Helicopters, autogyros and more at AHMEC’s FatherFest

West Chester’s American Helicopter Museum and Education Center (AHMEC) offers another unforgettable Father’s Day during its annual FatherFest on Sunday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s theme is “Autogyro Fly-In” featuring several autogyros and demonstrations.

AHMEC’s FatherFest features helicopter rides and various aircraft on static display. AHMEC Photo

The variety of rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft includes a Magni M-16 gyrocopter, 2016 Cavalon autogyro, home-built RotorWay 162-F helicopter, RV-12 home-built airplane, Piper J-3 Cub airplane and Pitts S-2B airplane.

Additional static displays consist of the Atlantic City Coast Guard Flotilla’s HH-65 Dolphin helicopter, medevac helicopters from JeffSTAT and PennSTAR, a Pennsylvania State Police helicopter, and more!


The now legendary FatherFest offers something for everyone. The fun day has classic cars and motorcycles; the Mobile Mess Hall, Haute Wheels and Zac’s Burgers food trucks; Malvern’s Locust Lane Brewery beer garden; sweet treats from Kona Ice and Baked Cookies and Dough; sports-oriented inflatable games; and helicopter rides (additional cost).

An interesting, informative talk by Capt Scott Anderson, Commander of U. S. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, will take place in the theater, and The Falconry Girl, Sean Young, will present a birds of prey demonstration and exhibition in the gallery.

Admission is $10.00 per person. Helicopter rides cost $60.00 per person and are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 11:00 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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