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Roy Hafeli

 

Roy is the tall man with the big voice at air shows across Canada.  His love of air shows and anything flying is obvious when he keys that microphone!  He has worked in practically every aspect of aviation, from "flying 'em to paintin' em"! 

 

Roy will share a few of his own personal and often humorous experiences and anecdotes with your crowd.  Roy's easy going, informative patter complements any air show performance.   

 

Roy's love of aviation started early.  While still in elementary school Roy was an avid reader of aviation books and built countless model airplanes, some of which survive to this day.  Roy made his first solo flight when he was just 16 and a year later he earned his private pilots licence.  Soon after qualifying as a private pilot Roy received his floatplane endorsement and then moved on to aerobatic training in a classic AT-6 Harvard.

 

During his time in the aviation industry Roy has worked at a floatplane company in New Westminster, BC and as an aircraft painter for Conair Aviation at the Abbotsford Airport. 

 

In 1987 Roy announced his first airshow in Merritt, BC and since then he has been at the microphone for air shows in Lethbridge, Terrace, Comox, Fort St. John, Peace River, Langley, Chilliwack, Boundary Bay, Ottawa, Ontario and Abbotsford (just to name a few!).  Roy serves on the board of the North West Council of Air Shows and is a recipient of the NWCAS Showmanship award and the Eric Beard Spirit of Flight award. Roy is a member of the International Council of Air Shows. In 2015, Roy was named as a Honourary Snowbird.

 

Roy also served his community of Mission, B.C. as a member of Mission Search and Rescue, a 27 year auxiliary member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and is a current member of the Mission Amateur Radio Emergency Service.

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Ken grew up around the Abbotsford Airport and the world-famous Abbotsford International Airshow. While working at his family's farm, he would often be caught looking up to the sky to catch a Cessna landing or the Air Cadets towing yet another glider up to altitude. As a little boy, he would sit on a wooden-rail fence each August, and watch in awe as amazing pilots, heroes to a young boy enraptured by the magic of flight, flew their airplanes in to incredible loops and hammerheads at the annual airshow.

 

While he was certainly enthralled by the many amazing flying machines that screamed over his head each summer, he was particularly interested in the people who announced the action over the loud speakers, thinking they had a pretty awesome gig. Thus began a 30+ year interest in airshow announcing.

 

Ken's announcing career took off under the expert tutelage of announcing mentors, Bob Singleton and Roy Hafeli eight years ago. Since then, he has had the privilege of announcing airshows both as one-half of H2A2 Airshow Announcers or as a solo announcer across Western Canada and the United States including Abbotsford, BC, Airdrie, AB Bassano, AB, Dawson Creek, BC, Fort St. John, BC, Lethbridge, AB, Madras, OR, Paine Field, WA, Peace River, AB, Rocky Mountain House, AB, Tacoma, WA, Vancouver, BC (Celebration of Light) and Historic Flight Foundation - Vintage Aircraft Weekend, WA. Ken also has the great honour of being one of the only civilian announcers to have narrated an official performance of the CAF Snowbirds.

 

A theatre-producer, director and actor by profession, Ken is the Executive/Artistic Director of Gallery 7 Theatre in his home-town of Abbotsford, BC. He holds a private pilot's license with a night endorsement, and is a member of the Abbotsford Flying Club, International Council of Airshows (ICAS) and Northwest Council of Airshows (NWCAS).

 

Ken's love for airplanes & airshows, coupled with his experience as a private pilot and as an actor, director & producer, make him an ideal member of any airshow announcing team, providing airshow fans with informative and entertaining commentary that puts people right in to the cockpit. His motto for announcing is "Entertain - Inform - Inspire".

 

Enjoy the show!