SAFE #: 0183
Hometown: Carson City, Nevada
Occupation: Flight Instructor
Education: Masters Degree
Pilot Certificates: ATP-ME, MEL, SEL, CFI, CFII
Airplanes Flying/Flown: Cessna, Piper, Beechcraft, Mooney,
Educational Specialty: Mountain Flying
Q & A
|What drew you to aviation? The fun of flying.
How long have you been involved in aviation education? 21 years.
What’s your favorite part of what you do in aviation education? Helping people realize their dream of flying an airplane.
What’s your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education? Seeing people who really want to fly, but just don’t have the “right stuff” to complete the training.
Why did you join SAFE? To continue with an accredited Master CFI program.
What would you like to see change in aviation? Lower aircraft costs.
Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished? More aircraft available.
Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you’d like to mention? I am a check pilot examiner for the Nevada Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, Frank G. Brewer Memorial Award for contributions to the advancement of youth in aerospace activities, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (4 times in past 10 years), 4 years service on the Minden-Tahoe Airport Advisory Committee and Master Plan Development Committee.
Who are your role models in aviation? Frank Nervino, now deceased, who was a pioneer in early aviation. I worked with him for 12 years. He was the recipient of the Charles Taylor Award and worked as an instructor for the Civilian Pilot Training Program at Beckwouth, CA, during WWII. He started his flight career in 1931 and had to move to Beckwouth when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He was flying and giving instruction at Oakland Airport when the government took the propellers off of all of the training aircraft in January 1942!