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Alberta pilot gets high-profile role with Royal Canadian Air Force

Royal Canadian Air Force pilot Capt. Matthew Kutryk. .
Royal Canadian Air Force pilot Capt. Matthew Kutryk. . Department of National Defence, Credit

A Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. pilot has been appointed to the Royal Canadian Air Force’s prestigious CF-18 Demonstration Team.

Capt. Matthew Kutryk will fly his specially painted CF-18 Hornet around North America during the 2017 air show season to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Kutryk was born in Fort Saskatchewan and lived on a farm near Beauvallon, Alta., where he graduated from Two Hills High School in 2002.

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Kutryk was inspired to fly after attending his first airshow in Cold Lake as a child.

He earned his glider pilot’s licence in 2000 and his private pilot’s licence in 2001 as an air cadet.

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Kutryk studied mechanical engineering at the University of Alberta and fought forest fires on an Alberta Wildfire Helitack Crew in Rocky Mountain House during the summers.

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In 2006, Kutryk joined the Canadian Armed Forces, and two years later began military fight training.

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In 2012, he received his RCAF pilot’s wings after spending two years training to fly fast jets in Texas.

Kutryk will begin training with the CF-18 Demo Team in April before starting the air show season.