Brief Biographical Information (photos):
Jay Findlay, President: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I grew up in Utah and Wyoming and started flying when I was in High School, and worked at the local airport. I had my Commercial License before I graduated. During my college years I worked as an A&P mechanic. The summer between my junior and senior year I got my first pilot job. I flew tours of Bryce Canyon. I graduated from Utah State University with a B.S. in Industrial Technology. After college, I moved to Las Vegas and started a part 135 air taxi business. I was also a partner in an aircraft maintenance business. I left Las Vegas to fly a Lockheed Electra freighter for a company based in Miami. I was flying as captain on the Electra when Northwest Airlines hired me. For the last 28 years I have been with Northwest, which is now Delta Air Lines.
Becky Goodell: <email@example.com>
I graduated from the backseat of husband Jerry Burr J3 Cub with attainment of my Sport Pilot rating in May 2012. Navy pilots in the family facilitated an appreciation for flight but most powerful was a 15 minute seaplane ride at Lake Cushman as an 8 year-old that planted the initial love of flying seed. Never under estimate the power of a Young Eagle or other introductory flight. Born and raised in Seattle, Becky received a degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Puget Sound in 1980 and promptly moved to the Skagit Valley. She is mother to 3 adult children and may yet seek a Private Pilot rating. Married to an innovator in aviation who is truly one with his plane, Becky aspires to landing their STOL aircraft with bush pilot skill. Pilot or passenger, the thought – “I’m so lucky to fly” accompanies every departure.
Gary Sturdy, Secretary <firstname.lastname@example.org>
My wife, Karen, and I moved to Skagit County after I graduated from the University of Idaho in 1980 as a Civil Engineer. I worked for the Texaco Refinery before starting Sturdy Engineering in 1988. Karen and I raised two girls and sent them to different parts of the country – more flying that way. I started my flight training with Carl Hamlin in June 2005, soloed in August. I tested and received my private pilot’s license in January 2006. I enjoy mountain flying and camping.
Alan Anders: <email@example.com>
Alan pursued a career in commercial art, computer animation at his own production company and at Dreamworks Animation. It was not until much later that he went on to finally pursue his love of flying. In 16 years of flying he amassed over 3000 hrs, mainly in ex-military war birds. He earned his instrument, commercial, helicopter, fixed wing ratings, and type ratings in the L-39 jet, T-28, and AD-4 Skyraider, and also flies the p-51 Mustang. As an air show performer, he flew the Skyraider for 5 years with the FA-18 E/F Super Hornet with the Navy’s Tailhook Legacy Flight program, and flew the AT-6 Texan for four years with the Texan II trainer in the Air Force’s Texan Flight program. He is currently the Director of Operations for Heritage Flight Museum at Skagit Regional Airport, WA, where they operate 13 vintage military aircraft. Alan still manages to pursue artwork and lives in Bellingham with his wife and 3 daughters.
Paul Bergman, Treasurer <firstname.lastname@example.org> or
I am a native of Mt Vernon, WA and grew up wanting to be a commercial pilot from a very early age. When glasses were required for school, I gave up on that notion. Fatal aviation accidents of a best friend in the late 60’s kept me from the desire to fly. I graduated from Skagit Valley College-AA, Seattle Pacific University-BS, and U of Washington School of Dentistry-DDS. I practice dentistry in Burlington. Since I had always wanted to fly, I realized today’s aviation is much safer. I finally started in September 2012, got my PPL in June 2013, and am ready to test for an Instrument Rating, Commercial Rating and Certified Flight Instructor and now have my Advanced Ground Instructor and Instrument Ground Instructor certificates. I have experience in high and low wing planes, complex & high performance endorsements, high altitude endorsement, twins and gliders. I am a constant student of flight. I am a Lifetime Member of AOPA, a member of The Hat in the Ring Society and the EAA.
Ken Davies: <email@example.com>
I moved to the area in 1993 with the Navy and retired in 2001 after 25 years of Naval service. I received my Private pilot’s license in 1997. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 2004. I graduated Columbia College of Missouri with an MBA in 2006. I served two terms as President of the Washington Pilot’s Association, Anacortes Chapter. I currently have and fly a Piper Cherokee 140.
Mike Dyberg <firstname.lastname@example.org> or (253)906-7930
My father was a career officer and pilot in the Air Force so I grew up with an interest in flying. I hold a commercial pilot certificate for SEL and MEL and CFI certificate. In 2017 the FAA awarded me the Wright Brothers Master Pilot award. My career was not in aviation, but in business management and information technology. A few years in the Army as well. I have a degree in Finical Management and a masters in Project Management. My Wife and I moved to Skagit County in 2013. I became a Burlington Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and we have been very engaged with the community ever since. In January 2017 we started Dyberg Aviation for flight training. We plan to expand to a fleet of 5 aircraft or so, provide flying lessons, scenic flights, local charters and youth programs.
Tom Wuellner, Newsletter <email@example.com>
I grew up in southern California as well as northern Japan as my father was in the US Navy. I moved with my family in 1996 to Burlington, WA and graduated from high school class of 1999. I then attended Central Washington University and graduated with a four year degree in Flight Technology in 2004.
When I moved back home, I started Flight Instructing at the Arlington Airport, then the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and soon started flying for San Juan Airlines based out of Anacortes. I flew the Cessna 206 on a charter basis transporting people all over the gorgeous San Juan Islands.
In 2006 I started working for Aeroflight where I flew bank checks overnight around the Pacific Northwest in a Piper Seneca. After about 9 months I was hired by Erin Air based at Boeing Field and started flying Charter in a Cessna Citation. I’ve also worked for Honeywell Aerospace in their flight planning department and I currently fly for a company based out of Boeing Field on a Bombardier Challenger 650. We fly mainly across the United States and Canada. I do enjoy renting a Cessna 172 at the Skagit airport flying around with my wife and children.
Curt Tronsdal, At Large <Contrails13@gmail.com>
Bradley H. Clure, Webmaster <Brad@Clure.com> or
I grew up in Anacortes, however I consider my roots to be Idaho where my parents were born and I spend a few weeks each year. I have a lifelong intense interest in aviation and started lessons while at Whitman College where I majored in physics but emphasized geology, astronomy, and philosophy. I became intensely interested in information systems technology and computing during that time and founded a small company that specialized in deploying, servicing, and training engineers, architects, colleges, and other businesses in Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems. I also deployed many inventory control systems and have been involved in many small business start-ups and currently run a boutique web hosting company and do business and IT consulting for a select group of clients that I have known typically for many years. I am learning to fly a GlaStar and am enjoying the process tremendously. My other interests include doing just about anything with my wife who is an actress – including sailing, scuba, flambe cooking, gardening, or traveling. Solo activities include backcountry hunting, dog training, gardening, horseback riding, marksmanship and working with non-profit companies to attempt to leave the world a better place then I found it – as I was taught as a Boy Scout.