Snowbirds flying back to Comox Valley

It's that time of the year again.

The Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds and CF-18 Demonstrations Team will begin preparations for the 2014 air show season when they arrive in Comox to finalize their annual training.

The Snowbirds are scheduled to arrive April 17, with the CF-18 scheduled for April 24.

The demonstration aircraft will fly over and in the vicinity of CFB Comox between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on most days during their visit. No CF-18 Demonstration flights are currently planned for Sundays.

Normally in the mornings, the Snowbirds will practise first, followed by a 30-minute CF-18 practice. In the afternoons, the CF-18 will normally commence its practice at 1:30 p.m., followed by the Snowbirds.

Members of the public can expect increased aircraft activity throughout the Comox Valley between April 17 and May 7. Location and duration will vary depending on training requirements and weather.

The Snowbirds and CF-18 Demonstration Team train at CFB Comox each year. With the mountainous terrain, as well as open water nearby, 19 Wing and the surrounding Comox Valley is an idea location for the teams to fine-tune their skills before finalizing their performance routines and commencing their annual show schedule.

The Canadian Armed Forces attempt to minimize negative impact that may be created by the presence of the training, taking into account the requirement to train to maintain the highest degree of safety, proficiency and preparedness.

Every effort will be made to limit the flying activities to minimize disturbances to the public, while ensuring essential training requirements are met.

The Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds, the CF-18 Demonstration Team and 19 Wing thank the residents of the Comox Valley for their support and understanding over these three weeks.

—CFB Comox


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