Snowbirds focused on necessary practice over Comox Valley
As a result of lost training opportunities due to weather, as well as an intense training schedule, there will not be a formal public Snowbirds show in the Comox Valley, confirmed 19 Wing Comox this week.
Lieut. Trevor Reid, public affairs officer for the base, said in a press release the demonstration team pilots must train intensely throughout their time at 19 Wing in order to perform safely and proficiently throughout the coming airshow season.
He added the public is welcome to watch the team's training sessions from Air Force Beach east of the airport.
The Snowbirds normally fly at 9:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. and will be followed by a practice session by the CF-18 until 11:15 a.m.
In the afternoon, the CF-18 will practise from 1:55 p.m. until 2:20 p.m. and the Snowbirds will practise from 2:25 p.m. until approximately 3:15 p.m.
In the evening, two solo Snowbirds aircrafts will practise from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
On May 5, the Snowbirds will host a public meet and greet at the Comox Air Force Museum from 1 to 3 p.m. where community members can meet members of the team and have autographs signed.
Practices continue until today (Friday). The CF-18 leave the Valley May 5 while the Snowbirds depart May 6.
The Snowbirds, CF-18 and 19 Wing Comox thank the residents off the Comox Valley for their continued understanding during this period of increased aircraft activity.
— 19 Wing Comox