James Mason

by James Mason on March 28, 2013

James Mason

James Mason

SAFE #: S0001229

Website: http://www.jaymasonmusic.com

Hometown: Irvine CA, United States

Home Airport: KSNA

Occupation: Studio Musician, CFI

Education: BA Music Performance

Pilot Certificates: Comm ASEL/AMEL, Instrument, CFI-instrument/multi

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Currently: C182/172/172RG. Beechcraft BE23,BE33,35,36, B36TC; Cessna 150/152/182RG/T210; Mooney M20/201/252; Piper PA28 (most); PA30/32/34/44

Educational Specialty: IFR initial/recurrency; transition training

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: My dad has been flying since 1961, so aviation has been a part of my life since birth.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: I earned my initial CFI on my birthday in September, 1993 and have been actively instructing since then.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Expanding people's idea of what is possible, from taking them up for a first ride or instruction flight, to helping an experienced pilot learn how to do something better, or to do something they've always been a little bit reluctant or nervous about.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Trying to help a student or pilot who doesn't want to improve or make a change to a bad habit or procedure.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: There are so many. Perhaps one of the best memories was taking my wife and 8 month-old son coast-to-coast to attend a family reunion in New Jersey. We made a two-week vacation out of it and visited family along the way, as well as made some great discoveries at unplanned stops due to weather. When we landed in Princeton, NJ we discovered our family all waiting for us along the airport fence, including a hook-and-ladder fire truck with lights blazing courtesy of one family member who was a volunteer fireman! We met so many great, wonderful people along the way due to general aviation.

Why did you join SAFE?: I want to improve my knowledge and skills as a CFI, and I'm impressed with the organization as a whole.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: I'd like to see the public's image of general aviation improve.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: We need to improve the accident rates of course. Along with that, student and newly licensed pilots need to be taught in such a way that they are comfortable using aircraft in whatever way they want to. Accident-free flying, accomplished by enthusiastic pilots, means that every one of those pilot's family and friends becomes a potential ambassador for aviation.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: My Gold-Seal CFI. I've helped several pilots to obtain their initial CFI, which is VERY rewarding!

Who are your role models in aviation?: My dad, who used GA for his own business transportation in the early 1960's before that was as common as it is today. Rod Machado. Mike Busch of Savvy Aviators. I could go on and on…

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