Snowbirds cite need for more training, cancel shows
OTTAWA – Canada’s famed Snowbirds acrobatic flying team is cancelling appearances at a number of airshows in Ontario and the United States so some of its pilots can get more practice. Officials are blaming bad weather earlier in the year for having shortened the team’s training time.
The nine-plane team has flown a number of shows this year, including a joint flight with a French team over Parliament Hill at the beginning of May.
But Maj. Patrick Gobeil says it was determined more practice was necessary after some of the planes were seen deviating from their positions midflight.
As a result, the Snowbirds are pulling out from two airshows later this month in Ontario, and four other airshows in the U.S.
The Snowbirds have been entertaining airshow visitors in Canada and across the U.S. since 1971.