Abbotsford Airshow: Heroes of the Skies

The Abbotsford International Airshow takes place Aug. 12-14 and includes US Navy Super Hornets and the Breitling Jet Team



By JIM REITH, President Abbotsford Airshow

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2016 Abbotsford International Airshow – Heroes of the Skies! Gadgets, special suits, technology and the coolest flying machines… Learn what it takes to be a HERO at the 2016 Abbotsford International Airshow!

From August 12-14, Heroes of the Skies take flight over the Fraser Valley for the 54th annual Abbotsford International Airshow. Watch in awe as we welcome back the world-class Breitling Jet Team from Europe in the second and final year of their North American tour. Explore the McDonald’s Kids Zone and Science World on the Road! Experience Friday’s twilight show and fireworks finale! And, watch in awe as the Screamin’ Sasquatch Jet Waco, Boeing and US Navy Super Hornets, Snowbirds, Skyhawks and others take to the sky!

The Airshow is pleased to welcome the involvement of several key players in the aviation industry, including Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Eurofighter and more. Spectators will see Boeing’s involvement in dramatic fashion – as the aerospace giant will bring two jets to do corporate flying demos with a full array of simulated weapons, a simulation trailer and the test pilot will be available to talk about the exceptional capabilities of the aircraft. Lockheed Martin and Eurofighter are also on-site in various capacities with educational and promotional pieces.

“An aspect of the Airshow’s strategic vision is to strengthen key partnerships with aerospace organizations such as AIAC Pacific who produce an annual Aerospace & Defence trade show in conjunction with our airshow, and the CBAA which will hold its annual convention next year at Abbotsford in conjunction with the airshow as well.   Looking to the future, we expect the Abbotsford Airshow will have a major aerospace trade show event occurring in the days prior to the public weekend show in the style of Farnborough and Paris airshows.”

Heroes of the Skies tell the stories of everyday women and men who work hard to make the world a better place, in their own communities and beyond. We are proud to honour them at this year’s Abbotsford International Airshow! Tickets for this action-packed weekend are available at Save-On-Foods or by clicking abbotsfordairshow.com.

Next Generation BC Amateur Photographer of the Year

Finalists for this year’s 4th annual Next Generation BC Amateur Photographer of the Year contest have now been selected. From Vernon to Victoria and from Surrey to Smithers, seventy finalists have been chosen from all corners of BC to move forward and compete in an intense competition at the Abbotsford International Airshow, where they will race against the clock to complete daily photo challenges. Finalists will shoot 10 of their best photographs and/or videos, to be reviewed by a judging panel — one will come out with the title of 2016 Next Generation Amateur Photographer of the Year. Almost 3,000 entries were received from 80 B.C. communities.

Whether you’re a finalist or not, this is a show you won’t want to miss: The Abbotsford International Airshow is world-renowned for its prestigious performers and family-friendly entertainment. The 2016 Airshow on August 12th through 14th will feature two jet teams, (Snowbirds and the European Breitling Jet Teams ) a Friday twilight show with fireworks, the Canadian Forces Skyhawks parachute team, and the US military jet, the Super Hornet to name but a few. More details visit www.abbotsfordairshow.com.

CLICK HERE FOR INTERACTIVE AIRSHOW SPECIAL INCLUDING VIDEO

Photographhs by Ken McAllister – 2015 Next Generation Amateur Photographer of the Year. Photographs featured from the 2015 Abbotsford Airshow.

 

 

Congratulations to all of the finalists in the 2016 Next Generation Amateur Photographer of the Year contest, sponsored by London Drugs, the Abbotsford International Airshow, and Black Press. To see photo gallery click here. See you there!

MariaAllisterChilliwack
WilliamAndersonSurrey
AnthonyBucciAbbotsford
YunChangVernon
SimonChornickMission
Erin ZoeChowAbbotsford
ChelseaConroySalmon Arm
SarahDanksVictoria
KevinDemersNanaimo
NathanDomarchuk-WhiteArmstrong
GrahamDorsayBC
Fredadu PlessisAbbotsford
ChristinaDutkowskiMission
SteveDuttSurrey
OllieElecSurrey
WadeFotherbyLadysmith
CodyGannonPenticton
PremGathaNelson
DavidGiesbrechtNanaimo
MikeGonzalesSurrey
WendyHansonChilliwack
AngelineHaslettHarrison Hot Springs
PatHildebrandtChilliwack
SherriJelinskiAbbotsford
BradJoanisseVictoria
BettyJohnstonAbbotsford
RodJonesAbbotsford
AngelJuryDuncan
PaulKendallAbbotsford
JimmyKimVictoria
LeonardKlassenAbbotsford
PatriciaKolidaSmithers
RayKrauseAbbotsford
LihuaLiSurrey
RobertMacLeodAbbotsford
SeanMaierBrentwood Bay
BrentMartinCoquitlam
KennethMatwickNanaimo
KenMcAllisterSurrey
JordanMcGrathVernon
StuartMcRitchieLangley
NeilMedcalfVictoria
JoanMooreAgassiz
JamesMunroeLone Butte
TedNodwellVancouver
JocelynPalmerMaple Ridge
KellyPapeWest Kelowna
RolandProftChilliwack
JohnRichardsonVictoria
AdamRoemerVernon
ToddRossNanaimo
HaroldSchockKelowna
AmyShawComox
WilliamSnowChilliwack
RodSteenslandChilliwack
HeatherToewsAbbotsford
JordanViveirosAgassiz
NicholasWemyssMaple Ridge
MichaelWiggVictoria
KyleWyniaAbbotsford
RandyCosenzoWhite Rock
GrahamHowardNanaimo
NikkiVogtChilliwack
CraigNeufeldSurrey
MichelleIrvineSurrey
HeatherLittlejohnLangley
HalWhytePenticton
ErinBartleyLangley
KaraDavidsonLangley
JuliaGarciaPitt Meadows