Aerial Requests

Due to its combat commitments, the Army aviation force is stressed. We have taken steps to safeguard our Soldiers and their Families, aircraft, and flying hours in order to meet operational requirements, pre-deployment training and post-deployment readjustment. While the Army recognizes the value of our aviation units and assets bring to community events, this benefit must be carefully weighed against the Army's ability to support the warfight and wartime demands placed on aviation organizations. Therefore, there is an Army-wide (Active, Army Reserve and National Guard) moratorium on flyovers and flying demonstrations with two exceptions: static displays and performances by the Army Golden Knights and the Army command parachute demonstration teams.

Have you ever seen a Blackhawk or Apache helicopter or met their aircrews up close and personal?

Well, the Army can help make a static display happen through an aerial request.

The Army considers requests for aerial support at community events all over the country.

Besides static displays, the official U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, as well as three other Army Command Parachute Teams, conduct aerial demonstrations and special tandem jumps at eligible events.

Each team brings a unique dimension to the event. The teams include the:

  • "Screaming Eagles," 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.
  • "Black Daggers," U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.
  • "Silver Wings," Command Exhibition Parachute Team, Fort Benning, Ga.

To get started on the aerial request, complete a DD Form 2535 Request for Military Aerial Support and note whether you wish to request a tactical aircraft exhibit, post open house, or parachute demonstration.

This form must be entirely completed and signed by the sponsoring organization, certified by the owner of the event site, and approved by the local Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) before it can be submitted to Army Public Affairs.

Aerial events in Canada or events only requesting static displays do not require FAA coordination.

All other aerial requests require FAA coordination. Please contact your area FSDO by clicking here.

Once the form is completed and signed, submit it at least 90 days prior to the event by faxing the first three pages of DD Form 2535 directly to (703) 614-3354. Please include a point of contact's name, telephone number and email address on the form.

We apologize in advance, but incomplete forms and requests received within 14 days of any event will not be considered. Please be aware that we do not schedule specific aircraft or units for specific events.

As eligibility is determined for potential support, it is the requestor's responsibility to coordinate the possible participation of Army Reserve or Army National Guard flying units. Army Public Affairs determines final eligibility of a request and will notify the requestor. Requestors should not wait to receive eligibility notification to begin coordination.