Meet Our Team

Welcome to our team at Island Coastal Aviation! We are a passionate and dedicated group of aviation professionals committed to providing the highest quality training and services to our clients.

Our team is made up of experienced pilots, certified flight instructors, maintenance experts, and dedicated support staff, all of whom are committed to delivering exceptional results. We bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to every project, and we are passionate about sharing our love of aviation with others.

Whether you are a seasoned pilot looking to advance your skills or a new student eager to start your flying journey, our team is here to support and guide you every step of the way. We pride ourselves on delivering personalized, one-on-one attention to each of our clients, ensuring that you receive the highest level of service and training.

At Island Coastal Aviation, we believe that our team is our greatest asset. We are a close-knit group that works together to create a welcoming and supportive learning environment for all of our students. We are dedicated to fostering a culture of excellence, safety, and professionalism in everything we do.

Thank you for choosing Island Coastal Aviation. We look forward to meeting you and working with you to achieve your aviation goals!

Chief Flight Instructor

Kwun Fung Cheung

Hi, my name is Kwun and I am the Chief Flight Instructor at Island Coastal Aviation. With over 6 years of experience in the aviation industry, I am passionate about helping aspiring pilots achieve their dreams of becoming skilled and confident aviators.

As an instructor, I take pride in guiding my students through every step of their flight training journey. Whether they are just starting out as a student pilot or working towards their advanced ratings, I strive to create a supportive and engaging learning environment that allows them to build their skills and knowledge at their own pace.

For me, being a good pilot is about more than just technical proficiency – it’s about developing a deep understanding of aviation safety, decision-making, and communication skills that enable pilots to make smart choices in the air. I work hard to instill these values in my students and help them develop the critical thinking skills they need to succeed as pilots.

In addition to my role as Chief Flight Instructor, I am also an active pilot and enjoy exploring new destinations and challenges in the air. I believe that staying engaged in the aviation community is an important part of being an effective instructor, and I am always seeking new opportunities to grow and learn alongside my students.

Overall, my goal as an instructor is to inspire and empower my students to become the best pilots they can be. I am committed to providing the highest quality flight training and support, and I look forward to helping each and every one of my students achieve their full potential in the aviation industry.

Class 1 Flight Instructor, ME, IR

Arnaud Nicolas Sandoval

Arnaud is a highly skilled and experienced Class 1 Flight Instructor at Island Coastal Aviation. With years of experience in the aviation industry, Arnaud has developed a wealth of knowledge and expertise that he brings to his role as an instructor.


In addition to his work at Island Coastal Aviation, Arnaud also serves as an Airline Transport Pilot for Pacific Coastal Airlines. This unique combination of experience allows him to offer students a well-rounded perspective on the aviation industry, with insights into both flight training and commercial operations.


Arnaud is a dedicated and passionate instructor, with a focus on safety and excellence in all aspects of flight training. His commitment to his students and his profession is evident in his approach to teaching, and he is highly respected by his colleagues and students alike.

Class 1 Instructor, ATPL

Anthony Kokai-Kuun

Anthony is an Airline Transport Pilot License holder with a BSc. in Geological Sciences from the University of British Columbia.

From 1989 to 1994 Anthony worked in the airline industry gaining experience and knowledge.  He started this adventure as a Flight instructor in 1989 and advanced to a Class 1 Flight Instructor and then a charter pilot on the Piper Navajo and Beech King Air. In 1994, Anthony founded his own aircraft charter company, North Vancouver Airlines Ltd. North Vancouver Air grew from an airline with 2 six-passenger aircraft to eventually operating 11 six to nineteen-passenger aircraft.

Anthony closed North Vancouver Air in 2005.  In the meantime, he was hired in 1998 by Air Transat and was thus running North Vancouver Air and flying full time for Air Transat.  At Air Transat, Anthony flew as First Officer on the Lockheed L-1011 then advanced to Captain on the Airbus A-310, A-330, Boeing 737, and the Airbus A-321 Neo LR.

In 2015 Anthony returned to flight training with his own C-172 and became involved with Pacific Rim Aviation Academy Inc. where he helped in their 703 Air Taxi Operations.  In the Spring of 2020 Anthony was offered the position of CFI at Island Coastal Aviation and developed Standard Operating Procedures for ICA that will make the school a leader in Flight Training in Canada. Although he is no longer the CFI, Anthony brings over 20,000 hours of experience to Island Coastal Aviation in numerous types of aircraft and has a vast knowledge of the challenging flight and weather conditions of the Pacific North West

Seaplane Instructor

Cole Nelson

Cole’s passion for aviation was ignited at the young age of 12 when he took his first introductory flight in a Cessna 152. Ever since that moment, he has been captivated by the thrill and excitement of flying. Cole pursued his dream of becoming a pilot, and in 2021, he earned his Commercial Pilot License.


With a desire to push himself further, Cole transitioned to float flying and has never looked back. As a Float Flight Instructor at Island Coastal Aviation, Cole is excited about the continuously evolving environment and the unique challenges that float flying provides. He has a natural talent for adapting to changing situations and is always eager to share his knowledge and experience with his students.


Cole is a graduate of Island Coastal Aviation, where he received top-notch training that prepared him for a successful career in aviation. His commitment to safety, professionalism, and excellence is evident in everything he does, and his passion for flying is contagious.


As a Float Flight Instructor at Island Coastal Aviation, Cole is dedicated to inspiring and empowering his students to achieve their goals and reach new heights in their flying careers. His natural ability to connect with his students and create a supportive learning environment sets him apart as a highly skilled and effective instructor.

Class 4 Instructor

Yejin Son

Class 4 Instructor

Ileshkumar Nayee

Ever since I visited the cockpit of a B737 at a young age, my passion for aviation has been unwavering. As a commercial pilot, I have dedicated my career to sharing my love of flying and providing exceptional coaching as a flight instructor.


My approach to teaching is founded on creating a safe, supportive, and enjoyable learning environment. I am committed to helping my students become proficient and confident pilots while having fun along the way. I believe that learning to fly should be an exciting and fulfilling experience, and I strive to make each lesson a memorable one.


With years of experience in the aviation industry, I have developed a deep understanding of the challenges and rewards of flying. As a flight instructor, I am dedicated to sharing this knowledge with my students, providing them with the tools and skills they need to succeed in their flying careers.


I am confident that my passion, experience, and teaching approach will make me an asset to any aviation training organization. I am excited to work with you to help you achieve your goals and become the best pilot you can be.


Mehran Abshar

Mehran Abshar is a highly skilled and experienced AME Instructor with a strong background in Aeronautical Engineering. Graduated in 1978 from a prestigious institution in England, Mehran has over 40 years of experience in the aviation industry, working on various types of aircraft, including American and European helicopters.


Mehran has specialized in helicopter’s dynamic component overhaul and has been trained and certified at the relevant components manufacturers such as Bell, Robinson, and Euro-copter Airbus. This extensive experience has made Mehran an expert in his field, allowing him to provide invaluable insights and knowledge to his students.


Throughout his career, Mehran has demonstrated his commitment to the highest standards of safety, excellence, and quality. His passion for aviation and his dedication to ongoing learning and development make him an exceptional AME Instructor who is highly respected by his colleagues and students alike.


Mehran’s wealth of experience, combined with his excellent teaching skills, make him an asset to any aviation training organization. He is a natural leader, and his ability to inspire and motivate his students to achieve their full potential is second to none. His passion for aviation is infectious, and his knowledge and expertise are unparalleled.