Highland Aerosports Staff

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Sunny Venesky

Tandem Pilot, Glider Mechanic, Owner

Sunny Venesky has been teaching hang gliding since 1994. Sunny is the 2003 recipient of the United States Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association (USHPA) Hang Gliding Instructor of the Year award. He currently holds USHPA Advanced Pilot, Advanced Instructor, Tandem Instructor & Aerotow Administrator ratings. Sunny has taught over 13,500 hang gliding lessons and has towed over 5,000 gliders in the Dragonfly.


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Adam Elchin

Tandem Pilot, Tug Mechanic, Office Manager, Owner

Adam Elchin started teaching hang gliding in 1997. Adam holds United States Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association (USHPA) Advanced Pilot, Advanced Instructor, Tandem Instructor, Aerotow Administrator, and Tug Pilot ratings. Adam is also the recipient of the 2006 USHPA commendation for service to the sport. Adam has taught over 8,000 hang gliding lessons and towed over 6,500 gliders in the Dragonfly.



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Bob Filipchuk

Tandem Pilot, Crew Manager

Bob has been teaching hang gliding since 2007. Bob holds a United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Assn. Advanced Pilot, Tandem Instructor,



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Jim Rooney

Tug Pilot, Tandem Pilot

Jim has been teaching hang gliding since 1990 and towing since 1995. He holds United States Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association Master Pilot, Advanced Instructor, Tandem Instructor, & Tug Pilot ratings as well as a Sport Pilot CFI. Jim has towed in almost every major aerotow hang gliding competition around the world and has completed over 10,000 tows in the Dragonfly.