Snow­birds cite need for train­ing, can­cel shows

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Canada’s famed Snow­birds ac­ro­batic fly­ing team is can­celling ap­pear­ances at a num­ber of air shows 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 Ma­jor Pa­trick Gobeil says it was de­ter­mined that 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 air shows later this month in On­tario, and four other air shows in the U.S.

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