Hometown: Coram, NY

Home Airport: KISP

Occupation: Certified Flight Instructor, retired hairdresser

Website: www.packaviation.com

Education: City College of New York, Dowling College, SUNY Stony Brook

Pilot Certificates: ATP, MCFI, CFII ME

Airplanes Flying/Flown: BE-33, BE-35,BE-36, BE-55, BE-58, Cessna singles, Mooney, Robinson R-22, R-44

Educational Specialty: Bonanza/Baron, G-1000

Q & A

What drew you to aviation? The “mystery” of flight.

How long have you been involved in aviation education? Flying since 1982, CFI since 1986.

What’s your favorite part of what you do in aviation education? I enjoy seeing a pilot’s eyes open wide when he/she learns something new!

What’s your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education? When a pilots stops flying, or stops training.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you’d like to share? The day I passed my rotorcraft-helicopter checkride. Also, every time I take off and lift into the sky.

Why did you join SAFE? To help improve the flight instruction industry.

What would you like to see change in aviation? I would like to see ALL pilots get involved in recurrent training. I would like flight instruction to become a more prestigious industry.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished? By spreading the word.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you’d like to mention? I learned to fly helicopters at 60 years old. It was the most difficult thing I ever did in Aviation.

Who are your role models in aviation? Tom Turner, Executive Director of the American Bonanza Society; Ron Zasadzinski, Director of Training, Beechcraft Pilot Proficiency Program.

Anything else you’d like to add? Fly safe, have fun!