There will be a spike in air traffic on Aug. 15

Comox Air Show returns in August

Ticket prices the same as in 2013

  • Jan. 12, 2015 3:00 p.m.

Erin Haluschak

Record Staff

The 2015 Comox Air Show is taking off for the second time in three years.

Thursday morning, Col. Tom Dunne, 19 Wing commander, announced the base will host the show in conjunction with Comox Armed Forces Day Aug. 15.

“In choosing a theme for the event, we wanted to reflect the excellent support we receive from all of you, up and down the Comox Valley, as well as all throughout British Columbia,” he said. “In that vein, we’ve chosen to make the theme … Saluting the Community We Serve.”

He added the base will open its doors as a thank you to the community.

Maj. Mary Lee, 19 Wing public affairs officer, noted the organizing committee is building upon the success of the 2013 Comox Air Show, which hosted around 15,000 spectators — the largest single day event in the Valley.

She revealed some of the details to be included in the show, which will see the Canadian Forces Snowbirds — who train annually in the Valley every April — close the show, and will feature a mix of military and civilian acts.

There will also be an array of vintage and U.S. military aircraft for ground static displays.

The CF-18 demonstration team (whose theme is focused on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain) will also join the Snowbirds, along with the Skyhawks Parachute Team.

19 Wing will also display their own aircraft, added Lee, who said the 407 Long Range Patrol Squadron Aurora 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron Buffalo and Cormorant will be featured.

Civilian performers include Manfred Radius, Dan Buchanan and Gene Soucy with his wing-walker Teresa Stokes.

Dunne said by all accounts, the previous show in 2013 was “fabulous,” but added there are always areas for improvement.

“The main areas … that we would want to focus on improving is there was a fair amount of traffic congestion on departure from the show. Any ways we can mitigate traffic lineups as people go to leave the show … and more access to satellite parking.”

He added another area is food services, hoping to improve upon long lineups and increasing the amount of vendors from the previous show.

Dunne noted while he will be organizing his first air show, he has organized open houses in the past and hopes the impact of this year’s show will be as prominent for an aspiring pilot as it was for him.

“I love air shows, I love the positive energy and the vibrancy that come from it. I also was a youngster going to air shows and before I made the choice, I’m sure it had an impact to become a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force. I’ve got a very soft spot in my heart for air shows.”

General admission to the show will remain the same as in 2013 — $20 for adults, $10 for youth and $5 for veterans and cadets in uniform.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/comoxairshow or on Twitter @ComoxAirshow.

photos@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: Comox Valley Stage 4 water restrictions lifted

Video explains planning and execution of repair

International paddle film festival coming to the Comox Valley

Naviguide Insurance & Employee Benefits along with Vanguard Intellectual are proud to… Continue reading

Applications being accepted for Courtenay Canada Day vendors

Canada Day celebrations in Courtenay are just around the corner and preparations… Continue reading

Courtenay Fish and Game members pitch in on annual spring cleaning effort

By Gail Eggiman Special to The Record Courtenay and District Fish and… Continue reading

People’s Party of Canada plan to have a candidate in the North Island-Powell River riding

Elections Canada formally recognized the North Island—Powell River PPC Association

What’s age got to do with it? B.C. couple with 45-year gap talks happy marriage

An Armstrong couple that has 45-year age gap began turning heads after being featured on show Extreme Love.

B.C. men challenge constitutionality of Canada’s secret no-fly list

Parvkar Singh Dulai says he received a “denial of boarding” notification under the no-fly program last May 17

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

B.C.’s largest Vaisakhi festival target of threatening Facebook post: Surrey RCMP

Police say they are investigating the posts on Facebook, after local MLA forwarded screenshots

Pug life: B.C. town boasts waggish list of dog names

Freedom-of-information request lists most ‘pupular’ dog names registered in White Rock

VIDEO: Duncan-Nanaimo’s Funkanometry bow out of ‘World of Dance’ with ‘After Hours’ routine

Judges praised them as entertainers, and urged them to work a bit more on their dancing

VIDEO: Fish farming company launches $30-million vessel to treat salmon for sea lice in B.C. waters

Freshwater treatment an improvement but fish farms should be removed from sea, says conservationist

Singh says childhood abuse steeled him for scrutiny and stress of politics

He recounts the assaults for the first time in his book Love & Courage

Despite five extra weeks’ parental leave in Canada, dads still face stigma: survey

One reason people said dads don’t need leave is because they can just bond with their kids at weekend

Most Read