Meet the staff

Clif McVay – Manager: Clif soloed a J3 on his 16th birthday (so many, many years ago). He is a CFI: Glider, Airplane SE, ME, Instrument Airplane; an IA mechanic; and a Tow pilot.

Jan Driessen – Flight Instructor: Jan started flying in 1954 in The Netherlands; in the 1950s he was a fighter pilot in the Dutch air force. He is a Diamond Glider Pilot, having over 10,000 hours in gliders, of which 7,000 were as an instructor.

Steven Gibb – Flight Instructor: Steven has been a licensed pilot for over 51 years and a flight instructor for over 40 years. He flew the OV-1 aircraft overseas in the US Army. He also has flown and instructed in several other military and civilian aircraft. He retired from the US Army after 30 years of service and now enjoys helping airplane and glider students achieve their flying goals.

Ray Smith – Tow Pilot: Ray’s flying career began with gliders in 1978. He began working for Seminole Flying & Soaring, Inc., in 1987 and started towing gliders in 1988. On March 19, 1989, he towed the first glider at Seminole-Lake Gliderport, our current location. Ray has a commercial pilot license with airplane single-engine land and sea, multi-engine land, glider, and instrument rating with over 3,000 hours.

Walter Connelly – Tow Pilot: Walt holds a commercial license for airplanes, gliders and seaplanes. He received his commercial certificate in 1974 and has had a life long love affair with flying. After a long career in Nuclear Medicine, pharmaceutical sales and medical device sales he retired and has returned to his first love, flying. Walt received his commercial glider certificate here at SLGP. He has been towing at SLGP for a year and a half during which time he has accumulated over 5600 tows and has approximately 2000 hours total time in airplanes, gliders and seaplanes.

Sasha Marvin – Aerobatic Flight Instructor: 2012 Glider Aerobatic World Champion with Team Italy, 3rd absolute, Gold medal at 1st Danubia Cup 2013
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