Small aircraft to take to Palm Springs’ streets for Parade of Planes


Small airplanes will taxi down Palm Spring’s streets on Thursday in an annual Parade of Planes that begins a three-day aviation expo in the desert city.

Pilots who attend Aviation Expo 2014 can drive their planes from the airport to the Palm Springs Convention Center where the event is held. Visitors can watch the parade from 10 a.m. to noon as aircraft whir their way for about a mile along East Alejo Road and North Avenida Caballeros.

The planes will be on display 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday before they reverse the parade route from 2 to 4 p.m. and return to the airport.


Seminars at the expo cover topics as diverse as “10 Ways Your iPad Can Cause an FAA Violation or Accident” to “Aviation and the Neurology of Thinking.”

Among the keynote speakers: Brian Shul, a pilot who flew the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane and who was inducted into the Air Force Legends Hall of Fame in 2011. Advance tickets to the expo cost $45 for one day to $240 for three days. (Tickets at the door cost more.)

While you’re in town, plan to make a stop at the Palm Springs Air Museum to see all kinds of aircraft, including World War II fighter planes.

Info: Aviation Expo 2014