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Flight Instructors

Clark Duimel
Director of Flight Operations / Chief Flight Instructor / TC Pilot Examiner / DCAM Award Winner
Class 1 Instructor

Clark is recognized as a leader in Canadian flight training. In 2005, he was honored with the David Charles Abramson Flight Instructor Safety Award. He is a Class 1 Instructor who is also a Pilot Examiner for Transport Canada and Authorized Person. Clark was instrumental in the development of the BCIT Airline & Flight Operations program and developed the training regimen for this diploma program. When Clark isn’t at the Club, he can be found doing “guy” stuff such as hunting, fishing, camping and boating. 

Paul Harris
Manager of Flight Operations / TC Pilot Examiner / DCAM Award Winner
Class 1 Instructor

Paul is the second of three generations of commercial pilots. Stories of Uncle Ted flying Spitfires over Britain in WW2 ignited his passion for aviation. From the beginning, the focus of Paul’s instructing career has been on delivering that all important first 50 hours of instruction. His understanding, focus and passion is instilled in every instructor he trains. Those 3,000 minutes of coaching often determines the outcome of an event 3,000 hours later.

Dan Martens
Manager of Multi Operations / TC Multi IFR Pilot Examiner / Cessna Approved G1000 Instructor
Class 1 Instructor IFR - CFAI

I started my flight training in 2001 and haven’t looked back.  My passion for flying combined with the practical reality of training makes working as a flight instructor the perfect job for me. A calm demeanor, a composed cockpit and an open learning environment are the keys to successful flight training.  Although I have flown aircraft like the De-Havilland Beaver and Beechcraft 1900 during my career,  getting into a Piper Seneca or Cessna 172 and sharing my passion for flying with a student gives me the ultimate high.

Max Newman
Class 2, MIFR Instructor

There's a special feeling you get when you take to the air and that feeling is the reason why flying is my passion. One of the best aspects of flying is whatever you decide to do in aviation there is always something new and enjoyable to learn right around the corner. Whether you would like to become a pilot for fun or as a career, my goal as an instructor is to create a safe and exciting environment in which to explore around each corner and achieve your dream. 

Carmen Lin

I've always wanted to fly, ever since the first time I hit my first patch of turbulence on a commercial flight. I thought it was fun, others on the flight apparently didn't feel the same way. And after I joined Air Cadets and had my first glider familiarzation flight, I was hooked. As an instructor, I make my students into the best pilots they can be, from start to finish. Above all else, if you don't have fun while flying, you're doing something wrong.

Corey Karls


Flying has always been a huge aspect of my life. As far as I can remeber I was looking up at the sky in awe at the raw power and grace of these machines.

Once I had the chance to view the world from above, being on the ground was never the same. From that day on, I always had that craving to get back up in the air.

Now I am able to bring that joy and experience to students. The sheer excitment I get to see when introducing flight to a new student only accentuates my love for flying.

"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return"

Mike Wieclawek
Becoming a pilot was never something I had considered as a career or even a hobby until later in life, despite a long fascination with aviation.  Let me help you discover what makes flying so great as well as help you meet your goals as a pilot!
Marcel Bister

Growing up I always enjoyed travelling to some exotic location on an aircraft.  And it was just as much about the journey to that place than the destination itself.  Thus a career in aviation was a natural choice for me, combining my passions for aviation and travelling.  As a flight instructor I want to help my students experience that same kind of enjoyment all throughout their journey, whatever the destination may be: flying for fun or as a career.  As such I strive to create a safe, interesting, and fun learning environment for all my students in which to explore the exciting world of flying. 

Chris Brennan
When I was a kid, my dad took me to an air show. I was amazed by the awesome machines roaring through the sky, and decided that I was going to be a pilot. 
As a flight instructor, my job is simply to share the wonder of flight with my students and help them take their first steps into the larger world of aviation.
Nigel Koit

The most thrilling thing about teaching is watching just how excited people get as they learn new skills and progress through their training. It was this excitement that got me hooked, first as an advanced performance driving instructor, and now as a Flight Instructor at Pacific Flying Club. I feel lucky to have been able to transfer my passion for teaching from motorsport to my other love: aviation. Whatever the field, I enjoy seeing my students succeed at everything they are working toward.

Jamie Pinton

Ever since I was young I knew I wanted to pursue a career in aviation. Going on trips growing up I would often find myself more excited for the flight than the actual trip itself. My objective is to ensure each and every one of my students meets the goals they have set for themselves in their training, while enjoying every step along the way. 

Sean Samuel

We were lined up on the runway in a Boeing 747 headed to Vancouver. As the pilots advanced the throttles instead of “sitting upright against the seat”, I was found leaning out of it. Looking out and admiring the raw power of the engines and beauty of the wing, I knew at that instant I wanted to be a pilot. My goal is to bring that same passion and drive to every student and every flight, amongst all, let’s have fun!

Norbert Biszczak

When I was 19 years old an old friend of mine bought me a fam flight for my birthday. From the moment the wheels left the ground I knew I had found my new passion in life. I now hope to inspire and transfer my love for aviation to all of those around me. Whether you plan on flying for pleasure or as a career, my goal is to make your flight training as enjoyable and fun as possible, so that you look forward to coming to the airport everyday. Cheers!

Daniella Hlynka

Flying represents barriers overcome. There can be numerous barriers to getting your license whether it's for fun or a career. My job is to make sure that learning how to be a safe and skilled pilot is not one of those barriers!

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