Thomas M. Anderson
Strategic Advisor – Bristol, NH
Guest Speaker – 2/4/2021
Thomas M. Anderson serves as a Strategic Advisor to Young Pilots USA, and mainly consults on the formation of new chapters. He was a Guest Speaker at our Virtual Meeting on Thursday, February 4th, 2021, presenting on "The Romance of Aviation: Career, Foibles, and Follies." Originally from Wilton, CT, Tom first got involved in aviation during while attending Hawthorne College in Antrim, NH, and decided to make a career of it.
Tom has been the Director of Operations at the Sugarbush Soaring Association in Warren, VT since 2013, which owns 2 towplanes and 6 gliders. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the club, and on the Board of Directors of Flight Experience for Youth, a regional foundation that supports flight training for the Sugarbush Soaring Association's youth Line Crew program.
Mr. Anderson served in the U.S. Navy as a submariner during the Cold War in the 1980s, before becoming a flight instructor at Flight Safety Academy. He ran flight schools for awhile before moving to charter and freight flying in Beechcraft Barons, Piper Navajos, and Douglas DC-3s with Business Air, Inc. of Bennington, VT. Later, he became a corporate pilot for Seneca Foods of Marion, NY, flying a variety of business jets. In 1995, Tom moved to Lesotho to be a bush pilot, and flew seaplanes in Alaska before moving to Vermont in 2004. In between, he flew air ambulance service on Navajo reservations, as a FAR Part 91 pilot in Hawker business jets, and as chief pilot of Ohio State University's flight school and flight department.
Known for his diverse career, acerbic wit, passion for teaching, and impeccable flying knowledge, Tom has been an unofficial advisor to the Young Pilots USA teams since 2018 and recently agreed to formally advise our group.
As a pilot, Tom Anderson holds an Airline Transport Pilot License and is a Certified Flight Instructor and Remote Pilot. He holds an ATP-level AMEL rating, and Commercial-level ASEL, ASES, and glider ratings. He is certified to instruct for instrument flying, single- and multi-engine aircraft, and gliders. Tom holds type ratings in the Beechcraft King Air 300 series, Cessna Citation 500 series, and BAe 125 series. He has over 12,000 hours of total time, with over 2,200 hours of instruction given, and has flown countless types of aircraft.
As an aircraft owner, Tom is a partner in a 1941 Taylorcraft BC-12-65, and previously owned a Piper PA-18 Super Cub on bush tires while living in Alaska.
He lives with his wife, Jen, a pilot, flight instructor, and scientist, in Bristol, NH when not managing the Sugarbush Airport in Warren, VT.