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Calling all aviation enthusiasts and air show fans! In 2011 the FedEx Air show team will participate in about 50 air shows and 12 plane pulls for charity around the world. FedEx team members will volunteer their time to position jet airplanes at the air shows for touring and at plane pulls for giant tug-a-war competitions for charity. Share the FedEx Air Show Schedule (at the bottom of this page) with your friends, family, coworkers and other aviation fans!

As the world’s largest express transportation company, FedEx team members are proud to see the company join the excitement and entertainment air shows bring to their communities.  For more than 30 years, many team members have aided in the positioning of our aircraft on the tarmac for people to walk around, step aboard and ask questions. You can actually sit in the cockpit and act like you are taking off. Many of us have a deep fascination with aviation and love being a part of a family-friendly event.

A Plane Pull pits teams of people in a giant, tug-of-war challenge with a FedEx jet aircraft. Tugging on a huge rope, a team's goal is to move a 147,000+ pound aircraft 12 feet faster than other teams can. It takes both maximum individual effort and teamwork to get the job done; just like in our daily operations! FedEx has been organizing plane pulls for the last 18 years. Each year plane pulls raise about $500,000 for local charities. Plane Pulls are a fun team competition to support the communities we serve.

Kicking off the season, I am at Sun’n Fun International Fly-in and Expo, Lakeland, FL, one of the largest air shows in the country. Being my first air show, I am wide-eyed and awed by the earth-shaking roar of the aerial-acrobatic teams practicing. There is an array of aircrafts and exhibits to see, from personally made aircraft to those that are engineered by the best in the business.  Some look like boats, some look like rockets, but all of them are amazing. The activities and displays are for all ages. It’s really awesome!

Long-time member of the FedEx Air Show team, Tina Rodgers is here manning the FedEx ship site, along with agents who work locally. Folks are shipping parts and collectibles back home. Today is the parts exchange day so we are getting a lot of interesting shipments. Tina said she “...likes meeting people from different countries who all share a love of aviation and everything it entails."  She also enjoys creating containers to ship these odd shaped and unique items back to all the countries represented at the show.

I’ve found that it doesn’t matter the age or gender, fans start talking faster and their pitch becomes a lot higher, showing tons of excitement when they tell you about their air show experiences. Most can’t get enough of it! I hope to see you at one of air shows FedEx is participating in around the world.

2011 FedEx Air Show Schedule:

3/26 - 3/27

Florida International Airshow

Punta Gorda, FL

3/26

Riverside Airshow

Riverside, CA

3/28 – 4/3

Sun N Fun Fly In

Lakeland, FL

4/2 – 4/3

Puerto Rico Airshow

Ceiba, Puerto Rico

4/9

ARC of Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

4/9

Charleston Air Expo

Charleston AFB, SC

4/16 – 4/17

Wings Over Wayne

Seymour Johnson AFB, NC

4/30

Ronald McDonald House Plane Pull

Augusta, GA

4/30 – 5/1

Alaska State Aviation Trade Show and Conference

Anchorage, AK

4/30

Children's Day at Guadalajara

Guadalajara, Mexico

4/30

Energize Houston Airport Festival

Houston, TX

5/7 – 5/8

Great Tennessee Airshow

Smyrna, TN

5/14 – 5/15

The Indianapolis Airshow

MT. Comfort, IN

5/28 – 5/29

2011 Millville Airshow

Millville, NJ

6/4

JA Plane Pull

Millington, TN

6/11 – 6/12

Portland Jetport Aviation Expo 2011

Portland, ME

6/11

National MS Society, ME Chapter

Portland. ME

6/19

ORBIS Ireland

Dublin, Ireland

7/25 – 7/31

EAA Air Venture 2011

Oshkosh, WI

8/6

Special Olympics Indiana Plane Pull

Indianapolis, IN

8/13 – 8/14

Fargo Airshow

Fargo, ND

8/13

Special Olympics Louisiana

Lafayette, LA

8/20

Special Olympics Southern CA Plane Pull

Long Beach, CA

9/10 – 9/11

California Capital Airshow

Rancho Cordova, CA

9/17 – 9/18

Memphis Airshow

Millington, TN

9/24

Special Olympics VA Plane Pull

Chantilly, VA

10/1

National MS Society, RI Chapter

Warwick, RI

10/8

Special Kids and Families Plane Pull

Millington, TN

10/15

Arc Baton Rouge Plane Pull

Baton Rouge, LA

 

 

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On Sunday August 7th an in connection with the 2011 California Capital Airshow on September 10th and 11th in Sacramento, CA (MHR) the Airshow Producers will be hosting a "Positive Altitude" event to showcase to the youth in the Sacramento region the opportunities available to them in Aviation. Between 1200-1500 hrs Lunch will be served at the Sacramento jet Center where many aviation community partners will be on hand (including FedEx) to share stories, knowledge and fun! Then from 1600-1800 the group of more then 100 young people will move to the Aerospace Museum of California for a tour.

I have had the tremendous opurtunity to be one of the leads of the Rockford Airshow with my partner John Garrity 5 times now and have done 4 chicago Airshows with the Memphis team. Setting up Chalets, getting volunteers from different OP/Co's and divisions, and seeing the dedication of all people wearing the FedEx logo no matter the color. It is things such as this that seperate us from the rest and make this such a great company. I am truly proud to work for FedEx.

I have been attending the Oshgosh AirVenture Airshow for 13 years+ and enjoy it all the more when Fedex is sponosoring aircraft, either as staic displays for Tours (DC10 Orbis/Airbus 320) or AT6's as an aerobatic team. It would be great to see the B777F on diplay for touring this year. What a great way to advertise our better service and environmental lower impact?? Looking forward to seeing the team at this years show!

I've worked the PGD Air Show the past 4 years and the MacDill AFB Air Show in 2007 and I can't wait for the 2012 show!! Our customers absolutely love it and appreciate how family oriented FedEx makes the event. These events make it possible to interact with our customers on a more personal level and allow the customers to see the lighter side of FedEx. As an admin I don't get to meet the customers very often and when I do it's only on the phone, this is a real treat for me to get to see the people that my reps talk to on a weekly basis and show off my FedEx pride! I can't wait to see the ladies of the Air Show Team next year!!!

We have such a great time at Mt.Comfort and it so wonderful to be part of the Riley fundraising event. Looking forward to it again this year.

I've been supporting FedEx Feeder participation in Airshows mostly in California and Alaska for almost 15 years, but last year was my first time volunteering in a show. I had a great time working with the FedEx Airshow team, Global communications, our various Operating Companies and the California Capital Airshow (MHR) committee. It was exciting to show the public our enthusiasm for what we do as most of our customers that stopped by also shared that enthusiasm. I've learned so much about community involvement from working with the Airshow coordinators. And I am very excited about this year (Sept 10-11) as every year gets bigger and better. Airshows are a great way to showcase our company. 2011 CCA SITE http://espwss.web.fedex.com/sites/FAO/WEST/200026/2011_CCA/default.aspx

I have enjoyed working the Indianapolis FedEx Air Show the last three years..I look forward to working again this year...it is a great opportunity to serve the company and enjoy the fellowship with other employees and the community...

Over the last few years it's been a thrill to see FedEx involved at the EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, WI. More than half a million people attend and over ten thousand aircraft fly in for what becomes the busiest airport in the world. I look forward to another successful year for the FedEx shipsite.

As the Strategic Market Manager for Wisconsin, I had the pleasure of working with Kathy and Tina of the FedEx Airshow Team at several events. At the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, we provided convenient Ground and Express outbound shipping service for our customers via a shipsite tent. Great teamwork by the local opco's. I even got to ride in a B-17! In Janesville, FedEx provided an aircraft for the Southern Wisconsin Airfest plane pull for charity.

The INDY air show is the one weekend that is blocked on my schedule early each year. The event is right up there with my birthday and the 4th of July. The show is well organized each year, even when we had 4 inches of rain on Saturday. I enjoy making new friends, renewing old ones and just meeting the public. The INDY show is one of the best I have ever attended and I have been at several. See you all soon.

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