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General Information

GATES OPEN AT 10AM - IN FLIGHT DEMONSTRAION BEGINS AT 1PM

The 2014 show is gearing up for ACTION, SPEED, POWER and NOSTALGIA

New this year:

  • A fire-breathing Jet School Bus!  Racing 367 mph down the runway!
  • Guests will also have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase a ride in a World War II 4-engine heavy bomber, the B-17 Yankee Lady, visiting us from the Yankee Air Museum in Michigan

Additional highlights:

  • The return of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the CF-18 Demonstration Team
  • 4 acts visiting from the U.S.
  • The return of the Wall of Fire. KABOOM!
  • The return of Food Truck Alley -- food from a truck never tasted so good!

Please note: Pets, hard-sided coolers or smoking are NOT permitted at the air show.

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What is the Waterloo Air Show all about?
The Waterloo Air Show offers lots to do and see: the air show, the static aircraft display, and family activities. Each are explained below, and together, create a great day's outing for families and aviation enthusiasts.

Tell me more about the air show.
2014 marks the 6th Waterloo Air Show and we are thrilled that the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the CF-18 Demonstration Team will be returning as our military participants. Together with new acts (see below), historic warbirds, amazing aerobatics, pyro and more, you have one of the best reasons to head to the Region of Waterloo International Airport!

Any new acts for 2014?

Yes, we have two new great acts -- a Jet School Bus and Jet powered Outhouse and a WWII B-17 bomber.  And even better, a second B-17 will be on site to take guests for rides before and after the air show. (Click here for details and cost).

What is the static aircraft display?
A 'static' display at an air show is aircraft, in addition to those flying in the show, that are parked on the tarmac all weekend, allowing the public to get up close to them, take pictures, speak to the pilots and crew and sometimes climb aboard. Visit our static display page.

What time do the gates open and what time is the air show?
Gates open at 10am for the general public. The air show runs daily from approximately 1-4pm. The Snowbirds will close the show.

Can I come out Thursday and Friday to the airport to watch the planes arrive?
If you come out, you'll be restricted to public areas (essentially, the airport's parking lot). Please obey all airport rules as posted.

What happens if it rains?
No matter the weather, the gates will always be open for admission. A little rain won't scare the planes away. The good news is, it can rain and still have a high enough cloud ceiling for the planes to fly. And if the clouds are a little lower than ideal, many performers, including the Snowbirds will do their "low show" rather than their regular "high show." (Remember the poor weather we had the past 3 years?  Ironically, most of the  aircraft still flew.)

Will I get my money back if it rains?
Sorry, but there are no refunds for inclement weather.

Is there an opportunity to get performer autographs?
Yes! The Autograph Tent was such a hit last year that we'll be doing it again this year. Come and meet the pilots and crews. Need something for them to sign? We'll be selling Calendars for $5 with all their photos inside.

Will there be an ATM machine on site?
Oh yes, most definitely,  but we still encourage guests to treat this event as a cash-only event.

When will the aircraft be leaving Waterloo?
Most of the aircraft will leave either Sunday evening or Monday.

Your Questions Answered -

Are bicycles allowed on air show grounds?
Sorry, bicycles are NOT permitted on air show grounds.

Are there bicycle racks to lock my bike when arriving?
We are unable to offer bike locks at the air show, again sorry.

Can I Pay for My Tickets at the Gate with a Credit Card?
No, we won't have the resources to accept credit cards. But there are ATMs available at the gate to withdraw cash. To make it even easier, we recommend buying your tickets online.

Can I get a copy of the flying schedule?
Yes, you can get a copy of the Saturday and Sunday schedule by becoming an Air Show Insider (give us your email address on the Home page). You will be emailed a flying schedule at 7am the day of the show.

Is smoking permitted at the Air Show?
Because the aircraft contain aviation and jet fuel, smoking is STRICTLY PROHIBITED on air show grounds -- which is also airport property.

Are umbrellas or parasols allowed, or are there any shaded areas to sit and enjoy the show?
Yes, personal umbrellas are welcome. But, large parasols and pop-up tents are not permitted. Large tents can easily be carried away by the wind, creating a safety issue. Shaded areas are rare at any air show. Please plan accordingly.

Are there any size restrictions on bags, camera and otherwise, allowed into the show?
There are no restrictions on bags (within reason), but your bag may be searched.
There is a policy of no hard coolers.

Is there a show program? If so, what is the cost?
For the second year, instead of a 'program', the air show will be creating a 2014/2015 Wall Calendar that features this year's performers. Costing only $5, the calendar also makes a great autograph book.

Are there any airplane rides available?
Yes, this year we are thrilled to offer (approx) half-hour flights in the historic WWII B-17 Bomber "Yankee Lady"  Click here for details.   Although The Waterloo/Wellington Flight Centre is not offerig sightseeing flights this year AT the air show, they will be selling rides for future days. Please visit their booth in the expo area to get more details.

Are there any helicopter rides available?

Yes. Great Lakes Helicopter  will offer helicopter rides of the area before and after the air show.

Hospitality

What should we bring to the airport?
You'll be most comfortable with lawn chairs or blankets, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Can we bring in our own food?
Yes, bring food if you wish, but please be aware that HARD-SIDED COOLERS ARE NOT PERMITTED.

Will you have free water refills again?
Like in previous years, we will offer a FREE water station where you can re-fill your water bottle.

Will there be food for purchase?
Yes, last year we introduced Food Truck Alley and we heard from many of you that it was a hit!  If you haven't heard yes, food trucks are all a buzz - they're not just for hot dogs anymore!

Can we bring alcohol into the show?
No, you are not permitted to bring alcohol through the gates (bags and soft-sided coolers may be inspected at the entrances), Yet, you are able to purchase alcohol on site as the event is fully licensed. We're taking advantage of the new Ontario liquor law which allows patrons to walk around an event with alcohol, no longer restricting them to a Beer Tent.

Where do I sit?
There is enough grass space to accommodate several thousand people. And when you're looking up, there's not a bad seat in the house! Personal umbrellas are welcome but large parasols and pop-up tents are not permitted. Large tents can easily be carried away by the wind, creating a safety issue.  Shaded areas are rare at any air show.  Please plan accordingly and be sure to bring sunscreen and hats.

Admission / Tickets

How much is admission and what packages do you offer?
Please visit our Tickets page to find information on this topic. 

Is my General Admission ticket good for either day?
Yes, Saturday OR Sunday, not both.

Does purchasing General Admission tickets online get me preferred parking?
No, purchasing GA tickets online only includes gate admission, not parking.

Are credit cards accepted at the gate?
Sorry, no. There will be 2 ATM machines on site, one at each General Admissions area. Yet we encourage you treat this as a cash only event (ATMs can run out of money). To make it even easier, we recommend buying your tickets online.

Are pets permitted?
Unfortunately, no. Rover will have to sit this one out. It's a Transport Canada stipulation. Of course, if you require a licensed dog for mobility, they are more than welcome to assist you at the show site.

Family/Kids activities

Will you have kids' activities?
Yes, we're bringing back the Kids Zone this year. Last year, we offered rides, amusements and lots of fun. Note, additional tickets are required for the rides.

In addition, we're working with other third-parties to offer fun, interactive activities for the kids -- all in an effort to be 'edutational.' We want the kids to have fun, and perhaps learn about flight, space, science and more while they're at it. (Please see more detailed info under the Fun & Activities tab)

Will there be a baby change station & breast-feeding area?
Each year we offer a small tent with a table and chairs. Sorry, it's not fancy, but at least it provides some privacy.

Parking

Parking is off-site this year, for $5 per vehicle (please bring cash). Shuttle buses will take you directly to and from the air show gate. See more information under the Parking tab.

Accessible parking will remain where it has been in the past, on airport property, close to the Terminal building (enter through the airport's main entrance, off Fountain Street).

The best tip we can offer is COME EARLY! The gates will open at 10am with plenty to do and see before the air show begins at 1pm.

Is the Region of Waterloo International Airport accessible by public transport?
No sorry, it is not. 

Do you have parking for persons with disabilities?
Yes, as mentioned above, vehicles with Accessible Parking Permits will be allowed to park on airport property, close to the Terminal (enter at the airport's Main Entrance off Fountain Street). Please display your permit, and note that since parking is limited, a permit does not guarantee a parking spot.

Region of Waterloo International Airport

Will the Region of Waterloo International Airport be running their commercial flight schedule that weekend?
Yes, we can't ask WestJet and Bearskin to stop their business, but in the past their arrivals and departures had little effect on the show.

Other items

How many people are you expecting?
We always have an infrastructure plan to accommodate up to 40,000 spectators over the weekend.

Are air shows really that popular?
Oh yes, according to 2006 statistics, air shows in North America attracted more than 18 million people.

I'd like to get involved with the air show.
The Waterloo Air Show is a volunteer run event. We'../volunteers">Volunteer Form and our Volunteer Coordinator (a volunteer himself) will be in touch with you.

Does volunteering at the Waterloo Air Show qualify students for community hours?
Absolutely. Put in the time, and we'll sign you off!


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