We could not be more thrilled to announce that professional airshow announcer Ken Hildebrandt will be the man behind the mic at our 2018 show! Prepare to be informed and entertained as you look to the sky this August 4th!
Ken grew up around the Abbotsford Airport and the world-famous Abbotsford International Airshow. While working at his family’s farm, he would often be caught looking up to the sky to catch a Cessna landing or the Air Cadets towing yet another glider up to altitude. As a little boy, he would sit on a wooden-rail fence each August, and watch in awe as amazing pilots, heroes to a young boy enraptured by the magic of flight, flew their airplanes in to incredible loops and hammerheads at the annual airshow.
While he was certainly enthralled by the many amazing flying machines that screamed over his head each summer, he was particularly interested in the people who announced the action over the loud speakers, thinking they had a pretty awesome gig. Thus began a 30+ year interest in airshow announcing.
Ken’s announcing career took off under the expert tutelage of announcing mentors, Bob Singleton and Roy Hafeli eight years ago. Since then, he has had the privilege of announcing airshows both as one-half of H2A2 Airshow Announcers or as a solo announcer across Canada and the United States including Abbotsford, BC, Airdrie, AB, Dawson Creek, BC, Fort St. John, BC, Greenwood, NS, Lethbridge, AB, Madras, OR, Moose Jaw, SA, Paine Field, WA, Peace River, AB, Rocky Mountain House, AB, Salinas, CA, Tacoma, WA, Vancouver, BC (Celebration of Light) and Historic Flight Foundation – Vintage Aircraft Weekend, WA. Ken also has the great honour of being one of the only civilian announcers to have narrated an official performance of the CAF Snowbirds.
A theatre-producer, director and actor by profession, Ken is the Executive/Artistic Director of Gallery 7 Theatre in his home-town of Abbotsford, BC. He holds a private pilot’s license with a night endorsement, and is a member of the Abbotsford Flying Club, International Council of Airshows (ICAS) and Northwest Council of Airshows (NWCAS).
Ken’s love for airplanes & airshows, coupled with his experience as a private pilot and as an actor, director & producer, make him an ideal member of any airshow announcing team, providing airshow fans with informative and entertaining commentary that puts people right in to the cockpit. His motto for announcing is “Entertain – Inform – Inspire”.
Enjoy the show!