Brian Lloyd

by Brian Lloyd on April 2, 2014

SAFE #: S0001483

Hometown: Spring Branch TX, United States

Home Airport: 1t7

Occupation: CFI/CFII

Pilot Certificates: CSEL/CMEL CFI/CFII

Airplanes Flying/Flown: M20K, PA28, PA24, PA27, C182, CJ6A, YAK-52, C150

Educational Specialty: Primary, Instrument, Spins, Upset Recovery, Basic Aerobatics, formation

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: From the time I was a baby I was around aviation. My father was a Naval Aviator. Upon his retirement from the Navy he became involved in general aviation. He taught me to fly in our family C-182 when I was 14 and I have been flying ever since — 45 years.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: When I was still in High School (1971) and first working toward my instrument rating, I began to operate the Link Trainer at CableAir in Upland, CA. I was teaching NDB and VOR approaches under the watchful eyes of our local instrument ground instructor. I have always found that I have a knack for teaching and mentoring. In 1998 I made it formal and earned my CFI rating. I have recently added on the CFII rating.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: My favorite part of aviation education is watching my students learn and excel. There is no better feeling than when I see that "light" go on in their eyes when they understand or master some aspect of aviation.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Billing? Maintenance? Dealing with the FAA? Take your pick.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: Many. I have flown all over the US, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, and New Zealand. I have done two Atlantic crossings in a single Comanche. I have made forced landings. I love to talk about the lessons learned from all of these.

Why did you join SAFE?: I joined SAFE to meet like-minded aviation educators who are trying to make a difference in the efficacy and availability of aviation education.

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