Bud Granley is certainly not a new face on the air show circuit;
after 47 years as an aerobatic pilot, Granley now performs with his
company, “Granley Family Airshows,” alongside his son
Ross. Their hair-raising formation act has garnered much
acclaim among the aerobatic community.
In 2005, Bud Granley received the Art Scholl Showmanship award
and just recently, he also accepted the Bill Barber Showmanship
After earning his pilot’s license in 1956, thanks to a
Royal Canadian Air Cadet scholarship, Granley joined the Royal
Canadian Air Force earning honors in both his basic and advanced
Upon graduation, he flew the F-86 Sabre in Baden-Baden,
Germany, eventually becoming a flight instructor on the T-6
Harvard. His incredible piloting abilities in the T-6
impressed his superiors enough that Granley was selected to be the
solo demonstration pilot for the Harvard.
That introduction to the air show circuit has led Granley along a
lifechanging path, both for himself as well as his family; two of
his children followed his lead flying with the Snowbird aerobatic
Whether Granley is flying the T-6, Yak-55, or the Fouga
Magister, he keeps himself busy sharing his passion and his
incredible performance with fellow aviation enthusiasts.