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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.

Aaron Shortt
Multi/IFR Instructor

Aaron started flying in 2004 and graduated from UFV in 2008 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Aviation. He really enjoys flying the Diamond fleet, especially the G1000-equipped DA40 and DA42.

Current Ratings: Night, Multi-Engine, Instrument

Aircraft Flown: Cessna 172, PA-30 Twin Comanche, Diamond DA20-A1, Diamond DA20-C1, Diamond DA40, Diamond DA42 Twin Star

Dominic Beaumont
Dispatcher / Person Responsible for Maintenance

Dominic Started flying in 2007, whilst studying Aviation Technology at University in England. Previously a Commercial Flight Operations Supervisor for a UK Charter Airline, Dominic is thrilled to be working with Sea Land Air during his time in Canada. He is certified by Transport Canada as a Person Responsible for Maintenance (PRM). Dominic's duties as a Person Responsible for Maintenance include ensuring all maintenance on Sea Land Air aircraft exceeds Transport Canada's strict standards.

Aircraft flown:Cessna 150, 152, Piper Warrior, Grob 109B (Vigilant T1), Grob G115 (Tutor), Pitts Special.

David Mak
Flight Instructor / Assistant Person Responsible for Maintenance

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 and has acquired certification from Transport Canada to be an Assistant Person Responsibility for Maintenance. David is more than happy to help students succeed and make their wish a reality!

Aircraft flown:Diamond DA20-A1, DA20-C1, DA40-180, DA42-TDI, Grob G115B, Socata Tobago TB10, Robin DR400, Cessna 172

Mike Lowe
Multi-IFR Flight Instructor

Mike started flying in 2004. He has a degree in mathematics and worked in the civil engineering field before becoming a commercial pilot. Mike has been flying for about 10 years and start instructing about 5 years ago. Currently Mike works as a Medivac pilot flying the King Air based at Yvr and he mainly teaches Multi-IFR SIM session at Sea Land Air.

Current Ratings: Seaplane Rating, Multi Engine Rating, Instrument Rating, Night Rating

Aircraft flown: Diamond DA20-A1, Diamond DA20-C1, Diamond DA40, Diamond DA42 Twin Star, Metroliner II, Metroliner III, King Air 350, Beech 76 Duchess, DHC-2 Beaver (Float Plane), Cessna 182, Cessna 180 (Float Plane), Cessna 172, Cessna 152, Piper Warrior, Evektor Sport Star

Brandon Murphy
Flight Instructor

Brandon started flying in 2009 and studied Aviation Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa. He enjoys every aspect of aviation and has held many jobs in the industry. He has had the opportunity to do some wonderful flying trips throughout Canada and the U.S. and loves to share his passion for flying with all of his students.

Aircraft flown:Cessna 150, 152, 172. Piper Worrier, Tomahawk, Cherokee

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

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.

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.