Snowbirds cite need for training, cancel shows
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.