Team Members

Every year, the Air Force selects a special group of people to make up the CF-18 Demonstration Team. The CF-18 Demonstration Team is a truly national team; our members all come from Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) units across the country, and each one is selected for his or her superior performance, dedication to excellence, and the desire to represent Canada’s operational air force. Without the hard work of each and every team member, the CF-18 Demo Hornet would never get off the ground. The team is comprised of thirteen members including the Demo pilot, eight technicians, three safety pilots and a public affairs officer/narrator.

The eight technicians are split into two teams of four. The East crew from 3 Wing Bagotville take care of the jet during shows on the East coast and the West crew from 4 Wing Cold Lake take care of the West coast. The technicians drive to each show site bringing their trailer that contain the necessary tools and parts to maintain the CF-18 Demo jet. Throughout the 2017 air show season the Demo team technicians will travel across North America ensuring the Demo jet is fit to fly.

At each show site one of the three safety pilots must be present to monitor the demonstration and provide support to the Demonstration pilot. The Public Affairs Officer and Narrator attends all shows to provide communications support and narrate the performance. 

CF-18 Demonstration Team pilot

West Crew technicians from 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta

  • Sergeant Christopher Gilson, crew chief
  • Master Corporal William Oshanek, deputy crew chief
  • Corporal Alexandre Dugas, technician
  • Corporal Adrian Locke, technician

East Crew technicians from 3 Wing Bagotville, Quebec

  • Sergeant Francois Brisson, crew chief
  • Master Corporal “Chevy” Chevrier, deputy crew chief
  • Corporal Pierre-Luc Poitras, technician
  • Corporal Steeven Maltais, technician

Safety Pilots

  • Major Darryl Shyiak
  • Major Yanick “Crank” Gregoire
  • Captain Renaud “Grat” Thys

Public Affairs Officer and Narrator

  • Lieutenant Jennifer Halliwell