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Rich Sugden

Rich Sugden

Born: December 15th, 1942

Susan Mack Sugden

Glenn (DOB 10/12/68)
Kathy (DOB 12/23/69)

Undergraduate Education:
Stanford University Palo Alto, California

Degree: B.S., Physiology 6/15/65

Medical Education:
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas
Degree: M.D. 6/6/69

Methodist Hospital
Houston, Texas 7/1/69 - 6/30/70
Modified Straight Medicine Internship

Military Service:
Naval Aerospace Medical Institute
Flight Surgery Training Program
Pensacola, Florida
9/70 - 3/71

Naval Air Test Center
U.S.N. Test Pilot School
Patuxent River, Maryland
NATC & TPS Flight Surgeon
3/71 - 6/73

Residency Training:
Baylor College of Medicine Affil. Hosp.
Family Practice Residency
7/1/73 - 6/30/75 Chief Resident 1975

General Family Practice
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
July, 1975 -> Present

Emphasis on health maintenance and teaching Family Medicine to medical students and Family Practice Residents

Board Certification:
Diplomat, American Board of Family Practice, 1975
Recertified 1981, 1987, 1993 , 2000 -> 2007

Diplomat, American Board of Emergency Medicine, 1986
Recertified 1995

Medical Licensure:
Texas 8/27/69 Licensed
California 8/5/70 Licensed
Maryland 4/15/71 Lapsed
Wyoming 6/3/74 Licensed

Professional Organizations:
American Academy Family Physicians, Fellow American College Emergency Med., Fellow
Aerospace Medical Association
Civil Aviation Medical Association
American Medical Association
Wyoming State Medical Society
Teton Mountain Counties Medical Society

Appointments, Offices, Clinical Assistant Professor and Awards (Dates or Department of Family Medicine current): Baylor College of Medicine Houston, Texas

Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Practice School of Human Medicine University of Wyoming Laramie, Wyoming

WAFP Family Doctor of the Year - (1994)
Wyoming Governor's Award - E.M.S. directors (1984)
Chief of Staff, St. John's Hospital, Jackson WY (1985,'86)
President, Wyo. Acad. of Family Physicians (1987, 1988)
Sec./Treas. West. Chapter Flying Physicians Assoc.(1989-91)
Director, Flying Physician's Association (1988-1992)
V.P., Flying Physicians Assoc. (1992-1996)
Medical Advisor, Grand Teton National Park (1975 - 2004)
Medical Advisor, Teton County EMS Council (1975 - 2004)
Medical Director, Jackson Hole Air Ambulance (1976 - 2004)
FAA Senior Aviation Medical Examiner (1975 - present)
Member, Wyoming Task Force for Prehospital Care (1988 - present)
Chairman, Wyo. Task Force for Prehospital Care 1997-1999

Active General Aviation Pilot, Commercial, AMELS, Inst., Rotor, Glider, Type CE-501, G111
Exper Type Ratings: T-28, T-2, MiG-15/17, Alpha Jet, FJ-4
Owner - Teton Aviation Center FBO, Driggs, ID
Member, USN Legacy Flight demonstration team w. F/A-18's from VFA-122 & VFA-125, NAS Lemoore
Board of Trustees, X-Prize Foundation
Board of Trustees Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
Board of Trustees, Community Center for the Arts, Jackson, WY

Computer Science - Founder Teton Data Systems,
Author: Scientific American Medicine's
DISCOTEST, a Continuing Medical Education
Program and STAT!-Ref. Medical Textbook eLibrary

Capital Campaign co-Chairman, J.H. Community Center for the Arts

(rev. 6/08)




  • Private Pilot 1959
  • Multiengine Rating 1960
  • Instrument Rating 1960
  • Commercial Pilot 1961
  • Rotorcraft - Helicopter 1961
  • Glider 1961
  • Type Rating - CE-500 1977
  • Single Engine, Sea Rating 1990
  • Multiengine, Sea Rating 1995
  • Type Rating - G111 1995
  • Experimental Type Ratings T-28, T-2, MiG-15/17, L-39, FJ-4, Alpha Jet
  • Second Class Medical Certificate - 6/12/07


FLIGHT TIME (as of 6/1/08):

  • Total Time 7,550 hr.
  • Multi-Engine, Land 6,220
  • Single-Engine Land 1,125
  • Turboprop 1,635
  • Turbojet 2,365
  • Multiengine Sea 860
  • Single Engine Sea 16
  • Rotorcraft 260
  • Glider 11
  • T-28 265
  • T-2 235
  • MiG-15/17 22
  • L-39 68
  • N3N 32
  • FJ-4B 126
  • Alpha Jet 28



U.S.N. Flight Surgeon, flight training through solo at NAS Pensacola, in T-28 (1971), NATC Flight Surgeon NAS Patuxent River, 1971 - 1973. Retired as Lt. Commander to return to civilian medical training and practice.

Senior Aviation Medical Examiner since 1975



Purchased, owned and operated Jackson Hole Aviation in 1979, until 1993, and operated the full-function FBO, including flight school, Part 135 charter, and maintenance.

Started Jackson Hole Air Ambulance in 1980, operating a Part 135 Air Ambulance utilizing a Piper Navajo, Cessna Citation and Bell Jet Ranger helicopter, flying over 1,000 missions in 12 years without missing a single flight in a 24/7/365 day operation. Personally responsible for all Flight Nurse and Flight EMT aeromedical training and supervision.

Volunteer helicopter pilot for Jackson Hole Search and Rescue 2002 to present.

Perform Class I, II, and III aviation medical examinations daily, and frequently interface with the FAA Aeromedical Division in Oklahoma City.

Arranged for complicated aviation instructor certification for LOA training in the Dornier Alpha Jet (Portuguese Air Force flight instructor w. no civilian license) and North American FJ-4B "Fury" (former North American Aviation chief test pilot for FJ series) through Casper FSDO.

Written aviation articles, including aviation safety articles, for EAA Warbirds magazine.

Presentation to both Flying Physicians Assoc., and FAA Family Fly-in on HU-16 Albatross trip to Perth, Australia and return. Performed all flight planning for two month, trans-Pacific trip, and flew 50% of 170 hr. trip.

Member of EAA Warbirds Board of Directors 1997

Member of X-Prize Board of Directors 2003 to present

Member Smithsonian Air & Space Museum Board of Directors 2006 to present

Member QB association, Jackson Hanger 1998 to present

President, Jackson Hole Chapter of EAA 2004

Lifetime member of Flying Physicians Association, 1970 to present

Organizer of Jackson Hole WY and Driggs ID Young Eagles flights, 1998 to present, having organized and participated in over 1500 volunteer flights, both fixed wing and helicopter.

Organized and taught portions (Egress, Aeromedical, Human Factors, CRM) Teton Aviation L-39 Ground School, 2002 and 2003, including participation in complete rewrite of the L-39 Aircraft Flight Manual.

Own and operate Teton Aviation Center, Driggs ID, full service FBO including active flight school, glider operation, and full service turbine and recip. maintenance facility, avionics shop.

Obtained first FAA approved stand-alone GPS approach in U.S., including special NOTAM for GARMIN GPS users through cooperation of James Enias, AFS-400, - 1998. Originally advised by numerous FAA agencies that the approach would be dangerous and impossible to obtain. Approach has functioned perfectly, and without incident for 6 years to present.

Flew our Bell-Soloy turbine B-47 helicopter as the photo support aircraft for the National Air Tour, some 5,000 n.m. around the East Coast in the Fall of 2003 - supporting some 25 antique aircraft recreating the 1936 Air Tour. Lectured to group on aircraft accident survival and recovery.

Fly our FJ-4B "Fury", the last one in the world in flying condition, with the U.S.N. Legacy Flight, with F/A-18's from VFA-122 and VFA-125. Participated in Legacy formation flight certification at NAS Lemoore, March 2004., and annually thereafter.

Member of four-person committee that coordinates civilian pilot side of U.S.N. Legacy Flight, 2008

Fly the "Fury" with the Teton Aviation "Mig Fury Fighters" mock combat and formation flying airshow routine with our MiG-15 and MiG-17

Formation qualified as Wingman (1992) and Leader (1994), and annually thereafter, by the North American Trainer Association.

Have flown in several EAA Airventure Oshkosh airshows every year since 1992, in the T-28, T-2, L-39 and FJ-4B.

Have attended initial type training, and annual and bi-annual refresher simulator training for the C-500/505 Citation at Flight Safety International, Simuflite and American Airlines since 1984


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