About Us

If you can learn to fly here, you can fly anywhere in the world

Who We Are

“Craig started his flying career at the early age of 15 and only wanted more from there. At 17 he got his Private Aeroplane Licence following that with his Commercial Helicopter Licence at age 18. He started working with a spraying company and completed his Commercial Aeroplane Licence while gaining experience in the industry. In 1989 he started working with a helicopter company, was given an Approved Mountain Course and gained over 10,000 hours of Mountain flying, Longlining, management, and many more types of industry experience.

In 2000 Craig decided to pass on the helicopter torch by gaining his Flight Instructor Rating and started teaching in the winters and continued to fly in the industry in the summers. After gaining over 11,000 hours of training experience, and 11,500 hours of industry experience, he bought a helicopter and started his own school. JoinAir was born.

Over the years JoinAir has expanded its operations to the Aeroplane world and now offers training for both fixed wing and rotary aircraft making future pilots’ dreams come true. Your journey starts here.”

Meet The Team

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Craig Joiner

CHIEF FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR –
HELI & OWNER

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EXPERIENCE

35 years
(1987-2022)

TOTAL TIME

22,500 Hours

  • 11,000 Industry Flight Hours
  • 11,500 Flight Training Hours

SKILLS

Class 1 Instructor
PE-Pilot Examiner
ACP – Approved Check Pilot
ROC-A Accredited Examiner
Mountain Training Specialist

“Craig is a proud father of five, four children and one flight school! With a passion for flying like none other, he’s been flying for 35 years and is still loving it. When he’s got a break from work, you’ll find him kayaking the lakes, or hiking the forests of British Columbia! He’s the founder of JoinAir Helicopters, an amazing Flight Instructor and he’s pretty fun too!”

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Walter Gillies

CHIEF FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR –
AERO

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EXPERIENCE

30 years
(1992-2022)

TOTAL TIME

16,500 Hours

SKILLS

Training Captain
Class 2 Flight Instructor
Type Rating Instructor
Aeronautical Engineer
English Instructor

“Walter, also known as “The Captain” at JoinAir, is an extremely knowledgeable and successful Airline Pilot and Flight Instructor. He’s got three passions in his life: flying, his family, and building his own airplane in his garage! As a trained Aeronautical Engineer and Meteorologist, you’ll always be in good hands. Walter is a super friendly and approachable guy and will make your training experience educational and fun!”

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AZAM AZAMI

FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR –
AERO

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EXPERIENCE

10 years
(2012-2022)

TOTAL TIME

700 Hours

SKILLS

Class 4 Instructor
Multi Engine Group 1 IFR Rating
IATRA Rating

“JoinAir could not be happier with our main aero instructor. His knowledge and professionalism shines as he instructs our students and they sing his praises. He is an avid outdoorsman, family man with a new baby, and an all around great guy. Come on by and take an Intro Flight with Azam!”

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Leena Campbell

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

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“Leena is our newest addition to the JoinAir team! Her passion for her work and welcoming presence makes her an asset here at JoinAir. She is responsible for all administrative duties at JoinAir and looks forward to welcoming you to your new training program!”

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Our Training Location

CHILLIWACK, BC, CANADA

“Here at JoinAir we pride ourselves by having access to some of the best training grounds in the world.

Here you learn to fly in the mountainous regions of Western Canada only an hour outside Vancouver.

The Chilliwack area has lakes, rivers, 4 seasons of challenging weather, airports, and major air traffic routes that makes learning here challenging but rewarding.

With all this only a few minutes from Chilliwack Airport, training with JoinAir gives you real life experience.”

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Our History

2018
Season 13
JoinAir Helicopters started in 2018 with Craig Joiner opening his very own helicopter flight school with an R44 helicopter!
2019
Season 13
With Helicopter training in full swing, JoinAir thrived in 2019!
2020
Season 12
In 2020 JoinAir Flight Training expanded into the fixed wing world with aeroplane training on the Cessna 152. 2020 was also the year that JoinAir started offering a second helicopter training option with the Schweizer 300 CBI!
2021
Season 11
And in 2021, the Cessna 172 was added as aircraft number four for JoinAir’s fleet.
Future
Let’s see what the future holds!

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Reviews

Miguel Parra
Miguel Parra
2022-01-28
Paul
Paul
2021-12-07
Finished my fixed wing flight training at this Flight Training Unit after several years of hiatus. The instructors and staff are consummate professionals, and brought me back up to speed for my written and flight exams with ease. I've also done about an hour of rotary wing instruction with Craig Joiner, who was extremely skilled in both flying and instruction. Now with nearly 100 hours of flight under my belt, I cannot recommend JoinAir highly enough!
Shannon Netzel
Shannon Netzel
2021-11-21
Kelsey F
Kelsey F
2021-09-15
I have always wanted to get my PPL and when Craig decided to expand his company to fixed wing training as well as helicopters, I jumped at the chance to get my Private Pilot License. Everyone was amazing to deal with, supportive, and flexible so I could get it completed around my schedule. I wouldn't hesitate to (and already do) recommend this company to anyone in the Fraser Valley who is looking to get their private pilot license in a fun and cost effective way!
Khaif Sha
Khaif Sha
2021-03-31
Committed
Dan Robertson
Dan Robertson
2019-11-14
Best training facility in Canada. Craig is extremely knowledgeable and a excellent training pilot. If you're thinking about getting your helicopter licence, you wont find a better place.
Luc Melanson
Luc Melanson
2019-11-04
Great place to get a pilots licence, or advanced training!
Daryl Todd
Daryl Todd
2019-08-30
I recently completed my flight training at Joinair. It was an excellent experience, Craig is one of the best in the business, with way more real world flying experience than other guys I looked at training with. Super flexible as well which worked well for my ever changing schedule. And the location of the school is a major bonus, within minutes you're on the river or in the mountains
Danny W
Danny W
2019-05-17
I just recently finished my commercial helicopter pilots license at Joinair and I am grateful for the amount of knowledge and expertise from my instructor Craig Joiner. He came highly recommended as one of the top helicopter instructors in Canada and I can definitely see why. When it was time to take my final written exam and flight test I was fully prepared and skilled to do well! I highly recommend Joinair to anyone looking into getting their pilots license. Give the Joinair family a call and you will never look back!
Brad K
Brad K
2018-11-15
Awesome training. Craig Joiner is second to none with his expertise, teaching and actual helicopter industry experience.
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