Waterloo Air Show announces 2013 dates
Breslau Yesterday, the Region of Waterloo Council released its decision in regards to offering financial support to the Waterloo Air Show. Council has decided not to reimburse the air show for the $91,000 in fees it charged the show over the past two years. The show’s two producers, Richard Cooper and David White understand and respect the Council’s decision and have no hard feelings as to its outcome.
“The Region has always been very good to us, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them,” said David White.
The two gentlemen presented to Regional Council on November 6th, 2012, asking if the Region would consider a stay-of-payment of the $91,000 in charges the Region presented to the show for fees. Council was courteous and professional in their response at the time, and said a decision would be announced yesterday, November 27th. At the meeting, Council members expressed recognition that the annual air show is beneficial to Waterloo Region both for entertainment and tax purposes -- but expressed concern that the event was a private enterprise.
Despite this decision, and the current $350,000 debt they carry personally, Cooper and White have decided to continue producing the Waterloo Air Show. Next year’s dates will be June 1st and 2nd, 2013 and the show will once again be headlined by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, and be complemented with other aerial acts, ground displays and activities.
Cooper and White simply want to share their passion for aviation with others. They are both private pilots, Cooper an air show performer himself, both have extensive air show experience, and both have a great respect for flying, Canada’s military and veterans. Air shows offer a great avenue to entertain aviation enthusiasts, while showcasing the skills and professionalism of Canada’s military, offering a venue for local performers, and paying homage to our veterans and history.
The air show in Waterloo Region was established in 2009, at the Region of Waterloo International Airport by the Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre. The original name was Waterloo Aviation Expo & Air Show. It was taken over by Cooper and White in 2011 under the banner Waterloo Air Show. It is a family-focused event that entertains, pays respect and inspires.