Chief Flight Instructor / Pilot Examiner
Akiko came to Canada in 2002 from Japan as an international student, and with her much-admired instructor as a mentor, she decided to become a flight instructor. After 3 years as the assistant Chief Flight Instructor, she became the Chief Flight Instructor in 2011. Her responsibilities include the safety, quality and oversight of flight training operations. Her passion is producing and mentoring the most important asset to the school, dependable in-house flight instructors.
ME/IFR department supervisor
David has worked in the aviation industry for almost a decade, initially as Research and Technology Engineer at a major airliner production company. He also has experience in the cargo and airline operation sector. There, he was heavily involved in flight operations management, technical classroom-based training, CRM training, FMS Avionics training, and provided flight instruction on Integrated Procedure Trainers (IPT) and Full Flight Simulator (FFS). David looks forward to share his experience with current and future students.
Soo Hyun Woo
Assistance Chief Flight Instructor
Soo came to Canada in 2002 as an international student majoring in Political Science and Music. However, her deep-rooted passion of aircraft prompted her to attend BCIT's AME (Aircraft Maintenance Engineering) Program. She built up many hands-on skills and experiences with the various aircraft turbine engines throughout her career as an AME. After 3 years of flight training at Sea Land Air while working as AME Soo became a flight instructor. Soo is currently working as an Air Ambulance Pilot flying the King Air 350 and Cessna Citation on life saving flights all over BC. She comes back to help our students and instructors in her role as the Assistant Chief Flight instructor on her days off.
Born in the South of France, Olivier graduated with a Masters in Sport Management. He then taught outdoor activities overseas, mostly in Switzerland where he was able to get back to his first love: learning to fly. He began paragliding in 2002 and finally in 2011, he moved onto flying airplanes in British Columbia. Olivier's passion for flying led him to becoming a flight instructor, and he is grateful to be part of the Sea Land Air team, where he can now share that same passion with his students.
Flight Instructor / Person Responsible for Maintenance
Alex grew up in Toronto and studied Pharmaceutical Chemistry at University of Toronto. After graduating, he was inspired by friends in the aviation industry and started flight training at Sea Land Air in 2013. As an instructor now, he enjoys sharing his experience with students and helping them reach their goals. From the ramp to the operation office of an FBO, Alex also has many experience in the industry other than flight training. Ask him and he will have stories to tell.
Priscilla graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2016 with a degree in Business and Commercial Aviation Management. She completed her primary flight training at Diamond Flight Center in London Ontario. Priscilla obtained her Instructor Rating at Sea Land Air and also currently works for YVR Operations as an Operations Centre Agent. Priscilla is looking forward to meeting future students and helping them achieve their goals.
Daniel was born in Sydney, Australia and studied IT at the University of Western Sydney. Always having a passion for adventure Daniel decided to have a trial instructional flight in 2005, following this he earnt his Australian PPL, CPL. Daniel also gained experience working at a flying school in Western Sydney. In 2012 Daniel embarked on his next adventure, moving to Canada and converting his Australian licences to Canadian. He then expanded his aviation horizons gaining his instructor rating at Sea Land Air. ,Daniel looks forward to sharing your passion for flying and helping you pursue and achieve your aviation goals.
Alice graduated from the University of Waterloo's Aviation and Science Honours program, getting her multi-IFR from the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre. During this time she also obtained her coaching certification; these combined pushed her to get her Instructor Rating. She is grateful to be able to help students set and reach their goals at Sea Land Air, since helping someone else succeed is one of the most rewarding feelings in the world.
Raven grew up in Hong Kong and Taiwan. During her time in Asia, she gained a total of 10 years of experience working as a ramp coordinator for Cathay Pacific and a load master for Hong Kong Airlines. Her passion for aviation led her to explore the flying aspect of the industry. Raven moved to Canada as an international student and completed her PPL and CPL training at Sea Land Air in 2018.She is in the process of completing her instructor rating and is excited to share her knowledge and experience with others.
Stuart began flying in 2012 and completed both his Private and Commercial Licences at Sea Land Air Flight Centre. He is also a recent UBC Commerce graduate, majoring in Operations & Logistics. Stuart joined the SLA team as a Dispatcher in 2019 and is now working towards his Flight Instructor rating.
Inspired by her pilot father, Halle started flying in 2016 and instantly loved it. She earned her Private License, Commercial Pilot Licence and Multi Engine Instrument Rating with Sea Land Air Flight Center and is currently working toward her Flight Instructor Rating. Aside from flying, Halle studied Creative Writing at UBC and her work can be found floating around the internet, if you look hard enough.