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Increased aircraft activity today as planes head to Cold Lake for air show

St. Paul and Bonnyville included in visual tour to showscase arrival

LAKELAND – Lakeland residents can expect to see an increase of air traffic overhead today, as aircraft make their way to Cold Lake for the Cold Lake Air Show taking place this weekend. 

“There will be an increase in civilian and military aircraft over the Lakeland region on July 14, 2022, as performers arrive for the Cold Lake Air Show,” confirms 4 Wing Cold Lake in a media release. 

Lakeland communities likely to get the best look at passing aircraft is St. Paul, Bonnyville and Cold Lake.  

Pilots participating in the air show have been given the option to take part in a Visual Flight Rules (VFR) tour as a way to showcase their arrival, states 4 Wings. 

The optional VFR tour is planned for the town of Bonnyville and St. Paul as well as Cold Lake. 

“The aircraft will fly no lower than 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle over ground level,” reads the media release.

The Cold Lake Air Show will take place this weekend, July 16 and 17th. For more information check out

Full Throttle Festival 

On July 15, two CF-188 Hornets from 4 Wing Cold Lake will conduct a flyby over the Full Throttle Festival taking place in Cold Lake. 

The two military aircraft are scheduled to fly over 50 Ave heading in a west to east direction at about 8 p.m. 

The aircraft will fly no lower than 500 feet above the highest obstacle over ground level. 

“Royal Canadian Air Force flybys are carefully planned and closely controlled to ensure public safety at all times,” states 4 Wings. 

“The Royal Canadian Air Force is proud to share in special events that allow us to demonstrate the capabilities of our personnel and aircraft to Canadians.” 

Aircraft participation is subject to weather and operational requirements, notes 4 Wing.