Earlier this month, the team announced it was still planning on coming to the Comox Valley for its annual spring training in May. PHOTO BY ERIN HALUSCHAK

Snowbirds team on three-week training pause, will reassess to determine schedule

The team is set to arrive in the Comox Valley on May 6 and depart May 29.

In an effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds have paused training for three weeks.

The team announced they will be observing good social distancing practices, and at this time, it is too early to determine exactly what the effect on the 2020 schedule will be.

Earlier this month, the team announced it was still planning on coming to the Comox Valley for its annual spring training in May.

Capt. Jenn Casey, public affairs officer with the Snowbirds said in an updated email the team doesn’t truly have a full appreciation for how the pandemic will affect training and show schedules.

“We will be reassessing as we get closer to the end of the three-week pause and will likely have a better idea.”

The team is set to arrive in the Valley on May 6 and depart May 29. Flying times each day are still to be confirmed.

RELATED: Snowbirds team still planning on coming to the Comox Valley – for now

In late 2019, the team announced they delayed their annual training in the area by a month and their usual schedule has been reduced.

The Snowbirds were on an operation pause since Capt. Kevin Domon-Grenier sustained minor injuries when he was forced to eject before a show at the Atlanta Speedway on Oct. 13.

In a statement, the Royal Canadian Air Force announced in an effort to minimize the impact of COVID-19 and to prioritize the health and safety of their personnel, the RCAF is suspending all support to air shows and other special events until April 30.



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