Depth perception

10/08/2018 Posted by admin

This past week the team has made some significant progress.  Air Shows can either be performed over the land or over the water. Toronto would be an example for a water show because of the lack of open real estate. We began flying over the water, which in itself doesn’t sound like that big of a deal.  When flying over the land you can see roads, trees and cars beneath you. Water is deceiving because it’s difficult to judge depth and rates of movement when there aren’t any significant features to catch your eye and no, waves don’t cut it.  When in close formation I’m focused on maintaining formation integrity and we all trust Snowbird 1 to guide us around.  Trust is a major factor for the Snowbirds. It’s built over time and not taken lightly.  When we began our training last fall all the manoeuvres were flown well above 1000ft above the ground.  As we’re progressing, we’ve slowly lowered those altitudes to air show heights. Currently we’re at 300ft when flying above the ground and 500ft over the water (300ft is the target). Being lower is  visually more appealing to the crowds, but isn`t done at the expense of safety.  Each pilot has always been given the option to keep the team at a higher altitude until they’re comfortable to move lower.  With a little over a week to go in our deployment, I have no doubt we’ll be ready to hit the road with something Canadians will be proud of.  This doesn’t mean we won’t stop trying to improve, because there is always something that can be done better. 

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