Award-winning photograph taken at the 2015 Abbotsford International Airshow. Photo by Amateur Photographer of the Year

Abbotsford Airshow: Heroes of the Skies

The Abbotsford International Airshow takes place Aug. 12-14 and includes US Navy Super Hornets and the Breitling Jet Team

By JIM REITH, President Abbotsford Airshow

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2016 Abbotsford International Airshow – Heroes of the Skies! Gadgets, special suits, technology and the coolest flying machines… Learn what it takes to be a HERO at the 2016 Abbotsford International Airshow!

From August 12-14, Heroes of the Skies take flight over the Fraser Valley for the 54th annual Abbotsford International Airshow. Watch in awe as we welcome back the world-class Breitling Jet Team from Europe in the second and final year of their North American tour. Explore the McDonald’s Kids Zone and Science World on the Road! Experience Friday’s twilight show and fireworks finale! And, watch in awe as the Screamin’ Sasquatch Jet Waco, Boeing and US Navy Super Hornets, Snowbirds, Skyhawks and others take to the sky!

The Airshow is pleased to welcome the involvement of several key players in the aviation industry, including Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Eurofighter and more. Spectators will see Boeing’s involvement in dramatic fashion – as the aerospace giant will bring two jets to do corporate flying demos with a full array of simulated weapons, a simulation trailer and the test pilot will be available to talk about the exceptional capabilities of the aircraft. Lockheed Martin and Eurofighter are also on-site in various capacities with educational and promotional pieces.

“An aspect of the Airshow’s strategic vision is to strengthen key partnerships with aerospace organizations such as AIAC Pacific who produce an annual Aerospace & Defence trade show in conjunction with our airshow, and the CBAA which will hold its annual convention next year at Abbotsford in conjunction with the airshow as well.   Looking to the future, we expect the Abbotsford Airshow will have a major aerospace trade show event occurring in the days prior to the public weekend show in the style of Farnborough and Paris airshows.”

Heroes of the Skies tell the stories of everyday women and men who work hard to make the world a better place, in their own communities and beyond. We are proud to honour them at this year’s Abbotsford International Airshow! Tickets for this action-packed weekend are available at Save-On-Foods or by clicking

Next Generation BC Amateur Photographer of the Year

Finalists for this year’s 4th annual Next Generation BC Amateur Photographer of the Year contest have now been selected. From Vernon to Victoria and from Surrey to Smithers, seventy finalists have been chosen from all corners of BC to move forward and compete in an intense competition at the Abbotsford International Airshow, where they will race against the clock to complete daily photo challenges. Finalists will shoot 10 of their best photographs and/or videos, to be reviewed by a judging panel — one will come out with the title of 2016 Next Generation Amateur Photographer of the Year. Almost 3,000 entries were received from 80 B.C. communities.

Whether you’re a finalist or not, this is a show you won’t want to miss: The Abbotsford International Airshow is world-renowned for its prestigious performers and family-friendly entertainment. The 2016 Airshow on August 12th through 14th will feature two jet teams, (Snowbirds and the European Breitling Jet Teams ) a Friday twilight show with fireworks, the Canadian Forces Skyhawks parachute team, and the US military jet, the Super Hornet to name but a few. More details visit


Photographhs by Ken McAllister – 2015 Next Generation Amateur Photographer of the Year. Photographs featured from the 2015 Abbotsford Airshow.



Congratulations to all of the finalists in the 2016 Next Generation Amateur Photographer of the Year contest, sponsored by London Drugs, the Abbotsford International Airshow, and Black Press. To see photo gallery click here. See you there!

Maria Allister Chilliwack
William Anderson Surrey
Anthony Bucci Abbotsford
Yun Chang Vernon
Simon Chornick Mission
Erin Zoe Chow Abbotsford
Chelsea Conroy Salmon Arm
Sarah Danks Victoria
Kevin Demers Nanaimo
Nathan Domarchuk-White Armstrong
Graham Dorsay BC
Freda du Plessis Abbotsford
Christina Dutkowski Mission
Steve Dutt Surrey
Ollie Elec Surrey
Wade Fotherby Ladysmith
Cody Gannon Penticton
Prem Gatha Nelson
David Giesbrecht Nanaimo
Mike Gonzales Surrey
Wendy Hanson Chilliwack
Angeline Haslett Harrison Hot Springs
Pat Hildebrandt Chilliwack
Sherri Jelinski Abbotsford
Brad Joanisse Victoria
Betty Johnston Abbotsford
Rod Jones Abbotsford
Angel Jury Duncan
Paul Kendall Abbotsford
Jimmy Kim Victoria
Leonard Klassen Abbotsford
Patricia Kolida Smithers
Ray Krause Abbotsford
Lihua Li Surrey
Robert MacLeod Abbotsford
Sean Maier Brentwood Bay
Brent Martin Coquitlam
Kenneth Matwick Nanaimo
Ken McAllister Surrey
Jordan McGrath Vernon
Stuart McRitchie Langley
Neil Medcalf Victoria
Joan Moore Agassiz
James Munroe Lone Butte
Ted Nodwell Vancouver
Jocelyn Palmer Maple Ridge
Kelly Pape West Kelowna
Roland Proft Chilliwack
John Richardson Victoria
Adam Roemer Vernon
Todd Ross Nanaimo
Harold Schock Kelowna
Amy Shaw Comox
William Snow Chilliwack
Rod Steensland Chilliwack
Heather Toews Abbotsford
Jordan Viveiros Agassiz
Nicholas Wemyss Maple Ridge
Michael Wigg Victoria
Kyle Wynia Abbotsford
Randy Cosenzo White Rock
Graham Howard Nanaimo
Nikki Vogt Chilliwack
Craig Neufeld Surrey
Michelle Irvine Surrey
Heather Littlejohn Langley
Hal Whyte Penticton
Erin Bartley Langley
Kara Davidson Langley
Julia Garcia Pitt Meadows


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