Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN

Hometown Airport: Mcminnville Muniipal, TN,  KRNC

Occupation: flight education

Education: Ph.D. Organizational Theory

Pilot Certificates: Commercial, CFI, CFII, MEI

Airplanes Flying/Flown: C-182, Cherokee PA-28-150, Nanchang CJ-6a, Champ 7-AC

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?  My two first cousins, whom I greatly admired, were Navy pilots.  I took my first flights with them.  Later, the local airport was a welcoming place for kids.  I begged rides and learned to fly a little before I took my first lesson.  I traded a day’s work at the airport on Sat. for a lesson on Sun. until I got my license.

How long have you been involved in aviation education? 16 yrs.

What’s your favorite part of what you do in aviation education? I really enjoy flight instruction, and I enjoy helping pilots make the decision on what a/c to buy and doing the paper and a/c inspections to assist them in owning an airplane.  .

What’s your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education? I am coming to hate the computer based 8710.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you’d like to share? We were over a broken cloud deck at 9000.  It was late afternoon and the light was just right.  My student leaned over and said, “You know, pilots get to see things and experience things no one else does.”  That covers it.

Why did you join SAFE? I quickly resonated with the reasons for SAFE’s existance.

What would you like to see change in aviation? In my world, I would like to see training changed in radical ways.

Who are your role models in aviation? Cornelia Fort and Dick Tuck