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About Us

Trade Winds Aviation



We live what we believe in and we want to share with others.
Our business is one of high standards that help
others improve the quality of their life.


Mission Statement

Our most important Standards are around the services we deliver:

We deliver what we promise
on time, dependably and accurately

We genuinely care
We are concerned about our customer’s complete
satisfaction of the outcome of our services

Prompt service is a given
We strive to avoid firefighting by pro-actively monitoring and
addressing the changing needs of our customers
We Go the extra Mile for our Customers!

We want to instill a sense of trust
through being ethical and honest, not just technically competent

We hire positive and enthusiastic individuals
who share our desire to deliver exceptional service

We are human too.
Call us out if we slip up on our standards


About Trade Winds Aviation

It was a clear afternoon in Mission, British Columbia when Walter Gyger climbed into his friend's Cessna 172. He’d spent his childhood constructing model airplanes and dreaming of stepping into the pilot's seat of a real one. The two lifted off, the ground dropping smoothly away, and soared on into the evening, finally touching down on Vancouver Island. That experience spurred Walter on to seek out his pilot license. Years later, after taking classes at Trade Winds Aviation, he bought the company. Walter now works with a team of FAA-certified flight instructors to give budding pilots that same push he received to pursue the dream of flying and pilot certification.

TWA 25 yearsTrade Winds two-runway Reid-Hillview airport and adjacent training area sit surrounded by ridges splashed with watercolor blotches of green, which pilots-in-training survey from wide cockpit windows as they follow the official Cessna training program. Students set their own pace as they progress through lessons in cross-country flight, night flying, and navigation, all augmented by online training, practical flight sessions, and heckling from birds. When not guiding pupils through the valley's consistently clear skies, the staff help maintain Trade Winds' fleet of Cessna and Remos aircraft, many of which have features such as satellite radio, autopilot, GPS maps, and spare commas for absent-minded skywriters.


Nationally Honored Flight School

AOPA Honor Roll

There are many people who have a desire to fly, but very few of them make it all the way into our group of certificated pilots. The AOPA Flight Training Excellence Awards, brought to you by Flight Training magazine, will recognize and celebrate those who provide a customer experience that supports student pilots and facilitates their entry into all aspects of the aviation community.

The award recipients will be named from the results of the 2016 Flight Training Poll. The Poll is based on AOPA’s extensive research into the optimal flight training experience and focuses on four key factors: educational quality; customer focus; community; and information sharing.


     What is a Cessna Pilot Center?


Cessna Pilot Center

Cessna Pilot Center (CPC) is a specially selected flight school that represents top-quality, professional flight training. You’d have to look long and hard to find schools this good. Each CPC has state-of-the-art training facilities incorporating the only integrated flight-training system available.

CPCs also have clean, quiet study areas and classrooms, and new aircraft with strict maintenance requirements and modern components.

Cessna Pilot Centers are associated with The Cessna Aircraft Company and Cessna ensures that they maintain the standards that have helped Cessna remain successful for over 75 years. Cessna requires all CPCs to excel in customer service, with well-trained, professional instructors. They’re able to answer your questions and provide guidance throughout your aviation adventure, from discovery flight through buying your first airplane.

Aircraft Maintenance 

Cessna Service As an authorized Cessna Service Center, Trade Winds Aviation enjoys full factory support for all Cessna aircraft, including direct access to technical representatives, service publications, and genuine Cessna parts.

Our high-quality maintenance team has extensive experience in most Cessna, Piper, Beech, and Mooney single and multi-engine aircraft. 

Our experienced staff of Authorized Inspectors and A&P mechanics has over 75 years of combined experience. As pilots ourselves, we understand the importance of providing reliable, hassle free maintenance and personalized service. 

Whatever your needs Trade Winds Aviation looks forward to providing the service you deserve and the quality you have been looking for. 

 Shop Services:

Annual Inspections Pre-Purchase Inspections
Insurance Quotes and Repair Sheet Metal Work
Engine Changes, Cylinder Changes Landing Gear, Tires, Brakes
AD Compliance Oxygen service
Propeller dynamic balance Parts Sales
STC upgrades Aircraft Rigging
Airframe Electrical Aircraft Weighing Service
Service Bulletin compliance Unusual upgrades and repairs requiring
   FAA field approval, DER contracting