The beloved Snowbirds will be leaving Penticton Airport today, Sept. 29, at noon.
After a thorough risk assessment and fleet-wide inspection following the minor crash on Aug. 2 at a Fort St. John, airshow, the pilots have been cleared to resume flying the CT-114 Tutor fleet.
The Snowbirds have been stationed at the Penticton Airport since they were grounded on Aug. 2.
With the operational pause now lifted, the team will be heading out of Penticton in order to return the jets to their home base in Moose Jaw, Sask.
The popular aerobatic demonstration team had to cancel their show last minute on the opening day of Penticton’s Peach Fest.
The jets are a highlight of Peach Fest and it’s hoped they make a return to the Penticton festival in 2023.
Preparing an aerobatic demonstration to the required level for public performance requires constant training and regular flying, said the Snowbirds team.
Having not flown since early August, the team will take the necessary time to re-train and get back in the air. Consequently, they will not be attending the remaining airshows this season, the Snowbirds said on Facebook.
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