David Pilkington

by David Pilkington on February 28, 2016

David Pilkington

David Pilkington

SAFE #: S0002115

Website: http://ozaeros.com.au/

Hometown: Brighton North VIC, Australia

Home Airport: YMMB

Occupation: Aeronautical Engineer/Aerobatic Instructor

Education: BE (Aero), MSc (Aero).

Pilot Certificates: Australian CPL Flight Instructor Rating; USA CPL.

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Pitts, Extra, Laser, Decathlon, Airtourer, Fuji, Aerobat, Chipmunk, Tiger Moth …….

Educational Specialty: Spinning and aerobatics.

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: I've always wanted to do a vertically upward snap roll.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: Gained my flight instructor rating in 1995 however I commenced coaching advanced aerobatics in 1980.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: I enjoy helping people get involved in competition aerobatics.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Dealing with CASA's new Part 61 regulations.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: My first vertically upward snap roll in 1980.

Why did you join SAFE?: To gain access to the excellent resources.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: CASA's Part 61 regulations.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Replace Australia's Part 61 with the USA FAA's Part 61 and effectively implement the Forsyth recommendations.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: 2011 FAI Paul Tissandier Diploma in recognition of contributions to the sport of aerobatics.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Aub Coote
Rich Stowell
Tony Kern

Anything else you'd like to add?: WARNING: aerobatics is addictive!

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