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Feature showcasing the 50th Abbotsford International Airshow, taking place annually in August at the Abbotsford Airport.


  • Abbotsford News Tuesday, August 7, 2012 B1

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    Abbotsford News Tuesday, August 7, 2012 B3

    Five decades of aviation excellenceB.C.s favourite August event is

    back. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds

    return to the Abbotsford skies to headline the 50th anniversary of the Abbotsford International Airshow.

    Marvel at the Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet demo, and be thrilled by the US Air Force Thunderbirds and the US Navy VFA-122 F/A-18 Superhornet tactical demonstra-tion.

    Bud Granley will astound with the Fouga Jet show, an awe-inspir-ing dynamic aerobatic ballet.

    Pete McLeod Red Bull Air Racing will thrill and leave chills. And children, brace yourself for the most extreme school bus ride like no other as the IndyBoys Inc. Jet Schoolbus races to speeds off the chart!

    This annual family-friendly event has something for everyone to enjoy: spectacular aerobatics, intricate routines, thrilling forma-tion flying, stunning precision parachute work, and an explosive pyrotechnic display.

    Aviation through the decades with vintage warbirds to modern military jets, carriers to rotary wing, there is plenty to see for spectators of all ages.

    You wont want to miss this incredible anniversary show three-days of flying events Aug. 10-12.

    On the ground, check out the inside of jets and carriers on display; visit the autograph booth to meet your favourite performer; and stop at the exhibit booths to learn about joining the aviation community.

    Gates open at 8 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

    Event Times: Ground Displays open at 8:30 a.m. Flying Event Teasers: 10:30 a.m. Opening Ceremonies: NoonMain Flying Program: 12:15 p.m.Tickets may be purchased on

    show days or online at: Save time, pre-purchase your tickets at Save On Foods/Pricesmart Foods until the last day of the Airshow.

    Celebrating 50 Years of Aviation Excellence in the skies over Abbotsford.

    The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are one of the bigger acts set to appear at the 50th anniversary Abbotsford International Airhow running Aug. 10-12.

    Feel the rumble win a new HarleyTo help celebrate the 50th

    anniversary of the Abbotsford International Airshow, The Abbotsford News and Chilliwacks Mountainview Harley Davidson (your local authorized dealer), are giving away a new Iron 883 Harley Davidson motorcycle worth $16,000.

    There are two ways to enter this great contest.

    The first is to see the Harley at the Airshow (Aug. 10-12) and have your picture taken with the bike. Email the picture to

    You can also have your pic-ture taken with the Harley at Earls Restaurant in Abbotsford from Aug. 20-26.

    The second way to enter is to visit and click on the contest icon.

    Examine the two photos shown and then find 10 dif-ferences. Contestants will increase their odds of becom-ing a finalist by submitting entries each day.

    The contest closes Aug. 26.Ten finalists will be selected

    only one per household. Five finalists will be taken from the photo entries and five from the

    online entries.Finalists will be chosen ran-

    domly.All photo-entry finalists will

    also be entered into a draw to win a pair of Westjet tickets to fly anywhere Westjet travels.

    Finalists must be available for a finale party on Aug. 31 at 6 p.m.

    The eventual winner will receive the motorcycle (or $5,000 in cash) at the Gala din-ner celebrating the Abbotsford News 90th anniversary on Sept. 8 at the Reach.

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    Visitors to this years Abbotsford Airshow can enter for a chance to win this Harley Davidson motorcycle.

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    We are again pleased to support the Abbotsford International Airshow as it celebrates 50 years of aviation excellence.

    I know that this year's show will be a great success!

    ED FAST, M.P.

    #205-2825 ClearbrookAbbotsford, BC

    Celebrating 50 Years of Aviation Excellence in the skies over Abbotsford.


    8:00AM Gates Open to the Public

    8:30AM Static Ramp and Displays Open

    10:30AM Canadian Museum of Flight

    Skyhawks Streamer drop

    Red Eagles Teaser

    11:00AM Anthems and Opening

    SAR Demo (HH-65 Dolphin)

    Jet Outhouse

    11:30AM CF-18 Hornet Demo

    Dan Buchanan Sail-Plane

    12:00PM Kent Pietsch Comedy

    Bud Granley Fouga

    12:30PM Warbirds

    Heritage Flight: USAF F-16 Viper West/P-51


    12:30PM Kent Pietsch Truck-Top Landing

    1:00PM CF Skyhawks Parachute Team

    Red Eagles Air Sports

    1:45PM US Navy F/A-18 Superhornet Demo

    US Navy Legacy Flight: F/A-18 and A-1 Skyraider

    2:15PM USAF Thunderbirds Demonstration Team

    Indyboys Jet Schoolbus

    3:30PM Pete McLeod- Edge 540 Aerobatics

    Sea Fury Argonaut, Pilot Brian Sanders

    4:00PM CF Tactical Assault Demo

    Kent Pietsch Deadstick/Float routine

    4:30PM CF Snowbirds Demonstration Team


    Daily Schedule of EventsThe Abbotsford International Airshow runs from Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12. Times in schedule are approximate and may change to adjust for weather or aircraft serviceability.

  • Abbotsford News Tuesday, August 7, 2012 B5

    Celebrating 50 Years of Aviation Excellence in the skies over Abbotsford.

    Ron Price: The face of AirshowNicolle HODGESContributor

    The Abbotsford International Airshow began in 1962 with the help of the Rotary Flying Club, and has since grown to become Canadas National Airshow and one of Abbotsfords most anticipated events.

    President and CEO of the airshow Ron Price has flown small aircraft for 40 years and understands the thrill of flying, and the significance of the event for both spectators and pilots. He has been in-volved with the airshow for the past 30 years and believes that this year in particular will be a great success.

    Not only is the airshow celebrat-ing its 50-year anniversary, but we have such a wide variety of civilian and military demonstrations lined up, said Price. We are always so impressed with the Airforce Thunderbirds, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the Skyhawks parachute team and of course Dan Buchanan, a paraplegic man who puts on a tremendous paraglide rou-tine.

    Other aviation spectacles include Pete McLeod and the Red Eagles, Red Bull Airforce Squirrel Suit Flyers, Indy Boys Inc. and their jet-powered school bus and outhouse, among doz-ens of other aerial teams and aero-batic performances.

    On-ground entertainment includes the chance to explore the inside

    of jets and carriers on display, au-tograph booths to meet the pilots, comedy routines, and various vintage demonstrations, such as the beloved B-25 Mitchell Bomber Grumpy, belonging to the History Flight Foundation.

    The Abbotsford Airshow has be-come a signature event in Abbotsford, and has gained a reputation as some-thing special that the entire com-munity can enjoy. It takes over 1000 volunteers for the weekend to run smoothly, but Price insists that it is ultimately the cooperation of local

    residents, who continue to sup-port us regard-less of the noise, and the immense assistance from the Abbotsford Airport that really makes it possible for this event to take off.

    The Airshow is beneficial for the entire community because it provides an opportunity for great prosperity, says Price. A lot of people from surrounding areas come to enjoy the show, and in doing so fill up hotel rooms and keep res-taurants busy.

    Throughout his 30 years as presi-dent and CEO, Price has formed many great relationships with performers, producers, military and civilian and has seen the community flourish because of its commitment to the Airshow.

    The support we receive really goes beyond the show, says Price. Every year it begins to feel more like a fam-ily gathering.

    President has been putting on show for three decades

    Abbotsford Airshow president and CEO Ron Price has been a pilot for 40 years, and uses his love of flying to put on an aviation spectacle.

    NICOLLE HODGES Contributor

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