Larry Bothe

by Larry Bothe on February 3, 2012

SAFE #: S0000022

Hometown: Seymour IN, United States

Home Airport: KSER

Occupation: FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (retired from plastics industry)

Education: Lehigh University, BS, Bus. Admin.

Pilot Certificates: Commercial, Instrument, CFI, CFII, ASEL. ASES, AMEL, Glider, Rotocraft-Helicopter, (CFI in ASEL only), Adv & IFR Grnd Instr, Gold Seal, Master CFI

Airplanes Flying/Flown: 1/3 owner of 1961 Champ 7EC, also fly a "glass" C-182

Educational Specialty: Pvt, IFR, Flt Rvws, Insurance checkouts

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: During my senior year in college (1964) the Air Force paid for my roommate to get his Private certificate. We scraped together the money to rent a plane and go flying a couple times before we graduated. I was hooked.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: More than 35 years.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Encountering either a very adept student that I get to instruct, or doing a checkride for an especially well-prepared applicant.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: The rare instance when I have to tell somebody they don't have what it takes to become a safe pilot. And in general, flying with pilots who don't know how to use the rudder.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: Finally getting to fly a Stearman a few years ago was a great thrill! I was able to get it on the ground, unassisted, the 3rd try. I have been invited to fly a Level D, full-motion airliner simulator the SimCom the next time I'm in FL (2012). I expect that to be memorable as well. Standing on Sunset Beach at St. Maartens, beer in hand, and having an A-320 land over me was, well, unique.

Why did you join SAFE?: Because I didn't like the direction of another professional organization to which I belong. SAFE can and will do better. They already are.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: I'd like to see IACRA become more user friendly. Especially, I'd like the FAA to implement the ability for an 8710 from to be corrected at the time of the checkride.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: The FAA has said it's coming; we just need to stay on them to get it done.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: Being appointed to be an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner in 2002 is my greatest aviation accomplishment. It's pretty amazing since I have no experience as a corporate, charter or airline pilot. ….. I was a bit surprised when I was elected to the SAFE Board of Directors; I'm not very well known nationally. ….. Becoming a forum presenter at AirVenture in 2009, and being invited back again each year, is a great honor.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Bob Hoover, always the gentleman.

Anything else you'd like to add?: All of us should give something back to aviation. Give talks locally. Help reporters. Volunteer at AirVenture. Do Young Eagles rides.

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