Elaine Kauh

by Elaine Kauh on August 13, 2012

Elaine Kauh

Elaine Kauh

SAFE #: S0000501

Hometown: Watertown, WI

Home Airport: KRYV

Occupation: Flight Instructor

Education: BA, Journalism; BA, Art History, Ohio State University

Pilot Certificates: Commercial, CFII, Advanced Ground Instructor

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Citabria 7GCBC & 7ECA; Decathlon; Aeronca Champ; Cirrus SR22; Cessna 177/177RG; various Cessna and Piper aircraft.

Educational Specialty: Tailwheel instruction; Cirrus transition training; Private, Instrument and Commercial instruction.

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: The art, science, and joy of flight.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: I have been an aviation educator for more than 5 years.

What’s your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: One of the most rewarding aspects of flight instructing is watching a pilot achieve a goal, such as flying a first solo or mastering a maneuver – whether it’s a student pilot-in-training or a certificated pilot learning something new.

What’s your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Working with pilots who don’t take the training syllabus seriously or want to take shortcuts.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you’d like to share?: Flying upside down for the first time. When I was a new private pilot I learned basic aerobatics in a Citabria 7ECA. After spins came loops. It was so much fun — and a great learning experience!

Why did you join SAFE?: I’d like to learn from other educators and share ideas so I can help make pilots safer and more proficient. I also want to help reform the aviation training industry so we can make flying safer, more affordable, and more enjoyable.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: First, I’d like to see pilots learn good stick-and-rudder skills from the start and maintain those skills throughout their careers. In addition, I’d like to see pilots, especially private pilots who fly for personal use, fly more often and be more engaged in aviation.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: We should impress upon pilots-in-training the importance of maneuvering the airplane with good technique, using scenarios in which the eyes, ears and seat of the pants are emphasized over use of the flight instruments. We also must expose new pilots to aviation opportunities that they don’t learn about in their training programs.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you’d like to mention?: I am a volunteer for Pilots-n-Paws and have flown multiple rescue missions in a Cessna Cardinal. I believe that any form of volunteer flying, from Young Eagle flights to Angel Flights, is a great way to use our aircraft and promote positive views of General Aviation.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Beryl Markham, Ernest K. Gann, Louise Thaden, and many more who are still among us flying today.

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