Mike is a third generation pilot that grew up around the Texas Soaring Association and currently works as an instructor for FlightSafety International.
First soloing on his fourteenth birthday, earning his Silver Badge in a 1-26 that same summer and then flying his first competition in the 1-26 Championships at sixteen, the hook was set young.
With over 1,500 hours in sailplanes, Mike is a Kolstad Scholarship recipient and currently holds several Texas state records and the US National Multiplace record for Free Triangle Distance with his father, Mick Westbrook.
Mike won the 2017 US Club Class Nationals and his previous experience at the international level includes the 2005 Junior Worlds in Hus Bos, England, the 2007 Junior Worlds in Rieti, Italy and the 2016 Worlds flying Club Class in Pociunai, Lithuania.
Mike looks forward to teaming with Boyd Willat in Ostrow, Poland where Mitch Hudson will be acting as his crew.
Melanie is strictly ground crew (N1K), but is an avid lover of the sport. She is the ussoaringteams.org web master and loves new ideas so feel free to ask questions, offer suggestions, and give her additional content!