Wynne Powell, President and CEO
Prior to his retirement as President and CEO of London Drugs, Wynne Powell recognized that fast, efficient business travel can transform a busy executive's schedule. Mr. Powell was the architect of London Air Services in 1999, drawing from his corporate experience, a thorough understanding of technology, and a solid background in accounting and finance.
Under Mr. Powell's direction, London Air Services was born, blossoming from an idea to a single corporate jet in 1999. In the years since, Mr. Powell has built on these modest beginnings, overseeing aircraft acquisition and the completion of the state-of-the-art London Aviation Centre. Mr. Powell is a Fellow in the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.
Dylan Thomas, Operations Manager and Chief Pilot – Helicopter Division
London Air Services Fixed Wing and Rotary divisions have been managed by Dylan Thomas since 2013. Dylan joined LAS in 2005 as the Chief Pilot – Helicopter to introduce the AW139 into the LAS fleet and Canada. Dylan is the most experienced AW139 pilot in Canada and acts as a Transport Canada Check Pilot, IFR Pilot Examiner, AW139 Instructor and Agusta Westland Demonstration Pilot.
Dylan began his flying career in the Canadian Air Force in 1991. In the Air Force he gained a broad experience in VFR and IFR flying. Capt. Thomas was selected to fly for the elite Special Operations Flight in support of JTF-2 (Canadian equivalent to US Navy SEALs or UK SAS), as was promoted to Flight Operations Officer. His experiences include VVIP missions, NVG operations, and a variety of classified counter-terrorism missions.
Following Dylan’s 10 years in the military he returned home to Vancouver BC and flew as a British Columbia Air Ambulance Captain, flying to the coastal communities and answering medevac calls day and night to accident sites from Tofino to Kamloops. He also flew as a corporate pilot for a forestry company to Mill sites and various locations up and down the coast. Dylan brings a wealth of both coastal and mountain flying experience, combined with VVIP service and charter helicopter experience to London Air Services. He currently has over 7000 hours of Twin-engine Helicopter experience and with 3800 hours of AW139 experience Dylan is one of the most experienced AW139 pilots in North America.
Gary Farn, Chief Pilot – Fixed Wing Division
The London Air Services fixed wing division is managed by Gary Farn, an experienced aviator with over 30 years' flying experience. Mr. Farn started his flying career in 1974 in Ontario. In 1979, he moved to British Columbia to fly with Airwest Airlines, later Air Canada Jazz. In 1988, Mr. Farn began flying jet aircraft with the Canfor Flight Department and Westjet Airlines.
Mr. Farn brought this diverse background in flight to London Air Services in 2001. Today he provides his expertise as Chief Pilot in the Fixed Wing Division.
Chris Lacroix, Director of Maintenance
Chris Lacroix manages Aircraft Maintenance for London Air Services. Mr. Lacroix began his career with small piston engine aircraft in northern Quebec and northern Ontario. Once in British Columbia, Mr. Lacroix worked for nine years for Anderson Air, maintaining a fleet of turbo-prop aircraft that were available round the clock for the British Columbia Air Ambulance Operation. Later he joined Pacific Aero Tech as a Senior/Lead AME for on-line engine maintenance and Lead Hand for Challenger and Gulfstream100.
Mr. Lacroix started as Lead Aircraft Maintenance Engineer with London Air Services in 2003 when the company received its second Challenger. He was promoted to Director of Maintenance in February 2005. His wide range of experience on airframe, engines and avionics has been invaluable in managing the London Air Services growing fleet.