Ocean City Today

Canadian Air Force Snowbirds to visit shore

By Greg Ellison | Feb 22, 2018
Photo by: Greg Ellison Special Events Director Frank Miller gains approval for the first area performance by the Canadian Air Force Snowbirds Jet Demonstration Team, who will descend on the resort May 23, during the City Council meeting on Tuesday.

(Feb. 23, 2018) Looking to expand its slate of mid-week events, Ocean City will welcome the Canadian Air Force Snowbirds Jet Demonstration Team for its first area performance on Wednesday May 23 from 2-4 p.m.

Special Events Director Frank Miller told the City Council during its meeting on Tuesday the “Air Show Featurette,” would last approximately 40 minutes and be held skyward above the Boardwalk between the inlet and 13th Street, with an aerobatics box centered on 3rd Street.

“It’s smaller than the OC Airshow [which] allows us to do the 3rd Street location,” he said.

The air show, which is free to attend, would be produced in-house and could prove to be a revenue neutral venture, Miller said.

In addition to Special Events, Miller said Emergency Services, the Maryland State Police Dive Team and the Department of Natural Resources would coordinate for the event.

“The Coast Guard has already given verbal support, but we still need a permit,” he said.

The Snowbirds are based in Moose Jaw, a city in southern Saskatchewan, Canada, and consist of 26 staff members, 11 pilots and nine Canadair CT-114 Tutor jets, Miller said.

Although hard costs to produce the event are estimated at more than $7,000, Miller said the Snowbirds would purchase roughly 6,000 gallons of Jet-A fuel from the city at a markup.

“We incur the initial cost but end with a net profit once it’s purchased,” he said.

Asked for more details by Councilman Wayne Hartman, Miller said the costs and charges could fluctuate.

“It’s generally $3 per gallon and we sell it for $4,” he said.

Factoring in the positive revenue flow, Hartman said the event should be relatively cost neutral.

“I always hear from business people in town that we need mid-week events,” he said.

Councilman John Gehrig asked if a return performance is possible in the future.

Miller, while noting the event is dependent on the weather and has no rain date, said he is working to develop an ongoing relationship with the Snowbirds.

“If we do a great job I think they’d be willing to come back again,” he said.


Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.