Roy Coulliette is one of our most experienced pilots and instructors and the manager of Pleasant Valley Airport. He's been flying airplanes since the early 60’s and flying gliders since 1967. He is a commercial pilot with airplane single & multiengine land & sea, glider, instrument airplane, and rotorcraft-helicopter ratings. He is also an instructor in airplanes, helicopters and gliders. Roy was inducted into the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame in 2004.
Jeremy Stacy’s flying career started in early 2001 with an Aerobatic Ride at Turf Soaring School. Shortly after that first ride he began working as a line boy trading work hours for flight training. Since then he has earned several flight and technical certificates from the FAA. Jeremy is currently acting as the Chief Tow Pilot and one of several Glider Instructors that enjoy teaching and exposing people to the thrilling world of silent flight. When he isn’t flying you will most likely find him on a single track with his mountain bike or hiking across the Grand Canyon. Some of his most recent accomplishments include competing in Austria at the 2007 World Glider Aerobatic Championship, as well as building and test flying a Van’s RV-6. Jeremy is currently working towards his Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering, with the goal of designing, building and flying aircraft for competition aerobatics and air racing
Danny Webber started flying sailplanes in 1969 in Europe while in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He has recently surpassed over 16000 launches (5250 winch) and has 5700 hours of flying time. He has achieved his Diamond Goal Badge, has had a distance flight of 333 miles, and has experience in 51 types of sailplanes. He is a Certified Flight Instructor in England, Germany, Canada, and the U.S.A (completed courses in England and Canada). Danny is a FAA Designated Examiner for gliders and has been on staff at Turf since 1990. He was the chief flying instructor for a club in Germany and two in Canada. He has owned 3 sailplanes: a Caudron C800, a Shcleicher K-7, and a Nimbus 2B. He loves to teach new pilots to soar, to fly tasks, and do aerobatics. Danny’s other passions in life include military history, politics, women, and especially hockey.
Jerry Kapp is a sailplane enthusiast, owner of K2G Computer Consulting, and the CIO (Computer Information Officer) for Turf Soaring School. Jerry developed the software and maintains the computers that keep Turf running smoothly. He has been a glider pilot since 2000 and has been in the computer business since 1995. Information about K2G Consulting can be obtained from www.k2g.com and information about glider management software from www.glideware.com
Jenanne Brown is Turf’s accountant, treasurer, and secretary. She has been involved in soaring for over 30 years: having taken lessons, crewed for her husband Rick, and supported her sons, Jim and Dean, through their aviation endeavors. They started working on the line at ages 9 & 13 respectively, became licensed pilots, and are now working as an Applications Engineer for Aerospace Electronics Systems at Honeywell in Arizona and Air Traffic Controller at the Indy Center in Indianapolis.
John K. Douglas was born in 1948 in Elyria, Ohio. Thinking back to his earliest childhood memories, he can’t remember a time when flying was not part of his thoughts. Whether it was butterflies, birds, insects or planes, any form of flying captured his attention. At the age of 16 he took his first flight in a Piper Cherokee and started flying lessons at the age of 18. After moving to Arizona and graduating from ASU, he married his college sweetheart, Susan, and started a business in electrical contracting. During this time he received his Commercial Pilot License in power planes and gliders as well as multi-engine and instrument ratings and also holds an advanced ground school instructor’s certificate. He built a Duster sailplane and flew it for a Gold Badge and his Diamond Goal pin. He has also owned 10 different airplanes, several of which he restored. These planes ranged from a Cessna 172 to a Chinese military trainer. Over the years he has logged over 1400 hours of flight time.
Hugh Povar earned his private pilot’s rating in 1965 in a military flying club while in the army. Upon discharge from the army, he gained his commercial and multi-engine ratings on the GI Bill. In 1983, Hugh completed his glider add-on, thru the Minnesota Soaring Club, and where he also acted as a tow pilot. Since retiring in 1998, and attaining his glider commercial add-on, Hugh has flown as a part time tow pilot, and commercial glider pilot for both Estrella and Turf Soaring Schools.
Carl Baxter started flying airplanes in 1966 and sailplanes in 1992 and now has 4800 hours total time with over 2000 hours in sailplanes. He has a Commercial Pilots certificate with Airplane Single Engine Land and Sea, Multiengine Land, and Glider ratings. Carl is also a Flight Instructor with ratings for Airplanes, Instruments and Gliders. At Turf, in addition to flying sailplanes, he is also a tow pilot.
Carl enjoys the outdoors and has made many wilderness canoe trips in Northern Canada and has flown extensively in the northern part of Alaska.
Bebop AIRPORT MASCOT. Bebop spends her days at Turf Soaring greeting guests and other aviation enthusiasts with a cheerful "Hello"
Peoria, Arizona 85383
May 1st through September 30th
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October 1st through April 30th
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