The Northwest Regional Air Show returns to Terrace on July 20 after a two-decade hiatus, featuring the Canadian Snowbirds and the CF-18 display team.
Steve Pereira, president of the Northwest Regional Airshow Society and main organizer, has been working to bring back this popular event since airport general manager Carman Hendry asked him to help.
“Terrace was a very big airshow community in the 90s, and it hasn’t existed for two decades. It was part of the community and it was a highly anticipated event,” Pereira said.
“We made it our mandate to resuscitate him and bring him back.”
The last air show was in 2004, but the last time the Snowbirds visited Terrace was in 2000. Until now, to see the Snowbirds, northerners had to fly to Abbotsford or another center with regular air shows.
“The little air shows are all slipping off the radar right now,” Pereira said.
After hearing from the military and completing the paperwork, Pereira and the air show team began planning in December. After that, the Skyhawks parachute team also approved their request and will be at the airshow. Two CF-18s are arriving, one will be efficient and the other as reinforcement.
“You will hear them on Tuesday when they arrive. They will fly over Terrace and make a lot of noise as they approach the airport,” Pereira said.
He said it was a good opportunity for people to come together after two years of not being able to socialize due to the COVID-19 pandemic and feel like life was getting back to normal.
Since this is the first time the event has returned to the Northwest, whether or not it becomes a regular event again is “up in the air.”
“In general, air shows are held every two years and we’ll see how we do with this one,” Pereira said. “The snowbirds will then give us some insight into how we did as hosts. We hope we have been successful in hosting them. What I say to everyone is “let’s get through this one” and then we’ll go from there.
Pereira said he expects a lot of planes in the air and is taking this chance to be part of it.
“It’s not just military. We have civilian pilots doing stunts, there will be food vendors and there will be a KidZone.
Doors open at 2 p.m. and the show starts at 5 p.m. sharp. The Snowbirds will open the show, so people are advised to show up early to find parking and a place to sit.
Smoking, vaping and drinking alcohol are prohibited within the airport grounds, and pets will not be permitted.
Since there are no bleachers at the event, Pereira advised spectators to bring a portable chair or blanket so they can comfortably look up and watch the show in the sky.
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