Elliott Arthur

by Elliott Arthur on April 17, 2016

SAFE #: S0002180

Website: http://northeast-planes.com

Hometown: Hillrose CO, United States

Home Airport: 7V5

Occupation: Professional Flight Instructor

Education: Associates Degree-Business Administration

Pilot Certificates: CPL & CFI – IASMEL

Airplanes Flying/Flown: 59 Makes & Models

Educational Specialty: Commercial Airline Prep

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: Watching a crop duster work the field by my house at age 8.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: 26 years

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Soloing new students.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Reading about airplane accidents that clearly could have been prevented with quality flight instruction.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: Too many to list here, but the inadvertent Thunderstorm penetration SW of Albuquerque in 1990 is the most vivid.

Why did you join SAFE?: To network and learn from other like minded CFI's.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: The need to teach to build time.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: I'm working on that.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: To my knowledge, only one of my students has ever scratched an airplane, and he did something I'd taught him not to do, apparently not well enough however.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Ernie Gann, Chuck Yeager, Hank Chalkley, Capt. Al Haynes, Capt. Sullenberger, and Dick Eackley.

Anything else you'd like to add?: Experience is a good teacher, but what really makes me burn, is that she is always teaching me stuff I didn't really want to learn. Like, what does it look like inside a thunderstorm in a single engine airplane?

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