Rivière-du Loup pilot to join the ranks of professional acrobats

Rivière-du Loup pilot to join the ranks of professional acrobats

Main pic: CF-18 Hornet painted for the Canadian Centennial Flight makes a pass in Gatineau, QC. Photo credit: EEIM.

Saguenay (Quebec) 26 June 2015- In a recent article in Le Soleil newspaper it has been confirmed that a pilot based in Riviére-du-Loup, Martin Hivon, will have the right to start performing as an acrobatic pilot in upcoming air shows. M. Hivon is a retired, professional pilot who used to fly CF-18’s for the Royal Canadian Air Force, and is in charge of the Riviére-du-Loup airport.

Getting a licence to perform in air shows doesn’t come easy and there are all sorts of restrictions and rules to follow, concerning safety and availability. At the recent air show event in Bagotville, M. Hivon was able to show his stuff to Kent Pietsch, a qualified ace pilot sanctioned by the International Council of Airshows (ICAS). The ICAS is delegated by Transport Canada and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to evaluate and distribute permits for acrobatic pilots.

M. Hivon will be restricted to flying no less than 500 feet above the ground as compared to the Snowbirds who have the right to fly at 300 feet above the ground because of their military status.

The first show that Martin will be participating in, with his Christen Eagle ll biplane, will be in Drummondville this year on the 29th and 30th of August where he will present his 10 minute spectacle together with other planes at the local air show in that city.

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