In 2016, a relationship spanning over twenty years brought the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority and Mach 2 Management, Inc. back together again to collaborate on preparing an air show at the Syracuse Hancock International Airport after a fourteen-year hiatus.
We worked hand in hand with the organizers, being integral in all logistical aspects of preparing for the show, which began at least two years prior to the event. Our years of experience in air show management were called upon from the onset of the planning stages, and was initiated with budget preparation and site layout assessments.
This included the preparation of sponsorship package recommendations, along with producing the sponsorship video, vendor applications, ticket price points, and press releases.
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We procured all air show acts, including the US Navy Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels, the US Air Force F-16 Heritage Flight, and the US Army Parachute Demonstration Team, the Golden Knights, along with top level civilian acts to bring a wide variety of entertainment to the spectators. We worked directly with the Blue Angels Event Coordinators as their liaison for the show, making certain all deadlines and requests were met within a reasonable time-frame.
Our resilience was truly tested when, a week prior to the show, the headliner act and major draw for the show, The Blue Angels,
cancelled their appearance due to the tragic loss of their #6 pilot at another location. Within hours of the news, other acts were hired to bring in the crowds, and the US Navy sent F/A-18 Super Hornets to take their place. Press releases went out to redirect focus onto the new acts acquired and the air show was a success. The decision was made to dedicate the show to the fallen aviator, and opening ceremonies included a special dedication produced by our team.