David Cowan

by David Cowan on December 6, 2012

SAFE #: S0000099

Hometown: Kenmore WA, United States

Home Airport: Seattle Area Land and Sea

Occupation: Aviation Consultant

Education: BSc. Mech. Engineering

Pilot Certificates: USA ATP CFII MEI SES C500 Canadian Com.SEL&S

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Most GA pistons and some turbines

Educational Specialty: CFI and tailwheel instruction

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: Lure of the sky

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: 30 years

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Teaching CFI's

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Teaching "canned" courses.

Why did you join SAFE?: I was a long standing member of NAFI and became disenchanted with their organization, especially the MCFI debacle.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: Better primary instruction wit reduced costs and more emphasis on simulation.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: See above. Also better supervision of new instructors.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: I was approved as a SAFE mentor and was an MCFI for 4 years.

Who are your role models in aviation?: The aviation pioneers who flew primitive equipment.

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