CF104, on Nov 14 2010, 01:33 AM, said:
It is unfortunate that after attending a few airshows behind the scenes I didn't want to attend them any more. Even as a spectator. There is so much politics going on behind the scenes that it really is disappointing when all you're interested in is the history of aviation and displaying it to the masses. I attended the last airshow at Namao in 1994 and didn't go to another air show until I had the opportunity to see the TICO airshow in Tutusville Florida on March 15th 2009. It was a great show as I was able to see the CF-104D of the Starfighters team and then watch the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery. The Space shuttle launch was amazing due to the timing of a late evening launch. Something I will never forget.
I have been involved with airshows for some time. I was an airshow co-ordinator for the 2005 Airshow in Cold Lake. I was also heavily involved with the 94 airshow at Namao, the best airshow ever. I don't see the politics that you speak of, except for the last airshow in Edmonton at EIA.
The last airshow at EIA involved an incident where some of the umbrella money was used to fly a plane load of the EIA's CEO friends on the Concorde to Paris. Since then Edmonton has been black-listed for any future airshows. By taking money from the umbrella group it ate up a lot of their profits.