Kootenay Lake Aviation specializes in flight training and sightseeing tours out of our base at the Nelson Airport. Nestled in the Selkirk Mountains on the shores of Kootenay Lake, Nelson offers great flying opportunities for both students and experienced pilots alike. We are open year round for flight training, scenic flights, and air charters.

Our Fleet

We operate a Cessna 172 and 182. The 172 is an ideal aircraft for flight training and its high wings are great for sightseeing because they don’t block out the incredible views of the ground below. The 182 is used for air charters, patrols, and scenic flights.

Cessna 172

Passengers: 3
Engine: 160 horsepower
Cruising Speed: 115 mph
Endurance: 5 hours
Registration: C-GFRK

Cessna 182

Passengers: 3
Engine: 230 horsepower
Cruising Speed: 150 mph
Endurance: 5.5 hours
Registration: C-GYCL

Our Pilots

Chief flight instructor and owner, Thierry Noblet has logged 10,000 hours of safe flying over his 10 years as a pilot at the controls of many different aircraft – from international chargers on the King Air B100, to scheduled airline service, charter flights and aerial surveys across Canada. He has also flown many hours of fire patrol, sightseeing and flight instruction out of the Nelson Airport.

Thierry’s breadth of flying experience, combined with his vast knowledge of the Kootenays allows him to provide a safe experience and a high standard of instruction in a relaxed and friendly environment.