form 2535 with a detailed explanation.