Capt. Logan Reid is an Island-born Snowbirds pilot who is training in Comox for his first season with the aerobatics team. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Island-born Snowbirds pilot enjoying homecoming in skies over Comox

Logan Reid once stood clinging onto the fence outside the Comox Air Show waiting in anticipation to enter with his dad.

Now, the captain in the Canadian Air Force is standing on the other side of the fence – the airfield to be exact – as he begins his first season as Snowbird 8 in the opposing solo position with the Snowbirds team.

“My first memory of an aviation event was at the Comox Air Show. My dad and I were in Duncan and he drove me up in 1994 – we had our Pontiac station wagon with the wood side paneling,” he said with a laugh.

“I remember waiting for hours in the line up to get in and that was my first memory. I got to meet the Snowbirds, I got to see the jets flying overhead. So the Comox Air Show is near and dear to my heart – we went up every other year we could and then when we moved to Victoria, I found myself taking the ferry more often to the Abbotsford Air Show.

RELATED: Snowbirds arrive in Comox for annual spring training

Reid was born in Duncan but grew up in Victoria, which is where he earned his private pilot’s licence.

He credits his dad’s passion for aviation – which he inherited – for wanting to become a pilot.

He went through the air cadet program near his home in Sidney, and received his licence through the Victoria Flying Club based out of the Victoria International Airport.

“I flew up a few times to Campbell River, and to Chilliwack. I was always intimidated with the military air space in Comox so I tried to stay away – I was 18,” he noted. “This is my home territory so I love flying around here – the Island is the most beautiful flying in my opinion.”

Reid joined the military in 2008 and graduated from the Royal Military College in Kingston in 2012. He was assigned as a flight instructor and a few years later applied for the Snowbirds team.

“It just feels like a big full circle moment. Being able to come to the Comox Air Show when I was a young guy and see the Snowbirds and get inspired by the Snowbirds and now we’re here training at the airfield … is really, really special so I’m looking forward to doing that for other young kids as well,” he said.

Reid noted his family is planning to visit the Valley to watch some of the practices, and he’s excited to show him his plane for the first time.

“Now I’m wearing the red suit so I’m looking forward to giving (my dad) a big old hug and showing (them) the jet and they haven’t done that yet,” he explained.

“(We) just got the suits on and this is the first time we’re on the West Coast and we’ve been in the prairies the whole time, so they’re driving up this weekend so it’ll be pretty special.”



erin.haluschak@comoxvalleyrecord.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

La Familia gets Campbell River’s River City Arts Festival swaying to the music

Campbell River Arts Festival was treated to the sounds of Latin music… Continue reading

Disaster risk reduction course open to Campbell River high school students this fall

SRD protective services coordinator hopes program will eventually become integrated into curriculum

Large sections of Baikie Island Nature Reserve in Campbell River still in need of major attention

Greenways Land Trust has been looking for almost $1 million to address south side of conservancy

VIDEO: Break-in third this year at Indigenous art stores in Campbell River

Awatin Aboriginal Arts robbed for second time in 2019; Wei Wai Kum House of Treasures robbed in June

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Japanese Canadians call on B.C. to go beyond mere apology for historic racism

The federal government apologized in 1988 for its racism against ‘enemy aliens’

B.C. VIEWS: NDP pushes ahead with Crown forest redistribution

This isn’t the time for a radical Indigenous rights agenda

Two dead in two-vehicle crash between Revelstoke and Golden

RCMP are investigating the cause of the crash

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

The current case is more general, applying to employees, including men, who worked for the RCMP

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

He said the proper venue for the disagreement is Federal Court

Most Read