Chris Moser

by Chris Moser on March 15, 2015

SAFE #: S0001805

Hometown: Charles Town WV, United States

Home Airport: KFDK

Occupation: Program Manager/Educator

Education: History/Secondary Education, B.S.

Pilot Certificates: Commercial (ASEL, AMEL, Instrument Airplane), CFI, CFII, MEI,

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Cessna 172, 182, 152; Piper Seminole, Lance, Chieftain; Beech 99

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: Seeing the X-Wing fighters in Star Wars as a kid started the whole thing. Then I fell in love with shows like Black Sheep Squadron, Tales of the Gold Monkey, and of course Top Gun. It was all airplanes, all the time!

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: At my core, I am a teacher. I have over 17 years of classroom teaching experience as a social studies teacher and another year teaching a formal ground school at a large flight school. I've been involved in aviation education for over 15 years teaching aerospace in the Civil Air Patrol and of course as a flight instructor with over 1000 hours of dual given.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: I love airplanes and I love sharing my passion with other people who want to learn more. What better time can you have than spending time with nice people talking about airplanes and aviation!

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: A combination of my first solo and the first time I soloed a student. I remember sitting in the airplane at Martin State Airport as my instructor endorsed my logbook for my first solo. I was so nervous that my leg started shaking, but he assured me that I was ready and was good to go. I was nervous taxiing to the runway with a shaky "Student Pilot" added on to my calls to ATC. But once I added power for the takeoff run, all nervousness went away and I just remember hearing my instructor's voice in my head describing everything I should do: "Look out for traffic, reduce power, carb heat on, etc." Jump ahead about 5 years to when I soloed my first student: I signed her off, and sent her up for 3 trips around the pattern. I assured her that I would be waiting right there on the ground with my handheld radio tuned into tower frequency. When she landed I was able to share in her joy and accomplishment from such a huge milestone! After the initial congratulations, I asked her if she heard me in her head like I had on my first solo, and she said "Yes!" It was really cool to see how the torch is passed along from one pilot to another!

Why did you join SAFE?: I want to be part of an organization that promotes good teaching in aviation. I think that it is vital to both the safety and growth of general aviation that instruction is given in the most effective way possible.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: I would like to see the continued sharing and enhancement of instructional techniques to help all instructors/teachers develop to the best of ability. Our students/clients deserve nothing less!

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Collegiality among instructors in an organization like SAFE is a huge first step. I am also working to develop programs that will provide further in depth tools to enhance the skills of instructors and flight schools nationwide.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Rod Machado – I love his sense of humor, excellent teaching techniques/explanations, and his books. I've used them for years as both a student and instructor.

Greg Brown – A true gentlemen and advocate for aviation education. His Savvy Flight Instructor book is excellent!

Bill Nye – while he's not a traditional aviation instructor per se, if we can channel a little of his passion for teaching in whatever we do, we are on the right track to being great teachers.

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