Joe Odom (Lifetime Member)

by Joe Odom (Lifetime Member) on May 21, 2017

SAFE #: S0002534

Hometown: Lake Mary FL, United States

Home Airport: KSFB

Occupation: Retired but active Flight Instructor

Education: College 4 years +

Pilot Certificates: ATP AMEL, Comm ASEL GLIDER, Pvt ASES, CFI CFII CFMEI CFIG, Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor, Gold Seal Flight Instructor, Mechanic A&P

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Personal PA-28R-200 + over 100 makes and models

Educational Specialty: Hyperbaric/Hypobaric Physiology, Tailwheel

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: Always interested as a kid, Civil Air Patrol Cadet (Communications Officer), two tours in US Air Force

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

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Emphasis on good stick and rudder skills, simulated engine out safety considerations, ADM, tailwheel instruction, Pinch Hitter courses

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: When dealing with the ones that just want to "do the bare minimum" to get by – explaining and hopefully proving the error of their ways

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: Giving open cockpit tailwheel instruction (Stearman) to several NASA astronauts, Pinch Hitter for their wives, giving "reunion" flights for our aging WWII pilot/flight crew veterans

Why did you join SAFE?: To help advance safety

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: FAA Accident Prevention Counselor in the 1990s, Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year Birmingham AL FSDO

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