Tom is our Director of Operations. He is a commercial pilot in gliders, single engine airplanes and seaplanes with an airline transport pilot rating in multi-engine aircraft with multiple type ratings. He is a flight instructor with a CFI-II-MEI-G. Tom has logged more than 12,000 flight hours in many different types of aircraft, with over 2,200 hours of flight instruction given. He is also one of our tow plane pilots. Tom lives in Brookfield, Vermont with his wife Jen, who is also an instructor at Sugarbush Soaring.
Rick is our Chief Flight Instructor. He is a commercial pilot in single and multi-engine airplanes, single engine seaplanes, and gliders. He holds an instrument rating along with several Type ratings, and is a CFI and CFIG. Rick has logged more than 8,500 flight-hours including more than 4,000 hours as a flight instructor. He resides in Warren, VT during the summers and spends winters in the Boulder, Colorado area.
John became our primary tow pilot in 2009. He has many years of experience flying tow planes, crop dusters in the Midwest and bush planes in Alaska. John is a commercial pilot and Certified Flight Instructor in gliders. John’s wife Jean is one of our friendly office staff. They live in Warren, Vermont during our season and flee to an undisclosed location out west in the off-season.
Steve is a commercial pilot in single engine airplanes, single engine seaplanes, and gliders. He holds an instrument rating and is a Certified Flight Instructor for airplanes, instruments, and gliders. He has logged over 4,000 flight-hours including over 2,000 hours as a flight instructor. He is a retired IBM Engineering Manager and resides in Warren, VT adjacent to the Warren-Sugarbush Gliderport.
Jen is a commercial pilot in single engine airplanes and gliders. She holds an instrument rating and is a Certified Flight Instructor for airplanes, instruments, and gliders. She has over 1,300 total flight hours, over 300 of which have been spent giving instruction in gliders. When not instructing or giving rides, she works as an aquatic ecologist in Montpelier. Jen resides in Brookfield, VT with her husband Tom, who is also an instructor at Sugarbush Soaring.
Graham joined the club in 1999, and has logged over 1,000 hours of flight time (900 in gliders). When not instructing or giving rides, he floats around the sky in his LS-4. Graham spends his summers in Vermont. The rest of the year he works as a college professor at Creighton University in Nebraska.
Mark Bigelow, a commercial glider pilot and CFIG, is one of our glider instructors. He started flying gliders at Sugarbush in the 1990’s, and has logged over 800 flight hours. Mark resides in Warren, VT for part of the year, and spends the other part in Pennsylvania or in Cape May, NJ.
Tim Larsen, a commercial glider pilot and CFIG, is one of our part-time glider instructors. He has logged over 2,300 flight hours and has flown in New Zealand as well as all over the US, including Tennessee, Georgia, West Virginia, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Alabama, and North and South Carolina. Tim recently earned his Eastern Diamond Distance (500 km) soaring badge in Tennessee. After a 20+ year hiatus, he started flying power planes again last year in a 1941 Taylorcraft. Tim resides in Moretown, VT.
Dave Bahnson is a commercial pilot in single engine airplanes, seaplanes, and gliders. He holds an Instrument rating and is a Certified Flight Instructor. He has logged over 3,500 hours of flight time, which includes two trips to Alaska in a C206 with a motorcycle in the plane. Dave is an adjunct faculty member at the Vermont Tech Professional Pilot degree program and a retired orthopedic surgeon. He resides in Mendon, VT.
Ian is a commercial glider pilot who has been a member of Sugarbush Soaring since 2011 as a youth line crew member. He started flying at eight years old at the Philadelphia Glider Council and soloed at age 14. He is currently pursuing his CFI-G at Sugarbush along with power plane ratings via the Civil Air Patrol. When not flying, he is competing around the world as a road bike racer in the summer and a ski mountaineer racer in the winter. He is a Sophomore at the University of Vermont studying Community Entrepreneurship.