The new CF-18 Demo Pilot will will wow audiences across North America and in the United Kingdom during the 2018 air show season.

Canadian CF-18 airshow schedule 2018
RCAF CF-18 Demo Team 2018

The CF-18 Demo Team has just completed a successful season during the Minden Aviation Roundup, USA, October 2017. The Canadian Hornet has visited over 30 shows during 2017 to commemorate Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Captain Matthew Kutryk has also completed his task within the Team to give way to a new demo pilot. The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has just annunced Captain Stefan Porteous as the pilot for the 2018 CF-18 Demonstration Team.

Captain Porteous will wow audiences across North America and in the United Kingdom during the 2018 air show season, flying his specially painted CF-18 Hornet commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

The 2018 airshow schedule includes 27 events of which two in Europe: Air Tattoo 2018 and Yeovilton Air Day 2018.

Canadian CF-18 Hornet Demo Team Airshow Schedule 2018

May 5-6: Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Open House – Trenton, NJ
May 11-12: NORAD 60th Anniversary Airshow – Colorado Springs, CO
May 19-20: Hangar 24 Airfest – Redlands, CA
May 26-27:Cannon AFB Air Show – Cannon AFB, NM

June 2-3: Borden Armed Forces Day and Air Show – Borden, ON
June 9-10: Gimli Air Show – Gimli, MB
June 13: North Bay Air Show – North Bay, ON
June 16-17: Great Lakes International Airshow – St Thomas, ON
June 23-24: Heroes Festival Canada – Wasaga Beach, ON

July 7: RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day – Somerset, UK
July 14-15: Royal International Air Tattoo – RAF Fairford, UK
July 21-22: Cold Lake Air Show – Cold Lake, AB
July 25: Rocky Mountain House Airshow – Rocky Mountain House, AB
July 28-29: Hometown Heroes Air Show – Whitecourt, AB

August 4-5: Vanderhoof International Airshow – Vanderhoof, BC
August 11-12: Abbotsford International Air Show – Abbotsford, BC
August 18-19: Victoriaville Air Show – Victoriaville, QB
August 25-26: Atlantic Canada International Air Show – Nova Scotia
August 29: Brantford Community Charity Air Show – Brantford, ON

September 1-2: Canadian International Air Show – Toronto, ON
September 8-9: Airshow London – London, ON
September 15: Aero Gatineau-Ottawa – Gatineau, QC
September 16: Battle of Britain – Ottawa, ON
September 22-23: California Capital Airshow – Sacramento, CA
September 29-30: Oregon International Air Show – Hillsboro, OR

October 6-7: Air Show Baltimore – Baltimore, MD
October 13-14: Spirit of St. Louis Air Show – Chesterfield, MO

2018 Theme

The RCAF selects a theme for each year for its CF-18 air demonstration team and 2018 will feature the 60th Anniversary of NORAD.

Throughout the year, NORAD will hold several events aimed at highlighting the importance of honouring the past, guarding the present, and protecting the future.

NORAD is a combined, bi-national military command established by an agreement in 1958 between Canada and the United States to monitor and defend North America. NORAD is supported in Canada by the Canadian NORAD Region (CANR), headquartered in Winnipeg, Man., and the Canadian Air Defence Sector (CADS) at 22 Wing North Bay, Ontario. CANR maintains CF-18 aircraft on standby at 3 Wing and 4 Wing along with CC-130T Hercules air-to-air refuellers operating from Winnipeg, in support of the NORAD mission.

About Captain Stefan Porteous

Captain Porteous was born and raised in Comox, British Columbia – the home of the RCAF’s 19 Wing. Surrounded by aircraft from a young age, he was inspired to become a fighter pilot at age 11 after a family friend got him interested in military aviation. Upon turning 12, he joined 386 “Komox” Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, and went on to earn his glider pilot license in 2004, followed by his private pilot license in 2005.

Captain Porteous joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 2008 as a member of the RCAF. He continued to work in support of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets during his summers and, upon graduating from university, was posted to 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, for on-the-job training. He began his RCAF flight training in the summer of 2010 at 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School in Portage-la-Prairie, Manitoba, and completed training in 2011 at 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. In 2012, he was selected to fly jets and received his pilot wings in 2013 on the CT-155 Hawk aircraft.

CaptainPorteous’s many years of training culminated when he graduated from 410 Tactical Fighter (Operational Training) Squadron in Cold Lake, qualifying to fly the CF-18 Hornet in 2014 and finally realizing his dream of becoming a fighter pilot in the RCAF.

Today, Captain Porteous is a skilled RCAF pilot with combat experience, and he has trained across Canada and the United States. He is currently with 433 Tactical Fighter Squadron at 3 Wing Bagotville, Quebec.

Captain Porteous attended Comox Valley Elementary School, Aspen Park Middle School and graduated from Highland Secondary School in 2006. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in 2010 from the University of Victoria, majoring in history and classics.

In April, he will take to the skies over Comox, where the CF-18 Demo Team will conduct its annual training before launching the 2018 air show season.

Source: RCAF

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