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Pilots poised to put on show

Spectators to be wowed by stunts in skies above boundary bay airport saturday

Get ready for some highflying spectacles at the Boundary Bay Air Show this weekend.

The free event takes place Saturday at Boundary Bay Airport.

Several great acts, including local performers, will be taking part in this year's show, said airport manager Susan McLaren.

Pilot Gary Ward is bringing his MX2 all the way from Georgia.

"He's going to be putting on a great show as are Bud and Ross Granley. They're bringing up a pair of Yaks and they'll be doing aerobatics together," said McLaren.

There will also be many aircraft that will be on display on the ground, notes McLaren.

"It'll definitely be a different line for people to walk down and take a look at."

The Canadian Forces Parachute Team, the SkyHawks, will open the show. The group is Canada's only military parachute demonstration team.

"Bringing our parachutes in close proximity to build formations in the sky, the team puts on a spectacular show," the group's website explains. "Performing these aerobatic parachute formations requires a high level of skill and courage; and is known as Canopy Relative Work."

The Boundary Bay Air Show was recognized by the Northwest Council of Airshows with an Up and Coming Airshow award for the 2012 season.

"It is a nice recognition because between the Corporation of Delta and Alpha Aviation, we put a lot of time and effort into making the show fun and exciting for families to come and watch," said McLaren.

The council is an association of air show producers, air show performers and air show support service providers.

Gates open Saturday at 11 a.m. while the air show begins at 1 p.m. The airport is located at 7800 Alpha Way. Those who attend are encouraged to carpool, bring their own seating and good walking shoes.

No pets are allowed (except service dogs) and there is no smoking allowed.

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