WHO ARE WE?

We are long time commercial pilots of drones, airplanes, and helicopters.  We are the oddballs who actually enjoy reading regulations and teaching people about them.  We are here to help you understand the new Canadian regulations, and how you fit into them.  Basic or Advanced?  We are here to help!

Our Mission

We believe quality education for all drone pilots will help make this industry more productive, safe, and efficient. With years of commercial aviation experience under our belts, we know what it takes to build a business in a rapidly changing yet highly regulated environment. As instructors, we pride ourselves in clearly communicating the information that will allow you to reach your goals.

We believe we can make drone technology more accessible by providing people with a path to pilot certification, and an opportunity to thrive as a professional drone pilot.

Our leadership Team

Ian Wills | President

Coming from a decade in the Commercial Helicopter industry as a pilot, operations coordinator, and business development representative, and prior to that a decade in Information Technology and Systems Administration, Ian applies his passion, education, and experience in Commercial Aviation now to the drone industry.  

Ian leads strategy, operations and innovation at Coastal Drone Co. and the Remote Pilot Network and looks forward to the exciting growth of the drone industry as new regulations offer more permissive activities such as BVLOS, heavier drone delivery operations, and a transition towards eVTOL automation.

As a product of a family of educators, Ian demonstrates a passion for continuous skill development through personal growth and sharing that knowledge with others.  Launched in 2021, the Remote Pilot Network, a Coastal Drone Co. initiative, offers a network of Advanced Certificate pilots with expertise and experience in various industries across Canada.

Andrew Westlund | CEO, Westlund Group of Companies

Andrew is the CEO of the Westlund Group of Companies, a group that Coastal Drone is proud to be part of.  Andrew has grown companies from start-up to sustainment, and is the lead advisor and director for the Coastal Drone team.  He grew Apex Wireless for 25 years before it was acquired by Telus, and has 8 other companies which he leads and advises.  Andrew creates an environment for entrepreneurs and like minded thought leaders to thrive in.  He has been a leader in the BC business world for the last 30 years, and is showing no signs of slowing down.  His most notable companies are SKY Helicopters, Apex Wireless, Agency Media, Fluid Spa, Vinyl Labs, and Coastal Drone.  

Adam Besse | Co-Founder / Director of Creative

One of the best creative minds in the Westlund group of companies, Adam brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from creating engaging content to being responsible for the cinema quality courses Coastal Drone is known for.  He holds an arts degree in video production and has 15+ years as a visual creator.  He is a director on Coastal Drone’s board, and leads strategic marketing projects for the company.

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Leland Dieno | Partner / Director of Digital Strategy

Leland leads and directs all of Coastal Drone’s online strategy and web development.  Having worked in the marketing and web industry for the last 15 years, he is uniquely equipped to lead the Coastal team in the digital realm.  Leland also serves as the Vice President at Agency Media, and proudly works on both companies as the continue to scale and thrive.  He holds a degree from BCIT in digital marketing, and is currently a basic RPAS pilot.