Indianapolis Air Show called off; organizers cite sequestration

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This year’s Indianapolis Air Show has been called off, event organizers said Tuesday, citing the potential impact of the federal government’s looming sequestration as the reason.

The air show was set for June 15-16 at Indianapolis Regional Airport near Mount Comfort east of Indianapolis. It has taken place annually since 1996 and draws up to 100,000 spectators.

The show’s executive committee made the decision to cancel this year’s event.

“Due to budget uncertainties resulting from the threat of sequestration and its impact on military participation at our show, all of which are beyond our control, we have been forced to make the very difficult decision to cancel the 2013 Indianapolis Air Show,” said Robert Duncan, chairman of the show’s executive committee, in a prepared statement.

About $85 billion in federal budget cuts are set to take effect Friday. The cuts were designed as a strategy to bring Democrats and Republicans to the negotiating table on a deficit-reduction plan. But without an agreement, the cuts, known as the sequester, are poised to take effect.

Air show organizers were not immediately available to comment on whether the event could be rescheduled if the federal government reaches a compromise by the end of the week.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels had been scheduled to appear at the show, but military jet teams are grounded until further notice, and additional military support
for air shows also has been suspended.

Several other air shows throughout the nation have been canceled as well, Duncan said.

Proceeds from the event have resulted in more than $1.3 million being donated to local not-for-profits such as the Central Indiana Community Foundation, air show organizers said.


  • What Else Can We Cut?
    The Blue Angels budget annually is $37,000,000.00. This bill is footed by the american tax payer. For what reason? How many other bogus programs are out there that the american tax payer never even really thinks about? We can, and should, start cutting all of this fluff out of the annual budget. This is another reason why tax payers can't trust the government to spend our money wisely. And another reason I fine with the "sequestration".
  • Who Pays?
    Steve makes a good point. If the gate fee does not pay for the Blue Angels time I assume the tax payer is footing the bill for fuel, man hours, etc. to fly these really expensive jets. So, since 1996 $1.3MM has been raisd for local charities. How much has it cost tax payers to pay for the Blue Angels over that same period of time? Also, haven't we lost a number of these jets in air shows around the country due to accidents? At $50MM a plane plus paying for fuel and man hours I know I can do without a governement funded air show.
  • Really??
    How bout some support for that whopper of a comment Tim?
  • So who pays for the Blue Angels to come?
    Does that mean the show gate doesn't actually pay for the Blue Angels to do a show?
  • Spending Cut
    Please get the spending cut correctly. Only 15% of the Budget the discretionary amounts can be cut. 85% manadatory (ie medicaid medicare social security military pay) cannot. So it is NOT 2%. Look at your home budget. If you get a 20% loss of income you can't just pay 80% of your mortgage or heat bill. There are only certain things you can cut.
  • vacation
    I wonder how many of these high profile cuts could be saved if the president wouldn't take 100 million dollar vacations each year?
    • Great Knee Jerk
      Clearly this was a knee-jerk reaction. If the Air Show cannot sustain itself as a stand alone, then it should be cancelled completely. The budget reduction for the Navy's Blue Angels is minimal at best, however I continue to question the need for a flying circus act supported by DoD Funding. Throughout all of the discussion process, I have not once heard a Member of Congress, a Member of the US Senate, or the President offer to reduce their salaries and Office Budget Payments until a balanced budget is secured. If our government was run like a business instead of appearing as a Kindergarten Class, perhaps they would realize that funding for two wars and the deployment of US Troops worldwide is an expenditure that should be curtailed permanently. As a nation, we have lost our moral compass and the ability to focus on the needs of our own citizens rather than spreading foreign aid, which appears to be failing rather than helping. With all due respect to those elected to represent us, they should go home and not return until they grow-up.
    • Air Show Committee
      The Air Show obviously have no proactive members that are willing to or have the firtitude to do a show without the possibilty if the Blue Angels. Civilian shows are STILL very popular and even if it is a smaller show, people woukd still support it! The Obama administration scare tactics i see are working well in Indiana. All this media hype that the sky is falling is just a bunch if bull. HELLO. This is a 2.4 % cut in what had already jumped over a whopping 14% over the last four years!
    • Pick the cuts to generate the most PR
      The sequestration cuts amount to 2% of the entire budget if all enacted this year - which they are not. To generate the most attention let's pick spending with the largest public impact. Let's not be manipulated again.
    • The well runneth dry!
      Great! Finally less government spending. They need to cut off funding to NPR and Public Television as well.

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