We know that our fans have lots of questions about attending the Air Show. We have tried to summarize our most common questions into this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to make it as easy as possible for you to get the answers you are looking for. Simply click on the question you would like to see the answer for and it will appear.
The latest list and status of confirmed and invited acts can be found by clicking here.
Yes, there will be several static aircraft at the Show. We are working constantly to bring a great selection of aircraft for you to see. We have invitations out to military squadrons and civilian organizations across the Atlantic Provinces, Canada and beyond. Click here to see the list of invited static aircraft and their latest attendance status. Please note these lists will likely change quite often through the months and weeks preceding the Show.
In the last couple years, the US military allowed a very small number of aerial and static aircraft displays outside of the United States. We understand the limited resources that the US Department of Defense has to work with in terms of international appearance and we are continuing to work with them in order to hopefully bring some US military aircraft to our Show.
The well-attended Runway Market will also be on the grounds featuring food & beverage concessions, souvenirs and displays by a number of organizations and business from across the region.
We are also working with the 5th Division of the Canadian Army to bring back a number of army vehicle, equipment and personnel displays.
Kids of all ages (but mostly younger ones!) will enjoy the return of our "army-style" obstacle course.
"Be a part of history" by visiting the Atlantic Canadian Living History Association encampment, who are invited to attend the Show once more.
We are also in the midst of negotiating a few other ground-based attractions and will post them on our web site as we confirm them.
Click here to view the proposed schedule for the week of the Air Show.
Tickets will continue to give great value for a full day of family entertainment. Details on all ticket options can be found by clicking here.
We are currently planning to have designated parking areas located close to the Air Show Grounds at the Summerside Airport. We also typically have a designated parking area for larger vehicles such as RVs, busses, etc. Please pay attention to any signage indicating where and where NOT to park, and always follow the directions of any parking team members and/or police.
We will post and publicize more information about this once details have been arranged and confirmed.
Because of safety reasons for both the pet and the crowd on-site at the Show, NO PETS will be permitted on the Air Show grounds with the exception of Certified Service Animals. Also, if a pet is discovered locked in a hot vehicle, it will be reported to the local authorities and handled by them appropriately.
The best way to keep aware of any promotions or special events we will be putting on is to Become an Air Show Insider. Click here to sign up now. We also maintain active social media pages (ie. Facebook and Twitter), so be sure to monitor those for announcements as well!
We do anticipate minor delays at peak entry and exit times, so be sure to give yourself enough time to arrive at the site. However, our traffic plan is designed to make your arrival and departure as safe and expedient as possible. Please be sure to follow the directions of posted signage and those personnel guiding traffic to ensure a smooth arrival and departure.
A key piece of advice we can give with the expected crowds is to arrive early so you miss nothing and plan to stay a bit later and view the ground displays. No matter what we do, there will be line-ups at an event of this size.
Each year, we offer both Accessible Parking which is close to the entrance gates of the Air Show grounds and a designated Accessible Seating area right along the front of the crowd line.
We always have an area identified for Accessible Parking at each location we stage an Air Show. Typically, the Accessibility hanging placards and/or license plates are how our parking teams identify people requiring accessible parking. However, if you do not have either and feel you need accessible parking, if you stop and speak to one of the parking team and explain the situation, they will generally steer you to the accessible parking area or next closest area if the lot is at capacity.
On the Show weekend, always be sure to follow the marked signs when proceeding onto the grounds and the directions of the parking teams.
The Show also generally will have access to a form of transportation to assist with moving those who may require assistance to our designated Accessible Seating Area. If you do require assistance, please be sure to ask upon your arrival.
If you have questions in the meantime, please e-mail the Air Show Office at email@example.com with your inquiry.
Yes, we do allow you to bring your own chair. However, it is expected that you will carry your chair with you wherever you go on the grounds. Chairs that are left unattended for an extended period of time may be removed, as they can present a potential safety hazard. Please use your discretion and good judgement when bringing your own chair. Any chairs left at the end of the day will also be removed.
If you would like a chair, but do not want to bring your own, we will also be offering reserved "Runway" Premium Seating and VIP Access into the Show - click here to learn more about the various options.
Yes, we do not restrict people bringing their own food and drink onto the grounds. However, coolers are not permitted. There will also be a good selection of food & drink available for purchase on the grounds. Most vendors will take cash only, so be sure to have sufficient cash upon arrival, or you can use the ATM machine that we will have on-site.
However, no alcohol will be permitted onto the grounds and will be confiscated by security personnel. It is possible that you will be asked to leave the grounds if you are found with alcohol in a non-licensed area. The only licensed areas for alcohol will be the "Runway" Premium Seating and the VIP Chalets and only beverages that are served in those areas will be permitted there.
We do allow bags, purses, backpacks, etc. However, they will be subject to search by security personnel upon arrival at the air show grounds.
We do NOT however allow coolers at any time. They present a potential security concern and if you come to the grounds with a cooler, you will be given the option to return it to your vehicle or to have it confiscated at the grounds entrance. We will not be responsible for any items that are confiscated.
Yes. We have plans in place to ensure a sufficient number of food vendors and will have spots, known as "comfort stations", where you can get drinks with no food (faster service for just drinks).
We occasionally get concerns expressed by people who worry that the Air Show is an unsafe activity for the fans or even the residents who live in the area. Most of these concerns are generated by television shows that show crashes at air shows, typically in Europe, that occurred decades ago. The safety rules in North America are the most stringent in the world and are designed within the rules set out by the FAA, Transport Canada and the respective Air Forces in cooperation with the Air Show industry body, the International Council of Air Shows.
Here is a link to recent ICAS safety initiatives and publications: http://www.airshows.aero/Docs/110
Our Air Show's air display is designed around an aerobatic safety box in which all aerobatic manoeuvres are performed. This box is over 6000 feet long and 3000 feet wide - lots of room to fly and regain level flight before exiting the box where the aircraft may fly over populated areas at a safe altitude. The safe altitude mitigates noise as well. Although some aircraft are quite loud, they will not do damage to people or animals at safe altitude. The aerobatic safety box is entirely on the property on which the Show flies and Air Show staff ensure the area remains empty of people while the aircraft fly.
The bottom line is that the Air Show is very safe and is designed with safety in mind. No spectator has been injured by an airshow-related incident in North America for the past 50+ years.
The Show will be permitting a limited number of fly-in aircraft to attend the Show. There are a number of guidelines that will need to be followed. Click here to find out more.
The crowd will have a number of areas they will be able to watch the Show from. Exact locations will be identified and eventually posted here on our Site Map page. There should be no shortage of good viewing areas for everyone to watch. We will also be offering Premium Seating and various levels of VIP Access into the Show - click here to learn more about the various options.
No. The area around the Show site will be an extremely busy place on Thursday and Friday before the Show. Do not come to the airport expecting to watch from the parking areas or fence lines on the property.
It is mostly a safety issue as all crowd control provisions may not be in place and we cannot allow crowds to gather. And please don't think "it's just me and my kid" - because if everybody has that same thought, we'll soon have a crowd.
The same logic applies to watching "for free" from around the Show site. If you are on your own property or invited by a land owner we totally support the right to be there. But crowding sides of roads and trespassing is unsafe and unfair to everyone.
Please support the return of future Shows and buy a ticket.
No. The direction the aerobatic box is oriented for crowd viewing from within the Air Show grounds meaning that any surrounding areas where someone might be able to watch will be at an "off" angle or so far away from the flying area not to be easily seen. As well, those watching from outside the grounds will miss all of the other attractions on the Show grounds. Please note that there may be areas where we need local police to enforce no parking along the side of the road in a number of areas, so as to ensure the safety of traffic travelling to and from the Air Show.
Just as importantly, the areas around the airport where one might want to view from may not be your property. It's important that we be good neighbours and not encroach on or damage anyone's property. The Air Show Team will be ensuring, with the support of local police, that property is protected.
For people whose homes are close to the Show, we of course hope they enjoy the event as well as tolerate the extra noise that the weekend will bring. And while family parties on such properties are quite normal, we encourage everyone who wants to enjoy the Show to purchase tickets in support of this not-for-profit Community event. The budget is approximately $400,000 and one key to success is - financially - being able to return for future Shows knowing we have the support of the fans. Please come to the Show and enjoy watching it up close as it is designed to be watched.
Our military and veterans are a primary focus of what we do. Click here to find out more information about this year's program. In the meantime, if you have any inquiries related to attendance at the Show as a Veteran, please contact our Veterans Coordinator by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.