Saskatoon stunt pilot living the dream
Stefan Trischuk appears in Airshow reality show
It's the nightmare scenario for most pilots — losing control of the plane, and falling out of the sky.
But falling out of the sky is precisely what Saskatoon pilot Stefan Trischuk dreamt of doing throughout his life, and now does on purpose as frequently as he can.
Trischuk spent years and countless hours pursuing the certification he needs to become an airshow pilot.
Now, a new reality TV show is displaying the scariest and most exhilarating moments of his journey.
Airshow features Trischuk as the show's youngest pilot and "newbie" among a cast of some of Canada's most experienced and skilled acrobatic pilots.
The work we do is so dangerous, there's no need to dramatize anything. It's just what we do in real life.- Stefan Triscuk
"You'll see some of the mistakes I made along the way, and some sketchy situations I got myself into — and out of, obviously," chuckles Trischuk.
"It's the kind of show you can watch even if you don't care about airplanes, because the work we do is so dangerous, there's no need to dramatize anything. It's just what we do in real life."
Finding a way to become airborne has motivated Trischuk for most of his life. At 12 years old, he used aluminum tubing and a blue tarp to create a homemade hang glider. By 19 years old, he had his ultralight licence.
"Nothing compares, though, to the first moment I piloted a plane upside down," Trischuk said.
"It freed me."
Airshow can be seen on Monday nights beginning Jan. 26 on Discovery Canada.