A Brief Biography
Doug Stewart is the “National Certificated Flight
Instructor of the Year for 2004”. A Master
Certified Flight Instructor, Gold Seal Instructor, and Designated
Pilot Examiner, he is based at the Columbia County Airport
(1B1) in Hudson, NY.
Prior to starting DSFI, Inc. he was the chief flight instructor
for Berkshire Aviation Enterprises, where he had instructed
since July 1991. Both the Windsor Locks Flight Standards District
Office, and the New England Regional Office of the FAA recently
recognized him as the “Flight Instructor of the
At the time of this writing he had logged over 9000 hours of dual instruction given, with over 3000 hours of that being instrument instruction. This instruction has been given
in aircraft as simple as the J-3 Cub, and as complex as the
Piper Malibu / Mirage.
Not all of his flying has been instructional in nature. He
flew a PA46-350P (Piper Mirage) for the Serenity Hill Corporation
for three years, and currently flies a Navajo Panther, on
a part-time basis, for VanZon International, Inc.
Aviation is not only Doug’s vocation, but his avocation
as well. It is a consuming passion in his life. Much of his
“time off” is spent flying.
When not flying, he can be found involved with aviation endeavors
such as writing a monthly safety/training column called “The
Vintage Instructor” (he insists this has nothing to
do with his grey hair) that appears in “Vintage
Airplane” magazine, or serving as an aviation
safety counselor for both the Windsor Locks and Albany FSDOs.