Kestrel Aviation Images: Blog https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog en-us (C) Kestrel Aviation Images (Kestrel Aviation Images) Tue, 02 Mar 2021 05:20:00 GMT Tue, 02 Mar 2021 05:20:00 GMT https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/img/s/v-12/u376642071-o405428837-50.jpg Kestrel Aviation Images: Blog https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog 120 86 2019 is well underway! https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2019/6/2019-is-well-underway Well, I haven't been keeping up with the blog, as well as I have been wanting too!  I'm going to try and keep things a bit more up-to-date.

So, what's happening in 2019 (or more to the point, what has happened)?  So far, I have made two trips to Moose Jaw, to visit the Snowbirds.  Both visits had one common theme.  Rain.  Gloomy skies saw the team off, as they left for Comox, and winds, clouds and rain, cut the home opener short.  However, the team is currently on the road, and performing at 3 Wing Bagotville, this weekend.  Make sure to check out the team's website, and see the team at a show, near you.

Snowbirds 2019 Schedule

A couple of weeks after that, I was once again, in Cold Lake.  This time, I was fortunate enough to cover the final week of training, for the 2019 CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team.  Clouds and some smoke haze didn't provide the best lighting, but it was great to visit the team and get to know team members.  The Hornet Demo is on the road, as well, performing alongside the Snowbirds in Bagotville.  Photos from the Demo Hornet training, will soon be posted.  Make sure to check out the Demo Hornet, during the summer!

CF-18 Demo Team Schedule

So, what's not happening this year?  Maple Flag.  Normally, at this time, I'd be coming back from Cold Lake, with a weeks worth of photos.  Sadly, the exercise is not being held, this year.  I am hopeful that Maple Flag will be held next year.

As for the air show season, I will be attending one, possibly two shows.  The main show is taking place in Moose Jaw.  The Saskatchewan Air Show, makes its return to 15 Wing, this summer.  The show promises to be a great one.  I'm planning on covering arrivals of flying acts and static display aircraft, the show itself, and hopefully, departures.  So, I should have plenty of content to share.  Stay tuned for that.  If you're in, or near Moose Jaw, check out the air show website for more information.

Saskatchewan Air Show

Finally, I am hoping to attend the Edmonton Air Show, in August.  I have never attended this show, so I am excited to see what the show has to offer.  Their flying and static lineup, so far, looks promising.

Edmonton Air Show

Racing season is underway at Wyant Group Raceway.  I know I have been lax in putting up more racing content.  I am going to work on bringing you more coverage of this season's action.  If you're in Saskatoon, come out and see some entertaining racing!

2019 Wyant Group Raceway Schedule

So, that is about it for now.  I'd also like to let you all know, my Twitter presence has been reduced.  However, I am now on Instagram, so if you're there, give me a follow @kestrelaviationimages.

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What's up for 2018? https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2018/6/whats-up-for-2018 Hello everyone,

 

My apologies for not keeping things up-to-date as of late.  Some days, motivation is lacking, but that is still no excuse to keep things as current as possible.

 

So, what's up for 2018?  Well, I have just uploaded a gallery from the 2018 Snowbirds Home Opener.  Once again, it was my privilege to visit the team as they kicked off their 48th season, in front of family and friends.

 

Recently, I have returned from 4 Wing Cold Lake, where I took in Exercise Maple Flag 51.  The exercise saw a reduce time frame of just two weeks, but the action was fast and furious.  Stay tuned for a full report.

 

In July, I will be attending the Cold Lake Air Show, at 4 Wing Cold Lake.  This year's show promises to be epic.  Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of NORAD, the show will feature civilian and military acts and static displays.  Headlining the show are the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, Skyhawks and CF-18 Demo Team, a 60th Anniversary of NORAD flypast and the only Canadian performance for the United States Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team.  For full details on the show and to buy tickets, visit http://www.coldlakeairshow.com/.

 

As well, I will once again be taking in the racing action at Wyant Group Raceway, so I will try to post more racing content this year.

 

Thank you for visiting my site and allowing me to share my passion for aviation and racing photography!

 

Colin Kunkel

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https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2018/6/whats-up-for-2018 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 06:05:03 GMT
2017 Snowbirds Airshow Schedule https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2016/12/2017-snowbirds-airshow-schedule Make sure to check out the Snowbirds at an airshow near you! (Updated 3-22-2017)

April

Date   Location
30

Gatineau, QC

May

Date

Location
3* Winston-Salem, NCUSA (non-aerobatic performance)
6-7 Fort Lauderdale, FLUSA
13-14 Montreal, QC
17 Rochester, NYUSA
20-21 North Kingstown, RIUSA
24 Fort Erie, ON
27*-28* Windsor, ON (non-aerobatic performance)
31

Whiteman, MOUSA

June

Date

Location
3-4 Duluth, MNUSA
10-11 Dundurn, SK
14 Gaylord, MIUSA
16-17 North Bay, ON
21 Walkerton, ON
24-25 Bagotville, QC
28

Barrie, ON

 July

Date   Location
1** Parliament Hill, Ottawa, ON (flyby)
12 Shoal Lake, MB
14-16 Lethbridge, AB
19 Grand Forks, BC
22-23 Fort St. John, BC
26 TBA
29-30 Springbank, AB

August

Date   Location
5-6 Quesnel, BC
9 Penticton, BC
12-13 Abbotsford, BC
16 Whiterock, BC
19-20 Edmonton, AB
26-27 Greenwood, NS
30 Brantford, ON

September 

Date   Location
2-4 Toronto, ON
5* Whitby, ON (non-aerobatic performance)
9-10 Kingston, ON
16 Bromont, QC
17** Ottawa, ON (Battle of Britain Commemoration - flyby)
20 Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
22-23 London, ON
24** Toronto, ON - Invictus Games (flyby)
Sep30-Oct1 Huntington Beach, CAUSA

October

Date  Location
7-8

San Francisco, CAUSA 

14-15 Boise, IDUSA

Legend:

*non-aerobatic display

**fly-past

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https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2016/12/2017-snowbirds-airshow-schedule Wed, 21 Dec 2016 05:15:35 GMT
2017 CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team Schedule https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2016/12/2017-cf-18-hornet-demonstration-team-schedule Make sure to check out the CF-18 Demo, at an airshow near you! (UPDATED 3-22-2017)

April

Date Location
29-30 Chennault, LAUSA

May

Date Location
6-7 McEntire ANGBSCUSA
13-14 Montreal, QC
20-21 Seymour AFBNC
27-28 Columbia, MOUSA

June

Date Location
3 Watson Lake, YT
4 Whitehorse, YT
10-11 Dundurn, SK
16-17 North Bay, ON
24-25 Bagotville, QC
28 Barrie, ON

July

Date Location
1** Ottawa, ON (flyby)
8 Hay River, NT
9 Yellowknife, NT
14-16 Lethbridge, AB
22-23 Fort St. John, BC
29-30 Springbank, AB

August

Date Location
4-6 Quesnel, BC
9 Penticton, BC
11-13 Abbotsford, BC
19-20 Riviere du Loup, QC
26-27 Greenwood, NS
30 Brantford, ON

September

Date Location
2-4 Toronto, ON
9-10 Kingston, ON
16 Bromont, QC
17** Ottawa, ON (Battle of Britain commemoration - flyby)
23-24 London, ON
sep 30 - oct1 Grand Junction, COUSA

October

Date Location
sep 30 - oct 1 Grand Junction, COUSA
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https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2016/12/2017-cf-18-hornet-demonstration-team-schedule Wed, 21 Dec 2016 05:12:44 GMT
2016 Snowbirds Spring Training in Comox https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2016/5/2016-snowbirds-spring-training-in-comox Greetings,

 

To view the full gallery of the Snowbirds 2016 Spring Training deployment to Comox, click on the following link.

http://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/p571269904

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https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2016/5/2016-snowbirds-spring-training-in-comox Mon, 09 May 2016 04:38:12 GMT
What's in store for 2016? https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2016/2/whats-in-store-for-2016 Greetings to everyone out there.  2016 has already started with a bit of aviation action, when I visited 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, the Snowbirds, back in January.  The new show is progressing well, as the team prepares for the new season.  I am hoping to make another visit to the team before they depart for their annual spring training deployment to 19 Wing Comox, BC.

Speaking of Comox, I will be travelling there for the first time, to not only cover the Snowbirds, but to also get a sneak peak at the 2016 CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team.  The demo pilot for this year is Captain Ryan "Roid" Kean, from London, Ontario.  Captain Kean is currently an instructor pilot with 410 "Cougar" Tactical Fighter (Operational Training) Squadron, located at 4 Wing Cold Lake.  As usual, the CF-18 will sport a commemorative paint scheme and this years theme is the 75th Anniversary of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP).

Other events I plan to cover are the Snowbirds Home Opener, at the end of April, as well as air shows in Cold Lake and Edmonton.  Also, Exercise Maple Flag will once again be held at 4 Wing Cold Lake this year.  Maple Flag is a multi-national training exercise aimed at training junior pilots in a unit, with regards to operating as part of a coalition package.  Maple Flag also offers some great photography opportunities, when it comes to military aircraft from countries, outside of Canada.  Along with the exercise, an Open House is hosted by 4 Wing, giving the public, an opportunity to see the aircraft up close and talk to the aircrews.  It's also a great time to load up on patches and other squadron swag!  In August, I will be travelling to Edmonton, Alberta, for the Edmonton Airshow.  This show offers a good mix of civilian and military acts, along with a few warbirds.  It will be my first time there, so it should be interesting!  Final aviation event I plan to cover is the Snowbirds Year End show, in October.

I will also be returning to the race track in 2016 as racing action comes back to Wyant Group Raceway (formerly Auto Clearing Motor Speedway).  The racing season is shaping up to be a good one as a number of drivers switched classes, during the off season.  From the Bandoleros to the Pro Trucks, I hope to bring you closer to the action, this season.

Overall, I am excited about this year, and the photographic opportunities that I have.

Also, if you have any feedback or suggestions on what you would like to see more of, drop me a line, using the "Contact" link on the home page.

Thanks again to all those who have been checking the photo galleries and reading the blog updates.  Your support is greatly appreciated!

 

Colin

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https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2016/2/whats-in-store-for-2016 Thu, 25 Feb 2016 09:32:46 GMT
Snowbirds Off-Season Training https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2016/1/snowbirds-off-season-training  

Check out the full gallery by clicking here.  http://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/p445287866

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https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2016/1/snowbirds-off-season-training Thu, 14 Jan 2016 08:32:38 GMT
2016 Canadian Forces Snowbirds Air Show Schedule https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2015/12/2016-canadian-forces-snowbirds-air-show-schedule The Canadian Forces Aerobatic Team, the Snowbirds, recently released their 2016 air show schedule.

 

May 2016

Date Location
7-8  Fort Lauderdale, FLUSA
11 Cape Girardeau, MOUSA
14-5 Chesterfield, MOUSA
18* Winston-Salem, NCUSA
21-22 Latrobe, PAUSA
24** Washington, D.C., USA
25 Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center - Open House, Chantilly, VA
28-29 Jones Beach, NYUSA

June 2016

Date Location
1 Yarmouth, NS
4 Portage la Prairie, MB
11-12  Borden, ON
15 Quebec City, QC
18-19 Saint Thomas, ON
22 Ypsilanti, MIUSA
25-26 Trenton, ON
30 Gatineau, QC

July 2016

Date   Location
1** Parliament Hill, Ottawa, ON
9 Yellowknife, NWT
13 Flin Flon, MB
16-17 Cold Lake, AB
20 Wetaskiwin, AB
23-24 Whitecourt, AB
26 Estevan, SK
30-31 Oshkosh, WIUSA

August 2016

Date Location
10 Nanaimo, BC - Snowbirds Fly for C.H.I.L.D. (English only)
12*, 13-14 Abbotsford, BC
20-21 Miramichi, NB
23 Conception Bay South, NL
27-28 Charlo, NB
31 Brantford, ON

September 2016

Date Location
3-5 Toronto, ON
6** Whitby, ON - Captain Michael VandenBos School Flypast
10-11 Val d'Or, QC
17-18 London, ON
24-25 Sidney, MTUSA
28 Swift Current, SK

October 2016

Date Location
1-2 Owensboro, KYUSA
8-9 Brunswick, GA, USA
14 Moose Jaw, SK - Year End Show

 

 

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https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2015/12/2016-canadian-forces-snowbirds-air-show-schedule Wed, 16 Dec 2015 08:08:03 GMT
2016 CF-18 Hornet Demo Team Schedule https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2015/12/2016-cf-18-hornet-demo-team-schedule Hey folks,

 

Fresh off of the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) Conference, the 2016 RCAF CF-18 Demonstration Team has released their 2016 air show schedule.  Make sure to check out the team, at an air show near you!

April 2016

Date Location
29 April-1 May Havelock, NCUSA

May 2016

Date Location
7-8 Fort Lauderdale, FLUSA
14-15 Chesterfield, MOUSA
21-22 Sumter, SCUSA
28-29 Columbia, MOUSA

June 2016

Date Location
4-5 St. Andrews, MB
11-12 Borden, ON
15 Quebec City, QC
18-19 Saint Thomas, ON
22 Ypsilanti, MIUSA
25-26 Trenton, ON
30 Gatineau, QC

July 2016

Date Location
1 Ottawa, ON
9-10 Yellowknife, NWT
13 Flin Flon, MB
16-17 Cold Lake, AB
23-24 Whitecourt, AB
30-31 Elmendorf, AKUSA

August 2016

Date Location
6-7 Edmonton, AB
12-14 Abbotsford, BC
20-21 Bromont, QC
27-28 Charlo, NB
31 Brantford, ON

September 2016

Date Location
3-5 Toronto, ON
10-11 Val d'Or, QC
17-18 London, ON
24-25 Sacramento, CAUSA

October 2016

Date Location
1-2 Aurora, COUSA
8-9 San Francisco, CAUSA
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https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2015/12/2016-cf-18-hornet-demo-team-schedule Wed, 16 Dec 2015 08:04:31 GMT
Snowbirds 45th Anniversary Reunion https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2015/10/snowbirds-45th-anniversary-reunion  

Make sure to check out the full gallery by clicking on the link below.

http://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/p982019593

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https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2015/10/snowbirds-45th-anniversary-reunion Thu, 22 Oct 2015 03:08:20 GMT
Moose Jaw Charity FUNdraiser Airshow https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2015/9/moose-jaw-charity-fundraiser-airshow  

Please click http://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/p331428960 for more photos from the Charity FUNdraiser Airshow.

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https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2015/9/moose-jaw-charity-fundraiser-airshow Thu, 01 Oct 2015 05:57:38 GMT
NFTC Phase III Hawk Graduation-Course 1405S https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2015/9/nftc-phase-iii-hawk-graduation-course-1405s  

For the complete gallery of photos, click on the following link.  http://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/p79089189

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https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2015/9/nftc-phase-iii-hawk-graduation-course-1405s Wed, 23 Sep 2015 07:36:09 GMT
Welcome to Kestrel Aviation Images New Website! https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2015/9/welcome-to-kestrel-aviation-images-new-website Hello,

 

Welcome to the new home of Kestrel Aviation Images.  What started out as a photo blog back in 2011 has transitioned to a new website.  I hope that I will be able to deliver a better experience and still keep you up to date on the goings on in terms of aviation and airshow events.

I will try to keep the blog updates as often as possible, so stay tuned!

The website is still a work in progress, so please bear with me as I continue to make little changes here and there.

Once again, I hope you enjoy the new website.

 

Colin Kunkel

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https://www.kestrelaviationimages.ca/blog/2015/9/welcome-to-kestrel-aviation-images-new-website Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:00:03 GMT