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Todd Farrell

Todd Farrell is a professional pilot and airshow performer. He is a Canadian Forces veteran, husband and father of 2 beautiful girls, and flies airshows throughout North America with a desire to inspire aviation enthusiasts in all aspects of their lives. @td.farrell www.toddfarrellairshows.com.

Airshow Performer, Entrepreneur Todd Farrell

Tell us a little something about your business...

I am an Airshow Perfomer flying aerobatic displays throughout North America in a red Pitts Special bi-plane. 15 years ago I was diagnosed with a stage 4 cancer and an uncertain prognosis. At that point I was already an award winning Canadian Forces pilot with a post-graduate degree in Physics. I was told by doctors that if my treatment was successful I would not likely return to flying a high performance aircraft again. Since then I have regained my health, flown combat and humanitarian relief missions overseas, returned to flying fast jet high performance aircraft, have a beautiful family, became an airline pilot, and now perform at airshows in a high performance aerobatic aircraft. Everybody will experience struggle at some point in their lives. No matter what their particular challenge is, my hope is that people will see me fly, hear about my successes, and realize that through determination and persistence they can overcome their own challenges and achieve their ultimate goals no matter what the odds are.

When was your lightbulb moment?

3 years ago a friend of mine who I flew with in the military, Brent Handy, suggested I get into airshow flying and that we begin doing a routine together in a formation. As we discussed the logistics of getting such an endeavour up and running, and it became a reality, I realized this was the platform I had been looking for to share my story through my passion of aviation. I plan to write a book in the future to reach beyond airshow spectators and enthusiasts and touch the lives of an even broader spectrum of people.

What are your three words of advice?

Don’t give up! People tend to give up on themselves easily. Nobody has as much invested in your goals as you do. At times it may seem as if you are the only one interested in your success… keep pushing. Stay focused. It is easy to get distracted by other people’s goals, influences, and social pressures. Stay true to yourself, remember who you are, and seek out those activities that will move you along the path you desire.You will experience failure throughout your life… everybody does… but we learn as much from our failures as we do from our successes – it is part of the journey. Embrace these situations as opportunities to grow in the direction of your dreams. Learn what you can do differently next time, keep trying.

Three words of advice...

Grit… Focus… Determination

Todd Farrell is a professional pilot and airshow performer. He is a Canadian Forces veteran, husband and father of 2 beautiful girls, and flies airshows throughout North America with a desire to inspire aviation enthusiasts in all aspects of their lives. @td.farrell www.toddfarrellairshows.com.

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