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Akiko Takami
Chief Flight Instructor

Akiko has over 2,500 hours experience in teaching private and commercial students. 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. Completing the required licensing to reach her goal, Akiko's accomplishments serve as great encouragement for international students.

Naoki Hirano
Multi/IFR Instructor

Naoki started his pilot training after immigrating to Canada to make his life-long dream come true. After being qualified as a flight instructor in 2002, he has been accumulating wide experience in flight training for both VFR and IFR. With his passion and knowledge, Naoki is always helping people including those who want to explore the field of endeavour.

John Addison
Multi/IFR Instructor

John brings a wealth of experience as an instrument instructor on many aircraft types, together with 15 years as a 747 captain with 6 different airlines all over the world, and is looking forward to working with the Sea Land Air team in preparing professional pilots for the next stage of their aviation careers.




David Mak
Flight Instructor

Living in Hong Kong during his young childhood, David was fascinated by the checkerboard approach into Kai Tak Airport. This allure brought him into the field of Mathematics and a career in the aviation industry. In year 2013, he decided to begin flight training to see what flying is all about. He joined Sea Land Air Flight Centre as a Dispatcher in 2015. David is more than happy to help students succeed and make their wish a reality!

Safak Karaca
Flight Instructor

Safak grew up around pilots. His father, Ihsan Karaca, is an ex-military pilot and a current Airbus 330 Captain. Safak also studied music in Istanbul Turkey, composes his own music and sometimes has concerts. He also enjoys his life as a father of two cuties, as a musician and as a pilot.

In 2004, Safak earned his PPL in Kamloops B.C. with the airplane that Sea Land Air Flight Centre currently owns, GEML. He has obtained his CPL and Instructor Rating in Boundary Bay B.C. He loves sharing his knowledge and skill with aviators at any stage and believes that the learning never ends. "I am so happy to be a part of Sea Land Air team with a fleet of modern, state-of-the-art aircraft" he says. Safak is looking forward to the future and meeting with new aviation enthusiastic friends.

Soo Hyun Woo
Flight Instructor / Person Responsible for Maintenance

She came to Canada in 2002 as an international student majored in Political Science and Music. However, her deep-rooted passion of aircraft prompted her to attend BCIT's Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Program. She built up many hands-on skills and experiences with the various aircraft turbine engines throughout her career. While she was volunteering for the Aeronca Champ rebuilding project in Delta Airpark, she had a chance to sit in the co-pilot seat. From that moment, she dreamed about learning to fly. After 3 years of flight training at Sea Land Air, Soo became a flight instructor who is very happy to share everything that she has learned with the students to make their dreams to come true.

Olivier Villebrun
Flight Instructor

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.


Halle Gulbrandsen
Dispatcher

Inspired by her pilot father, Halle started flying in 2016 and instantly loved it. She earned her Private License with Sea Land Air Flight Center and is currently working toward her Commercial License. Aside from flying, Halle studied Creative Writing at UBC and her work can be found floating around the internet, if you look hard enough.