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2505 Cunningham Avenue San Jose, California, 95148 (408)729-5100
Name Position  Profile 

Walter Gyger

CEO and President Walter is the Owner/Manager of the Trade Winds Aviation flight school. He is a high tech industry veteran with 20+ years of experience in engineering/marketing/product management. His love for flying started as a child building model airplanes, he then got his pilot license in 1990 in England. Now he is combining his business skills and passion to fly to serve the pilot community with flight instruction and airplane rental in the San Francisco bay area.

Maya Gyger

CFO Maya is the CFO and oversees the accounting operations at Trade Winds Aviation.

Greg Hobbs

Operations Manager Greg has lived and worked in Silicon Valley for nearly 30 years. He worked for almost 20 years in High Tech developing enterprise level telecommunications products. For the past 10 years he has spent his time as a stay at home dad and pursuing other interests. His other primary interest is aviation and flying. He earned his Private Pilot license at Trade Winds Aviation and has started his Instrument rating training. Now as a Customer Service Representative for Trade Winds Aviation he is able to assist other students and pilots pursue their aviation interests.

Monika Ryser

Bookkeeper Monika was born and raised in Switzerland and holds a degree in Textile Design. She worked in the textile industry for over a decade. In the year 2000, she and her husband moved to California. She has enjoyed volunteering in her childrens' school in many different positions and was working as a preschool and art teacher. In November 2015, she decided to take on a new challenge and started working at Trade Winds Aviation as an assistant in accounting.

Tristan West

CSR Coming from a family of commercial and military pilots, Tristan has been enamored by aviation for as long as he can remember. He recently graduated from San Jose State with a BS in Aerospace Engineering, and he plans on doing flight training here at Trade Winds. Outside of aviation, Tristan's passions include baseball and quidditch. He strives to provide a great customer service experience and he is excited to learn more about the aviation field.

Noah Denlinger

Parts Manager Noah is our parts manager.