Military flybys planned for nine Vancouver Island communities on Remembrance Day

Military flybys planned for nine Vancouver Island communities on Remembrance Day
A Royal Canadian Air Force Cormorant helicopter from 103 Search and Rescue Squadron based at 9 Wing Gander takes off from the airport in Deer Lake, N.L. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015.

The Royal Canadian Air Force is planning to conduct flypasts over nine Vancouver Island communities on Remembrance Day.

The flypasts are part of a national plan to fly military aircraft over Remembrance Day ceremonies across the country.

On Vancouver Island, two types of RCAF planes and two types of helicopters will fly over communities in the Central and South Island.

Over Ottawa, during the National Remembrance Day Ceremony, CF-18 Hornet fighter jets are scheduled to fly over the country’s capital.

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On Vancouver Island, the RCAF will fly over these nine communities on Remembrance Day:

  • Campbell River (CC-130H Hercules)
  • Comox (CH-149 Cormorant)
  • Courtenay (CH-149 Cormorant)
  • Cumberland (CH-149 Cormorant)
  • Lantzville (CH-148 Cyclone)
  • Nanaimo (CP-140 Aurora)
  • Qualicum Beach (CH-148 Cyclone)
  • Sidney (CH-148 Cyclone)
  • Union Bay (CH-149 Cormorant)

The RCAF says the flyovers will always remain at least 152 metres (500 feet) above the highest obstacle on their routes, and that each event is “carefully planned and closely controlled for public safety.”

The flypasts are also subject to weather and flying conditions.

In B.C.’s capital, the provincial Remembrance Day Ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Victoria Cenotaph at the B.C. legislature.

The roads surrounding the legislature will be closed from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 11, notes the City of Victoria.

CHEK News will be livestreaming the event on YouTube and the CHEK News website, as well as the CHEK+ app.


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