Rules & Guidelines

Snowbirds Over Debert has been developed for the safety and enjoyment of everyone involved. The show's future depends on the support of the public and their willingness to abide by specific safety measures. Please help us by adhering to the Show guidelines listed below.


Driving & Parking

Please allow for sufficient time to drive to the Show and to park. Expect minimal delays and adjust accordingly. Please be careful when driving to the show... the activity in the sky can distract you more than normal. Watch the road and arrive at the show safely. And please don't park where you're not supposed to... if in doubt, move to where you are directed, as Show security/police will be instructed to tow unauthorized parked vehicles.


Please DO NOT bring your pets. 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.

No Smoking Areas

Please - for safety and courtesy there is NO SMOKING anywhere on the Air Show grounds. If you do light up anywhere, you will be asked to extinguish and dispose of your cigarette.


Please ensure you pick up your own litter and any stray litter you may see. There are dozens of trash and recycling cans throughout the grounds. Any litter remaining on the ground can potentially cause what is known as Foreign Object Damage (FOD).

FOD is defined as any article which causes, or has the potential to cause, damage to an aircraft or malfunction of an aircraft system or component. It could be an object, material or substance which gets ingested into an engine, jams a control surface, shorts out an electrical circuit, damages or punctures a tire, causes a fire or otherwise causes damage. Any number of everyday things can be FOD - paper, cardboard, plastic, discarded bags of ice, nuts & bolts, tools, the list is endless.

Needless to say, it is very important we all do our part in preventing FOD - please do your part and make sure that all litter is disposed of in the designated containers found throughout the grounds.

Food & Drink

Food or drinks should not be within ten feet of any aircraft. Some surfaces don't react well to the acids in food and beverages. A spill could mean a lengthy clean-up for an airplane owner.

No Alcohol

There are no alcoholic beverages allowed in the public areas or along the flight line.

Be Aware of the Heat

It is summer in Nova Scotia - this means you should take precautions for potential high heat and humidity. Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing and drink plenty of water. On a hot day, your body will lose more water than is required to just satisfy your thirst.

Watch for the warning signs of heat-related disorders:

If the heat starts to cause these symptoms, be sure to seek medical attention right away!

Items You Bring

Feel free to bring your lawn chair, blanket, umbrella, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc. People who choose to carry lawn chairs with them should be extra careful with them when near an airplane. However, while lawn chairs are allowed in the spectator area, they can pose a threat to airplanes when left unattended, especially on windy days. Unattended lawn chairs will be picked up and disposed of.

It is also recommended to carry sufficient cash if you plan to make purchases at the concessions booths (ie. food, drinks, souvenirs, etc.). However, for your convenience, we will also have an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) on-site the entire weekend.

Please do not bring in coolers. Packages, knapsacks, bags, etc. will be subject to search at the gates. Also note that there are no restrictions on bottles or cans of water, juice and soft drinks being brought onto the air show grounds. However, alcohol cannot be brought onto the grounds and will be confiscated at the entrance.

Don't Touch

Ask before touching any airplane that doesn't belong to you - the airplanes are not public property. Please don't lean against or set anything against an airplane at any time. Please respect other people's property as you would have them respect yours.