Our objectives are to foster aviation awareness among all audiences, especially young people, and the preservation and demonstration of historic aircraft.
Aero Gatineau-Ottawa’s eco-responsible actions:
In 2021, Aero Gatineau-Ottawa has committed to an evaluation of its environmental impact with the Conseil québécois des événements écoresponsables. This will allow us to better understand how to improve our ecological footprint. The event’s objective is to be carbon neutral by 2025.
Here are some of the actions that will be undertaken in 2022:
- Reducing our climate impact through the purchase of Planetair Gold Standard certified carbon credits : we have offset 100 tons with Planetair Gold Standard carbon credits in the Planetair ÉTS Portfolio, which finances applied engineering university research on the fight against climate change and offsets our greenhouse gases through certified Gold Standard credits.
- Showcasing greener technological developments, including electric aircraft;
- Measures to encourage active transportation, including bike racks;
- Water stations to reduce the use of individual bottles;
- Team dedicated to recycling and composting in partnership with Enviro Éduc-Action and the City of Gatineau;
- Development of a green policy;
- Priority selection of local suppliers.
A brief history of the event:
- Gatineau Airshow (2017) is a new non-profit corporation, created for the Aéro 150 event that took place in 2017 in the context of the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.
- The first edition in April 2017 featured the Patrouille de France together with the Canadian Snowbirds. The event was free of charge and despite appalling weather attracted over 5000 people.
- The second event on Sept. 15, 2018 included the Canadian Snowbirds, the CF-18 Demo Team and close to a hundred aircraft, performing and static. A new exhibition was held in the Vintage Wings Hangar. The estimate crowd was 12 000!
- Third edition in 2019 took place over three days. A second event also took place in August, prior to the event, as the Red Arrows visited Gatineau. AERO Gatineau-Ottawa was a success with more than 20 000 visitors. The F-35, the visit of Chris Hadfield for a second year and a night show with Manfred Radius were amongst the crowd pleasers!
- In 2021 the event was presented Sept. 10 to 12 in a drive-in format due to the pandemic. The organization managed to put on a great show and welcomed 5 400 highly satisfied visitors and many spectacular aircraft including the Snowbirds, CF-18, a Boeing 737, Gord Price and his Yak-50 and many more.