Sawyer grew up flying at Sugarloaf Regional Airport and ski racing on Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine. He first started flying at the age of six with his father, Tom Fahy, in the Pietenpol Aircamper which Tom had built from plans in the 1980’s. It is here where Sawyer’s passion for grassroots aviation began, flying countless hours with his Dad on 65 horsepower.
Sawyer soloed the Pietenpol at 16 years old from the Sugarloaf Airport and started flying around the state logging cross country time. At age 18, Sawyer received his Private Pilot certificate. He attended Bates College where he majored in Physics while ski racing for the Bates NCAA team for the next four years.
After College, Sawyer coached ski racing at Carrabassett Valley Academy, but continued flying privately in Cubs, Small Cessnas, and worked commercially for an air service flying a Skywagon on floats. Sawyer is a Certified Flight Instructor and a Registered Maine Guide with a passion for teaching. His expertise is in float flying, tailwheel, and mountain flying. It is his goal to help save grassroots general aviation by showing people how fun and rewarding it can be to fly a small airplane.
Sugarloaf Regional Airport
Sugarloaf Regional Airport is tucked into a small valley in the Western Mountains of Maine. By nature flying in the Sugarloaf Region does not allow one to ignore the challenges of mountain flying. With knowledge and respect it is a safe and fun place to fly while the landscape provides a beautiful back drop to any flying adventure.
Sugarloaf Aviation in The Maine Magazine and AOPA Pilot