Pat Knight
Pat Knight

SAFE#: 0009

Hometown: Naperville, IL

Home Airport: KDPA

Occupation: Professional pilot and flight instructor

Education: Master of Computer Science – University of Illinois; Master of Business Administration and Master of Aviation Management – Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Pilot Certificates: ATP – Airplane Single Engine and Airplane Multiengine Land; Commercial – Airplane single Engine and Airplane Multiengine Sea, Glider, Rotorcraft – Helicopter; Instrument Helicopter.

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Citation CE680 Sovereign and Citation CE650 Citation III/VII

Educational Specialty: Teaching the teachers.

Q & A

What drew you to aviation? Always was a plane watcher.

How long have you been involved in aviation education? 38 years.

What’s your favorite part of what you do in aviation education? Watching the light come on as the student learns.

What’s your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education? Lack of commitment of students.

Why did you join SAFE? So many things need to be done to improve aviation instruction and aviation safety, and SAFE is the way to accomplish these things.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you’d like to mention? Member of the SAFE Board of Directors. Six-time Master Instructor.