FAQs

We know that our fans have lots of questions about attending the Air Show. We have tried to summarize our most common questions into this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to make it as easy as possible for you to get the answers you are looking for. Simply click on the question you would like to see the answer for and it will appear.

 

What performers will be flying in the Air Display?

The latest list and status of confirmed and invited acts can be found by clicking here.

Which types of static aircraft will be on Static Display?

Yes, there will be several static aircraft at the Show. We are working constantly to bring a great selection of aircraft for you to see. We have invitations out to military squadrons and civilian organizations across the Atlantic Provinces. Click here to see the list of invited static aircraft and their latest attendance status. Please note these lists will likely change quite often through the months and weeks preceding the Show.

What other ground performers and attractions will be on-site?

The grounds will feature food & beverage concessions, souvenirs and possibly displays by local organizations and/our businesses.

We are working with the 5th Division of the Canadian Army to bring a number of army vehicle, equipment and personnel displays.

We are also in the midst of negotiating a few other ground-based attractions and will post them on our web site as we confirm them.

What is the schedule for the day of the Air Show?

Click here to view the proposed schedule for the day of the Air Show.

What are the details about buying tickets?

Tickets will continue to give great value for a full day of family entertainment. Details on all ticket options can be found by clicking here.

What is the plan for parking at this year's Show?

We are currently planning to have designated parking areas located close to the Air Show Grounds at the Debert Airport. We also typically have a designated parking area for larger vehicles such as RVs, busses, etc. Please pay attention to any signage indicating where and where NOT to park, and always follow the directions of any parking team members and/or police.

We will post and publicize more information about this once details have been arranged and confirmed.

Can I bring my pet when I come to see the Air Show?

Because of safety reasons for both the pet and the crowd on-site at the Show, NO PETS will be permitted on the Air Show grounds with the exception of Certified Service Animals. Also, if a pet is discovered locked in a hot vehicle, it will be reported to the local authorities and handled by them appropriately.

How do I find out about any promotions or special events related to the Show?

The best way to keep aware of any promotions or special events we will be putting on is to Become an Air Show Insider. Click here to sign up now. We also maintain active social media pages (ie. Facebook and Twitter), so be sure to monitor those for announcements as well!

Will there be traffic problems?

We do anticipate minor delays at peak entry and exit times, so be sure to give yourself enough time to arrive at the site. However, our traffic plan is designed to make your arrival and departure as safe and expedient as possible. Please be sure to follow the directions of posted signage and those personnel guiding traffic to ensure a smooth arrival and departure.

A key piece of advice we can give with the expected crowds is to arrive early so you miss nothing and plan to stay a bit later and view the ground displays. No matter what we do, there will be line-ups at an event of this size.

How do you accommodate people with Accessibility issues?

Each year, we offer both Accessible Parking which is close to the entrance gates of the Air Show grounds and a designated Wheelchair Viewing Area right along the front of the crowd line.

We always have an area identified for Accessible Parking at each location we stage an Air Show. Typically, the Accessibility hanging placards and/or license plates are how our parking teams identify people requiring accessible parking. However, if you do not have either and feel you need accessible parking, if you stop and speak to one of the parking team and explain the situation, they will generally steer you to the accessible parking area or next closest area if the lot is at capacity.

Slways be sure to follow the marked signs when proceeding onto the grounds and the directions of the parking teams. The Show also generally will have access to a form of transportation to assist with mobility issues. If you do require assistance, please be sure to ask upon your arrival.

If you have questions in the meantime, please e-mail the Air Show Office at inquiries@airshowatlantic.ca with your inquiry.

Can I bring my own chair to sit on?

Yes, we do allow you to bring your own chair. However, it is expected that you will carry your chair with you wherever you go on the grounds. Chairs that are left unattended for an extended period of time may be removed, as they can present a potential safety hazard. Please use your discretion and good judgement when bringing your own chair. Any chairs left at the end of the day will also be removed.

Can I bring my own food and drinks?

Yes, we do not restrict people bringing their own food and drink onto the grounds. However, coolers are NOT permitted. There will also be a good selection of food & drink available for purchase on the grounds. Most vendors will take cash only, so be sure to have sufficient cash upon arrival, or you can use the ATM machine that we will have on-site.

However, no alcohol will be permitted onto the grounds and will be confiscated by security personnel. It is possible that you will be asked to leave the grounds if you are found with alcohol.

Can I bring bags, backpacks or coolers onto the Show grounds?

We do allow bags, purses, backpacks, etc. However, they will be subject to search by security personnel upon arrival at the air show grounds.

We do NOT however allow coolers at any time. They present a potential security concern and if you come to the grounds with a cooler, you will be given the option to return it to your vehicle or to have it confiscated at the grounds entrance. We will not be responsible for any items that are confiscated.

Will the food line-ups be reasonable?

Yes. We have plans in place to ensure a sufficient number of food vendors and will have spots, known as "comfort stations", where you can get drinks with no food (faster service for just drinks).

Is the Air Show safe?

We occasionally get concerns expressed by people who worry that the Air Show is an unsafe activity for the fans or even the residents who live in the area. Most of these concerns are generated by television shows that show crashes at air shows, typically in Europe, that occurred decades ago. The safety rules in North America are the most stringent in the world and are designed within the rules set out by the FAA, Transport Canada and the respective Air Forces in cooperation with the Air Show industry body, the International Council of Air Shows.

Here is a link to recent ICAS safety initiatives and publications: http://www.airshows.aero/Docs/110

Our Air Show's air display is designed around an aerobatic safety box in which all aerobatic manoeuvres are performed. This box is over 6000 feet long and 3000 feet wide - lots of room to fly and regain level flight before exiting the box where the aircraft may fly over populated areas at a safe altitude. The safe altitude mitigates noise as well. Although some aircraft are quite loud, they will not do damage to people or animals at safe altitude. The aerobatic safety box is entirely on the property on which the Show flies and Air Show staff ensure the area remains empty of people while the aircraft fly.

The bottom line is that the Air Show is very safe and is designed with safety in mind. No spectator has been injured by an airshow-related incident in North America for the past 50+ years.

Can I fly-in my private aircraft to attend the Show?

We are currently working on developing this year's Fly-In Program and will post the details as soon as they are ready. Click here to find out more.

Where will the crowd sit?

The crowd will have a number of areas they will be able to watch the Show from. Exact locations will be identified and eventually posted here on our Site Map page. There should be no shortage of good viewing areas for everyone to watch.

Can the Show be seen from off of the Air Show grounds?

No. The direction the aerobatic box is oriented for crowd viewing from WITHIN the Air Show grounds meaning that any surrounding areas where someone might be able to watch will be at an "off" angle or so far away from the flying area not to be easily seen. As well, those watching from outside the grounds will miss all of the other attractions on the Show grounds. Please note that there may be areas where we need local police to enforce no parking along the side of the road in a number of areas, so as to ensure the safety of traffic travelling to and from the Air Show.

Just as importantly, the areas around the airport where one might want to view from may not be your property. It's important that we be good neighbours and not encroach on or damage anyone's property. The Air Show Team will be ensuring, with the support of local police, that property is protected.

For people whose homes are close to the Show, we of course hope they enjoy the event as well as tolerate the extra noise that the weekend will bring. And while family parties on such properties are quite normal, we encourage everyone who wants to enjoy the Show to purchase tickets in support of this not-for-profit Community event. The budget for an air show is not small and one key to success is - financially - being able to return for future Shows knowing we have the support of the fans. Please come to the Show and enjoy watching it up close as it is designed to be watched.