Miramar Air Show Spectator Guidelines
We are happy to have you, your friends and your family as our guests here at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. We will do everything to ensure that your Air Show experience is safe and enjoyable. Every effort will be made to minimize delays in entering and leaving the Air Show.
We ask for your cooperation in keeping potentially dangerous items safely outside the flight line gates. At the entry points to the air show flight line, ALL bags will be quickly inspected and all individuals are subject to search prior to entering the air show flight line.
To speed up the process, there will be checkpoints at all three flight line entrances four additional checkpoints throughout the air station to alleviate wait times. Large bags, large backpacks, large ice chests and coolers will not be permitted. It is recommended that spectators minimize the number and size of permitted items to reduce the inspection time prior to access into the flight line area.
There will be two entrance lines at each gate. One will be for people carrying bags, or other items to be inspected. Please note that this security policy applies to all military and civilian personnel, and is currently in effect 365 days a year.
-Unattended bags and packages will be removed from the premises
-Strollers and wheelchairs will be available for rent at the Air Show.
-Sun protection, including hat, long-sleeved shirts and long pants and sun screen are
-Water will be available for sale throughout the Air Show area.
-Wear comfortable footgear; the flight line is paved and you may walk long distances.
Smoking is not permitted near aircraft or in hangars, including the Air Show Expo and static display area inside Hangar 3.
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Bicycle & Motorcycle Safety
Planning to beat the traffic by riding a bicycle to the Air Show?
REMEMBER THE HELMET—ON OR OFF BASE!
The Miramar area is an ideal bicycle destination from many areas of San Diego, especially from the Mira Mesa area.
The Bicycle Pavilion (BPP) is located near flight line Air Show Entry Gate #2. Bicyclists may enter any of the three base gates and follow bicycle traffic directional signs to
During the Air Show extra bicycle racks will be installed near the show entrance gates. Chaining to a flight line fence is prohibited.
However, before riding onto a military base, there are a few Department of Navy requirements you must be aware of. Recreational bicyclists will not be permitted to ride bicycles without approved bicycle helmets — this includes all personnel and dependents. (Only workers operating bicycles in areas that require the use of American National Standard Institute (ANSI) approved helmets for protection from falling and flying objects are allowed to use those helmets instead of approved bicycle helmets.)
All bicyclists should wear helmets and light colored clothing; however, during restricted visibility conditions such as darkness, fog or rain, reflective clothing will be worn.
Motorcyclists must wear helmets, reflective vests and long sleeves.
The National Safety Council believes that defensive driving applies to people who push bike pedals as well as to those who push gas pedals:
-Obey traffic rules. Cyclists must follow the same rules as vehicle drivers.
-Know your bike's capabilities.
-Ride in single file with traffic, not against it. Bicycling two abreast can be dangerous.
Stay as far right on the pavement as possible, watching for opening car doors, sewer
gratings, soft shoulders, broken glass and other debris. Keep a safe distance from
the vehicle ahead.
-Make safe turns and cross intersections with care. Signal turns half a block before the
intersection, using the correct hand signals (left arm straight out for left turn; left
forearm up for right turn).
-Never hitch on cars.
-Before riding into traffic, stop, look left, right, left again, and over your shoulder.
-During the day or when visibility is good, wear bright/light clothing. At night or when
visibility is poor, wear reflective clothing.
-Make sure the bicycle has the right safety equipment, a red rear reflector and white
front reflector; a red or colorless spoke reflector on the front wheel; pedal reflectors; a
horn or bell; a light; and a rear-view mirror.
Use your head: Wear a helmet. Head injuries cause about 75 percent of all bicycling fatalities. The first body part to fly forward in a collision is usually the head, and with nothing but skin and bone to protect the brain from injury, the results can be disastrous. Look for helmets with approval stickers from Snell Foundation or American National Standards Institute (ANSI):
ASTM F1447 & ANSI Z90.4
Safety Tested Standards.
It is clear that taking precautions in traffic and wearing protective equipment are a cyclist's best shields against accidents.
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The following items will not be permitted on the flight line and are subject to confiscation:
-Weapons (regardless of permit) including firearms, knives (including pocket knives
and multi-tools), replica or toy weapons, pepper spray or stun guns.
-Alcoholic beverages, unless purchased from approved vendors.
-Ice chests or coolers larger than 2 gallons.
-Pets, other than service animals.
-Bicycles, roller skates, roller blades, (kick and electric) scooters or skateboards.
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The following items are permitted on the flight line. All permitted items will be inspected prior to admission to the flight line. It is strongly recommended that spectators minimize the number and size of permitted items to reduce access time into the flight line area.
-Children's wagons (non-motorized.)
-Small or medium (hand carried) ice chests or coolers (No crushed ice, ice packs only)
-PCS/cellular phones, pagers and FRS transceivers
-Handheld portable televisions, radios and VHF scanners.
-Fanny packs and purses, or bags 8 1/2 x 11 inches or smaller.
-Food and beverages (non-alcoholic).
-Cameras and camcorders.
-Folding chairs and lawn chairs.
-Hand held umbrellas.
-Strollers and Wheelchairs (rental information)
-Baby diaper bags and strollers, if attending with an infant or small child (Stroller
parking is available in a designated area behind the grandstands. Strollers are not
permitted in the grandstand seating area.)
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