Friday, August 30, 2019

Toronto International Air Show 2019

The CNE always closes down with a great flyover by Canada's own Snowbirds jet performance team as part of the aerial show taking place along the lake's edge over the Labour Day long weekend. For 2019 the Air Show, which celebrates its 70th anniversary, welcomes special guests The Red Arrows Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team. There is a Flight Festival practice on Friday, August 30 from 11am till 2pm then the show runs from Saturday, August 31 to Monday, September 2 from noon till 3pm.

From the CNE website; "The Red Arrows are renowned as one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams, having performed close to 5,000 times in 57 countries since 1965. Flying nine BAE Systems Hawk fast-jets, the team showcases the excellence of the Royal Air Force and demonstrates the global reach and capability of the Service, together with representing the best of British at home and overseas."
The Arrows leave a smoke trail in the skies above Toronto during Friday's practice run, in the photo above.

A special aviation display will be located at the CNE's Rose Garden during the weekend.

List of Aerial performers:
The Royal Air Force Red Arrows
Canadian Forces Snowbirds
Canadian veteran Gord Price in the Russian-built Yak 50
USAF Black Hawk Helicopter SAR Demonstration
MiG 15
Brent Handy in a Pitts Special
RCAF Griffon
RCAF CH-148 Cyclone

Here is the Ports Toronto information on Harbour closures for the Air Show:

"Toronto (August 26, 2019) – Please be advised that the Western Channel of the Toronto Harbour and a large portion of Humber Bay will be closed to marine traffic for the 2019 Canadian International Air Show (CIAS). Further, no watercraft will be permitted at Hanlan’s Point Beach during the Air Show.

CIAS is scheduled to take place on the Labour Day weekend, as follows: Saturday, August 31 to Monday, September 2 between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., with a practice day held on Friday August 30 between the hours of 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Western Channel of Toronto Harbour and a large portion of Humber Bay (as described below) will be closed to all marine traffic on these dates, starting approximately one hour before show times and re-opening at the conclusion of the show each day.

Waterborne spectators may observe the Air Show from east of a line from Gibraltar Point (43˚ 36.724’ N and 79˚ 23.383’ W) to a position 43˚ 36.299’ N and 79˚ 25.290’ W, forming the eastern limit. Waterborne spectators may also watch from south of a line running from the eastern limit to a position of 43˚ 37.275’ N and 79˚ 28.021’ W off Humber Bay Park. Waterborne spectators may also watch from west of a line running off of Humber Bay Park to the eastern limit at the Humber River (43˚ 37.920’ N and 79˚ 28.180’ W). These limits are identified on Chart 2085. The spectator boundaries will be monitored by the Toronto Police Services Marine Unit.

Upon commencement of the practice and Air Show times noted, watercraft moored within the protected waterway north of the seawall at Ontario Place must remain west of the Argonaut Rowing Club until completion of the Practice or any of the Air Shows. Toronto Police Services Marine Unit will be onsite and mariners are to take direction from the Toronto Police Marine Unit"

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