Airshow 2019 Performers
Pilots, technicians (aviation, avionics, aircraft structure, supply), mobile support operators, resource management support clerks, an engineering officer, a logistics officer and a public affairs officer representing all three elements (Army, Navy and Air Force), work as a team to bring thrilling performances to the Canadian public. Serving as ambassadors of the CAF, the CF Snowbirds demonstrate the high level of skill, professionalism, teamwork, discipline and dedication inherent in the men and women of the CAF and they inspire the pursuit of excellence wherever they go in North America.
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BRENT HANDY AEROBATICS
Brent Handy is a Canadian born aviator with over 20 years flying experience. He flew his first solo at 16 years of age and his enthusiasm for flying has grown year after year. Brent earned all of his initial flight training on scholarships through the Air Cadet program, and later through the professional pilot program at Sault College in Ontario.
Brent air show journey began in 2012 when he flew in the opposing solo position for the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. Through hard work and extreme dedication to his passion, Brent is now an unrestricted, surface-rated aerobatic pilot.
Currently flying the Pitts Special at air shows across Canada and the United States, Brent also maintains a full time career on active duty with the Royal Canadian Air Force as a training and standards pilot, responsible for the Snowbirds. Brent has served as a military flying instructor and also as a CF-18 Hornet fighter pilot.
Handy Twin Pitts: two-plane formation aerobatic display with TODD FARRELL
In 2018, Todd purchased a Pitts S-2B in order to extend Brent’s reach to eastern North America. Since then, Todd had the opportunity to receive training from Steve Wolf, and with Brent’s mentorship, he has quickly acquired the skills to join the airshow display team!
Todd has an incredible amount of flying experience, having flown the gamut of aircraft from gliders to the gigantic C-17 Globemaster!
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The Harvard began life as a North American Aviation designed aircraft around 1934, commonly identified in the USA as the AT-6 Texan (Advanced Trainer). The term Harvard was coined by the RAF in England, and is generally referred to by all of the commonwealth countries, including Canada. Early Harvard models were built in California by North American Aviation, while the later Harvards were built under license by Canadian Car & Foundry (Thunder Bay) and Noorduyn Aviation (Montreal). Many Harvards served under the British Commonweath Air Training Plan (BCATP) in Canada.
KENT PIETSCH AIRSHOWS
Kent Pietsch fell in love with flying when he was four years-old. Five decades later, his passion has not waned.
Since 1973, Kent has performed his incredible aerobatic routines for millions of people at more than 400 shows that have taken him to quality venues throughout the United States.
Kent loves to fly, but the audience is always his number-one priority. “If you can’t entertain, you have no business being out there,” he said. “The gratification is in knowing that people are enjoying themselves.” Kent’s humble nature and willingness to interact with fans make him a crowd favorite wherever he performs.
He flies an 800-pound Interstate Cadet with a 37-foot wingspan. The plane’s horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine can generate 90 horsepower and a G-force ranging from -3 to +5.
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JACQUIE B AIRSHOWS
Jacquie is flying an Extra 300 monoplane. She holds a Commercial certificate in land-based aircraft as well as a seaplane rating and holds an unrestricted, Level 1 ACE card. Jacquie B has earned her wings. With over 2,500 flight hours and more than 100 coast-to-coast air show performances behind her, Jacquie has proven that she has the talent, stamina, discipline and guts to reach beyond the limits placed on her by naysayers. In fact, she broke even more stringent cultural boundaries when she became the first female solo pilot to perform at the 2010 Al Ain Aerobatic Show in the United Arab Emirates. Jacquie is a powerful inspiration to the millions of fans who realize that they too can accomplish great things in life. For more info:
BARRY PENDRAK AIRSHOWS
One of Canada’s finest and most experienced aerobatic pilots, ready to entertain you with an incredible and daring air show.
Barry Pendrak was born and raised in Westlock, Alberta, a small farming town about 90 km northwest of Edmonton. After learning to fly at a young age, Barry started his flying career in a North American B-25 Mitchell as a water bomber over forest fires in northern Alberta. Barry learned his unique aerobatic techniques while flying his Harvard in the 1980’s. After acquiring his Skybolt biplane Barry has developed a mesmerizing and exciting performance to thrill the spectators at the air shows. He starts his routine with the popular and impressive inverted flat spin. From there he adds a series of loops, tail slides, hammerheads, rolls, Cuban eights and knife edge passes turning on and off the smoke for added effects.
- More info on his Facebook page @BarryPendrak
The Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team, The SkyHawks, is Canada’s only military parachute demonstration team. For over 40 years, we have represented Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces to over 75 million spectators worldwide under our signature Canadian flag parachutes.
Bringing our parachutes in close proximity to build formations in the sky, the team puts on a spectacular show. Performing these aerobatic parachute formations requires a high level of skill and courage; and is known as Canopy Relative Work.
THE AIR BOSS
Bill was an operational Air Traffic Controller from 1973 to 2005. Through his work he became involved with the air operations requirements of a couple of air shows, starting in 1984 . In 2000 , Bill started a company that eventually became Canadian Air Boss Services, that currently offers a full range of air show services, throughout the North East. Bill is currently the Past President of the North East Council of Air Shows, and will be serving on the International Council of Air Shows 101 faculty for his 11th year.
Canadian Air Boss Services is supported by a full service aircraft maintenance company Brant Aero.
Please visit BrantAero.com for all your aircraft maintenance needs.
Ric Peterson is one of a handful of full-time airshow announcers. Peterson—who is an Honorary Snowbird—has worked as an announcer in every province and at most RCAF bases. Whilst he is also tremendously active online and offers his services as a public speaker, videographer, master of ceremonies and voice talent, it’s airshows that capture his imagination and ignite the same passion as they did when he was a toddler. “I love what I do and I love the people in this industry. It’s truly a pleasure; a joy.”