February 15-18, 2024
Join us for an annual gathering celebrating a fun, eccentric, and diverse camaraderie of amazing people partaking in aviation, shooting, pyro fun, large-scale art, and other activities in the pristine beauty of the Arizona Sonoran Desert.
Each year in February people make the trip to a remote airport in the Sonoran Desert. Part fly-in, part Burning Man, part Wild West, the Arizona Flying Circus has evolved into a rather unusual event like no other.
Certainly, a large variety of pilots make it out every year with their flying contraptions, but you will also find wild costumes, explosions, enormous fires, great food, fireworks, flamethrowers, artwork, firearms (yes, there is a shooting range on site), live music, and the infamous bowling ball cannon.
The AFC is a purely volunteer effort guided by our love and passion for flight and to celebrate our remaining freedoms, meet and reconnect with fellow birds of a feather, and gather at this breathtaking place. Come join us for warm winter flying in sunny Arizona!
Currently, the AFC is hosted at Motown Airport. Located just thirty miles Southwest of Phoenix in beautiful Vekol Valley, Motown Airport (5AZ6) is an amazing haven for flying, shooting, and enjoying the beauty of the open desert. You can either fly in or drive-in.
The property features a huge Paramotor launch area and two hard-packed, smooth, dirt runways. The East-West runway is 2700' long and 65' wide! We also have an open hangar and a fantastic pilot lounge.
Bordering the Sonoran National Monument and surrounded by pristine desert mountains and incredible wildlife, this 80-acre haven is ideal for Ultralight, LSA, and GA flying.
You are not expected to just be an attendee at the AFC you are a participant!
What makes the AFC amazing are the contributions from participants. We ask each person coming to the AFC to help out or bring something to share at the event.
For example, participants have donated firewood, fireworks, artwork, talents, food, construction, safety, and cleanup. This website was created and donated.
Up-n-Smoke BBQ caters Saturday night's dinner. Southern traditional style BBQ slowly smoked over pecan wood for up to 16 hours and then served fresh straight from the pit to the customers.
Big Papa's food truck is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The best breakfast burritos, biscuits and gravy, Italian sausage, burgers, and mountains of curly fries. Big Papa's now also offers old-fashioned soda and floats!
If you prefer to do it yourself there is a pic-a-nic area with propane barbeque grills.
Show your support with official Arizona Flying Circus propaganda!
Shirts, hats, and more with the AFC logo and great designs. These designs are only available in the website shop and not available at the event.
All of the profits go back into making the AFC even better.