Taking off began in the Mad River Valley in 1957 with John Macone and Alan Bemis. They utilized the field north on Route 100, alongside what is currently Este's field in Waitsfield. The street there is still called Airport Road. Later, Waitsfield occupant Warren Ketcham joined the operations and, together with a few other old fashioned Valley inhabitants, built up the present site in the Town of Warren in 1966. Warren Ketcham fabricated the "Tower" in 1967, utilizing a configuration by neighborhood planner Dave Sellers. The runway was cleared in 1968. To spare the field from genuine money related issues, excited field clients shaped Granite Intersection, Inc. (named for an old aviation routes convergence situated close to the field) in 1973 and bought the airplane terminal. The expectation was to save the field for little plane movement. Stone is still the proprietor of the field and rents it every late spring to Sugarbush Soaring, which goes about as the FBO, and in the winter to Ole's Cross-Country Skiing. Through the liberality of some early Granite shareholders, Sugarbush Soaring is currently a noteworthy shareholder of this Corporation. All whatever is left of Granite is still claimed by field clients, including Sugarbush Soaring individuals and neighborhood inhabitants.
1978 was a major year for the air terminal and taking off in the valley. Jim Parker gained the enormous shelter, which had been assembled a few years before, and set-up his numerous faceted operations. Generally through the endeavors of Doug Terman and Duncan Gillespie, the present Sugarbush Soaring Association, Inc. (SSA) was framed around the same time as a Vermont not-revenue driven partnership with the objective of advancing the act of taking off. Myndy Woodruff set up the new tow operation utilizing surplus military L-19 Birddogs. Sugarbush Soaring has remained a solid association since its establishing, and proceeds to effectively work the field. It has been adequately gainful to have the capacity to purchase its present armada of six lightweight flyers. In 2002, Sugarbush Soaring assumed control over the towing operation, beginning that year with one Piper Pawnee and including a second Pawnee the following year.Read More»