THE 2017 AIR SHOW AT THE CHINO AIRPORT WILL GO ON AS PLANNED FOR THE BENEFIT OF ATTENDEES, VENDORS, AND THE AVIATION COMMUNITY
Chino Airport Tenants Withdraw Their Request for a Preliminary Injunction to Stop Planes of Fame from Operating the 2017 Air Show but will Continue to Seek a Coalition to Oversee the 2018 Air Show
The group of plaintiffs filing suit against Planes of Fame have withdrawn the motion for a preliminary injunction of the 2017 airshow. This action will allow the airshow to proceed as planned on May 6 and 7, 2017. The plaintiffs will continue legal action in their pursuit of fair operations for future airshows at the Chino Airport.
“We do not want others to be harmed, as we have been every year, by the unfair actions of Planes of Fame. We decided to drop the preliminary injunction for the sake of attendees and vendors – those who have purchased tickets, those who have made travel arrangements, and those who are there to sell goods, services, and food. We hope to see a change in the way Planes of Fame operates this year’s airshow now that a light has been shed on the ongoing issues they have refused to resolve,” said Christen Wright, Director of Yanks Air Museum.
The plaintiffs filed suit against Planes of Fame last month after numerous attempts to resolve ongoing issues that have worsened in recent years. The plaintiffs allege that these issues include intentional attempts to physically block and obstruct their businesses before, during, and after the airshow. The decision to withdraw the motion for a preliminary injunction was made after the original hearing scheduled on April 20 was postponed to April 28 because of a conflict with the original judge assigned to the case.
“We were getting too close to the airshow. We tried to start conversations with Planes of Fame immediately after the 2016 airshow, but they were unwilling to sit down and create a binding agreement. We were tired of having meetings where they would agree to a plan and then not keep their word. Even after filing suit, they made no effort to resolve this out of court,” said Michael Thayer, President of Flying Tigers Aviation.
The five businesses that filed suit include Yanks, which operates an aircraft museum with more than 200 planes, an aviation fuel supplier, the landlord of one flight school, and the operators of two other flight schools. Moving forward, the plaintiffs will seek a speedy court date for future legal matters to avoid affecting third parties who have no control over Planes of Fame’s behavior.
“We are trying to create a healthy and positive environment for everyone. We will continue to take a stand for what we believe is right and will continue to offer Planes of Fame the opportunity to resolve this outside of court,” Wright said.