Meet Our Instructors

The VFC has a number of phenomenal instructors ready to help you achieve your aviation dreams. Meet our team!

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Hilary

Hilary is a Class 3 Flight Instructor, who holds an ATPL, including IFR and multi-engine ratings. With over 5000 flying hours of military and civilian flying time, she has flown a variety of aircraft including the CT-114 Tutor, the CP-140 Aurora and the Boeing 737. In 2020, she was the recipient of Aviation Solution’s Chief Flight Instructor’s Award for professionalism, skill and dedication. She has been with the VFC since 2018, and enjoys spending time with a group of like-minded aviation enthusiasts. Hilary enjoys being a VFC Flight Instructor because she enjoys helping students fulfil their dreams of becoming pilots.

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Rob

Rob is a Class 4 Flight Instructor with a CPL. He also holds both a multi-engine and IFR rating as well as a float rating. With over 550 flying hours, he has a broad range of experience on civil aviation aircraft including the Dehavilland Beaver, Piper Seminole, Piper Supercruiser, Beechcraft Bonaza, and various models of Cessnas. He has been with the VFC since 2010 due to his love of flying. The aspect of being a VFC flight Instructor that he enjoys the most is meeting different people and sharing the cockpit with a broad spectrum of aviators, from new students to an experienced airline pilot seeking a check ride on a Cessna 172.

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Marcel

Marcel is a Class 1 Flight Instructor with a CPL. He is also a Pilot Examiner Private & Commercial, an authorized Licensing Officer, and a Transport Canada Exam Invigilator. With over 10,000 flying hours, he has experience on the DHC-2, DHC-6, DC-10, and Cessnas. He has been with the VFC since 1987 and as the Operations Manager, enjoys all aspects of the VFC. The part of being a VFC flight Instructor that he enjoys the most is witnessing one of his former Flight Instructor students teaching something that he had originally taught them. Given his management duties with the VFC, he limits his flight training to students pursuing their Flight Instructor rating and flight tests.

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Geoff

Geoff is a Class 3 Flight Instructor with a CPL. He also holds both multi-engine and M-IFR ratings. With over 1000 flying hours, he has a broad range of experience on civil aviation aircraft including the Piper PA44, Diamond DA42, Cirrus SR20, Cessna 182 and the Cessna 172. He has been with the VFC since 2005.  He enjoys flying around coastal BC and meeting people from all walks of life. Given that he is also a Professor at the University of Victoria, he instructs part-time and limits his flight training towards CPL, multi-engine and M-IFR students.

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Matt

Matt is a Class 3 Flight Instructor with a CPL. With over 2000 flying hours, he has been with the VFC since 20018 and enjoys the recreational flying opportunities that are provided by the Club. As a full-time instructor, he provides training for new students through to those seeking their CPL or other ratings (night, mountain, VFR OTT). The aspect of being a VFC flight Instructor that he enjoys the pride he takes in watching his students pursue their dreams and transform into capable pilots. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, Matt’s students were recipients of the Top Flight Test award at the annual VFC Wings Celebration.

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Paul

Paul is a Class 2 Flight Instructor with an ATPL. He also holds a multi-engine and an IFR rating, along with a float rating. With over 9000 flying hours (over 5000 instructing), he has a broad range of additional experience flying medivac, charter and with the airlines. He has been with the VFC since 1972 and enjoys teaching given his background as both a school teacher and Flight Instructor. Given that he’s retired, he devotes much of his time to instructing at the VFC in all aspects of flight training.

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Sheridan

Sheridan is a former Class 3 Flight Instructor with an ATPL. He also holds both a multi-engine and an IFR rating. With over 10,000 flying hours, he has a broad range of experience in corporate, air ambulance, commercial airlines and as a water bomber pilot. He is also a former Civil Aviation Safety Inspector with Transport Canada. He has been with the VFC since 2013 and enjoys both instructing as well as recreational flying in his own aircraft. He limits his flight instruction to multi-engine and IFR training.

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Laura 

Laura is a Class 2 Flight Instructor with a CPL. She also holds both a multi-engine rating. With over 2000 flying hours, she has experience on a variety of civil aviation aircraft including the Cessna 152, Cessna 172, Piper Archer, and Piper Seminole. She has been with the VFC since 2009 and loves all the aspects of it; the scenery, the people, the aircraft, the airport, etc. The aspect of being a VFC flight Instructor that she enjoys the most is sharing her passion for flying with others. Given that she is also a nurse with Health Canada, she is a part-time instructor with a focus on PPL and CPL students.

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Ryan

Ryan is a Class 4 Flight Instructor with a CPL. He also holds a multi-engine rating. With over 700 flying hours, he has experience on a variety of civil aviation aircraft including the Cessna 172, Cessna 177, Piper Seminole, and the Beechcraft Travelair. He has been with the VFC since 2019 due to his love of flying. The aspect of being a VFC flight Instructor that he enjoys the most is the magnificent scenery and meeting people who are super invested in aviation as well. The aspect of being a VFC flight Instructor that he enjoys the most are the eureka moments when a student “gets it”, and suddenly grows in confidence and ability as an aviator.

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Darren

Darren is a Class 3 Flight Instructor with a CPL. He also holds both a multi-engine and IFR rating as well as a float rating. With over 1,700 flying hours, he has experience on a variety of civil aviation aircraft including the Cessna family of aircraft, Beechcraft Duchess, Piper Seminole, Aztec, Seneca, and many more. He has been with the VFC since 2000 and is a life member. The aspect of being a VFC flight Instructor that he enjoys the most is to see the students grow professionally as aviators as their training progresses.

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Brenda

Brenda is a Class 3 Flight Instructor with a CPL. With over 1000 flying hours, she has experience on a variety of civil aviation aircraft including the Cessna 152, Cessna 172, and Piper PA-34. She has been with the VFC since 2012 and enjoys the camaraderie of being part of the VFC Flight Instructor team and sharing her passion for flying with others. The aspect of being a VFC flight Instructor that she enjoys the most is teaching, watching her students evolve and seeing them earn their license. Her focus is on PPL and CPL training.

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Mike Schlievert (Chief Flying Instructor)

Mike has come full circle. Starting at VFC a few years ago as a Class 4 Flight Instructor, he now finds himself employed as our CFI. Over the years he gained valuable experience at airports in Ontario, British Columbia, and many places in between. As a career Flight Instructor as well as a stick and rudder expert, he thoroughly enjoys tutoring and mentoring future pilots. The VFC has a great team, beautiful, well maintained aircraft, and the most scenic flight training back drop in the country. He would enthusiastically advise anybody considering flight training to put the VFC at the top of their list.

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Stephen

Stephen is a Class 3 Flight Instructor with a CPL for both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. With over 4000 flying hours accumulated over a long career as a helicopter pilot in the RCAF, he has experience on a variety of aircraft including the CT-114 Tutor jet, Jet Ranger, Gazelle and Sea king helicopters, as well as the Cessna 172. He has been with the VFC since 2019 when he undertook his Flight Instructor training. The aspect of being a VFC flight Instructor that he enjoys the most is taking someone with no experience in aviation, and guiding them on their journey towards becoming a licensed pilot.

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Bryan

Bryan is a Class 3 Flight Instructor with both a Group 1 instrument rating and sea plane rating. Born and raised in Brentwood Bay, he began his aviation career with skydiving prior to obtaining his pilot license. Rock climbing, sailing, and martial arts are many of his other interests. He prides himself in combining fun and the thrill of flying with his professional outlook to flight training.

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Jesse

Jesse is a Class 3 Flight Instructor who has a multi-engine IFR rating and float plane rating. He has accumulated over 1000 hours combined on the Cessna 172 and the Piper PA-44 Seminole. Jesse has been a member of the VFC for 5 years. His favorite thing about the VFC and being an Instructor is meeting new pilots and flying around Vancouver Island.

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Trevor

Trevor is a Class 2 Instructor who holds an ATPL rating and has accumulated over 12,000 hours on a variety of aircraft over the course of his flying career. He is also the VFC’s Assistant CFI who coordinates the advanced Multi-engine/IFR training. Trevor knew he wanted to fly airplanes since he was 7 years old. Thanks to a couple scholarships and a geek’s single-mindedness, he earned his float rated CPL by 18. Despite several single pilot PPCs on some skookum planes and some interesting assignments on 5 continents, he returned to flight instruction and the VFC in 2017. He considers himself lucky to work with a team of committed professionals, flying a fleet of superbly maintained aircraft at the best flying school he’s ever enjoyed. His greatest passion and satisfaction comes from watching his students learn and grow as aviators.

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Mami

Mami is a Class3 Flight Instructor who started pilot training in 2017 at VFC, obtaining her PPL, CPL (Inc. Night rating), and Flight instructor rating. She’s accumulated well over 1000 hours on the Cessna 172. Mami loves the friendly and positive atmosphere at the VFC, and enjoys working as a Flight Instructor because this allows her the opportunity to support students in pursuing their dream to become a pilot. 

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Stephan H.

Stephan is a Class 2 instructor who holds a Transport Canada ATPL with seaplane rating and an EASA CPL. With over 2500 hours of accumulated flight time, he has flown a variety of aircraft including  C-150s, C-170s, C-185s, the G-115, PA-28, and the PA-44. Stephan has been a member of the VFC since 2011 and enjoys the picturesque west coast scenery and flying around beautiful Vancouver Island. As a flight instructor he enjoys teaching as well as learning from his students. Stephan is qualified to provide the VFC’s full suite of training from ab-initio through to advanced multi-engine/IFR ratings.

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Micheal T.

Micheal is a Class 3 instructor who has been with the Victoria Flying Club since 2016. He currently has a CPL licence, with a variety of ratings including multi-engine IFR, night, and float plane. Over the course of his flying career he has flown Cessna 172's, 180’s, 182’s, and Piper Seminole’s, and has accumulated over 1200 hours of logged flight time.

He particularly enjoys meeting the variety of students and people who join the VFC to pursue flight qualification or engage in their flying passions. Micheal is licensed  to teach the RPL, PPL, CPL, multi-engine, as well as IFR ratings.

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James K.

James has been teaching as Flight Instructor at the Victoria Flying Club for nearly three years. He began as a Class 4 instructor, and upgraded to a Class 3 in his first summer working at the Club. He began flight training at the Club in 2013, and since then has completed his PPL, CPL, Instructor Rating, Multi-Engine rating, and IFR rating. Between his training and time spent teaching, James has totalled approximately 1200 hours. James has flown our Cessna 172's and our Seminole light twin. He also conducts training for members who own their own aircraft and is currently flying a Diamond DA20. 

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Caleb D.

Caleb is a Class 4 flight instructor with a CPL and Group 1 IFR rating. 300 hours flying experience on the Cessna 172 and Piper Seneca 5. He’s been a VFC member for 4 years, completing his PPL training here before heading to Calgary for CPL and Instrument training. He’s happy to be back flying on the west coast after years on the prairies. His favorite aspect of being an instructor is sharing his passion for flying and helping others start their flying career. 

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Neil K.

Neil is the VFC’s full-time ground school coordinator and instructor, and has been with the instructor team since the fall of 2020. Neil came to the VFC with tremendous experience as a pilot and instructor. He has accumulated nearly 18,000 flight hours on a wide variety of aircraft, from the single engine Beechcraft Musketeer through to a variety of commercial jet airliners. He possesses the FAA Advanced Instrument ground school license as well as an EASA simulator and ground school instructor license. As a former school teacher, he enjoys teaching every facet of ground school from the basics through to the most advanced subjects, both in person and online.