Snowboard.. yeah.. I have it on the brain.. cant wait for winter..
I was able to bring along my scanner during the show on monday and it lasted 3 of the 4 hours on battery...
Some interesting stuff. Had one person fly in YTZ's zone during the show and got bitched at. It's interesting to see how things are co-ordinated..
While plane A is currently showing, Plane B is in a hold near the "box" (the area defined for the show). The Airboss lets Plane A know when his time is up and gives him vectors for leaving the show (something like "After last pass exit box heading 180 not above 3000 feet").
Once the box is clear, the airboss lets plane B know that "the box is yours" and plane B gives them an ETA to the show (from the hold).
During the show the Airboss would ask Plane B for a pirep on the ceiling (since it was overcast) and let plane B know of anything happening on the ground (birds, balloons, etc..).
I was able to pick up air to air comms between the Havards (a formation of 3 planes) co-ordinating stuff (things like "smoke off, roll now, pitch now, etc..).
Sadly, my scanner battery died before the snowbirds got on stage.