Our Director of Operations, Michael Rhoads, has over 29 years of experience in the aviation industry both as a pilot and a mechanic. Michael has worked in Southeast Alaska for the last 16 years for various carriers. Prior to his latest positions Michael was Chief Pilot and Check Airman for Ketchikan Air in Ketchikan, Alaska. A Flight Safety Instructor in the MetroLiner with the authorization to perform 135 checks in the Simulator. Michael has over 20,000 hours of total flight time, he is a certified flight and ground instructor and is type rated in the G-73, G-73T, Lear Jet, and the Lockheed Hercules. Michael has served three terms while appointed to the AACA Board of Directors and has enjoyed learning the processes involved.
With experience spanning over the last decade, Grant has a diverse background in aviation. Prior to working for Point To Point, Grant has served roles as company instructor, Captain, and First Officer. Grant has spent time flying freight throughout the US with much time spent in the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, he has experience flying passenger airline service throughout North America. Grant has over 4,000 hours of flight time, is a certified flight and ground instructor, and holds the highest level of pilot certification, the airline transport pilot certificate. Outside of flying, Grant enjoys to get out and enjoy the great Pacifc Northwest by hiking, skiing, and camping.
Having been a sailor for many years in my early adult years I easily became fascinated with flying gliders as well. It was similar to sailing in so many ways. I have enjoyed the world of aviation ever since having studied, practiced and flown in a wide variety of single and multi-engine aircraft, gliders, classic taildraggers, tricycle gear, high wing, low wing, reciprocating and turbo-props, and jets. The world of aviation is such a progressive, contemporary adventure that there seems to be no end to what I can explore. I have advanced to being an instructor and have flown and towed gliders, guided the commuters as a skywatch pilot and carried banners across the skies.
Sam was bit by the aviation bug at a young age when he received a flight lesson as a gift for his eleventh birthday. After this he started taking flying lessons until he was old enough to get his pilot's license at the age of seventeen. Fast forward several years and when not working at his "real" job as a mechanical engineer, he can usually be found flying for Point to Point Air or flying his 1946 Cessna 140, which is used for everything from exploring the backcountry of the North Cascades to flying the San Juan Islands with his wife.
Bob flew with America West Airlines, is the Chief Flight Instructor for Cascade Aviation, worked at Skycorp Jet Charters and is a retired Naval Aviator. He lives in Oak Harbor with his wife and is a school bus operator.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Miguel spent 7 years as an aerodynamicist and flight test engineer at The Boeing Company. He now leads a team of outstanding flight test engineers and test pilots at a small firm by the name of AeroTEC. The draw of flying in the beautiful Pacific Northwest led Miguel to join the Point to Point team where he now shares the beauty of the area with all our passengers. When not aviating or engineerinating you'll find Miguel working on his RV-10 with his wife or cooking (and eating) some delicious hispanic food.
Born in the Pacific Northwest into an aviation family, airplanes have always been an integral part of James’ life. In 2013 he earned his pilot’s license. An outdoorsman at heart, James and his family spend a couple weeks a year flying and camping in the Idaho backcountry in their Cessna 182. When not taking to the skies, James spends his time with his wife and kids and works as web developer for a non-profit organization in Federal Way, WA.
Tom Swartwood got his private pilots license while in high school in 1987. He has flown over 13,000 hours and is type-rated in Saab 340 turboprops, Embraer jets, and Canadair jets.
He runs a family business in Lynden, WA , and when not flying for Point to Point, he can be found flying the Murphy Rebel he built.
Steve’s interest in aviation seems to run in his genes. His father was an aircraft mechanic in WW2. Steve, a Navy Veteran, carried on the tradition by becoming an aircraft mechanic. His son continued by becoming a captain for Allegiant Airlines. Steve has called the North-West home since 1977. He is a commercially rated pilot that has recently returned to the area after flying tourists over the Grand Canyon. He earned his private pilot license in 2007 and has continued to gain ratings over the years. Steve learned to fly out of the Oak Harbor Air Park and has his own twin engine airplane. He is looking forward to safely flying you to your destination.
Maayan grew up in Israel and Germany. Her interest in aviation started at a young age, when her pilot father would take her all over Europe to see airshows and aviation museums. After working for several years as a geologist, she was able to save enough money for flight training in the US, where she met her husband, a pilot himself. When she's not flying for Point to Point, Maayan also flies as a banner-tow pilot. Her second biggest passion after aviation is rock and ice climbing. In her free time she also loves exploring the outdoors with her two dogs.
Watching the Blue Angels perform is where my passion for aviation began. After seeing them perform I knew I had to fly. I started flying at a young age and I am working towards becoming a professional pilot. I have worked at Boeing Field with private jets and general aviation planes. I work for Point To Point Air now and I couldn’t be any happier. I enjoy talking with our customers and sharing the passion of flight. I look forward to speaking with you to book your next flight!