Flight Instructors

Clark Duimel

Executive Director Flight Operations / Chief Flight Instructor / TC Pilot Examiner / DCAM Award Winner
Class 1 Instructor

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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

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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.

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!

Monty Badyal


I can't wait to share my knowledge and experience with you. Come hear my stories of instructing on Ultralights, and learn how I started as a Ramp Agent and worked my way up to piloting a Shorts 360. Begin your own experience today by booking a flight, I'll be thrilled to get you started!

Dario Stewart-Imbert

Class 2 Instructor MULTI/IFR

Travelling a lot as a kid, flying was always something that had deeply interested and excited me. Choosing a career in aviation was a natural choice, allowing me to experience the indescribable feeling of flight and travel to new and exotic places. As a flight instructor, my role is to make your experience a fun, safe and exciting one every time you go fly. No matter what your reason for flying is, I hope to help you reach or exceed your goals. Hope to see you soon!

Daniel Silva


It would be my privilege to inspire you to become a pilot like I have. This dream has come in many forms. The "buzz" I get from flying is hard for me to explain! However, I now realize the journey of becoming a pilot is also the art of instructing.  I love sharing my knowledge, skills and attitude of how to become a pilot. I was fascinated by airplanes from an early age and knew that one day I would be a pilot! The "road of least resistance" led me to a very conservative career path that left me unfulfilled in my native Brazil. I liked my career, but I did not love it like I do flying.  Knowing that my destiny was to fly I  started my flight training while still in Brazil. I moved to Canada and it was here that I achieved my pilot and instructor licenses.

Let me help you fulfill your dream like I have mine. Let's go flying!

Quentin Mainguy


When I was a kid, I traveled a lot with my parents and I fell in love with flying and travelling.  At the age of 18 I left France to become a pilot in the country where there is the best training in the world. Flying is an amazing experience, and I can't wait to share this passion, and  teach the knowledge required to become a successful and safe pilot.

The sky as no limit, as do our dreams.

Oscar Chiu


I first started flying back in summer of 2011. It was here at Pacific Flying Club that I completed my first solo, Private Pilot License, Commercial Pilot License, Multi Engine Rating, Multi Engine Instrument Rating and Instructor Rating.

As a flight instructor, my job is to break down the complexities of flying into an easy and enjoyable experience. Whether you're looking to fly as a career or as a hobby, I can help you achieve your goals and realize your dreams.

Matt VanderPloeg


Learning to fly is an exciting way to challenge yourself.  There is nothing more gratifying than meeting that challenge - be it a first flight, first solo, or a receiving pilot's license. Let me use my passion and knowledge as flight instructor to help you become a safe, skilled pilot. Let's go flying!

Marcel Gimenez

Manager of Multi Engine Operations
Class 1 Instructor

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Marcel has received training in aviation from both Europe and Canada. As an instructor, he has had the opportunity to train with students from all over Canada and many different parts of the world. His passion for aviation has currently led him to a career in flight instruction. What keeps Marcel motivated is the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment when he sees students achieve their goals and dreams. With his expertise and support, Marcel guides students through a process that will mold them into professional, and most importantly, safe pilots. All while ensuring the flying experience is still exciting and enjoyable.

Wenny Chiu


I never saw being a pilot as an option for me until a few years ago. It was the best decision I've ever made booking that first flight. Since then, the journey has been exhilarating, challenging, and rewarding. Now as an instructor I will help you through that journey so you can turn that dream into reality. It just starts with booking that first flight! 

Matt Bryce


9-5 jobs were not my thing. So I decided to start flying in 2010, chasing a childhood dream of traveling and flying through the open skys. Every day I jump into a plane and take off I am reminded how lucky I am to be a part of such an exhilarating industry. 

Adnan Valdes


I used to travel a lot with my family when I was younger. Though I certainly loved going to new places and tasting new food (and still do!), it didn’t take me long to discover that the most exciting part of any journey was usually being in a plane about to take-off or land.
I eventually came to Canada to become a teacher, and what better way to teach than to teach while flying? Ultimately, I’m here to help you have fun while you become a safe and successful pilot!


James Hackney


Flying can be a career, a hobby, or a sport but it is always the most enjoyable thing you will do. I want to experience that with others while teaching them the skills and knowledge they need to stay safe while flying. I look forward to helping others succeed in achieving their dreams of flight.

Heemann Shin


We are truly blessed with the gift of aviation in our generation. Aviation is a universal language which allows us to communicate cross-culturally. Airplanes are a great tool that breaks barriers and brings people together. With a bit of courage and determination, you can take control of the airplane following close supervision and training. Sooner or later, you will fly with your friends and/or family, as well as, thousands of passengers if you wish to fly commercially. We also share the joy of flying by giving back to the next generation of industry leaders who will put safety first. Ready for takeoff? Contact PFC when holding short, runway "The World of Aviation."

Ben Aghshahi


Flying has always been a thrill. More importantly, it is so rewarding to be able to share that feeling with somebody else and see them grow and succeed in aviation. My job is to keep you on your toes, motivate you towards your goals, and ensure your flight training experience is superb!

Ryan Eberlin


Aviation has always been a passion of mine, driving past the airport growing up and seeing airplanes land and take off was incredible. This was pushed even further when I was no longer just seeing aircraft above me, but actually in control of one. I have learned that flying an airplane may not be the easiest thing to do, but it is one of the most fun and rewarding things you can do. As a flight instructor I look forward to helping you reach your flying goals

Gordon Brett


When I was about 8 or 9 years old, my older cousin joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. Visiting him while at camp during the summer was the first time the thought of flying entered mind. Since then, elementary school, high school, joining Air Cadets, and everything else I did was to direct myself towards the pilot's seat. After finally getting there, I realized that the only thing I loved more than flying, was sharing that love with others. Seeing student's faces after their first flight, first solo, and first licensed flight after completing training is an absolute joy. I promise once the flying bug bites, you won't be able to keep your eyes from peering upwards!

Victoria Vargas


There’s nothing quite as fulfilling as learning how to fly. Throughout the journey, you’ll reach several milestones: your first take-off, your first solo and your first cross-country. I’ll be there to share the satisfaction of overcoming those difficult but necessary failures, and I’ll be there to celebrate every small yet empowering achievement. As you develop into a safe and successful pilot, my goal is to ensure you look forward to our next lesson!