Aviation Lead Technician, Canadian Forces Snowbirds
Corporal Justin Shantidatt was born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario. He had his first taste of flight at only 3 weeks old, when his parents took him on a helicopter tour over Niagara Falls. At age 12, Cpl Shantidatt joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadets as a member of 845 Avro Arrow Squadron. He solidified his interest in aviation after completing an aircraft maintenance summer course in North Bay, Ontario. In 2013, right out of high school, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as an Aviation Systems Technician. After finishing his trade training, Cpl Shantidatt was posted to 431 Air Demonstration Squadron in March of 2015 where he completed his apprenticeship in May 2016. He has since been employed as an instructor to the apprentices newly posted to 431 Sqn. Aside from his duties with the Snowbirds team, he has also been part of the periodic maintenance line at 8 Wing Trenton. Cpl Shantidatt deployed with the show team in 2017, 2018, 2021 and 2022. Cpl Shantidatt will hold the position of Aviation Lead Technician for the 2023 season.