Ron Price: The face of the Abbotsford Airshow

The Abbotsford International Airshow began in 1962 with the help of the Rotary Flying Club, and has since grown...

Abbotsford Airshow president and CEO Ron Price has been a pilot for 40 years

Abbotsford Airshow president and CEO Ron Price has been a pilot for 40 years

The Abbotsford International Airshow began in 1962 with the help of the Rotary Flying Club, and has since grown to become Canada’s National Airshow and one of Abbotsford’s most anticipated events. President and CEO of the airshow Ron Price has flown small aircraft for 40 years and understands the thrill of flying, and the significance of the event for both spectators and pilots. He has been involved with the airshow for the past 30 years and believes that this year in particular will be a great success. “Not only is the airshow celebrating its 50-year anniversary, but we have such a wide variety of civilian and military demonstrations lined up,” said Price. “We are always so impressed with the Airforce Thunderbirds, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the Skyhawks parachute team and of course Dan Buchanan, a paraplegic man who puts on a tremendous paraglide routine.” Other aviation spectacles include Pete McLeod and the Red Eagles, Red Bull Airforce Squirrel Suit Flyers, Indy Boys Inc. and their jet-powered school bus and outhouse, among dozens of other aerial teams and aerobatic performances. On-ground entertainment includes the chance to explore the inside of jets and carriers on display, autograph booths to meet the pilots, comedy routines, and various vintage demonstrations, such as the beloved B-25 Mitchell Bomber “Grumpy,” belonging to the History Flight Foundation. The Abbotsford Airshow has become a signature event in Abbotsford, and has gained a reputation as something special that the entire community can enjoy. It takes over 1000 volunteers for the weekend to run smoothly, but Price insists that it is ultimately the “cooperation of local residents, who continue to support us regardless of the noise, and the immense assistance from the Abbotsford Airport” that really makes it possible for this event to take off. “The Airshow is beneficial for the entire community because it provides an opportunity for great prosperity,” says Price. “A lot of people from surrounding areas come to enjoy the show, and in doing so fill up hotel rooms and keep restaurants busy.” Throughout his 30 years as president and CEO, Price has formed “many great relationships with performers, producers, military and civilian” and has seen the community flourish because of its commitment to the Airshow. “The support we receive really goes beyond the show,” says Price. “Every year it begins to feel more like a family gathering.”