Empty skies: KC Airshow canceled, many disappointed in lack of support

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The 2013 Kansas City Aviation Expo and Airshow has been canceled.

Ed Noyallis, the show’s director, said that financial problems as a result of the federal sequester have caused this. Federal budget cuts not only made the Navy Blue Angels unavailable but also the Army Golden Knights and all military static planes.

Without the military planes it would be virtually impossible to put on a high performance show. A news release stated that the direct economic impact of this decision is a $2 million dollar loss for the Kansas City metropolitan area.

"About 25 per cent of the people who come in to see the show come from more then 50 miles away," he said. "A lot of them come and make a weekend of it. They come to see the show on Saturday and on Sunday they're at Worlds of Fun."

Plans for future shows are largely unknown at this point. Noyallis said that the paper work for this year's show was filed in July of 2010, meaning it took about 3 years to get this airshow set up. As of now, there is a long list of things that have to be decided before knowing what may happen for future air show in Kansas City.

Noyallis also says that the air show is one of 300-350 air shows that will be negatively impacted by the lack of military support.

"We don't even know if the Blue Angels are going to exist in 2015," Noyallis said.

Refunds will be issued to individuals who pre-purchased their tickets through online sales; those refunds will be distributed in the coming weeks. The Mid-America Youth Aviation Association still plans to host Kids Aviation Adventure Day on August 10.

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