Getting to Know Martin Sobel

Hometown: Sarasota, FL

Hometown Airport: KSRQ

Occupation: Retired Airline Pilot/Retired FlightSafety Sim Instructor

Education: BS Mechanical Engineering

Pilot Certificates: CFI, CFII, CFIG, AGI, AGII

Airplanes Flying/Flown: B707, B727, B747, B767, L1011, CE-560, DA2000

Education Specialty: Aviation Psychology, Resource Management

Q & A

What drew you to aviation? I dreamed of flying when I was 3 years old. Never thought I’d would have a career in aviation and with the greatest airline in history, TWA

How long have you been involved in aviation education? 44

What’s your favorite part of what you do in aviation education? Sharing my aviation experience and love of flying.

What’s your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education? Raising money for a Young Eagle hands on program.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you’d like to share? Chasing a sunset over the Pacific.

Why did you join SAFE? I’ve watched NAFI from its beginning. I always felt the organization was used by its founder for his personal use. For many years decisions were made without regard of its members. My original feeling about SAFE, was that we did not need another organization for Flight Instructors, but at Sun-N-Fun, I learned about SAFE’s goals to be an open society. I have not been disappointed.

What would you like to see change in aviation? Pilots entering this field must be better paid and better working conditions. Our present course will lead to a shortage of qualified pilots.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished? Unions. Pilots must learn who they need for political support. I always wonder how pilot’s, dependant on unions for their salaries and safety, vote against their own interests.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you’d like to mention? 30 years of advocating fuel conservation and fuel conservation techniques. Gate control techniques allowing more controlled access to passenger gates. My ideas in the late 60’s were adopted over the world.

Who are your role models in aviation? Charles Lindbergh