Gary Sturdy <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.
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.
Paul Bergman, Treasurer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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.
Tim Rosenhan: <email@example.com>
I graduated from Mount Vernon HS and went on to Dartmouth College where I received a degree in Engineering Sciences. I entering the Marines after graduation and flew A4 Skyhawks. After my tour I worked restoring 18th Century houses in Connecticut, then went back to school, getting a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon. I moved back to Washington State and worked in architecture and planning firms. I missed aviation, so I worked for three years as the Airport Manager at Skagit Regional Airport in the early ’80’s, and then joined the engineering and planning firm Reid Middleton, becoming the Director of the Aviation Division. I now run a small outdoor products company importing and selling high-end inflatable kayaks.
John Garrett: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I was born and raised in Seattle. I graduated from Central Washington State University and joined the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife as a Biologist/Land Manager. My father (Jack Garrett) served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. My nephew (James Francis) is a C-130 Special Ops pilot for the U.S. Air Force. I ‘ve always been interested in aviation, and passed my private pilot’s “check ride” on May 27, 2010. I’m currently flying a well-restored 1946 Aeronca Champ, loving ‘stick, rudder, tandem, and tailwheel ‘ flying. My most exciting flying experience: Flying with Clint Churchill on Oahu in an Extra 300L, doing his entire show routine and loving every second of it!! Then flying the basic Maneuvers myself! Wahoo!
Kendall Gentry: <email@example.com>
I moved to Skagit County with my new bride Nancy, in May 1971 right out of college. In 1976 I got involved in the Real Estate business and in November 1979 Nancy and I opened Landed Gentry Realty. Over the years the company gravitated into land development and home building. In 1993, I fulfilled a life long dream of getting my pilots license and shortly thereafter purchased a Cessna 172. Currently, I fly a 1980 A36TC Beechcraft Bonanza.
David Mischke: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I graduated from Auburn University in 1966 with a degree in Aero Engineering. I married my college sweetheart, Kathy, and moved to Seattle to work for Boeing. That lasted until the SST program was cancelled. I learned to fly and obtained my Private license in 1972. I got my real estate license and made that my vocation. Kathy and I moved to our home in Sedro Woolley in 1999. We joined EAA Chapter 818 and bought an Avid Flyer. Since then I have built and flown 2 BD-5s. I currently have and fly a Cessna 172.
Chip LaPlante: <email@example.com>
I soloed in April of 1973. I started flying professionally in December 1978, and have been a current CFI ever since. I enjoy instructing. Last August I broke the 20,000 hour mark. I still can’t believe it. And most of that was in general aviation aircraft. I am currently flying for Corporate Air Center based here at Skagit. Also I have served as President of the North Sound Chapter of the Washington Pilots Association for four terms, Vice president for two terms and Newsletter Editor for two years. I also enjoy flying without an aircraft i.e. as a skydiver.