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.
Soo Hyun Woo
Assistant 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
Stuart began flying in 2012 and completed both his Private and Commercial Licences at Sea Land Air Flight Centre. He spent four years working at Million Air YVR as a ramp agent and is also a UBC Commerce graduate, majoring in Operations & Logistics. Stuart joined the SLA team as a Dispatcher and assistant to the Person Responsible for Maintenance in 2019 and now works as a Flight Instructor and PRM. Stuart finds being part of the tight-knit SLA team very gratifying and is passionate about aviation and helping students achieve their flight training goals!
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 all her flight training at Sea Land Air in 2021. Raven is excited to share her knowledge and experience with students and helping them reach their goals of becoming professional pilots!
Roy immigrated to Canada with his family in 2009. Growing up, he had always dreamed about becoming a pilot and being able to travel around the world. After graduating from high school he went up for a familiarization flight at Boundary Bay airport and was instantly hooked! Upon completing his Commercial Pilot License, he began training for his Instructor Rating at Sea Land Air. There is a tremendous sense of satisfaction and accomplishment when he sees students achieve their goals. Now he is able to share his passion for flying with other students who dream of becoming a pilot.
Inspired by her pilot father, Halle began flying in 2016 while earning a BFA in Creative Writing at UBC. Shortly after joining as a student, Halle joined the SLA team as a Dispatcher until completing her flight training, including the Flight Instructor Rating. Currently, she also works as a Wildlife Management Technician at YVR and she is very excited to share her passion for aviation with her students!