Vital Aviation

A Flight Training School with a different attitude…a different philosophy

Our practical approach to training provides a solid foundation of knowledge, decision-making, and piloting skills that are essential to success for any pilot, whether flying privately or commercially. The school has trained many high-quality pilots for commuter services, airlines, bush operators and the military.

Meet our Instructors…

Lynda Brown
Chief Flight Instructor, Class 1

Chief Flight Instructor, Class 1, Designated Flight Test Examiner for Transport Canada, and Authorized Person

Lynda has been training pilots for over 38 years. She has flown over 20,000 hours in over 25 different types of aircraft.

Her dream aircraft is a Pilatus PC-12, but her favorite is a Corsair.

Tony Appels
Class 1 Flight Instructor

Tony comes to Vital Aviation with a diverse background as a pilot and aeronautical engineer.  After a 27-year military career, he retired from the Royal Canadian Air Force in 2013 and spent the next 7 years as an aviation professor at the School of Aviation at Seneca College and as a pilot for WestJet Encore.  Tony has been active as a pilot and flight instructor for over 25 years and has a passion for teaching others to fly.  He holds an Airline Transport Pilots License endorsed with a Group 1 Instrument Rating and a Class 1 Flight Instructor Rating and has logged over 5,000 flight hours.

Jonathan Bloomquist
Class 2 Flight Instructor

Jonathan completed his Commercial Pilots Licence, Multi-IFR, Float Rating, and Flight Instructor Rating in the Lower Mainland and now lives and works on Vancouver Island. Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Jonathan has a background in Mechanical Engineering and Project Management but decided to make a change in 2015 and move to the west coast to pursue a career in aviation. He is a graduate of the BCIT Airline and Flight Operations – Commercial Pilot Program.


Colin Wood
Class 3 Flight Instructor

Colin graduated from the Moncton Flight College in 2019 with a Diploma in Aviation Technology. Following his initial training, he attended The Rockcliffe Flying Club in Ottawa, to earn his Flight Instructor rating. He started his first flying job as a Flight Instructor at the Moncton Flight College following his new rating.

This year Colin switched coasts to join us at Vital Aviation and he is loving the West Coast! Alongside his Commercial License and Instructor Rating, he holds a Multi-Engine Instrument rating and Seaplane Endorsement.

Colin and his father also rebuilt and restored a 1975 Cessna 150 in Southern Ontario where he is originally from.

Ian Chomeczko
Class 4 Flight Instructor Candidate

Class 4 Flight Instructor Candidate

Ian is Vital Aviation trained, from PPL to Instructor rating.

He will be joining our team of instructors in Spring 2021