CF-18 Demonstration Team pilot

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.

Captain Porteous’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.