Every two years the Roland Désourdy Airport (CZBM) in the Eastern Townships, Bromont, Quebec, alternates its major air show with the long-standing Bagotville International Air Show. The organizers saw an opportunity to pick up the torch after the last edition of the Quebec International Air Show was held in 2010 at Jean Lesage Airport in Quebec City.
This year it is Bromont’s turn (even-numbered years), and Bagotville will hold its show on odd- numbered years. Airport manager Robert Blais has worked hard to increase the visibility of CZBM since being hired as the manager in January 2011. The last show in 2012 featured Pete McLeod, our Red Bull Air Racer, and it was dedicated to raising funds for leukaemia research. Pete’s schedule won’t allow his appearance this year, but the acts performing in the much bigger edition of the show for 2014 will include:
Rick Volker and his Harvard
- Rick Volker’s Harvard SNJ
- The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-18 demonstration team
- The RCAF Snowbirds formation flying team
- Redline Air Shows with ex-Snowbird pilot Brent Handy
- Manfred Radius’ aerobatic glider
- Dan Marcotte flying his new ride, an Ultimate Biplane
- Carole Pilon, Third Strike Wingwalking
- Yak Attack Air Shows
- Gordon Price returns from an 18-year sabbatical.
Carole Pilon and her bright red 450-hp Stearman
Brent Handy’s Pitts Special S-2B
Gordon Price and his Yak-50 (Serial No. 001)
Carole Pilon is not only Canada’s only wingwalker; she is the first and only woman to walk on the wing of a jet-propelled aircraft. She is the sole proprietor of her wingwalking business, and she has worked with 17 pilots to date. Based in Masham near Gatineau, Quebec, she owns two aircraft, is a parachutist and a certificated FAA airframe technician, and has performed dual, night, pyro, and team wingwalking events for 14 years. She performed as a stunt wingwalker in the 2009 Fox Searchlight Pictures major motion picture, Amelia.
The Royal Canadian Air Force celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, and it will be inspiring to be able to join the crowd in recognizing their years of dedication.
Incidentally, Dan Marcotte had to depend on his parachute when, on April 19, his previous Ultimate Biplane came apart in the air during practice. He landed in a tree, narrowly missing power lines. His company, MindWorks Creative Metal Fabrication, is based 16 miles south of the Quebec border in Bakersfield, Vermont.
The air show will consist of practices on Friday, then the full show both Saturday and Sunday starting at 1 p.m.
On the ground, there will be several aviation exhibits including medevac, vintage, radio controlled, and military information. And an air show would be incomplete without information on aviation careers. There will also be a tethered hot-air balloon and helicopter rides. Of course, Quebec is famous for its local products which will be featured, and there will be booths for food and drinks.
Profits from the event will be used to support airport development and provide scholarships for aviation students.
You can read the latest details and get significant savings on tickets via the event’s website. A one-day ticket, for example, is $15 online and $25 on the day. A ticket for Saturday and Sunday can be had for $20 online versus $30 at the gate.
VIP tickets packages are also offered for those who prefer to experience the show in greater comfort. You can reserve your VIP tickets online.
Sponsorship and partnership packages are also available through the website.
Note: Saturday and Sunday, August 16 and 17, are open to the general public. Friday, August 15, is open to a limited number of participants and available through online presale ticket purchase only. This day is dedicated to “Education - History - Careers” in aviation. Many schools and training facilities will be there to promote their programs. A few museums will be there to educate visitors on Canada’s aviation history. Many companies will be there to inform visitors on the many jobs and career opportunities available in the aeronautical industry.
This day will be of great interest to anybody looking for an education in aeronautics, looking for a career change, or looking for a career opportunity with the companies present on-site.