Lani ‘CO-BOSS’ Latter has been a key ingredient in both the branding and financial planning of the business.
Lani’s exposure to warbirds began immediately when Geoff and Lani met in 2004. In fact, their first date involved Geoff giving Lani a tour of one of the warbirds he was flying, and Lani’s first surprise date for Geoff was the Comox Air Show, an event they have been involved with ever since.
Lani always worried whether she would have the same interest for Geoff’s passion of warbirds, but after her first flight in one she was hooked! Not wanting to just be “Another wife of an air show pilot”, Lani has been involved in all aspects of the venture since it’s inception in 2005.
Not only does Lani play a key role in the business side of Geoff Latter Airshows, she also works as the team's Crew Chief, as well as being a mother to their son Evan, another avid warbird flier.
With years of experience maintaining, retrofitting, and rebuilding vintage classics, Doug Wilson has become one of the trusted “Warbird Whisperers” in the industry. Doug has experience working on a wide range of aircraft, including large piston fighters, eastern block radials, and classic jet warbirds.
In addition to his experience as a maintenance engineer, Doug is also a skilled aviator. Doug rebuilt his own 1949 Cessna 140A named “Betty”, and a pristine 1951 Bellanca Cruisemaster named "Belle", which he flies regularly.
The trust between performer, machine, and maintainers is absolutely essential. Doug has been the primary maintainer at Geoff Latter Airshows since 2012. As all air show performers have experienced, when it’s down to the wire, it’s the maintainers and their keen sense of problem solving that really deserve the credit. We simply could not do it without their ingenuity, skill, and expertise.