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Welcome to the Airdrie Regional Air Show 2013 O

n behalf of the Airdrie Regional Air Show Society, the Board of Directors, community partners, sponsors, performers and volunteers, we would like to welcome you to Airdrie, Alberta, Canada!

After a hugely successful show in 2011, the Airdrie Regional Air Show is back for 2013 and we have put together an even BIGGER and BETTER show for you and your family to enjoy. This year’s event, which is presented by Mattamy Homes will showcase several amazing and informative acts, such as the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Demonstration Team, Team Oracle; Sean D Tucker, Kent Pietsch, Jimmy Hrymack, Super Dave Mathieson, John Mrazek, Vintage Wings West and many more! Get ready to be blown away by their breathtaking performances, the startling boom of the engines. Get to know the performers a little more by reading their bios. We’ve even left a little space for you to get an autograph or two from your favourites! You’ll find everything you need to know about our air show on the event map and highlight pages which can be found in the middle of the program. There you will find details about where the first aid, lost kids and autograph tents are located. But in case you cannot find what you are looking for, please ask one of our amazing volunteers (Sponsored by Airdrie Registry) They would be more than happy to make sure you have a memorable experience at this year’s show! In the program for your reading enjoyment, we’ve included a selection of editorial content for you to enjoy.

Thank you for joining us today. We know you will have tons of fun as you witness some of the most spectacular aerobatics featuring the world famous Canadian Forces Snowbirds and Vintage Wings West to name a few. We encourage you to take in all the activities on the grounds as well as in the air, visit our great food vendors, display areas and entertainment. Events of this magnitude do not happen without lots of volunteer support. I appreciate the many hours of hard work by event organizers and all the volunteers that will make this event a great success. Thank you to the performers and announcers for making the ARAS 2013 one to remember. Guests and visitors, please enjoy the hospitality of our community. As a growing city, we have new amenities including restaurants and shopping experiences nearby. Airdrie residents, thank you for making Airdrie a community that we are very proud of. Enjoy your weekend! Mayor of Airdrie, Peter Brown

Airdrie regional air show society volunteer board Chair and Director, Sponsorships, Peter Brown

Vice Chair, Chris Gourlie

Secretary, Alyson Sieders

Treasurer, Harry Brugmans

Director of Emergency Services, Scott Haggarty

Director Grounds, Dion Smith

Director of Marketing & Media Relations, Al Jones

Airpark Liaison, Bill Boucock

Director, Static Displays Darrell Garton

City of Airdrie Liaison, Kim Harris

Airpark Liaison, Lesley Neaves

Director, Transit Barb Imler

Director, Snowbird Liaison, Ron Chapman

Director, Volunteers, Don Thomas

Director, VIP Experience Don Bell

Director, Visitor Experience Monita Gourlie

Team Oracle Liaison, Sarah van Gilst

Director, Aerial Performers Doug Francoeur


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On behalf of the Government of Alberta, I would like to welcome the performers and all in attendance to what promises to be another thrill packed Airdrie Regional Air Show.

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2013 edition of the Airdrie Regional Air Show.

As MLA for Airdrie, I would like to welcome you to the much anticipated 3rd Airdrie Regional Airshow.



Regional air shows offer many Canadians their first chance to get a close look at airplanes, helicopters and jets, and to witness precision flying. This year’s edition of the Airdrie Air show will once again feature the breathtaking aerial displays of the ever-popular Canadian Forces Snowbirds, as well as thrilling performances by several bi-planes and vintage fighters. I would like to join you in giving special thanks to the members of the Airdrie Regional Air Show Society, the sponsors, and all the volunteers who make this show such a success. Held every second year, the Airdrie Regional Air Show continues to get bigger and better, and you should take great pride in its history and the benefits it brings to your community. Please accept my best wishes for a safe and memorable event.

Once again, some of the world’s best aviators will take to the skies defying gravity in breathtaking displays of daring set against the amazing backdrop of Alberta’s beautiful blue skies. Now in it’s third year, the Airdrie Air Show is building a reputation as one of the premier aviation spectacles in Canada and a wonderful opportunity for families and the community to come together to celebrate another glorious, southern Alberta summer. Amidst the excitement of loops, barrel rolls and hammerheads, it is easy to overlook that the Airdrie Air Show is also an important economic contributor to the Airdrie region. My thanks to the organizers, and volunteers who continue to make the Airdrie Air Show the success it has become and best wishes to the fans of fearless flight. Enjoy the show!

Ever since I was a small child learning of aviation from my grandfather - a Leading Aircraftman for the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Secord World War - I have been inspired by the pilots who take to the skies for our country. This year the Snowbirds’ squadron celebrates its 70th anniversary since its founding as a Bomber Squadron during World War II. As you watch the performance, I hope you take a moment to think of the servicemen and women in your life who have given so much. I know that when I watch the Snowbirds take flight, I will be thinking of my grandpa. As a proud Canadian, I know you will be inspired by the power of these planes and the skill of these pilots.

The lineup for the event is impressive and includes the iconic Canadian Snowbirds, aerial performers Sean Tucker, Kent Pietsch, Jimmy Hrymach and “Super” Dave Mathieson. There is also an array of aircraft on display, activities for kids, show merchandise, lots of food vendors and refreshments. This show is an excellent event for the family that entertains, educates and inspires anyone who enjoys the thrill of flight. I’m certain it will be a memorable experience.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I congratulate and salute the Airdrie Regional Air Show organizing committee and volunteers. Let’s show our appreciation by making the roar of these aircraft pale in comparison to the roar of our crowd.

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The Canadian Forces Snowbirds The Snowbirds Demonstration Team (431 Squadron) is a Canadian icon comprised of serving members of the Canadian Forces. Their pilots and technicians work as a team to bring thrilling performances to the North American public. Serving as Canadian ambassadors, the Snowbirds demonstrate the high level of professionalism, teamwork, excellence, discipline and dedication inherent in the women and men of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Forces.

Photo by Master Corporal Robert Bottrill

This year’s theme, “The Pursuit of Excellence” marks two exceptional milestones: the Squadron’s 70th Anniversary since its founding as a Bomber Squadron during World War II and the 50th Anniversary of flying the exceptionally robust Canadian designed and built CT-114 Tutor aircraft. The theme embodies the imperative that the Snowbirds, and by proxy, the Canadian Forces are constantly pursuing excellence at all levels from the individual, to the units, to the entire organisation. The pursuit of this essential but purposely unattainable goal is what motivates us all to strive for the highest standards of performance.


Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Colonel Maryse Carmichael Quebec, QC

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Squadron Honorary Colonel Honorary Colonel Michael Potter Ottawa, ON

Squadron Chief Warrant Officer Chief Warrant Officer Alan Blakney Petitcodiac, NB

Standards Pilot Captain Regan Wickett Saskatoon, SK

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Standards Pilot Captain Brett Glaeser Prospect Bay, NS


Snowbird 1 Team Lead Major Wayne Mott Miramichi, NB

Snowbird 2 Inner Right Wing Captain Padruig MacIntosh Windsor, ON

Snowbird 3 Inner left Wing Captain Brett Parker Edmonton, AB

Snowbird 4 First Line Astern Captain Gregg Wiebe Kenora, ON

Snowbird 5 Second Line Astern Captain Trevor Shawaga Melville, SK

Snowbird 6 Outer Right Wing Captain Denis Bandet Regina, SK

Snowbird 7 Outer Left Wing Captain Iain Cummings St-Catharines, ON

Snowbird 8 Opposing Solo Captain Guillaume Paquet Saint-Quentin, NB

Snowbird 9 Lead Solo Captain Brent Handy Wyevale, ON

Snowbird 10 Coordinator Captain Scott Greenfield Cobourg, ON

Snowbird 11 Coordinator Captain Steve MacDonald New Waterford, NS

Public Affairs Officer Captain Thomas Edelson Mission, BC

Crew Chief Aviation Technician Sergeant Trevor Llewellyn Comox, BC

Deputy Crew Chief Avionics Technician Master Corporal Marty Myre Sudbury, ON

Technical Coordinator Aircraft Structures Technician Corporal Justin Hill Beaver Bank, NS


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HISTORY Bio -Team |Rocket Sights ,and KenLandscapes & Eric

Team Rocket Eric Hansen & Ken Fowler Eric flies the F1 Rocket which is a sleeker, modified version of the Harmon Rocket II The F1 Rocket is a highperformance, kit-built airplane, capable of climbing at 3,500 fpm. Ken flies a Harmon Rocket II, which he built and maintains. This aircraft is a highly modified RV-4. Power is from a Lycoming IO-540, custom built by Progressive Air of Kamloops, British Columbia and produces 300 H.P. at 2800 RPM. The aircraft’s empty weight is only 1146 lbs, which gives it excellent high-speed aerobatic performance and awesome vertical performance. Although not an unlimited aerobatic aircraft such as the Extra 300 or Pitts, this Harmon Rocket will outperform all such aircraft going vertical. A two ship combination with Eric Hansen in the F1 Rocket, and Ken Fowler in the Harmon Rocket II. Precision, speed, and high performance aerobatics at it’s best….a spectacular show that will bring the crowd to their feet.

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Ken and Eric have been performing together in formation for 6 years. As a team they are dynamic and fast. They are the only team of this aircraft type, in the Air Show industry.

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The Airdrie Regional Air Show Society would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers whose hard work made this event possible. This event would not have been possible without your ongoing dedication and commitment to the community, so together we say thank you. A very special thank you to the Board of Directors for leading the efforts to plan the 3rd biannual Airdrie Regional Air Show. From marketing and ticketing to ground entertainment and security, every last detail was carefully considered. Collectively, you brought together a memorable event that you should all be very proud to have played a part in. We would also like to say thank you to our generous sponsors and community partners for embracing the Airdrie Regional Air Show and supporting our community. We are incredibly grateful to each of your organizations for your charitable contributions which allowed us to make the vision of an Air Show in Airdrie become a reality once again.

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Special thanks to Jason Trudeau at TruDesign Creative for designing this souvernier program. Last, but certainly not least, we’d like to say thank you to our Air Boss, the Show Announcers and each and every one of the performers for sharing their aviation talents with us today. Your involvement whether behind the scenes on the ground, or up in the air was truly inspiring. Thank you for coming and we hope to see you and your family at the next Airdrie Regional Air Show in 2015!

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HISTORY Bio -Sean D. | Sights Tuckerand - Team Landscapes Oracle

Sean D. T Sean D. Tucker’s life is marked by a search for excellence and perfected skill. He is not satisfied unless he is learning, refining a skill, or conquering a fear. Whether he is climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, heli-skiing, cave SCUBA diving, golfing, or flying his one-of-a kind aerobatic dream machine, Sean D. Tucker is full-throttle and extremely accomplished. He has been flying air shows world-wide since the mid-70’s and has won numerous aerobatic competitions. In that time, Sean has flown more than 1100 performances at more than 450 air shows, in front of more than 100 million fans. The level of professionalism and excitement in Sean’s airshow displays is no coincidence. Sean practices his airshow routine three times every day. To endure the extreme physical demands of each routine, Sean maintains a rigorous physical training schedule by workingout over 340 days per year.

67% of youth worldwide FAST FACT:love Sean has logged over 20,000 hours flying, AND EATiftomatoes which done all at once, would take over two years, and 24 apples hours a SCHOOL day.


Sean has been named as one of the Living Legends in Aviation, National Aviation Hall of Fame inductee, recipient of the Crystal Eagle Award, the General Charles E. Yeager International Aeronautical Achievement Award, inductee at the 2001 USAF Gathering of Eagles, and named as one of the Living Legends of Flight. This raises Sean into an elite group of aviators and astronauts that includes General Jimmy Doolittle, General ‘Chuck’ Yeager, Bob Hoover, Gene Cernan and John Glenn.

I n a i r s h o w f l y i n g , S e a n i s t h e w o r l d ’s p r e m i e r performer in terms of entertainment value, piloting skill and most import a n t l y, p r o f e s s i o n a l i s m . H e h a s b e e n f l y i n g a i r s h o w s w o r l d - w i d e s i n c e t h e m i d - 7 0 ’s a n d h a s w o n n u m e r o u s a e r o b a t i c c o m p e t i t i o n s .

D. Tucker - Team Oracle In addition to being a phenomenal aviator, he is also a larger than life character who touches the heart of his fans and inspires millions of Americans. Sean is extremely passionate about every aspect of the Team Oracle program. When asked about flying air shows, Sean responds, “I like to think that I bring the fans’ dreams of flying into the plane with me and there’s nowhere I’d rather be than in the cockpit. That’s why I train so hard to keep a finely tuned edge.” His self proclaimed goal is to “share the magic of flight with Team Oracle’s guests by inspiring and thrilling them. I want them to go away saying that the airshow was one of the most engaging days of their lives.” This energy is infectious; guests talk about feeling a rekindled enthusiasm for their own passions in life.

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HISTORY Bio -Kent Pietsch | Sights and Landscapes

Kent Pi Kent Pietsch fell in love with flying when he was four years-old. Five decades later, his passion has not waned. Since 1973, Kent has performed his incredible aerobatic routines for millions of people at more than 400 shows that have taken him to quality venues throughout the United States. Kent grew up in Minot, North Dakota, where every day after school, he’d find a way to get to the airport, and do whatever it took to get into an airplane.

FAST FACT: Kent is an honorary member of the Canadian forces snowbirds!

While most aerobatic performers have one basic program, Kent executes three storied acts that leave spectators mesmerized. These include a deadstick (turning the engine off) routine from 6,000 feet and a rooftop landing on a moving RV! However, Kent is best known for a comedy act that features a detached aileron (wing flap) and a mesmerizing wingtip-scraping pass down the runway that you must see to believe. When Kent is at the controls of his plane, it is impossible not to watch him perform. Kent loves to fly, but the audience is always his number-one priority. “If you can’t entertain, you have no business being out there,” he said. “The gratification is in knowing that people are enjoying themselves.” Kent’s humble nature and willingness to interact with fans make him a crowd favorite wherever he performs.

Since 1973, Kent has performed his incredible aerobatic routines for millions of people at more than 400 shows that have taken him to quality venues throughout the United States

Kent Pietsch - a fan favourite He flies an 800-pound Interstate Cadet with a 37-foot wingspan. The plane’s horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine can generate 90 horsepower and a G-force ranging from -3 to +5.

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Ken started his announcing career just six short years ago under the expert guidance of veteran airshow announcers, Roy Hafeli and Bob Singleton. Ken grew up around the Abbotsford International Airshow, and as a young boy, was thrilled with the incredible displays flown by amazing pilots in their flying machines. He thought those guys behind the microphones had a pretty cool job too and dreamed of one day being an announcer himself. A theatre producer, director and actor by profession, Ken is the Executive Artistic Director of Gallery 7 Theatre & Performing Arts Society located in Abbotsford, B.C. Ken has announced at air shows throughout B.C. Alberta, and Washington State, including Abbotsford, Airdrie, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Lethbridge, Peace River, Pitt Meadows and Tacoma. He holds a private pilot’s license with a night endorsement, is a member of the Abbotsford Flying Club, International Council of Air shows (ICAS) and Northwest Council of Air shows (NWCAS) and resides in his hometown of Abbotsford, B.C. Ken’s love for airplanes & air shows, coupled with his experience as a private pilot, actor, director & producer, make him an ideal member of any airshow announcing team. Using the phrase “Entertain - Inform – Inspire” as his motto, Ken aims to put airshow fans right in to the cockpit with his knowledgeable and colourful commentary. Enjoy the show!

Roy is the tall man with the big voice at air shows across Canada. His love of air shows and anything flying is obvious when he keys that microphone! He has worked in practically every aspect of aviation, from “flying ‘em to paintin’ em”!

Roy will share a few of his own personal and often humorous experiences and anecdotes with your crowd. Roy’s easy going, informative patter complements any air show performance. Roy’s love of aviation started early. While still in elementary school Roy was an avid reader of aviation books and built countless model airplanes, some of which survive to this day. Roy made his first solo flight when he was just 16 and a year later he earned his private pilots licence. Soon after qualifying as a private pilot Roy received his floatplane endorsement and then moved on to aerobatic training in a classic AT-6 Harvard. During his time in the aviation industry Roy has worked at a floatplane company in New Westminster, BC and as an aircraft painter for Conair Aviation at the Abbotsford Airport. Roy serves on the board of the North West Council of Air Shows and is a recipient of the NWCAS Showmanship award and the Eric Beard Spirit of Flight award. Roy is a member of the International Council of Air Shows.

the air boss Donna Flynn, Showline Airshow Service Ltd. Donna Flynn started in aviation when she obtained her private license in the winter of 1987. She soon followed with a commercial license in 1989. While working through her licenses she caught the airshow bug while volunteering at the Vanderhoof International Airshow. Working on the flight operations side of the show, she was involved in other interesting projects including Joann Osterud’s inverted flight records. Along with a partner in 1992, she started a float-based business in Fort St. James, British Columbia. This kept her busy in central and northern B.C. until 1998 when she started an airshow based business and in 2000 she made the move to Vancouver, B.C. Along with another partner, she started Showline Airshow Services Ltd., which specializes in the Air Bossing and Flight Operations of an air event. Soon after she took over the business completely and during a typical show season she will work anywhere from 8 to 10 airshow events. Donna has completed over 250 show and media days at over 27 sites in Canada and the United States. She has worked with all the North American jet and skydiving teams. Some of her show sites include San Francisco’s Fleet Week, Saskatoon’s famous Veteran event, The Canada Remembers Air Show, Niagara Falls, ON, Fort St. John, BC, Peace River, AB, Vandenburg AFB, CA and Klamath Falls, OR. For more information please visit

Y.I.E.L.D. has partnered with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to provide education to our youth and the general public about the dangers of high risk driving and the consequences of their choices. The history of traffic enforcement to date has shown that strict enforcement alone will not curb the problems of high risk driving activities and only through a strong education component can we make a difference to the carnage presently on our roadways. Y.I.E.L.D. has also partnered with the University of Alberta Senior Engineering class that have completed a comprehensive design for a 2006 Mini Cooper conversion to an electric drag race car. We plan on continuing our partnership with the University to take the Mini Cooper to the next stage, that being the build. This electric vehicle will bring national and international attention to our youth education and road safety programs. The Y.I.E.L.D. Association operates on funds, services and equipment provided by various partners. These partners recognize the need to educate our youth about the dangers of making inappropriate choices not only in their driving habits but also in their day to day living. Our target audience is youth aged 14 to 24. Members of Y.I.E.L.D. strive to make a difference by providing guidance wherever possible by interacting with our youth in a positive manner. We are a group of law enforcement, fire, and ambulance personnel that travel to schools, community events, and other special events to promote education and healthy lifestyle choices to our youth. We use a retired highway patrol car, a 2000 Chevrolet Camaro that has been converted to a drag race car as the incentive for the youth to come up and talk with us. We then try to provide a common area of conversation where the youth feel comfortable talking with us and build a relationship with our audience. During that time we speak of road safety and in general life decisions and how their choices will affect their well being and that of others. We have traveled through out western Canada bringing our message of youth education and road safety to communities in a manner that is conducive to positive youth interaction with police and other emergency services.

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HISTORY Bio -Jimmy| Sights Hrymack and Landscapes

Jimmy H Upon Wings graduation he was selected as an Instructor pilot on the Ct-114 Tutor, in Moose Jaw followed by three consecutive flying tours in various communities. He flew Twin Otters with 440 Sqn in Yellowknife supporting the Canadian Rangers in the High Artic as well as carrying out search and rescue missions. He then went to fly T-33s as a fighter combat support pilot in Cold Lake with 417 squadron. After the retirement of the T-33 he returned to Moose Jaw to teach ab initio Instructors on the CF’s latest trainer the Harvard Mark 2. After nearly 22 years service to Canada Jim retired in 2005 to go on to the fly with British Aerospace as a contract flying Instructor - teaching the Royal Saudi Air Force how to fly on Pilatus Pc-9s. Beginning his Air Show career in 2000 with a Pitts Special - Jim has flown over 50 shows across Canada amassing nearly 7000 hours in military and civilian flying. He was the Canadian National Intermediate Aerobatic Champion in 2004.


The Harvard is a big, loud and proud heritage aircraft that is always sure to be a crowd pleaser.

He now calls Bassano his home and returns for the 2013 season with a 1952 Mark 4 Harvard Trainer, painted in original Air Force colours and markings. Jim owns and operates “Specialized Flight Training” in Bassano, Alberta, teaching tailwheel, aerobatics, and introductory bush flying courses.

Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jim joined the Canadian Forces a f t e r h i g h s c h o o l a s a n i n f a n t r y S o l d i e r i n t h e P r i n c e s s Pa t r i c i a ’s Canadian Light Infantry in 1983. He served as a Rifleman, Section C o m m a n d e r, a n d t h e n A c t i n g P l a t o o n S e r g e a n t w h i l e e a r n i n g h i s Private, through Commercial flying licences, seaplane and aerobatic flying endorsements in his spare time.

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The Harvard aircraft is one of the most famous military trainers of all time, training thousands of pilots in Canada during the BCATP (British Commonwealth Air training Plan) during the Second World War, and NATO pilots during the 50s and 60s. It was utilized by various Air Forces throughout the world as an advanced trainer up to as late as 2002 when South African Air Force finally retired theirs. The version Jim flies is a former Canadian Forces trainer that was stationed at various bases in Canada including Gimli, Moose Jaw and Penhold. After it’s Air Force career - this aircraft was purchased by Saskatchewan Aviation Hall of Famer Harry Whereatt of Assinaboia SK in 1968. Harry meticulously maintained and flew the aircraft until Jim acquired it in 2008. It’s powered by a 1340 Pratt and Whitney radial engine that produces 600 HP and is capable of speeds up to 258 MPH.

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HISTORY Bio -Super| Dave SightsMathieson and Landscapes

Super Dave Mat Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Dave Mathieson, better known as “Super Dave” in the airshow community, was voted the #1 aerobatic pilot in Canada... by his mom. (It’s on the side of his airplane, so it has to be true!). Flying the worlds most advanced aerobatic aircraft called the “MX2”. The aircraft is designed for plus or minus 16G’s. It has an incredible roll rate of 500 degrees per second and is powered by a 380HP motor giving the aircraft a top speed of 300 MPH. Dave has over 15,000 hours of flying experience. He flew for AirCanada Jazz for five years but found the job too boring and they frowned upon doing aerobatics with a 100 people in the back of the airplane. Dave quit that job and went on to become the Co-Owner and President of Summit Air Charters based in Yellowknife Northwest Territories.


Dave’s Plane the MX2, is designed for +/- 16G’s, and is Powered by a 380HP motor with a top speed of 300MPH!

Dave started flying with the Royal Canadian Air cadets at age 15 in gliders and got his first float flying job at the age of 18. Flew bush planes on floats for most of his career including Beech 18, Norseman, de Havilland Beaver, Otter, Twin Otter, Buffalo & Dash 8. One season while flying a Cessna 180 on floats the control stick for the aircraft disconnected from the dashboard losing both aileron and elevator. Dave managed to keep the aircraft fly-

Dave Mathieson, better known as “Super Dave” i n t h e a i r s h o w c o m m u n i t y, w a s v o t e d t h e #1 aerobatic pilot in Canada, by his mom. ( I t ’s o n t h e s i d e o f h i s a i r p l a n e , so it has to be true!).

e Mathieson ing by using the trim wheel, his body weight and actually opening the doors to steer that aircraft back to his base Dave flew the airplane like this for almost one hour before he landed it on a lake without incident. From that day on his friends gave him the nick name “Super Dave” Dave is a true believer in “Chasing your dreams” He uses air shows to inspire people young and old and shows them all that every dream is possible if you just work hard at it. Dave is a proud supporter of the Ryan J Poe foundation and their “Elevate Your Life” program. The Elevate program uses aviation to inspire, motivate and provide a path for young people to realize their dreams. Dave’s is a self-proclaimed excellent Golfer as long as there is an eraser on the end of his pencil. Dave’s other hobbies include fishing, downhill skiing and drinking Pina-coladas and getting caught in the rain. Also an excellent dancer who makes up all his own moves.

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HISTORY Bio - John |Mrazek Sights and Landscapes

John Mrazek For a beautiful turbo-jet aerobatic and formation display, John is joined by his son Richard, both flying L29 Delfin’s. Richard also flies a graceful aerobatic display in a Yak 18T. John is a well known aerobatic airshow performer with over twenty five years experience flying the airshow circuit. When John is not flying air shows, he is instructing in the art of aerobatics, formation flying, and float flying. John also acts as an ICAS approved Airshow Certificate Evaluator. As incredible as their airborne performances are, John and Richard realize that their effort on the ground is just as critical to the success of the show. Before and after each performance, you can find both signing autographs, taking pictures, and conversing with the fans to give even the biggest of events a personal touch that leaves the fans with an experience unmatched by any other professional sporting or entertainment event.


The harvard mark iv is regarded as One of the best advanced training aircraft ever built, the Harvard became a mainstay of the British Commonwealth

Veteran airshow pilot and performer John Mrazek a l o n g w i t h h i s H a r v a r d M a r k I V, “ P u s s y c a t I I , ” w i l l dazzle audiences, spectators, or anyone watching with a spectacular aerial ballet. With lots of noise, s m o k e , a n d s k i l l , J o h n ’s a e r o b a t i c p e r f o r m a n c e w i l l bring the entire airshow crowd to a standstill.

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HISTORY Bio -Vintage | Sights Wingsand West Landscapes

VINTAGE WING The Mustang IV (named P-51 in the USA) is arguably the finest fighter aircraft design of all time let alone the Second World War. The first prototype of the P-51 was originally designed and built by North American Aviation not for the United States Army Air Force (USAAF), but in response to an RAF requirement. Most of the following production aircraft were powered by Packard-built Rolls-Royce Merlin engines that were capable of superb performance at high altitude. Of the more than 16,000 Mustangs produced, the most common variant was the Mk IV (P-51 D-model in the USAAF) similar to our aircraft, introduced in May of 1944. Through the use of external longrange fuel tanks, the Mustang was capable of escorting daylight bomber formations all the way to Berlin and back, thus providing much needed protection against marauding German interceptors. This highly capable aircraft went on to fight in the Korean War and, incredibly, still equipped some South American air forces into the 1980s.


The P-51 was the first singleengine aircraft to penetrate Germany from British soil during World War II.

The VWC Mustang Mk IV is painted in period markings of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 442 Squadron, which flew the last Allied operational fighter mission of the entire European theatre of the Second World War - flying fighter cover for naval operations near the Channel Islands. The W/C Stocky Edwards Curtiss P40-N Kittyhawk. The Curtiss P-40 was

The Mustang IV (named P-51 in the USA) is arguably the finest f i g h t e r a i r c r a f t d e s i g n o f a l l t i m e l e t a l o n e t h e S e c o n d W o r l d W a r. P-40 KITTYHAWK - The Curtiss P-40 was a formidable fighter and ground attack aircraft in the right hands.

WINGS WEST P-51& p-40 a formidable fighter and ground attack aircraft in the right hands. Employed in theatres from China to New Guinea to the Aleutians to North Africa, P-40 variants had many names including the Tomahawk, Kittyhawk and Warhawk. The Kittyhawk was the name given by British Commonwealth air forces to the P-40E model and subsequent variants.

The P-40 saw action with the Desert Air Force of the RAF in North Africa. Though not a first rate high altitude dogfighter, the Kittyhawk with its long range, bomb load and armour, became a formidable low-level fighter-bomber. Most know the P-40 as the mount of American General Clair Chenault’s Flying Tigers operating in China against the Japanese at the outset of the war. But, one of the greatest P-40 pilots anywhere was Canada’s own W/C James “Stocky” Edwards who flew hundreds of successful Kittyhawk missions with 260 Squadron in the North African campaign. Edwards used his underrated Kittyhawk to shoot down Luftwaffe ace Otto Schulz, one of the most skilled pilots flying a supposed superior aircraft - the Messerschmitt Bf-109F. To honour this great Canadian pilot, the Vintage Wings of Canada P-40 is painted in the exact Desert Air Force markings of Edwards’ 260 Squadron Kittyhawk.

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Since assuming responsibility of NASP in December 2003, TC has been proactive in augmenting the effectiveness of the program. It has increased the frequency of pollution patrol hours and expanded patrols over areas not historically included, such as in the Arctic. Other TC initiatives include: multi-tasking with other Government Departments to ensure each surveillance hour is as productive as possible, and upgrading its pollution surveillance equipment to ensure Canada has the capability to observe, analyze, record and report marine pollution and other sea based activities. The new Dash 8 pollution surveillance aircraft is equipped with state-of-the-art aerial surveillance equipment that will increase TC’s ability to detect marine polluters better than ever before.

E vid en ce g at h e r e d b y t h e N A S P c r e w s i s f o r w ard e d to t h e a p p r o p r i at e d e part m e n ta l a n d E n vir o n m e nt Ca na da ( EC ) r e g i o na l o f f i c e s to e n f o r c e t h e p r o v i s i o n s o f Ca n a d ia n l eg i s l at i o n a p p l i c a b l e to i l l e g a l di s c h arg e s f r o m s h i p s .

Spill Prevention: National Aerial Surveillance Program Environmental Response Systems Canada has the world’s longest coastline with 243,000 kilometers on the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic oceans, as well as the Great Lakes. Transport Canada (TC) keeps a watchful eye over ships transiting waters under Canadian jurisdiction through its National Aerial Surveillance Program (NASP). It is the lead federal department responsible for preventing pollution from ships and the NASP is one method by which this is achieved. Internationally, aerial surveillance is widely adopted and considered to be the most effective method for the detection of oil spills. The presence of the NASP surveillance aircraft acts as a deterrent by discouraging illegal discharges of pollution at sea.

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Regular aerial surveillance flights have contributed significantly to the decrease in oil discharges, as ships are increasingly aware that their illicit polluting activities can be detected. The NASP aerial surveillance fleet today consists of three recently modernized aircraft that are strategically placed across the Country. The aim of the NASP is to maximize every patrol hour in the air, by relying on the functionality of the NASP’s state-of-the-art remote sensing systems and the MART’s expertise coupled with ongoing programs such as I-STOP. TC is committed to continuously enhancing the protection of the Canadian marine environment from ship-source pollution, ultimately protecting Canada’s ocean resources and fragile marine ecosystems for the benefit of coastal communities and all Canadians. For more information on the NASP, please refer to Transport Canada’s Media Room.

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