'A salute to Scott'

MEGAN GILLIS -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 1:44 PM ET

The show will go on - just like Scott Manning would have wanted, air show organizers said yesterday, hours after his fatal crash.

The show was to honour the men and women of the Canadian Forces, said organizer Barry Camm of Air Show Ottawa.

"It will now also be a salute to Scott," he said. "In honour of his memory and his air show family, the show will go on."

Pilots like Manning know that taking flight could one day cost them their lives, Camm said.

"They do, but they don't dwell on it," he said. "They realize it's part of their life. There are always risks. They're willing to take those risks. They do it for the love of aviation. They love doing it for the public."

Preparations for the the show went on yesterday.

BACK IN THE AIR

An hour after the crash, vendors were setting up food tents and World War II reenactors were bringing in vintage military equipment.

The airport was closed to aircraft for several hours, but soon after Camm addressed a late afternoon press conference, the first plane flew out again -- a Staggerwing propeller plane owned by Cognos Software founder Michael Potter.

Organizers will soon start planning the 2007 event.

There was no air show in 2004, when the company that organized it went bankrupt, he said. The event's annual budget is $250,000 to $300,0000.

Air Show Ottawa revived the event in 2005, attracting 9,000 people on the first day.

But Camm couldn't say if people will still want to attend an event billed as "fun for the whole family" when it's been shadowed by tragedy.

"You do wonder about that," he said.

megan.gillis@ott.sunpub.com


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