Stearman flight instruction has “gone wanting” in the Pacific Northwest. Interested pilots have had to travel to Florida, Texas or California. Now it is available at Bremerton National Airport.
Instructors Joe Suligoy (B737) Carter Teeters flying a Bearcat
This year, we have acquired a PT-17 for just this purpose. We also have added to the Stearman Training Syllabus, a 1947 J-3 Cub with an electrical system and 95 horse engine. This allows a Stearman candidate to get introduced to flying from the back seat and developing the peripheral “gaze” or “visual picture” necessary to properly fly and land the Stearman without incorrectly looking at the runway down the side of the plane. This cuts down the expense to the student as use of the J-3 until ready to transition to the Stearman itself is literally half the expense.
We have two Stearman Certified Flight Instructors. Joe Suligoy is an Alaska Airlines 737 pilot whom has taught Stearman instruction extensively in the Midwest under the auspices of a well known original Stearman school instructor named Jean Littlefield. (Some recent new Cessna 172 pilots might recognize the last name as his wife Mary is a private pilot instructor at our neighbor at Bremerton Airport; Avian FBO.)
Our second Stearman instructor, Carter Teeters, is a well known pilot/CFI in the region and has over 3,000 Stearman hours. Carter originally flew for us when he first moved to Washington in our open cockpit UPF-7s. He was later “discovered” by the owners of the Historic Aviation collection as well as Paul Allen for the Heritage Flight Collection and flew their Mustangs, Bearcat, Spitfire as well as a notable record in Wildcats and a Russian Antonov. Most recently, Carter was the test pilot for Jim Moss’ Gee Bee “QED” model which was featured in Sport Aviation and debuted at Oshkosh. Carter is a guest instructor for the military at Edwards Airforce Base and is also a formation clinic instructor. But for all of these accolades, we’ve come to know Carter as a great down to earth humble person whom has a systematic disciplined method of learning and teaching.
All Stearman instruction costs are paid directly to the instructor and is NOT shared with Olde Thyme Aviation. If interested in Stearman instruction, contact Joe Suligoy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 815-557-3429. Carter Teeters has taken a one year contract in Donan, Alabama to teach unusual attitude recovery to Army pilots. We anticipate having him return to the Northwest in another six to eight months.
Any person whom is a current pilot and thinks that they might like to learn how to fly a Stearman but has never been in one and just wants to sample and see if it piques their interest, should schedule a 45′ Scenic Flight with Ken in his yellow PT-17 for 295.00 out of Bremerton on weekdays. He’ll put you in the back “PIC” cockpit and allow you to fly the plane other than takeoff and landing and give you some demonstration as to your capacity and what this plane has to offer. Send a text to Ken at 206-730-1412.
Stearman Instruction: $ 375.00/hour (fuel included)
Pre-Stearman Instruction in J-3 Cub: $ 165.00 (fuel included)
A pilot wishing Stearman instruction must ALREADY BE A PROFICIENT TAILDRAGGER pilot with prior endorsement.