ROME'S AIRSHOW IS CLEARED FOR TAKE-OFF TODAY

Improving weather conditions have met safety standards required by the Federal Aviation Administration so Wings Over North Georgia officials announced this morning that today’s airshow will take place as scheduled.

The threat of heavy rains, flooding and unsafe visibility for pilots forced the cancellation of yesterday’s airshow at Rome, Georgia’s Russell Regional Airport. But officials announced that tickets purchased for Saturday’s show are good for today.

“The ticket purchase policy on the website specifies no refunds or rain dates,” said JLC Airshow president John Cowman. “But we hope that disappointed fans will come out today and enjoy a spectacular, and safe, airshow.”

The Federal Aviation Administration requires a 1,500-foot cloud ceiling and three miles of visibility for pilots to perform their tactical and aerobatic demonstrations. At this morning’s safety briefing the weather forecast showed conditions meeting those minimum standards.

Parking opens at 8 am, ticket booths at 9 am and gates open to the general public at 10 am. Officials encourage attendees to stay on hard surfaces and arrive early, as ticket holders from yesterday’s cancelled airshow are eligible to redeem their tickets today. Paid, reserved parking passes from yesterday will also be honored today, though officials ask drivers for patience as the ground is saturated. As reserved lots fill, some patrons may be diverted to close-by satellite lots.

If weather conditions deteriorate by the 12 noon start time, the schedule and order of demonstrations may be delayed or adjusted as required by the FAA.

“Safety is paramount and the last thing anyone wants is impaired visibility for the men and women flying our military jets and civilian planes,” said Air Boss George Cline.

Bad weather also forced the cancellation of the Charlie Daniels Band concert Saturday night and the celebrated country music artist was not able to perform today. But fans who purchased special reserved tickets specifically for that event can redeem those tickets at next year’s Smoke-n-Thunder concert.