Snowbirds may perform flyby during Sylvan’s centennial

A low flying demonstration by the famous aerobatic Snowbirds team of the Royal Canadian Air Force

A low flying demonstration by the famous aerobatic Snowbirds team of the Royal Canadian Air Force may grace Sylvan Lake’s Centennial celebrations next July.

Councillors gave the okay at their meeting last Tuesday for the Snowbirds to perform a flyby at as low as 150 metres (500 feet) over the lake.

Since the Snowbirds’ schedule is booked two years in advance and already 98 per cent full for 2013, the only date that’s possible is July 17. The request must still be approved by the Snowbirds.

In order to seek approval for the flyby to take place as low as 500 feet, the mayor or town council letter must specifically concur with this request, indicated Captain Bruce Ehmann of Special Events Plans, 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters in Winnipeg.

Councillors unanimously passed a motion to forward a letter of support for the performance and approve the flyby as low as 500 feet to take place over the water.

Mayor Dennis Cooper of Penhold has been instrumental in assisting the Centennial Celebration Committee in organizing this addition to our planned centennial celebrations, according to a report to council by Marilee Littmann.