MIAMI – Organizers of a commercial air show were confident they could go ahead, but the Air Force said “No” for 2012.
The U.S. Air Force rejected plans for a Miami Air Show near Homestead Air Force Base, a severe blow to efforts by Miami-Dade to launch a global expo for the aviation industry, thew Miami Herald reported yesterday.
The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade’s economic development arm, made the air show a signature aim for its plans to boost the county’s economy by showcasing the region’s aviation industry. Miami-Dade this summer agreed to spend $7.5 million developing the show. It would be a Western Hemisphere version of the Paris Air Show, which targets potential buyers of planes and jets, such as national defense departments – but the event depended using the Homestead’s runways to launch planes for a show where manufacturers would be showing off new models to potential buyers.
In a statement released Thursday afternoon, the tax-funded agency said the Air Force had declined to approve the 2012 show out of concern over setting a precedent. The statement suggested the Beacon Council will continue pursuing a show in future years, though it noted the Air Force would only consider the plan with “due deliberation.”