(Saguenay) Hivon Martin, manager of Rivière-du-Loup Airport, now embarks on the adventure of air shows. He obtained permission to act as acrobatic pilot during such events.
The former CF-18 pilot in the Canadian Armed Forces have suffered its assessment on the eve of the recent International Air Show in Bagotville (SAIB) with the pilot Kent Pietsch, who attended the event. The latter is described as an ace pilot by the International Council of Airshows (ICAS).
ICAS is the body delegated by Transport Canada and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to evaluate the acrobatic pilots so that they can get their license.
“Such assessments can only be made together with an air show,” says Hivon. “But since Kent Pietsch came to Bagotville, we were able to provide an appointment in the days before the SAIB.” He explained that normally a candidate has to move to the ace pilot with all the costs and time – because of the weather, among others – that implies. “It can easily climb into the four digits.”
Floor 500 feet
The success of this demanding evaluation, “which is totally burnt out” and that lasted at most 20 minutes in the air, gives him permission – renew annually – to run in the show at a minimum altitude of 500 feet above the ground of. “This is a little higher than the Snowbirds, who have a 300 foot floor. But for them, it’s different because they are governed by military standards, “he adds.
His plane, a Christen Eagle II, will leave shortly to be repainted in the colors of the main sponsors, AVJET and Aviation R & L. Another sponsor remains to be confirmed.
The first air show in which Mr. Hivon will present his 10-minute sequence will be that of Drummondville. It will be held on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August, in Drummondville airport.
It is also too early to say whether Mr. Hivon will travel to Las Vegas in December at the ICAS Congress to build a calendar for 2016. “Again, these are costs which I have to deal with, but I ‘ hope to be able to booker shows me by myself with word-of-mouth, “says the pilot met by The Sun in SAIB.
In addition to being the manager of the airport of Rivière-du-Loup with his company MH Aviation since autumn 2012, Mr. Hivon already giving steering and aerobatic courses.
An appointment air in August
Now a tradition since 2013, the company Hivon Martin, MH Aviation, organizes an appointment air (RVA) at the airport in Rivière-du-Loup in mid to late August. It invites pilots and aircraft owners to dinner Saturday, August 22. The profits of this day are delivered to 282 squadron of air cadets to Rivière-du-Loup.
The RVA will be held the next day in case of rain. “Until now, this has never happened. We were lucky in this regard, “says Hivon.