Thomas M. Anderson
Thomas M. Anderson serves as a Strategic Advisor to Young Pilots USA, and mainly consults on the formation of new chapters. Originally from Wilton, CT, Tom first got involved in aviation in college, 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. Over a career he describes as "sampling from the buffet of life," Tom ran the Ohio State University flight school and flight department, flew Hawker business jets for charter companies and private individuals, Douglas DC-3s for freight, seaplanes in Alaska, and bush planes in Lesotho. In 2004, Tom moved to Vermont and has since consulted for the State of Vermont on aviation infrastructure.
Known for his wit and passion for teaching, Tom has been an unofficial advisor to the Young Pilots USA team since 2018 and recently agreed to formally advise our group.
Tom holds a degree in Aviation Management, with a minor in Psychology, from Nathaniel Hawthorne College in Antrim, NH.
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, as well as CFI, CFII, MEI, and CFI-G instruction qualifications. 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.