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American Heroes Air Show Lands at Hansen Dam

Buckle up for high-flying excitement when the nation's premier aviation event devoted exclusively to helicopters lands once again at the Hansen Dam Recreation Complex in the San Fernando Valley.

Since 1993, this admission-free event has been educating the Southern California community as to the unique capabilities and dynamic role of helicopters in law enforcement, fire service, public safety, national defense and homeland security. With aircraft from local, regional, state and Federal / DOD agencies, guests are treated to an up-close look at why these aircraft and their crews are on the front line of public safety and community service.

The event also offers a unique glimpse into the design history of rotary-wing aviation with the many aircraft on static display. Explore the evolution of helicopters from the classic Bell-47 helicopter and the elegant lines of the U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 ”Dolphin” to the Hi-Tech muscle of the "Pavehawk" Sikorsky helicopter from the U.S. Air Force’s elite combat Search & Rescue unit. It's a unique opportunity to learn why these aircraft are the first tool out of the toolbox in times of natural disaster or homeland security threats and why their crews are the Heroes your family can really look up to !

Many of the air crews arrive with unit / squadron T-shirts, caps, challenge coins and other unique collectible logo’d items which are for sale to support their morale and welfare funds.
Plus, have your camera ready and introduce your entire crew to many of the Southland's most well-known celebrity / media pilots and news reporters plus get an up-close look at the aircraft you see them in every day for traffic and news reports.

The American Heroes Air Show is the nation’s premier admission-free, helicopter-only aviation event held at sites from coast-to-coast and dedicated to educating the public about the unique capabilities of helicopters in law enforcement, fire service, public / private EMS, homeland defense and national security. Produced by the American Heroes Aviation Network, the event also includes the CODE3 Career Fair which delivers recruiting teams from law enforcement, public safety, government service and the military that are on-scene to profile their mission and provide information on their hiring, training and application processes.

Recruiting teams from many of today’s “Top Gun” agencies offer information and personal insights on:

  • Their public service mission in today’s dynamic world of security and safety
  • Their hiring criteria and entrance testing schedules & compensation ranges.
  • Local schools are on hand to deliver information on their Criminal Justice / Public Safety curriculum to potential students.

The Heroes event also offers an annual favorite, the "Rollin’ to the Rescue" presentation of vintage police, fire and emergency vehicles as they roll into the event and set up for static display throughout the day. These lovingly restored public safety vehicles will roll Code 3 into the event site - scheduled to arrive at 10 a.m.

The SAR SITE1 event element introduces the community to many of the finest local Search & Rescue teams from mountain, urban, swiftwater, canine and Combat / SAR organizations. Check out technical rope rescue gear and learn how to join the action as a reserve volunteer with a local Search & Rescue team.

A long tradition at American Heroes Air Shows around the country, collectible event trading cards will be available and free in limited quantities to early-bird event arrivals. These popular trading cards feature photos of participating aircraft plus flight performance and mission profiles.

Arrive at the Heroes Air Show via transportation provided by our partners at METRO and receive a discount on your flight with Adventure Helicopter Tours while at the event. Land at the METRO website for routes and travel info that will get your crew to the event.

It’s a big day of excitement with an opening ceremony that includes a colorful jump by the LA County Sheriffs’ Golden Stars skydiving team along with concessions, musical entertainment, mission briefings and a full day of local Heroes.

The American Heroes Air Shows are produced at sites from coast to coast by volunteers associated with the American Heroes Aviation Network. American Heroes events are always admission free and helicopter-only aviation events dedicated to educating communities as to the unique value rotary-wing aviation delivers every day to communities across our country.

Event Details

Date: 2012 Saturday, June 30th
FREE Admission and Parking
Location: Hansen Dam Recreation & Sports Complex
11480 Foothill Blvd
Lake View Terrace, California 91342
Exit the Foothill (210) Freeway at Osborne & turn South

Events Hours:

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Helos begin arrivals at 0715


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