Dan DeShon


Dan (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.

Mari Peterson


Mari (Assistant Chief Pilot) 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!


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 Vice President of Information Technology for PCC Natural Markets, but Will spends his weekends doing what he loves best: flying as a charter pilot with Westwind..


Dan Schwartz

dan1a180Dan 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.


Mary Suligoy

Mary has over 20 years of experience as a pilot and flight instructor. She earned a BS in Airway Science/Advanced Aircraft Systems from Lewis University, and has taught in almost every facet of general aviation, in addition to flying large turboprops and jets for the airlines. Mary served as an Aviation Safety Counselor, conducting and facilitating many FAA workshops aimed at increasing aviation safety and standardization


Larry Vogel

Larry is a retired Alaska MD-80 and B737 captain. He has flown international operations in Mexico, Canada, and Russia. He holds type ratings in several aircraft including DC-3, F-27, DHC-8, B737 and MD-80. He’s been a check airman and flight instructor in airline operations as well as holding ATP : Airplane, MEL as well as being a certified flight instructor. He graduated with honors from Shoreline Community College. He provides primary and instrument flight training at a Part 141 school. He is based at Bremerton, WA. He has over 24,000 flight hours and we are glad to have him aboard.

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