Pilot – Brent Handy
When a child dreams and wants something so deeply in their soul, anything is possible. Every detail of their life becomes aligned with achieving their goal. Family gathers in support. True friends are separated from the rest. And when born in a nation so rich with opportunity, the impossible becomes reality!
This has been Brent’s story.
Born in small town Wyevale, Ontario, Brent knew from a young age that he wanted to spend his time in the air. Brent’s early flight training was earned through the Air Cadet program. His first solo was in an Air Cadet glider, at age 16. Ten years later, Brent’s dream of becoming a CF-18 Hornet pilot was a reality. And through a fortunate series of events, he was selected to fly as a team pilot with the renowned Canadian Forces Snowbirds jet team in 2011.
Following his tour with the Snowbirds in 2012 / 2013, Brent took his air show career to the next level. Purchasing a beautiful Pitts S-2, he had the good fortune of polishing his aerobatic prowess with air show legend Wayne Handley.
2017 will mark Brent’s fourth season as an unrestricted, surface-rated aerobatic performer. Expect an adrenaline-filled, heart-pumping series of tumbles, torque rolls, and loops. The Pitts Special is THE air show airplane to inspire young and old to pursue their passions!
“Brent just has this personality that sets you at ease and makes you realize you are in good hands.”
– Tamara Goyette
VIP Flight Passenger Abbotsford Intl Air Show 2014
Crewman – Wade Bowman
Flying air shows safely and professionally requires skill and teamwork. The ground crewman’s main responsibilities include preparing the aircraft and passengers for flight as well as solving various logistical challenges so that Brent is free to focus on his performance and his fans.
Brent has been supported from the beginning of his air show career by his long time friend, Wade Bowman. The two met in 1999 while undergoing military officer training in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.
After receiving his military pilot’s wings, Wade logged several thousand hours as a P-3 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft commander before moving to the private sector.
Wade moved quickly up the ranks of his airline, and served as a management pilot on the Dash-8 while maintaining a captaincy on the Boeing 737.
Wade is currently employed as a First Officer for a major Asian airline on the Boeing 767. He will continue to assist Brent during the 2017 air show season.