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The 4th Annual Pell City Warbird Flyin 2024, Pell City AL (KPLR)

Wednesday, October 9, 2024 to Sunday, October 13, 2024
Pell City AL

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Jim "Switch" Clark
860-830-0672 (p)
David A Rothenanger
317-201-0010 (p)
Fly In Event
Registration is recommended
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Registration cancellations will be accepted
No Fee

Mark your calendars for the third annual Fly-in and formation training event in support of the Pell City Airport’s Aviation Career Day and Open House (KPLR) on Saturday October 12th 2024. The 4 day event is designed to get formation training and promote the many aspects and rewards of pursuing an aviation career to our local youth. We have seminars with presentations from Military Pilots, Airline Pilots, Corporate Pilots, ATC, FAA, Maintenance Professionals and Aviation Managers.  We are planning to conduct a formation clinic starting on Wednesday afternoon.  Additional details to follow. 

The Fly-in is planned for the weekend October 18th-20th with fun flying over beautiful Lake Logan Martin in central Alabama just east of Birmingham with formation training available starting Wednesday October 16th. The weather is very nice this time of the year. Our goal is to keep this as a major east coast Formation/Warbird annual event. This will be our fourth year to incorporate warbird flying into the schedule. We will not have a wavier but most of the local pilots will avoid flying that weekend to support our operation. We will issue a NOTAM advising a high volume of formation flying at the airport. On Saturday October 12th at 12:00 – 13:00 we will showcase the event with a formation flyby program. Pell City / St Clair County KPLR is a great venue. Last year’s event was a great success and the local social media exploded with positive commentary as most had never seen any warbird formation flying.

We have great sponsorship and support and there will be no landing fee again this year. The local management is doing everything it can to support the warbird pilots who attend and want to ensure they come back every year! We have arranged the following:

  • A nice private hangar with bathroom, lounge area, bar and briefing area.
  • Private gated entrance adjacent to our operations hangar.
  • Free food, soft drinks, water and beer to include daily lunches and dinners.
  • A beer and BS Party at a nearby Logan Martin Lake House after the daily events on both Friday and Saturday
  • 1-2 barrels of smoke oil. ( Yes it is free but we must ensure we have plenty for the Saturday display)
  • We have plenty of ramp space and room for 12-15 aircraft right next to our Ops Hangar. We also have a dedicated golf cart and van to get everyone to their aircraft if the closer areas fill up. There are an additional 12 aircraft spaces on the main ramp.  Parking will be on a first come basis but the bottom line is we have plenty of parking to accommodate everyone. 
  • The first 30 pilots who show up with their warbirds will get a very nice “goody bag” that includes a custom event patch, hat, mug and other goodies. Come early.
  • A pilot smart pack with local area flying info and practice areas along with ground maps for hotel and parties.
  • A timed Formation fly over contest ( The Redneck Regatta ) where you must fly over several locations (docks) on Lake Logan Martin with a different formation at each point. The winners will be presented a nice cheesy award.

We have arranged discounted fuel, rental cars (which will be delivered to our Ops Hanger) and discounted hotel rooms for the weekend. (10 min from airport) We are requesting that you provide us with your intent to attend as soon as possible so we can make sure we have enough food and drink for everyone. To sign up register here or contact David “R+10” Rothenanger at 317-201-0010 or email at  For rental cars and hotel rooms contact them directly to make your reservations.

Hotel:  Details coming soon but likely at the Hampton Inn. 
Standby for a great rate.   
You must call to reserve under this rate, just say "Warbird Fly-in":

Hampton Inn Pell City
220 Vaughan Lane
Pell City, AL
Ph: 205-814-3000

Rental Cars:  A limited number of rental cars (10) are available through Enterprise.  You must call the local office directly to assure your car is delivered to the ramp.  To do so call 205-338-8045 and press the "*" key from the voice menu to be directed to the local office.  Let them know you are with the "Warbird Fly-in"

Enterprise Rent A Car
606 Martin St S.
Pell City, AL
Ph: 205-338-8045 / press * from main menu

2024 Pell City Airspace Plan
2024 Pell City Parking Plan