Performers at this year’s Rotary Charity Airshow include the Canadian Forces Snowbirds; Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team; Pete McLeod Aerosports; Trevor Rafferty Aerobatics; and Kent Pietsch. For more information visit http://rotarycharityairshow.ca
Date: 27 August 2014
Venue: Brantford Municipal Airport
Focusing on aviation excellence, aerospace advancement and community participation, the Abbotsford International Airshow has been a world-class event for five decades. Performers at the 2014 Abbotsford Airshow include the Canadian Forces Snowbirds; the Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team; the Canadian Forces Parachute Team – The SkyHawks; a Beechcraft T-6C Harvard II Demo; Younkin Airshows; Ace Maker Airshows; Team Rocket Aerobatics; the Bremont Horsemen — and more… For more information visit abbotsfordairshow.com
Dates: 8-10 August 2014
State: British Columbia
Visitors to the 2014 Waterloo Air Show are in for a treat as the Canadian Forces Snowbirds take to the skies with their incredible 9-plane aerial acrobatics. Other performers include the CF-18 Demonstration Team, Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association, Lucas Oil Air Shows, Richard Cooper piloting the Viper North L-29 and much, much more. For information on this exciting event visit www.waterlooairshow.com
Dates: 28-29 June 2014
Venue: Waterloo International Airport
Taking place on 20-21 July, the Alberta International Air Show features the CF-18 Demonstration Team, the Snowbirds Demonstration Team, Yellow Thunder, the Sky Hawks, Jim Hrymack Aerobatics and Vintage Wings of Canada. For more information visit albertaairshow.ca
Dates: 20-21 July 2013
Venue: Lethbridge Airport
The program for this family fun event includes Canada’s spectacular Snowbirds Demonstration Team, the CF-18 Hornet Demo Team, Bill Carter Aerobatics, Pete mcLeod Racing, the Hercules C130 Search & Rescue, Kent Pietsch Airshows, Super Dave Air Shows and MNR Water Bomber Drop. For more information visit www.kenoraairshow.com/
Date: 3 July 2013
Venue: Kenora Airport
The highlight of this year’s event will be the Team Oracle Challenger III (the world’s most high performance aerobatic aircraft) flown by Sean D Tucker. Other features of the program include the Snowbirds Demonstration Team, the North American Harvard and Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. For more information visit greatlakesinternationalairshow.ca/
Date: 28-30 June 2013
Venue: St Thomas Municipal Airport
Showing appreciation for the Canadian Armed Forces and the United States Air Force this event will include a spectacular aerial performance by Canadian Forces Snowbird Demonstration Team at 12h15. Other features on the event include musical performances from 8 Wing Trenton Pipes and Drums Band and 22 Wing North Bay Concert Band, as well as displays of military vehicles, weapons and equipment. For more information visit www.cityofnorthbay.ca
Date: 5 June 2013
Venue: North Bay Waterfront
City: North Bay
Highlights of the program for the Waterloo Air Show include performances by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, CF-18 Demonstration Team Jet Aircraft Museum T-33 “Mako Shark”, Jane Wicker Wing Walker, Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association, Kent Pietsch and the Interstate Cadet, Gord Price & the Yak 50 and more. There will also be static displays, entertainment and refreshments. For more information visit waterlooairshow.com
Dates: 1-2 June 2013
As lightweight composite materials and advanced aviation technology enable larger aircraft to take to the skies, it’s interesting to note that the largest airplane in the history of aviation, measured by maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) is Ukraine’s Antonov An-225 Mriya. Designed in the 1980s by the Soviet Union’s Antonov Design Bureau, the airplane took its first flight on December 21, 1988. It was featured at the Paris Air Show in 1989, as well as the Farnborough air show in 1990, where it demonstrated its capabilities by taking-off and landing with the Soviet Buran – an orbital vehicle similar to the renowned US Space Shuttle – on board.
The An-225 was specifically designed to transport the Soviet Buran spacecraft, and when the Soviet space program was abandoned in the 1990s the airplane was put into storage for a time, but later reinstated into service as a cargo jet. With its 46,000 cubic feet (1,300 cubic meters) of cargo space the An-225 is capable of transporting five military tanks, or 50 automobiles, over a distance of 3,000 miles. In September 2001, the An-25 took off carrying 4 battle tanks recorded at 253.82 tons, flying at an altitude of 6,600 feet over a distance of 620 miles at an average speed of 474.2 mph.
With a 640 ton gross weight, the An-225 it is acknowledged to be the heaviest aircraft in the world, and it has a maximum takeoff weight of 1.32 million pounds, or 600,000 kilograms. By comparison the Airbus A380 can take off carrying around 1.24 million pounds, the heaviest of all passenger aircraft.
The An-225’s first commercial flight was in January 2002, flying from Stuttgart, Germany, to Thumrait, Oman, where it delivered 216,000 prepared meals to American military personnel. It has since been employed in transporting emergency supplies to disaster struck areas, and delivering items such as locomotives, massive generators and a range of military supplies. It has transported the heaviest single cargo item ever airfreighted – a generator weighing 420,000 pounds to an Armenian power plant, as well as the longest piece of air cargo ever delivered – two 42-meter wind turbine blades from Tianjin in China to Denmark. In March 2012 it was used to transport equipment from Calgary in Canada to Nigeria that would previously have been sent by sea. The equipment was urgently needed to prevent dangerous gas flaring in Nigeria’s oil industry. The An-225 appeared in the 2004 Guinness Book of Records for 240 record-setting achievements. The An-225 is one-of-a-kind, with a second airplane started but reportedly never completed.
Abbotsford Airshow is celebrating 50 years in 2012 with some extra-special features. Performers include the USAF Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Snowbirds, Canadian Forces cf-18 Hornet Demo; US Navy VFA-122 F/A-18 Superhornet TAC Demo. Aerobatic displays include Red Eagle Sports; Pet McLeod Racing; Kent Pietsch and more… For all the information on the show visit www.abbotsfordairshow.com
Dates: 10-12 August 2012
State: British Columbia