July 25, 2014 - 11:14 AM
KELOWNA – Fasten your seatbelts, the Snowbirds are flying into Kelowna next week.
The iconic team of nine serving pilots and their CT 114 Tutors will perform during the 2014 Rotary Air Show, July 30 at 5 p.m. in front of Waterfront Park.
Capt. Thomas Edelson is the squadron public affairs officer and was in Kelowna the last time the Snowbirds performed in Kelowna in 2012.
“Kelowna is a great place to go in the summer,” he says. “It is a little tight and the mountains present a unique challenge because at the speeds the planes fly the horizon can come at you pretty quick.”
Edelson says the weather is one of the reasons the Snowbirds love to fly in the Okanagan Valley.
“It’s certainly one of the more beautiful spots to have a show.”
Edelson says some of the aerobatics will be new and never before seen by the public.
The Snowbirds will appear in about 60 shows at 40 different locations during the 2014 season. More information on the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the charities they support can be found online.
The City of Kelowna is encouraging spectators to watch the show from Kerry Park or Waterfront Park and have placed some restrictions for those hoping to see the Snowbirds from other vantage points.
There will be no traffic restrictions because of the show, but boaters are asked to stay out of the "sterile zone" on Okanagan Lake that will be marked by orange buoys. The Snowbirds will not fly if there are boats in the restricted zone. RCMP boats will be posted at all boat launches notifying boaters of the restricted zone.
On Water Street, Queensway and Sutherland Bay, boat launches will be close from 2-6 p.m. Park embassadors will be stationed at the Cook Street boat launch from 2-5 p.m. to direct boaters and provide additonal information about the sterile zone.
Cars will not be allowed to go up Knox Mountain Drive between from 3-6 p.m. but those already there will be allowed to exit during that period. There will be no restrictions for those on foot.
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