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Our Pilots

Advanced Skills

Our Transport Canada Certified Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Advanced Pilots and Basic Pilots demonstrate a deep understanding of safety and operational standards.

George Milligan

A seasoned aviation expert with over 11,000 flight hours total-time and over 5,500 hours vertical reference in manned aviation. George holds licences in Canada, USA, Peru, and Chile with Class D ratings on BH12 / S350 aircraft. George’s experience includes drill moves in Canada’s arctic and Seismic work in Peru’s Amazon as well as extensive fire fighting operations. George currently holds an Advanced RPAS licence under Transport Canada, is a member of the Advisory Board and will guide flight operations and airspace management with Stinson Aerial.

Tim Stinson

Working out of Vancouver, Portland and Medford Oregon, 20 years working with heavy-lift aircraft, primarily S64 Aircrane with over 80,000 flight hours of operational project experience, including logging, transmission, fire, oil & gas. Provided operational management services 2011-2018 for Western Forest Products S64 Aircrane $14M annual fixed/variable lease contract, targeting 1,800 flight hours per year. Tim currently holds an Advanced RPAS licence under Transport Canada.

Affiliated Pilots

Our affiliated pilots are recognized as Advanced Flight Reviewers from Transport Canada Advanced Remotely Piloted Aircrafts (RPAs) certification. Their flight experience includes over 7,000 flights in forestry, mining, utilities and environmental monitoring & mapping with a mission to improve safety with every flight. They have completed over 5,000 hectares of low elevation forestry surveys and multiple days of wildfire hot spot scanning.

Youth Development UAV Pilots

Cole Stinson

At age 15 (2020), Cole currently holds a Basic RPAs licence under Transport Canada. Cole will be working towards his Advanced RPAs licence over the next year and will be participating in the development of the Tsawalk Training project. Cole has developed his UAV skills working with an array of drone types from non-GPS to the Inspire. He is highly regarded for his film editing talents and was recognized at the 2018 Reel Youth Film Festival for his film titled ‘Island Life’.

Rhys Abel

Rhys is a university student majoring in business operations and marketing at BCIT in Vancouver. He has been flying UAV’s for the past 2 years commercially and recreationally. In April, he obtained a UAV pilots license from Transport Canada. At BCIT, Rhys was recently presented with the “Presidents Award” for outstanding leadership and academic achievement. Prior, he graduated from high school with Honours Society status, earning multiple scholarships for his extensive community service involvements throughout Vancouver Island. Upon completing his post secondary studies, Rhys wants to pursue his interest in the UAV with his entrepreneurial drive to enter a full-time career. While working in UAV, he plans to develop his passion for charity work by implementing UAV solutions for global issues and community betterment.