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A Brief History of the Eastern Townships Airshow

Roland-Desourdy Airport was inaugurated in 1968 and was formerly known as the Eastern Townships Regional Airport. The airport hosted many air shows in the pastand “Open Door’’ events for the public. Volunteers organized an event in 1996 which saw 500 spectatators thanks to a performance by a CF-18 Jet from the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

It wasn’t until 2011, that the idea of mounting an airshow resurfaced at Roland-Desourdy Airport. Once again a dynamic team of volunteers organized an Open Door event for the public which saw precision landings and take-offs of many aircraft along with ground displays. Following this event, which attracted 1500 people, the visitors expressed their appreciation to visit planes up close and the eyes of many youngsters were shining brightly after sitting in a cockpit or two, and trying on the pilot headphones. These smiling faces encouraged organizers to repeat the event the following year.

Upon flying home from an air show in Prince Edward Island, world-famous aerobatic pilot Pete McLeod landed his competition Edge 540 aircraft at Bromont for fuel before continuing back home to London, Ontario. After a friendly discussion with the airport General-Manager, Robert Blais, Pete McLeod agreed to sign a contract to perform at Roland-Desourdy Airport later in 2012. Organizers also met with the Quebec aerobatic team, Yak Attack Air Shows, and convinced them to join in the fun and excitement, as well as pilots based at the airport.  The 2012 edition attracted more than 10-thousand spectators and convinced organizers there was a need to develop this kind of event for the Eastern Townships and Quebec.

 

A decision was later taken to create a non-profit organization, the ETAS, The Eastern Townships Airshow, whose sole objective would be to organize an air show every two years and also fill the vacuum left by the former Quebec Airport Air Show.

 

The 2014 edition, with over 30-thousand spectatators forever changed the course of events. The Eastern Townships Airshow had joined the ranks of North-American international air show events, thanks in part, to the participation of the RCAF Snowbirds and CF-18 Demo Team, plus numerous outstanding aerobatic pilots; the best in the air show business.

 

In 2014, the education ‘’ Discovery ‘’ component also permitted young adults to meet and chat with the representatives of many world-renowned Quebec Aerospace firms and discuss future career opportunities. Riding on this important success and to illustrate the unique character of the ETAS amongst others in Canada and North America, the name was recently changed for future editions as, The Eastern Townships Airshow and Aviation Fair.

Joseph Singerman

Programming manager

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Maxime Roy

Security manager

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Gabriel Bilodeau

Security manager

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Marion Perret

Logistics manager

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Michel Lecompte

Marketing, communications and media relations manager

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Paul Milesi

Director of Ground Operations

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Maxime Ladouceur

Webmaster

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