Andrew Naysmith - Owner / Accountable Executive
Andrew acquired Kîsik Aerial Survey in 2016, after a visit to a local Starbucks one fateful morning. Although the aerial surveying field was new to Andrew, he brought many years of aviation experience as both the CEO and owner of a mid-sized regional airline based at YVR. Andrew also brought an exceptionally strong technical background from more than a decade in the field as an electrical engineer, working on large and complex power generation sites across both the US and Canada. A curious and driven entrepreneur by nature, Andrew is constantly looking to learn more about surveying technologies, future opportunities, and his amazing team at Kîsik.
Trevin Muscat - General Manager
Originally from Ontario, Trevin answered the call of the mountains and headed west. Graduating with an Environmental Studies degree specializing in GIS and Remote Sensing, Trevin worked as a Geospatial Analyst for Canada’s largest telecom and spent 5 years in GIS for a municipal government before moving to Vancouver. Forever grateful to Kîsik for igniting a love of aviation, Trevin spent the first two years in the back of the company plane witnessing the land and the stunning scenery of Western Canada. An avid snowboarder, scuba diver, camper, motorcycle enthusiast and now student pilot, Trevin looks for any opportunity to play outside in this majestic place we call home.
Thomas Dionne - Operations Lead
Thomas grew up in the Lower Mainland and received his bachelor’s degree in Geography, Geology and History from McGill University. Thomas strives to learn as much as possible through taking on evermore complex personal and professional challenges. Thomas values hard work, authenticity and kindness in the pursuit of excellence. Thomas understands how to balance aviation, maintenance and technical team members to ensure high quality airborne sensor data is captured and delivered safely, efficiently and sustainably. Thomas spends his free time playing sports and board games or working on personal projects in the shop or on a computer.
Robert Ho - Sensor Operator
Robert moved to Canada from Asia with his family in 2016. A Master’s degree graduate in Urban Planning and Spatial Information, Robert worked as an electronic technician in Malaysia and Singapore before becoming an aerial survey engineer in Taiwan in 2004. No stranger to the aerial surveying industry, Robert operated the Zeiss RMK-TOP film aerial camera as well as various LiDAR scanners and UltraCam's in Taiwan. Robert has a strong passion for flying, camping, photography and exploring all that beautiful British Columbia and Alberta has to offer.
Corey Newton - Sensor Operator
Corey first trained as a commercial pilot before pursuing a degree in Geography from SFU, specializing in Remote Sensing. After several years of flying charters, med-evacs and scheduled service throughout the Arctic and Western Canada, he joined the Kîsik team as a Sensor Operator - a position where his interests, education and work experience converge. In the off-season he is likely to be found travelling throughout South America or the Balkans, exploring and photographing Vancouver by bike, programming and managing a growing network of computers, learning French, or researching his next motorcycle.
Robyn Stewart - Chief Pilot / Operations Manager
Robyn has flown for Kîsik since 2011, but still has new things to learn about the planes in our fleet and taking care of our talented crews. She also serves in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves and works as a professional Klingon translator. Her hobbies include running, sleeping, and eating chocolate. If she gets old, she plans to retire and adopt a pet chicken.
Lawrence Ando - Survey Pilot
Lawrence considered a career in electronics- then switched to construction when a summer job turned into something he liked doing because it was outside. This led him to becoming a Red Seal certified carpenter through BCIT. Then the flying bug bit during a familiarization flight over Vancouver. Lawrence's flying career has taken him from skydiving pilot in Canada to charter pilot in east Africa, as well as both a low-level and high-level survey pilot throughout North America, Africa, and Europe. When not flying, Lawrence enjoys various outdoor activities.
Sonic Chang - Survey Pilot
A natural-born chef and locomotive enthusiast, Sonic chose none of these things as his field of choice for his later career! Instead, having graduated from environmental science helped shaped his goal of looking at the world from a synoptic scale by becoming a commercial pilot. As a certified flight instructor, Sonic has flown across Canada and the USA, which has given him a greater appreciation of our ever-changing world and its people. Today, Sonic likes to focus his attention on 3D animation which he hopes will one day be a series of fun aviation-related videos... or perhaps about food and trains... his 3D aspirations are to be continued!
Kelvin Kozsan - Director of Maintenance / PRM
Kelvin is both the Director of Maintenance (DOM) and the Person Responsible for Maintenance (PRM) for Kîsik Aerial Survey, and brings over 20 years of hands-on experience. Proficient in both mechanical and structural repair, Kelvin holds a valid AME License from Transport Canada with both M1 and M2 endorsements. Kelvin also brings a wealth of experience in management and Crew Chief positions from various organizations both domestically and abroad. When not maintaining Kîsik’s fleet, Kelvin can be found cooking something delicious on the BBQ or out riding his Harley.
Josh Leupold - Aircraft Maintenance Engineer
Josh attended BCIT’s AME Program in 2016 and graduated in 2018. Josh joined the Kîsik team in 2021, after several years of building invaluable experience working on the same piston-engine aircraft types that Kîsik operates. In his spare time, Josh enjoys riding dirt bikes and hitting the trails on some mountain bikes. During the winter you can find Josh in his workshop wrenching on multiple projects.
Sam Harries-Batkin - Apprentice Aircraft Maintenance Engineer
Sam moved to Canada from England in 2016 to continue his flight training, and now holds a valid Commercial Pilots License. When Sam was young, he raced motocross bikes around England and Wales and would help his dad with any motorcycle or mechanical projects he had. When not helping to maintain Kîsik’s aircraft or parts inventory, Sam can be found making progress on his own bike projects or printing 3D parts at home for fun.