Dan (owner and chief pilot) is a highly experienced pilot and flight instructor with over 17,000 hours of flight time and 5,000 hours as an instructor as well as regional and major airline experience. Dan has completed FITS training for Technologically Advanced Aircraft from Cessna Aircraft Co. He is a Garmin G-1000, 430/480/530, King 89/90 series instructor. He also has wide experience preparing pilots for airline interview simulator checks.
Will Schoentrup Jr
With a passion for flying that started in high school, Will went on to the University of Washington on a Navy ROTC scholarship and received his flight training as a naval pilot. While his career path took him into the world of information technology, he continued to fly as a private pilot. His “day job” is serving as the Deputy Chief Technology Officer for the City of Seattle, but Will spends his weekends doing what he loves best: flying as a charter pilot with Westwind.
Mari is a San Juan Island native. She received a BA degree from Washington State University. Mari began her flight training here at Westwind during college. Her experience includes flight support at one of the busiest FBOs in Seattle. She joined Westwind as a charter pilot in 2016. We are very happy to have Mari aboard!
Dan has been a GA pilot for over 30 years. He retired in 2010 from a 38 year career as a US Merchant Marine Officer. He began flight instructing in 2009 part-time at Galvin Flying. Dan began teaching in their FAA Indoctrination/TAA and Light Twin Refresher programs. He also managed their ATP transition-training program for military pilots. Born in Chicago, he now lives on San Juan Island, Washington with his wife. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago.
Dave, a Seattle native, has been flying for 44 years. He has degrees in aviation from Big Bend CC and CWU. Dave was a FAA Tower Controller at Lewiston, Idaho for 3 years, worked in the Spokane FSDO & Seattle FSDO 3 years each, and retired from the FAA in 2006 after 30 years of service. Dave then flew charter for 2 years and was the Assist. Chief Flight Instructor at two flight schools. He holds ratings in airplanes, gliders, hot air balloons, the Cessna Citation and Beech Premier.