About the Stuart Air Show

Our Mission

The mission of Stuart Air Show, Inc. is to promote a safe, family entertainment event while providing financial support to its benefiting non-profit organizations including: the Martin County Community Foundation, Road to Victory Military Museum, Special Olympics, ARC of Martin County, Civil Air Patrol, Boy Scouts of America, as well as many other deserving community charities. The air show offers many different types fundraising opportunities for local non-profit organizations and community groups. Nearly a dozen organizations benefit from the show each year.

The air show is a 3 day event featuring thrilling performances by nationally known performers as well as interesting and historical static displays of aircraft and vehicles. The Stuart Air Show continues to provide multiple benefits to the surrounding community through its direct charitable giving, through fundraising opportunities for nonprofit and civic groups at the show, and through its significant impact on the local economy.

Board of Directors

Michael Roberts, President

Michael Roberts has been in the construction and restoration business for over 30 years. He was immersed into the business at a very young age by his father. However, his passion lies in the preservation and restoration of historical buildings and WWII history. As a general contractor his skills and experience include: concrete restoration, water extraction, fire damage repair and restoration, certified mold remediation, new commercial and residential construction, remodeling and additions, water extraction and restoration, and consulting.

In Michael’s spare time, he dedicates his time to serving and honoring Veterans. He is the board president of the Road to Victory Military Museum in Memorial Park, Stuart, was a founding member of Southeast Florida Honor Flight, participates in local Memorial and Veterans Day Parades, and supports many WWII battle re-enactment events and air shows across the country.

Doug Davis, Vice President

Doug Davis is the owner of D-R-D Technical Solutions, Inc. in Stuart, Florida and has been a Board Member of the Stuart Air Show since 2013. Born and Raised in Stuart, Doug has always been interested in aviation. In 2004, he began volunteering at the airshow and became hooked for life. With his expertise in engineering, Doug's skills of creating logistical site maps have made him a valuable asset to the Stuart Air Show. In addition to his involvement with the Stuart Air Show, Doug has volunteered with multiple events in the tri-county area including music festivals, car shows, and air shows.

Dr. Peter Dayton, Treasurer

Peter Dayton MD has been a Board Member of the Stuart air Show since 2010 and currently serves as Treasurer and Air Operations Coordinator. Pete has been a practicing physician in Stuart for 29 years. Married with three grown children, Eileen and Pete both volunteer and support the Stuart Air Show. A private instrument rated pilot, Pete has been flying for 15 years. His love of aviation started as a teen with the wonder of the Space programs and has never stopped. His passion is aviation. "I want to give something back to our community - a family-oriented, educational and entertaining air show event. Our air show brings our community together like nothing else."

Ron Rowars, Secretary

Ron Rowars, joined the Stuart Air Show Board of Directors in January 2015. A trial attorney with Ronald M. Rowars, PA, he specializes in personal injury, medical malpractice, workers compensation, and commercial and real property litigation. Mr. Rowars is a pilot with single, twin and instrument ratings. He is a member of the Witham Aero Club and Martin County Airport Noise Advisory Committee and has served as a member, Vice President and President of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 692. Mr. Rowars has been an active committee member for the Stuart Air Show since 2013 and has volunteered with the Martin County Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels, Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County, and been a volunteer lecturer for Martin County and St. Lucie County Schools.

Nick Blount

Nick Blount joined the Stuart Air Show Board of Directors in January 2015. After 42 years with Florida Power & Light, Mr. Blount retired in 2014. At the time of retirement, he was the Area Manager for the Treasure Coast and was responsible for government affairs and community relations for Martin and Okeechobee Counties. Mr. Blount has served on a number of organizations throughout the Treasure Coast, including Stuart-Martin County Chamber of Commerce (Trustee), Indiantown Chamber of Commerce (Trustee), Palm City Chamber of Commerce (Board Chair), Okeechobee County United Way (Campaign Co-Chair), Okeechobee County Economic Council (Board member), Martin County Red Cross (Board Chair), Martin County United Way (Board Chair), and Big Brothers Big Sisters of IR, SL & OK (Board member). He also is active with the Treasure Coast March of Dimes, First United Methodist Church, and the University of Tennessee Alumni Association.

Eric Stein

Eric Stein has joined the Stuart Airshow Board of Directors after several years working as a volunteer and member of the flight line team. Eric is a Commercial, Instrument and Multi engine rated pilot as well as a Flight & Ground Instructor. Mr. Stein is a Member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and Experimental Aircraft Association. He retired last year from the FAA after 34 years, working in Savannah, Memphis and West Palm Beach as an Air Traffic Controller, Quality Assurance & Training Specialist and Controller Instructor. In addition to these facilities he worked as an Air Traffic Controller at EAA Airventure in Oshkosh Wisconsin, Sun N Fun International Fly-in & Expo in Lakeland and 24 hours of Sebring. Eric is now employed as an Air Traffic Controller at Witham Field, Stuart.

Amy Bottegal

Amy Bottegal joined the Stuart Air Show Board of Directors in January 2016. Amy is a client service associate who works with a team of Advisors and their clients at CenterState Financial Services. Amy is a FINRA Series 6 Registered Representative and a Florida licensed life, health, and variable annuity agent. She has served clients in the financial services since 2005. Originally from Pittsburgh, she is a faithful Steelers Fan. Amy has been involved with the Stuart Air Show since 2008. Her energy and enthusiasm for the Stuart Air Show makes her a true asset.
 

Air Show Director

Susan Cunnane, Air Show Director

 

High School Scholarship Opportunities

The Stuart Air Show will bestow a scholarship to any student from any school who displays leadership, solid academic progress, and financial need.  An application form will be made available in September.

 

History of Witham Field

Today, Witham Field with its three runways serves most of the general aviation needs for Martin County and surrounding areas. The airport, just a few miles southeast of the City of Stuart, can accommodate most general aviation aircraft including smaller business jets, and is home to more than 200 private and business aircraft. It also plays host to the largest community event on the Treasure Coast, the annual Stuart Air Show. The airports fixed-based-operators (FBO’s) act as the local terminals for all its users and those visiting Martin County from other locales.

The history of Witham Field is emblematic of the people and County in which it resides. Its very beginning is deeply rooted in duty, patriotism and generosity from the residents of Martin County. As with many rural airports in the 30’s, Martin County Airport was just a grass landing strip. But with the rumblings of war overseas in the 40’s, a group of visionary and patriotic private landowners convened and offered their property to the county, to serve their county.

 

Proud Member of ICAS

The Stuart Air Show is a proud member of the ICAS (International Council of Air Shows).