Saturday June 2 & Sunday June 3, 2012
The Waterloo Air Show 2012 is being held on the weekend of June 2 & 3, 2012. Located at the Region of Waterloo International Airport, the Waterloo Airshow is an amazing event for the entire family.
Amazing Air Show
As editor of LearnToFly.ca, I attend a lot of aviation events and air shows, and the Waterloo Air Show is always one of my favourite air shows in Canada. I loved the 2011 Waterloo Air Show, and 2012 promises to be another fantastic show.
Close to the Flight Line
The spectators are very close to the Flight Line, and you get to see the aircraft taxi to the runway, and also take-off and land. This is a great bonus, providing the crowd with an up-close and personal view of the warbirds, jets, specialty aircraft, homebuilt planes, and vintage airplanes as they perform before the crowds. The close proximity to the flight line makes for a fantastic aviation event, that you do not want to miss!
The CF18 Demonstration Team is always a great performance at the Waterloo Air Show. Pictured here, you see this spectacular take-off of the CF-18 at the 2011 Waterloo Air Show. Back again for the 2012 air show, the CF-18 Demo Team will be one of the highlights of the show.
The True North Strong and Free
The 2012 CF-18 Demo Team’s theme is: ‘The True North Strong and Free’. This theme was taken from the lyrics of Canada’s National Anthem, ‘O Canada’, and the theme is a great symbol for Canada’s Sovereignty and freedom.
CF-18 Paint Scheme
Each year, the CF-18 Hornet flown by the Demo Team at air shows across Canada, has a custom paint scheme to emphasize the year’s mission theme. This year’s CF-18 paint scheme will display tail and dorsal art featuring 13 distinctive snowflakes. These unique snowflakes represent Canada’s ten provinces and three territories. These 13 snowflakes also represent the 13 Air Force Wings located across the country from Gander, Newfoundland to Comox, British Columbia. The 2012 CF-18 Demo Team pilot is Canadian Forces Capt. Patrick “Paco” Gobeil.
CF-18 Cockpit Video
For a behind the scenes Video Tour of the CF-18 Hornet Cockpit, watch LearnToFly’s Pilot Interview with the 2011 Demo Team Pilot, Captain Erick O’Connor of 409 Squadron of the Canadian Forces.
Canadian Forces Snowbirds
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are always a crowd favourite at air shows, and the Snowbirds are back again for the Waterloo Air Show 2012. Typically, the Snowbirds “close” the show with a dramatic and exciting performance to be enjoyed by the entire family.
The CF Snowbirds are a high energy performance, and the air show crowd goes wild as this precision flying team performs amazing formation flying overhead. Watch this video of the Snowbirds Formation Flying for a taste of what you will experience at the Waterloo Air Show 2012.
The Snowbirds are an incredible 9-plane aerial aerobatics performance that will dazzle audiences of all ages. Don’t forget to stick around after their performance for autographs from the pilots and crew.
Waterloo Aviation Expo and Air Show
The Waterloo Air Show is more than just an air show performance. It’s also an Aviation Expo with many exhibits and static aircraft on display for the visitors to walk around. It’s a great opportunity to take amazing photos of some fantastic airplanes including many vintage and military aircraft.
Chat with owners, pilots and crew, as you walk through the many aviation exhibits and visit static aircraft displays on the field. In previous years, the show was called the “Waterloo Aviation Expo and Air Show”. Now that the show is simply called the “Waterloo Air Show”, it’s important to remember there is still a wonderful “Aviation Expo” component of the show that is open during the entire day. So, come early, and enjoy the Aviation Expo, before the Air Show performance begins.
More Waterloo Air Show Performers…
SkyHawks Parachute Jumpers
The Canadian Forces Parachute Team – The SkyHawks - opened the 2011 Waterloo Air Show, and they will be back for a Saturday performance at the 2012 Waterloo Air Show.
The SkyHawks are an elite team of Precision Parachute Jumpers, and their stunning performance is great fun for the entire family. Jumping from over a mile above, the SkyHawks are easily recognized by their signature Canadian Flag Canopies as they descend from high above the crowds.
Formations and Canopy Work
The SkyHawks execute many amazing formations in the air including the “Canadian T” formation, the “Tri-By-Side” formation and the “Three Stack Drag” formation.
Video: A Day in the Life of the SkyHawks
For a behind the scenes look, watch this exclusive video of “A Day in the Life of the SkyHawks” shot on location at the 2011 Waterloo Air Show.
The SkyHawks are a daring group of precision performers, and you really begin to appreciate their amazing talent and skill after watching them perform in the skies above.
Red Bull Pilot – Pete McLeod
Pete McLeod Racing (PMR) promises to be an exciting highlight in the Waterloo Air Show. Canadian native, Pete McLeod, made history by becoming the youngest pilot, and the first Canadian, to compete in the elite Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
Red Bull Air Race
Pete McLeod first competed in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship back in 2009, and he came in an impressive 5th place finish in 2010.
Zivko Edge 540
Pete flies the Edge 540, a high performance stunt plane manufactured and designed by Zivko Aeronautics, Inc.
The Edge 540 has a light weight Carbon Fibre and Steel Tube airframe that can withstand up to +- 12 G’s, and the Lycoming power plant outputs 340 HP. At the Waterloo Air Show, Pete will perform an aggressive, action-packed, low-level show in his custom configured Zivko Edge 540 airplane.
Pete McLeod is one of the World’s best racing pilots, and this young, Canadian pilot will put on a remarkable performance for everyone at the Waterloo Air Show. Pete was born in Red Lake, Ontario, in 1984, and he currently resides in London, Ontario. He is one of Canada’s youngest Air Show performers, and he’s a very welcome addition to the 2012 Waterloo Show.
The Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association (CHAA) is a Canadian Icon for many aviation enthusiasts.
Ivy League Colleges
These famous, yellow, training aircraft were named after Ivy League Colleges leading to the “Harvard”, “Yale” and “Cornell” variations of the Harvard aircraft. The North American Harvard is one of the most recognizable World War II aircraft, and these were used for training pilots during W.W.II.
4 Plane Formation
There will be a four plane Harvard Formation at the 2012 Waterloo Air Show, and the Harvards are probably the world’s best known WWII Training Aircraft.
Supersonic Propeller Tips
The unforgettable roar of the Harvards is caused by the Propeller Tips breaking the sound barrier! The tips are spinning so quickly, that they can go supersonic. The Harvards at the Waterloo Air Show will be a great sight, and an amazing sound for everyone.
OTTO The Helicopter is one of the most unique and versatile air show acts in the world. OTTO and his pilot, Roger Buis, put on a great comedy show that everyone will love, but especially the kids!
Fun, Funny, and Funtastic!
OTTO The Helicopter will entertain the Waterloo Air Show crowd by blowing bubbles, playing with his yo-yo, racing around barrels and picking them up, shooting smoke in all directions, towing banners, and performing amazing stunts.
OTTO Flies Backwards
Wait till you see OTTO The Helicopter fly backwards. It’s not very often you get to see a helicopter fly in reverse, but OTTO will not only fly backwards, but he will lift his tail in the air while flying backwards, until he is looking almost straight down at the crowd. OTTO mimics airplane aerobatics, but OTTO is a helicopter. The display of manoeuvrability and agility is absolutely stunning.
90 MPH in Reverse!
By the way, OTTO The Helicopter can fly at an amazing speed of 90 MPH in Reverse! Where else can you see a pilot flying at almost 100 mph in reverse? Do NOT miss the Waterloo Air Show, where you can see OTTO The Helicopter in crazy action.
OTTO The Helicopter adds great variety to the Waterloo Air Show, and OTTO will be loved by everyone.
2011 Speed Race Winner
Wayne is the Builder/Owner/Pilot of his Harmon F1 Rocket, and he was the 2011 winner of the prestigious EAA AirVenture Cup Race. Wayne’s Harmon F1 Rocket set speed records for it’s class, flying at an average speed of over 250 mph in the 400 mile EAA AirVenture competition. With a top speed of 275 mph, Wayne’s F1 Rocket will be rocketing past the crowds at the 2012 Waterloo Air Show.
F1 Rocket Video
Take a Cockpit Video Tour of the F1 Rocket… Ride along with Wayne Hadath as he takes LearnToFly.ca Editor, Geoff McKay, for a F1 Rocket Flight. Wayne’s F1 Rocket is very recognizable with its black and white “Zebra Striped” paint scheme, and you don’t want to miss Wayne and his award winning Harmon F1 Rocket.
Other Waterloo Air Show Performers
All Aircraft, Performances and Acts at the Waterloo Air Show 2012 are subject to change due to operational duties, weather and other unforeseen circumstances. But, the scheduled acts and performers so far, tell us the 2012 Show will be amazing. Here’s a few more performances you can expect:
- Jet Aircraft Museum (JAM) – T-33 Mako Shark
- Vintage Wings of Canada – Goodyear FG-1D Corsair
Don’t miss all the great performers, aircraft and aviation displays at the Waterloo Air Show 2012.
There will be FREE, ONSITE Parking this year. You don’t want to miss the Static Display. You have a chance to get up close to aircraft, talk to pilots, play kid-friendly activities and lock-in your spot on the viewing field for the air show. Traffic will peak around the airport significantly after 11 am, so plan accordingly.
Remember to bring your camera, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats and water. It can be very sunny, and hot, and there is limited areas for shade. A Free Water Truck will be onsite providing refills for your water bottles.
Saturday June 2, 2012
Sunday June 3, 2012
10am – 5pm Daily
Air Show Performance Daily from 1pm – 4pm (approx)
Region of Waterloo International Airport
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Tickets to the Waterloo Air Show may be purchased online in advance, or at the gate on the day of the show.
For More Details, and to purchase Tickets online, Visit:
See you at the 2012 Waterloo Air Show!