Seneca College instructor takes to the skies with Snowbirds

Seneca College’s chief flight instructor at the Peterborough Aviation Campus took part in a Canadian Forces Snowbirds performance on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Nicola Godfrey, Seneca's Chief Flight Instructor, and the 431 Air Demonstration Squadron.
Nicola Godfrey, Seneca College’s chief flight instructor, and the 431 Air Demonstration Squadron. Seneca College Photo

An honorary Snowbird for the day, Nicola Godfrey participated in the annual flight between the Toronto Pearson International Airport and Whitby, Ont., in honour of fallen Snowbird Capt Michael VandenBos, who died performing a practice manoeuvre in 1998, the same year Godfrey graduated from Seneca’s aviation program.

“It was a truly amazing experience,” she said. “I still can’t believe I had the opportunity to do this. It was a lot of fun. My hat is off to those pilots. They are very talented in what they do. It will be something I’ll never forget.”


On hand for Nicola’s flight was Maj Yanick ‘Crank’ Gregoire, a 1997 aviation grad who led the Snowbirds last year.

Seneca’s School of Aviation has had a longstanding partnership with the Royal Canadian Air Force that allows recruits to attend flight training with RCAF and academics at Seneca.


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