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COMOX, B.C. – We have lift-off on April 28th.
On Wednesday, Comox council members approved a request for the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds to fly over Marina Park during next weekend’s Royal LePage Snow to Surf event.
The request came from Janice Sandholm of the Royal LePage Snow to Surf Society.
Happening next Sunday, April 28th, Royal LePage Snow to Surf features alpine skiing, cross country skiing, running, mountain biking, kayaking, road cycling and canoeing.
Competitors start at the top of Mount Washington, go down to mountain, across Comox Lake and paddle up the Courtenay River to Comox Harbour.
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The flyby will happen between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. on April 28th.
The timing coincides with the regular scheduled training runs that will be conducted over the Comox Valley by the Snowbirds from April 17 to May 7.
The Snowbirds special coordinator requires a letter stating:
“The municipality of Comox, BC is supportive of a flyby by RCAF Aircraft as low as 500 feet, flyby for the planned Royal LePage Snow to Surf being held in Comox, BC for transit, practice, and shows on 28 April 2019.”
The B.C. stops in this year’s Snowbirds airshow will be in Quesnel, Penticton, and Abbotsford.
The Valley will not be getting an official airshow, but they will be practicing here for the next three weeks.
According to the team’s communication officer, the team will be flying over the valley on these days:
Saturday (April 20 and 27): 10:05 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 4: 11:40 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.
Sunday (April 21 and 28): 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Every time slot may not be used because they are scheduled around the commercial air traffic in and out of Comox and are also weather dependent.