Major Patrick Gobeil

Biography / November 17, 2016

Major Patrick Gobeil graduated from the Centre Québécois de Formation Aéronautique in 1995 where he acquired a commercial license with multi-engine and instrument ratings. Enrolling in the Canadian Forces two years later, he graduated in 2000 at Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, receiving his wings and also the City of Portage La Prairie Flying Achievement Award. His initial posting was to Canadian Forces Base Trenton in Ontario.

In 2001, Major Gobeil was transferred to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan as a flying instructor with 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School, accumulating over 500 instructional hours on the CT-156 Harvard II.

In 2003, he was selected to fly with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds for the 2004 to 2006 seasons as the Outer Right Wing pilot, Snowbird 6. In 2007, he completed his fighter lead-in training on the CT-155 Hawk at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta.

After completion of CF-18 training at 410 Squadron, 4 Wing, Major Gobeil was posted to 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron, Les Alouettes, in Bagotville, Quebec in early 2009. While there, he participated in multiple domestic exercises in support of Army High Readiness Training and NORAD sovereignty missions. In 2012, he was selected as the CF-18 demonstration pilot and participated in Operation (Op) Southern Reach in order to increase the RCAF`s professional bonds with the air forces of Brazil, Chile and Jamaica.

In 2013, Major Gobeil returned to 431 Air Demonstration Squadron to lead the team as Snowbird 1 for two seasons. In 2016, he became the Snowbird's Deputy Commanding Officer and stepped in as Team Lead (Snowbirds 1) for the 2017 air show season. Over the course of his career he has accumulated over 5,600 flying hours in different types of civilian and military airplanes, of which nearly 4,500 hours have been flown in high performance military aircraft.

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