Snowbirds Move to Two-Year Schedule

May 10th, 2010

Beginning this coming December, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds will move to a two-year schedule that allows them to announce their scheduled show dates 17-23 months in advance.

"The two year schedule is an excellent initiative that will assist air shows in long term planning for a successful event," said Colonel Michel Latouche, Canadian Air Force Liaison to the ICAS Board of Directors.

By providing air shows with much more advanced notice of the team’s plans to perform at particular shows, industry experts believe that the entire air show business benefits. Scheduling issues, sponsorship solicitation and many other aspects of the air show planning process are expected to be improved and simplified.

In December of 2010, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds will announce their 2011 and 2012 performance schedules. In December of 2011, the team will announce its 2013 schedule. In December of every year thereafter, the team will announce dates for the season that begins 17 months later.

In this first transition year, air shows interested in hosting the Snowbirds are asked to submit requests for both 2011 and 2012. Air show event organizers are asked to visit the Canadian Forces air show coordination website (www.airshows.forces.gc.ca) to make their requests for both 2011 and 2012 as soon as possible. If you have questions, event organizers have been asked to send an e-mail message to specialevents@forces.gc.ca. Someone from Special Events Coordination will respond your question or request.

The Snowbirds become the second North American military jet team to move to the two-year scheduling process; the U.S. Navy Blue Angels made a similar change in December of 2009.