Rika is a second generation pilot who solo'd at Westfield-Barnes Airport at the age of 16. She returned to flying in 2016. She earned her Flight Instructor rating in August 2019 and her Instrument Flight Instructor rating in February 2020. She created Fly Lugu Flight Training to serve an unmet need in the community. Serving on the Advisory Council of Westfield Technical Academy and Baypath University she recognized an opportunity to "bridge the gap" and champion STEM education in our local community. Rika is an active member of the Ninety-Nines, International Organization of Women Pilots, Women in Aviation International as well as Western Mass Wright Flight and Kiwanis Club of Westfield. Her goal is to engage the greater Westfield community with the wonderful world of aviation and help new aviators achieve their goal of being skybound.
Jon grew up in Belchertown, MA and has dreamed of being a pilot ever since going to his first air show at Barnes in 2003. He began his flight training in 2018, and he earned his private pilot’s license in 2020 while pursuing a finance degree at UMass Amherst. In 2021, Jon decided to change course from his plan to work on Wall Street after graduating college and instead chose to fly full-time. He earned his commercial license in 2022, spent the summer of ‘22 towing banners in Westerly, RI, and earned his CFI shortly thereafter. Jon has a passion for tailwheel flying and has his sights set on becoming a naval aviator. He is happy to share his love of aviation with you!
Mitchell is a Western Massachusetts native. He began flight training in 2020 at American Flyers in Addison, Tx, earning his Instrument, Commercial and eventually his CFI rating in 2021. When he isn’t flying he enjoys spending his time in the outdoors. Mitchell is really excited to teach you how to fly!
Fred began his aviation journey in 2014 and has since accomplished many feats including receiving his helicopter rating in 2017 and his Certified Flight Instructor rating in 2020. Before working at Fly Lugu he served in the United States Marine Corps and Fred wants to help aspiring aviators from civilian backgrounds and those in the Armed Forces. Between his love for aviation and military experience, he is ready and eager to help aspiring aviators reach their goals in aviation.
Ken started flying gliders in 1972 while going to high school. He finished his Private Pilot’s license in 1975. Over the next 25 years he earned all advanced and instructor ratings. He flew professionally worldwide until he retired in 2015 after a long tenure as Flight Facility Inspection Pilot. Ken has flown everything from a Cessna 150 through A Falcon 2000EX. He has a over 10,000 hours of which 5,000 has been in an instructor capacity. Ken looks forward to sharing his experience with you!
Chris began flight training at in 2016 at the age of 19, earning his private pilot’s license and his instrument rating. Chris enrolled in Vermont Technical College’s Professional Pilot Technology Program in 2018 where he earned his commercial pilots license and CFI. Chris is also a full time Crew Chief in the Massachusetts Air National Guard where he maintains the F15C Eagle. Chris looks forward to flying with you.