Fraser Valley – JULY 13 UPDATE – Usually the Chilliwack Flight Fest, Chilliwack Airport and Firkus Aircraft are organizing the next Flight Fest. Ray Firkus told FVN/chillTV that with the state of the pandemic, and gatherings of no more that 50 people for the foreseeable future, Furkus says the organizers have not even gathered to talk about a 2020 show.
So what about staying in your car and social distancing that way? Firkus says that still poses problems for first responders having access to the airport. There is also the sanitation concerns because porta-potties would have to be brought in as a basic courtesy. A virtual show similar to Abbotsford is not in the cards. The Flight Fest budget, let alone sponsors, simply are not there to make that happen.
So for now, Flight Fest remains, grounded.
MAY 4 ORIGINAL STORY – With the 2020 Abbotsford Air Show now grounded, attention for aircraft enthusiasts turns to the Chilliwack Flight Fest.
While not on the same grand scale as the neighbours down the highway, that actually works in favour of the Flight Fest at Chilliwack Airport.
Firkus Aircraft are the main sponsors of the annual event that has had its share to challenges over the years.
The 2018 show was grounded due to lack of funds and sponsors. The 2019 was airborne.
Welcome to 2020 and COVID-19.
In a statement to FVN, there is hope:
Nothing much has changed since our last update with you, we are still waiting to see how the summer will look. We are still aiming to have some sort of an event, however we are unsure of what that will look like as of now.
Because we are a free event and don’t rely on a gate admission, we are able to hold off longer before we call the event if it does come to that.
We will update you once we know either way but know that we are working hard and looking at other options to provide Chilliwack with something.