Abbotsford Airshow: Two-man team does the announcing

Bob Singleton and Roy Hafeli will once again team up to announce this year’s Abbotsford Airshow. In addition, Ken Hildebrant will also be returning to take to the microphone.

Bob Singleton (right) and Roy Hafeli have long been the announcers of the airshow.

Bob Singleton (right) and Roy Hafeli have long been the announcers of the airshow.

Bob Singleton and Roy Hafeli  will once again team up to announce this year’s Abbotsford Airshow. In addition, Ken Hildebrant will also be returning to take to the microphone.

Singleton has announced at the Abbotsford International Airshow for 41 of its 48 years.

Initially, he was assistant to Abbotsford’s first announcer Toby Trowbridge. He became Abbotsford’s primary announcer in 1977.

Meanwhile, Hafeli is an on-air radio personality who has always been an avid reader of aviation books.

He’s also built countless model airplanes, some of which survive to this day. Roy made his first solo flight when he was just 16, and a year later he earned his private pilots licence.

Hildebrandt, director of Gallery 7, is the newest voice at the show. He started his announcing career in 2007 under the guidance of Singleton and Hafeli.

Hildebrant has also teamed up with Hafeli to create Hafeli and Hildebrandt Air Show Announcing, Canada’s only two-man air show announcing team.

This year’s Abbotsford International Airshow runs from Aug. 12-14. Visit abbotsfordairshow.com.