As the Commander of 8 Wing/Canadian Forces Base Trenton, it is with distinct pride that I announce that planning is well underway for the return of the Quinte International Air Show (QIAS) in 2016. We are planning on delivering a world-class airshow that highlights the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces while showcasing the natural beauty of the Bay of Quinte Region. The largest base in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), Trenton is the home of Air Mobility as well as the Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team, the SkyHawks.
QIAS 2016 will commemorate the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) and the formation of the 400 series squadrons under Article XV of the BCATP agreement. A significant undertaking during the Second World War, Canadians and communities across Canada came together to train over 131,000 aircrew. Schools and training facilities were set up at over 230 locations across Canada, in places like Boundary Bay, BC, Assiniboia, SK, Hagersville, ON, L’Ancienne Lorrette, QC and Summerside, PEI. RCAF Station Trenton was the largest training base in the BCATP and home to the Central Flying School. Canadians welcomed trainees from around the world and brought them into their communities and it is fitting that once again, Trenton welcomes the world to commemorate what Franklin Delano Roosevelt referred to as the “Aerodrome of Democracy”.
We are very pleased to have the Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds, the CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team and the SkyHawks lined up to entertain our visitors. These impressive demonstrations of aerial ability will be joined by an equally impressive assortment of civilian performers and military capability from Canada and around the world.
QIAS 2016 is shaping up to be the tourist event of 2016 in Eastern Ontario. We look forward to partnering with our sponsors and local municipalities in delivering a world-class airshow to the Bay of Quinte Region and beyond. We invite you to be a part of the excitement in 2016.
8 Wing Trenton would like to thank all those who made the Quinte International Air Show (QIAS) 2016 an unequivocal success. The overall goal of the QIAS Team was to deliver an exciting show, which highlighted our history and heritage by commemorating the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP).
The QIAS 2016 could not have been a success without the commitment of our 8 Wing personnel and volunteers, who put so much effort forward to ensure we were able to hold an international event. Hosting an airshow at 8 Wing Trenton was our opportunity to welcome people from the surrounding communities, as our guests, into the home of Air Mobility.
The other key to the success of QIAS 2016 was the incredible support of our many sponsors, partners and our local communities. Without their commitment to helping us achieve our goals, the QIAS would not have been able to host such a world class event.
QIAS 2016 was truly a combined effort from all those involved and we are excited to start planning for the QIAS 2018.
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