Get social with us at our 9th annual Become A Pilot Family Day! We’re inviting 15 social media users (+ one guest) to attend this year’s Pilot Day Social (#PilotDay13) on June 15th at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. Pilot Day Social participants get access to portions of the Become A Pilot Day event that most visitors do not get to experience. We invite attendees to take a look behind the scenes, interact with museum staff, and make connections with fellow social media users who are passionate about aviation and spaceflight.
The official hashtag for this event is #PilotDay13
Registration for #PilotDay13 will open on this page at Noon EDT on Wednesday, May 29 and the deadline to apply is Noon EDT on Saturday, June 1. Please see the registration requirements below before signing up. Each Social participant may invite one guest. Participants will be notified by Monday, June 3rd.
What is a Pilot Day Social?
Become A Pilot Family Day is an annual public event where pilots fly their aircraft to the Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA for a one-day outdoor aviation display. Visitors get to talk with pilots about their planes, climb inside aircraft, and enjoy lots of educational activities inside and outside the Museum. The event attracts over 50 aircraft and thousands of visitors each year.
Pilot Day Social participants have the opportunity to get behind the scenes at this event and:
- View aircraft arriving from adjacent Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), and helicopters landing directly onsite at the Udvar-Hazy Center, before the public event begins.
- Hear from Museum experts, curators, pilots, and special guests.
- Climb inside aircraft and talk with aircraft owners and pilots.*
- Take a guided tour of the Udvar-Hazy Center and see major artifacts on display including the Space Shuttle Discovery, Concorde, and B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay.
- Learn about current artifact restoration projects in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar.
- Enjoy lunch (provided) with Museum staff, pilots, and event volunteers.
- Explore the Museum and enjoy Become A Pilot Day activities with fellow aviation and space enthusiasts who actively use social media.
- Watch as aircraft taxi and takeoff from Washington Dulles International Airport.*
- Chat with members of the Museum’s social media team.
*Please note that all outdoor activities are weather dependent.
What is a Social?
A Social is an informal meeting of people who are active on social media. National Air and Space Museum Socials provide the Museum’s social media followers with the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes, see our collections, interact with our experts, and sometimes meet special guests. Participants can expect a few hours long, half or full-day experience and some free time to explore the Museum, talk with other Museum social media users, and meet staff behind the Museum’s social media outreach.
How do I register?
Registration opens at Noon EDT on Wednesday, May 29th and the deadline to apply is Noon EDT on Saturday, June 1st. A maximum of 15 social media participants will be selected to attend the Social and each registrant may elect to bring a guest. Registration is for one person only and a guest (if desired) and is non-transferable. You must be 18 years or older to register and guests must be 13 years or older. Please note: guests must be included at the time of registration and cannot be added later. Participants will be notified via email no later than Monday, June 3rd. Social participants are selected from those who sign up on the web. Additional registrants are placed on a waiting list.
Do I need to have a social media account to register for a National Air and Space Museum Social?
Yes, National Air and Space Museum Socials are designed for active social media users who follow the Museum. The goal of our Socials is to allow people who regularly interact with the Museum and each other via social media to meet in person and share the experience of visiting the Museum’s collections, experts, and programs.
The Fine Print (Terms & Conditions):
Registrants must follow the National Air and Space Museum on one or more social platforms (@airandspace on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Foursquare, etc.) and actively share content via social media. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to be eligible for selection to attend the Social. Guests (if included) must be 13 years or older. Registration is for one person only, and their one guest, and is not transferable.
If you are selected for the Social but cannot attend, please let the Museum know and your space will be given to another registrant on the wait list.
Social participants are responsible for their own expenses for travel, accommodations, food and incidentals. Please let the Museum know if you have any special needs or accessibility requirements prior to arriving for the event.
Some events and participants scheduled to appear at the Social are subject to change without notice. The Smithsonian is not responsible for loss or damage incurred as a result of attending. The Smithsonian, moreover, is not responsible for loss or damage incurred in the event it cancels the event with limited or no notice. Please plan accordingly.
On the day of the Social, registrants must show a government issued ID (driver’s license or passport) that matches the name provided on the registration. Guests must also show ID, unless under 18 and accompanied by a parent or guardian. Those without proper identification cannot be admitted. All Social participants, including guests, will be asked to sign a release form allowing the Smithsonian to use images or video taken of you and social media posts created by you during the event. You will also be briefed on guidelines designed to respect the privacy of our Museum visitors.
What are @airandspace Social registration requirements?
By registering for a National Air and Space Museum Social, you are indicating your intention to travel to the site of the event and attend in person. You are responsible for your own expenses for travel, accommodation, food and other amenities. National Air and Space Museum locations are part of the Smithsonian Institution. You will need to provide government-issued identification (driver’s license or passport) that matches the name provided on your registration.
Can I register if I am not a U.S. citizen?
Yes, non-U.S. citizens may register to attend National Air and Space Museum Socials.
When and how will I know if I am selected?
After registration closes, an e-mail with confirmation information and additional instructions will be sent to those selected as well as those on a waitlist. If you are on the waitlist, you may receive an invitation only if someone on the original selection list cancels and a space opens up.
What if I cannot travel to the Social?
If you cannot attend in person, please do not register for the Social. However, you can still plan to join the conversation by following the Museum and Social participants on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram. Use the official event hashtag to follow and join the conversation.
How can I get in touch with other Social participants?
We will create a Twitter list that includes those selected to attend the event who actively use Twitter. The Pilot Day Social has a Facebook group which you have the option to join. Attendees are welcome and encouraged to create other means of interacting with each other online prior to and after the event. By registering for the event you understand that you will be included in the list of participants and that you will be able to find other participants there, or by following the hashtag provided for the event.
Can I bring friends or family members to the Social with me?
No. Social activities are for registrants only. Any public programs associated with or timed around a Social event are open to the public, so family are welcome to attend those programs while you engage in the Social.
What Else Should I Know?
You will be asked to sign a photo release form allowing the Smithsonian to use your social media posts and any images or video taken of you during the event. You will also be briefed on guidelines designed to respect the privacy of our visitors.
The Museum has hosted several Socials (formerly Tweetups) and there will be more to come. See airandspace.si.edu/connect for all the ways to you can interact with the Museum via social media.
Have a question or need more information? Contact us at AirandspaceSocial@si.edu