Burt Compton has been flying gliders since 1967 and is a Master Flight Instructor in gliders and airplanes, as well as a FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. He is a Life Member of the Soaring Society of America, a Trustee of the Soaring Safety Foundation and producer of several glider pilot training videos.
Burt is the author of “The Towpilot Manual” and a regular contributor to SOARING magazine. He is a FAA Safety Team representative and was named the “FAA Flight Instructor of the Year” in 2009 by the Lubbock, Texas Flight Standards Office. In 2017 he received the FAA “Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award” for 50 years of safe flying since his first solo flight in 1967. Burt owns several gliders and towplanes based at “Marfa Gliders” Soaring Center in southwest Texas, site of the 15th National Landmark of Soaring.
In 2010, Burt Compton was the recipient of the “Warren Eaton Memorial Trophy,” the highest award of the Soaring Society of America for his work in glider training and safety. (Warren Eaton was the co-founder of the SSA in 1932.) As a point of interest, Burt’s father, Fritz Compton also received the Eaton Trophy in 1948. Burt has flown 62 different types of gliders at 85 soaring sites around the world, so far.