The Edmonton Airshow is taking flight this weekend at the Villeneuve Airport, with some of the best male and female aviators in the world.
Executive producer Dean Heuman says there’s also a kid’s play zone, and plenty of other things to keep you entertained and well fed.
“We have static displays of amazing aircraft,” remarked Heuman. “We’re probably going to have 25 static aircraft to look at and touch and get up close and personal with. We have exhibitors and a motorcycle stunt show. And we have over 30 food trucks on site, so whatever your taste is from the bland hot dog to the fanciest, you can have that.”
Heuman says they’ll also have a tribute to pilot Bruce Evens, who was killed in a crash at the Cold Lake Airshow.
“He was a great guy — he was a fantastic person. And he was actually going to come up and be on our static line this year, so we do miss him. And so we will have a moment for him before we start, and before the Princess Patricia paratroopers come down. They’re our neighbours and friends, and so that’s a bit of an honour to him as well.”
Traffic jams were a problem last year, but Heuman says they’ve put out multiple maps showing seven different ways to get to the airport, hoping everyone doesn’t go the same way.
“So Highway 44 is the way we don’t want people to go — not everyone to go to Highway 44. Go on our website, print off the map, and go one of the other ways. The second thing we did to address this is we’ve created a park-and-ride in Acheson at SMS Equipment — that map is also on our site. For $5, no matter how many people are in your car, you just park your car and we’ll bus you up to the show from there.”
The gates at the Villeneuve Airport open at 10 a.m., Saturday and Sunday, with the four-hour airshow starting at noon on both days. (kb/td)