Open Cockpit Day

Our Biggest Event of the Year!

Every fall, families and aviation enthusiasts from all walks of life can find themselves in the seat of an authentic piece of aviation history.

The museum’s annual Open Cockpit day sees the crew doors of several historical aircraft open to the public, granting rare access to feel what it is like to helm an aircraft.  

Patrons can get the perfect Instagram shot on a private jet, or prepare for take-off in one of our specialized flight simulators.  Adventure is around every corner.

Father and son sit in the cockpit of a Bell 47 Helicopter

2021 Highlights

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2021 Open Cockpit Day

Girl on vintage phone on private airplane. Voodoo aircraft mounted on stand with sun in the background. Poster text reads "Open Cockpit Day is Back On"
Two girls with flight helmets in a T-33 Aircraft
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Clear your schedules for September 25th, 2021 as advanced tickets are now on sale for one of the city’s most high-flying adventure events.  The Alberta Aviation Museum is welcoming back its ever-popular Open Cockpit Day this Fall. It’s the one day of the year where people and families of all ages can experience unique and rare historical aircraft up-close and personal in the pilot’s seat!

Join in on the celebration at the museum’s authentic WWII air hangar and receive a full, unique aviation experience.  Take a crack at air traffic management through the Eyes on the Skies Exhibit and learn about sustainability and the biology of flight at the YEG Honeycomb Resident Beehives. Check out and interact with an exciting line-up of fire trucks, service transports, and military vehicles.  Engage in family programming and exhilarating flight-simulators.  Special guests include members of the Edmonton Flying club, 504 Blatchford Field Air Cadets, Vets Canada and more!

Of course, no Open Cockpit is complete without the first-hand experience of sitting in the captain’s seat of a historical aircraft.  The special return of this special celebration will see the museum open almost a dozen of its aircraft to the public.  Whether it is to capture the perfect photo for your newsfeeds, or to channel your inner fighter-pilot, there is an aircraft opportunity for everyone!

Catch a Glimpse of Some of our Participating Aircraft:
  • Noorduyn Norseman IV
  • Lockheed TF-104G Starfighter
  • Fleet Model 80 Canuck
  • Beechcraft Expeditor 3NM (Model 18)
  • Canadair CT-133 Silver Star Mk. 3AT
  • Bell 47G
  • Piper PA-18 Super Cub
  • de Havilland DH.82C Tiger Moth

Food trucks, photo booths, and family scavenger hunts with prizes will also be available throughout the day.  The museum will also be launching a souvenir book that commemorates 30 years as a museum in historic Hangar 14. Copies are available for purchase online with tickets to the event.

Advance tickets

SKIP THE LINES and pre-purchase your tickets online between now and September 24th!

Special event ticket pricing is in effect at $20/adults, $17/students/seniors, $15.50/youth 13-17, $14.50/children 6-12. Children 5 and under are free.

NOTE: This event will be taking place under the Alberta Government’s newly implemented Restriction Exemption Program.  All attending patrons must adhere to the following COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements:
  • Full COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Single COVID-19 vaccination dose, administered a minimum of 14 days prior to planned attendance. This option is only valid until October 25, 2021.

  • Negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test, from a paid private testing provider, taken with 72 hours of the event’s start time. (NOTE: Tests from AHS or Alberta Precision Laboratories will NOT be accepted, as per the guidelin)

  • Proof of documentation of an approved medical exemption.

Masks for all patrons are required, as per AHS policy.

Ticket sales for the 2021 event are now closed.