Episode 228 – How to Produce an Air Show

de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth (David White on right)de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth

David White is Air Boss for the Waterloo Ontario Air Show and a Board Member of the North East Council of Air Shows. We talk to David about what it takes to produce an air show and what the Air Boss does. Also, how the performers are booked and what they require. David discusses the impact of military demo team cutbacks driven by budget concerns, and the state of civilian jet teams. We discuss the role of the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS), who it’s members are, and what issues it faces.

David can be found flying his 1975 177 Cardinal RG. In 2009 he flew with a friend in an open cockpit de Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth from Ontario to the East Coast and back in one week to celebrate the 100th anniversary of powered flight in Canada.

Follow @WaterlooAirShow on Twitter and Facebook.

David White's 1975 Cessna 177 Cardinal RGDavid White’s 1975 Cessna 177 Cardinal RG

The week’s aviation news:

The Story of the Week:
“The Flight Before Christmas,” written by David Vanderhoof.

In this week’s Australia Desk report:

The Australian Government is enquiring with the US Government about the potential cost of purchasing additional F-18F Super Hornets for the RAAF – up to 24 more aircraft. The new Air New Zealand boss is talking of further strengthening ties with Virgin Australia. Meanwhile, Virgin Australia is increasing funding to Tourism Australia and hints at a possible corporate HQ relocation to Sydney. Qantas begins retiring its Rolls Royce powered B767s as VH-ZXB, formerly British Airways G-BNWF (cn 24338) is placed into storage in the USA.

Find more from Grant and Steve at the Plane Crazy Down Under podcast, and follow the show on Twitter at @pcdu Steve’s at @stevevisscher and Grant at @falcon124. Australia Desk archives can be found at www.australiadesk.net.

In this week’s Across the Pond segment:

This week we celebrate 100 Across The Pond segments by asking some of our guests back onto the show to see what the number 100 means to them from an aviation perspective. Appearing are: @Gareth_Stringer, @AviPlatform, @FlightLevel150, @KarlenePettit, @Pilot_NGB and @DLopezSalazar

Find Pieter on Twitter as @Nascothornet, on his blog Alpha Tango Papa, on Facebook at XTPMedia, and at the Aviation Xtended podcast.

Mosquito in action at the Pearl Harbor Air Show, Ardmore, Auckland, New Zealand. Ian AllenMosquito in action at the Pearl Harbor Air Show, Ardmore, Auckland, New Zealand by Ian Allen


Opening and closing music courtesy Brother Love from the Album Of The Year CD. You can find his great music at www.brotherloverocks.com.

2 thoughts on “Episode 228 – How to Produce an Air Show

  1. LittleMissSunsh

    Just wanted to mention how much I enjoyed David as a guest on this podcast. Great segment. It’s nice to hear such clear, down-to-earth explanation without acronym overload. He would make a great recurring guest star

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