Greg Duerksen


What is your name?
Greg Duerksen 

Instagram Name (If Applicable):

What is your occupation?
New Construction / Maintenance at Camp Qwanoes

What is your home airport? 

What year did you start flying?

Where did you learn to fly?
Started at Coastal Pacific, then Principal Flight Training, currently training at Vital Aviation 

Why did you start flying?
I’ve had a life long passion to fly, not a day goes by when I don’t think I should be above the earth, not simply living each day on it. I regret not pursuing my flight more diligently earlier, however life circumstances, economy and scarce flying opportunities dissuaded me from preserving. I am flying twice a week now and plan to share my passion for flight with my family and friends soon.

What airplane did you learn to fly in?
Cessna 172, Murphy Radical

What airplane do you fly now?
Vital Aviation’s Cessna 172’s

What is your favorite kind of flying or place to fly to?
I’m loving the coastal region having moved here just over a year ago and resumed flight training. My passion would be to pursue my float rating and discover (by float or wheels) the vast back country beauty BC has to offer.

What is your favorite feature on the BCGA website?
I’m intrigued with the back country airstrip map as it beckons me to develop a bucket list of locations to visit.

In a few words describe what the BCGA is to you:
It’s a great group of individuals that share a passion for all things aviation and make themselves available to continue to provide knowledge, support and wisdom to those of us that are diving deeper into our flying experiences.

What other aviation organizations / clubs are you affiliated with?
Pending application to Nanaimo Flying Club

Do you have a business or work at a business that you would like other members to know about (Provide Name & Link):
I am in the process of getting my Advanced Remotely Operated Aircraft Certification and hope to expand my business Pacific Ridge Media to include air to air shots as well as air to ground drone photography and videography. Ultimate goal is to combine my passion for photography with my love for flying.

What is your favorite quote?
Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later. Bob Goff

Other interests:
Family, Outdoors, Photography

Greg is also the driving force behind and responsible for the BCGA’s very popular and dynamic Instagram feed @bcgeneralaviation