Updated – Saturday August 15th 8:00am
Good Morning! While things were looking a little dismal last night, and our visiting aircraft were not able to get here to Vanderhoof yesterday and had to overnight at aiports en route, things are looking up and we will expect them to arrive this morning. as promised we will be streaming live from https://vanderhoofairshow.live and our Facebook page. Stay tuned!
Updated – Friday Aug 14th 09:00
Hello Everyone! We are on the countdown to Air Hug 2020 and the support has been amazing!
We have been busy fielding questions about the route and schedule, the final route will be released on Saturday Morning before departure at 12:00 noon, but we will post updates here as they are determined. Please note that plans are subject to change as weather conditions and other considerations are somewhat unpredictable.
To estimate the time that the aircraft will be in your specific area is challenging. We can tell you that it will take between 1 hour and 90 minutes for the fastest aircraft to fly the route, the slower aircraft may take up to two hours depending on winds. We expect that if you are on the route before Prince George, you will see aircraft between Noon and 12:30, Fort St. James between 12:30 and 1:00 pm and Endako back to Vanderhoof between 12:45 and 1:15. the second pass over Vanderhoof close to 1:00 with aircraft continuing over for some time. Follow our Facebook Page and live stream while you are waiting to follow the progress!
12:00 Noon – Departing Vanderhoof Airport – please note that we cannot accomodate spectators at the airport and only participants and designated volunteers will be permitted inside the gate.
The Aircraft will then proceed South crossing over Riverside Park and roughly over Burrard Avenue continuing to Saik’uz,
The route then turns East to overfly Sinkut Lake and then Cluclulz Lake before proceeding back to Bednesti on Hwy 16 then South to Norman Lake and Dahl Lake.
The aircraft will then turn East and fly cross country to West Lake Prov. Park (Nadsilnich Lake) then North again to Prince George near Beaverley then into the City.
In Prince George we route over Walmart and the along the Fraser River by Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park (formerly Ft. George Park) which would be a great place to view.
We plan to make a left turn to skirt Connaught Hill Park and follow south and parallel to 5th making another left turn running South roughly along Oskpika and over the Aquatic Centre/ CN Centre area which is another recommended viewing area.
The aircraft will then proceed to climb up and over UNBC before turning North towards the Hart area. We will try to add more detail to this section, but we do plan to include a pass over Cpl Darren Fitzpatrick Bravery Park.
From here the planes will leave Hwy 97 and follow along Chief Lake Road before heading for Fort St. James.
Recommended viewing areas for Fort St. James are anywhere along the lake from the Marina to Cottonwood park and following the lakeshore, as well as Paarens Beach and Sowchea Bay.
The route then heads South to Endako, over Stellat’en at the West end of Fraser Lake, then to the Town of Fraser Lake where we hope to pass over White Swan Park.
We also hope to overfly Beaumont Park on the way to Nadleh Whut’en.. proceeding to Fort Fraser along Hwy 16.
The next landmark would be the Canfor/Bearhead Rd. Engen Area then heading roughly along the highway back to Vanderhoof.
After making a second pass of the day over Vanderhoof, the aircraft will follow the Nechako River East to approximately Bave Road before circling back to the Vanderhoof Airport for landing.
We have tried to include as many communities and neighbourhoods as we are safely able, and hope to “Air Hug” as many as possible.
*As mentioned, This route is preliminary and subject to change without notice, but we will do the best we can to keep it up to date!
Your Air Hug Team.