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Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve got questions … we have the answers! Please see below for answers to some of the commonly asked questions about the Waterloo Warbirds Air Show. Don’t see your question listed? Contact our Call Centre at 226-213-4811.


Tickets and Show Info

Tickets are on sale at the following link:

https://waterloowarbirds.ticketwindow.ca/

There are no on-site tickets available. All tickets must be purchased in advance.

Given the nature of the evening air show format, and its timing leading into nighttime on June 26 and June 27, the evening air show is a 19+ event.

Saturday and Sunday daytime events are all ages and FREE admission. During the daytime on Saturday and Sunday, highly interactive activities are on offer, including an opportunity to see the performers and their aircraft on static display. The only flying on Saturday will be rides offered for purchase to the public by a flight school, helicopter school, and in several warbird aircraft. 

The evening air show begins at 5:30PM and runs until 10PM. For a full schedule of events for the entire weekend, please visit the air show home page.

All parking is VIP parking on grass and is within a 10 minute walk from the furthest point to the Entry Gate. PLEASE NOTE that you will be returning to your vehicle in a partially darkened environment. Parking attendants will be provided flashlights to assist in lighting the parking area, but please exercise caution.

HANDICAP PARKING: Handicap parking will be situated closest to the Entry Gate. Please clearly display your permit. Handicap parking is limited. A handicap permit does not guarantee a parking spot. A concierge team will be available on-site for assistance. Please ask a parking attendant if you require assistance.

MOTORCYCLE PARKING: A parking area will be designated for motorcycles. Please be aware that the parking is on grass. Please bring a flat board for the kickstand to avoid sinking into the soft ground.

PARKING LOT VIEWING: For safety and security reasons, you must leave your vehicle and view the show from inside the air show grounds. No tailgating is permitted.

An ATM machine will be available for cash withdrawals.

US cash is accepted at par. $1USD = $1CAD.

Portable unisex washrooms will be provided, including portable handicap washrooms.

First aid will be provided for treatment of minor cuts and bruises.

OUTSIDE FOOD: Outside food is not permitted. Caterers and food trucks will be providing diverse food options aligned with the ticket area you purchase. Beef, chicken, and vegan options will be part of the food experience. Prior to selecting your food, please notify the food provider of any food allergies as cross-contamination may not be avoidable.

WATER: Empty, reusable water bottles are permitted in the show. FREE water refills will be offered from self-serve stations.

OUTSIDE ALCOHOL: Outside alcohol is not permitted on the property. You will be provided an opportunity to access or purchase alcohol based on the ticket area you purchase.

This is not an event suitable for pets. Transport Canada stipulates that pets are not permitted. Please leave them home. Pets will not be permitted to be left in any vehicles. Entry will be denied if a pet is present, except for active service dogs bearing official documents. Extreme care and concern are to be extended to protect a dog’s hearing. Dog ear protection is available at pet stores for your service dog.

Small, personal sized umbrellas permitted only. It is best advised to bring a plastic, emergency-sized raincoat/poncho with a hood in the event of inclement weather. The air show line-up is comprised of highly skilled pilots. In aviation, the final call of taking an aircraft into the air falls to the team lead or pilot and, in this case, the air boss of the show. The call to not fly is never questioned, cajoled, or forced as part of the rules and regulations that govern aviation. Safety will always be the driving factor in deciding. Performers often have different versions of their performance to provide flexibility in various weather conditions. Beyond this, our show comprises various layers of entertainment and venue options to permit modification from the original format should weather severely impact the air demonstrations.

During the Family Static Day on Saturday morning and afternoon, a variety of aircraft flight opportunities will be available! Keep an eye on our website for more details on ride pricing and the Family Static Day.

Stay in the know with ongoing updates by signing up for the Waterloo Warbirds mailing list at this link!

Before and After The Show

The area around the show site will be an extremely busy place on Thursday and Friday before the show. Do not come to the airport expecting to watch from the parking areas or fence lines on the property. A safety issue arises as all crowd control provisions may not be in place and we cannot allow crowds to gather. “Just me and my kid” is a thought that soon builds a crowd.

  • Assign a Designated Driver, and carpool wherever possible. DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL AND DRIVE.
  • Plan your arrival strategy. Be prepared for traffic delays. Prepare for walking on grass and uneven ground.
  • If you drive, please obey all posted traffic signs. The last thing you want after a fun day is a negative experience. 
  • Hydrate! Be sure to drink plenty of water.
  • Bring earplugs/muffs. Part of the airshow thrill is the sound, but ear protection is highly encouraged.
  • Cameras and binoculars are a great way to capture the excitement.
  • Plan your departure. This is a night you do not want to sneak out halfway through the 4th quarter, just to beat traffic. The evening is planned to inspire camaraderie and an incredible experience. Give over to the parking lot wait with patience and acceptance. You’ll be glad you did!

The evening air show begins at 5:30PM and runs until 10PM.

Three unique viewing areas are offered within the show to allow you to select the best experience for you, your group, or your corporate team. For safety and security reasons, viewing from parking lots or any areas outside of show grounds is not permitted; however, aircraft will be available to view on the ground and in the sky during the other events offered during the day on Saturday and Sunday.

The evening air show is 19+; however, aircraft will be available to view on static display during the Family Static Day on Saturday morning and afternoon, along with direct interaction with the pilots, other aviation-focused events, and flights available for purchase in a variety of aircraft. Admission to the Family Static Day is free and is open to all ages. 

Performance aircraft will be taking to the skies over Waterloo Region on Sunday at 2PM as part of the Waterloo Warbirds Air Parade. This unique event gives residents and visitors alike an opportunity to view these aircraft from their own backyards and community spaces across the cities and townships in the Region.

The various aircraft attending the show will be departing on a staggered schedule starting June 28th, with an open-ended final day of departure. No schedule will be posted outlining team departures.

What Can and Can’t I Bring?

We all love the sound of jet engines, but they can be loud! Please prepare accordingly with a pair of ear plugs or ear protectors.

Pets are not permitted at the show; however, if you are accompanied by a service dog, please ensure your dog is also provided with hearing protection. Dog hearing protection is available at pet stores or online.

These radios are permitted. VHF band and other scanners are also permitted.

Transmitters/transceivers outside of the FRS/GMRS frequency bands are not permitted and will be held at security.

Drones are prohibited by law. Violators are subject to up to $25,000 in fines and/or jail times.

Bicycles are not permitted on air show grounds or airport property. Handicap scooters and electric wheelchairs are permitted.

Any items that involve a laser light are prohibited on the airport grounds without exception.

Illegal drugs/substances, firearms, knives, or weapons of any kind are not permitted on the property.