Born in Wyevale, Ontario, Brent longed to fly from an early age, and he joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadets as soon as he could. Later, he earned his glider pilot wings, and then his private pilot license. Brent worked his way through Sault College, paying his way by teaching as a glider pilot instructor and tow-plane pilot, graduating in 1999 with a diploma in Aviation Technology and a commercial pilot license with multi-engine and instrument ratings.
After college Brent enrolled in the Canadian Forces pilot training program. He earned his Canadian Forces pilot wings in 2003, and was awarded the Golden Centennaire Award for achievement of superior results in all phases of military pilot training.
After spending four years as an Instructor Pilot on the Harvard II and Hawk aircraft in Moose Jaw, Brent moved to Cold Lake, Alberta to train on the CF-18 Hornet and at the age of 27, he became a CF-18 fighter pilot with 409 Squadron. In his three-year tour he logged close to 600 hours in the Hornet.
In 2011, he was invited to join 431 Air Demonstration Squadron – the Snowbirds – and moved with wife Rebecca and two children, Evan and Grace to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
Brent flew the Opposing & Lead Solo positions, logging more than 150 performances during his two years with the famous nine-plane jet team. He entertained crowds across North America until the end of the 2013 season, then remained with the team, flying as a standards pilot.
Brent’s passion for aerobatics drove him to pursue sport aerobatics, and he purchased a beautiful, classic red and white Pitts S2-B in 2013. His solo aerobatics career launched in 2014, debuting at the Peace Regional Airshow in Peace River, Alberta.
Brent Handy appeared at seven shows in 2014 and ten shows in 2015, including several major international air shows in Canada and the US.
Besides performing at airshows throughout North America, Brent also maintains a full-time military career as a standards and evaluation pilot, responsible for ensuring the safety and excellence of the Snowbirds.
Weight: 1200 lbs
Engine: 260 HP Lycoming 540 cu-in
Propeller: MT Composite Aerobatic Propeller
G Limits: +6G, -3G
Roll Rate: 240°/sec
Maximum Speed: 200MPH (320Km/h)
Climb Rate: 2600 feet/min
Construction: Wings are built up wooden structures, fuselage is welded steel tube, both are covered with fabric and painted in beautiful high-gloss red & white paint.