The Speed of Life
Brian Shul is one of the most popular and dynamic keynote speakers in America today. His compelling story of living fearlessly and embracing the opportunities each day brings, resonates with men and woman of all ages. As an Air Force fighter pilot, Brian was shot down in the Vietnam War and severely burned in the ensuing crash. Initially given up for dead, he was finally rescued and spent one year in hospitals, endured 15 surgeries and was told his flying days were over. Amazingly, Brian returned to active duty flying, and became one of only 93 men in history to fly the SR-71 spy plane, the fastest jet ever built.
Brian masterfully uses his aviation slides and stories as a vehicle to tell a broader inspired story of hope, overcoming obstacles and daring to dream. From lying near death in the jungles of Southeast Asia to flying the world’s fastest jet, Brian shares his amazing story in this most unforgettable one-of-a-kind presentation that both inspires and educates.
OUR MISSION – To create a unique and interesting, fun family experience by enhancing aviation knowledge and awareness of the armed forces while enriching the economic development and financial health of local business and organizations.
OUR VISION – To inspire passion, interest and education in aviation.
OUR THEME - The AirFest 2020 theme, “An Air Experience To Remember” showcases all that makes St Thomas and Elgin County the community of progress. A unique exciting event that brings a wide variety of aircraft from World War One to modern day, allowing all levels of aviation enthusiasts to partake in a hands-on experience they won’t soon forget.
WHO WE ARE - The biennial not for profit AirFest is a successful community event that has been voted Best Airshow in Canada by Airshow Review Magazine. This all-encompassing event attracts more than 10,000 in attendance and show cases local and international aviation experiences. We support our economy by partnering with local businesses and donating to not for profit programs benefiting our communities. We introduce our youth to the aviation industry by inspiring them with hands-on and interactive education displays. We celebrate our Veterans and Canadian Military by providing exclusive viewing and display opportunities along with making donations to beneficial organizations.
CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS - Since 2006, more than $150,000 has been distributed to local nonprofits including: St Thomas Elgin General Hospital, St. John Ambulance, 741 St Thomas Royal Canadian Air Cadets, Knights of Columbus, Military Family Resource and many more.
Come Fly with Us
AirFest 2020 is an exciting, action packed family oriented event. The show offers a vibrant, high exposure venue with a variety of sponsorship and corporate hosting levels. From community exposure, brand recognition, employee and customer satisfaction/a summer staff party or just a fantastic day away with family and friends, our packages are varied and affordable.
Want to become part of the Great Lakes International Airshow team? Help out with one of the largest airshows in Southwestern Ontario!