Laurie Probst

by Laurie Probst on July 29, 2015

Laurie Probst

Laurie Probst

SAFE #: S0001944

Hometown: Merton WI, United States

Home Airport: 88C, KMWC, 02C, 57C, KUES

Occupation: Elementary Educator

Education: Masters of Education

Pilot Certificates: Comm ASEL, Instrument, AGI

Airplanes Flying/Flown: C172, C152, C150

Educational Specialty: Aviation for Kids

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: When I was a kid, my dad used to take me to the local airport when the blimp would moor. I also watched skywriters create advertisements over my house. When my dad would put me in the car for a drive and take me to the airport at night, I fell in love with blue taxi lights, of all things. Didn't get my license until 2004, though, when I was brought back into it by some friends, who took me for my first small airplane ride.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: 11 years

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Bringing flying to children! I run camps, fly Young Eagles, help other organizations with aviation presentations, organize a kids area at a local airshow, etc. I also work with private and commercial students as an advanced ground instructor. Always fun to see a lightbulb come on!

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Prepping for writtens.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: Flying a C172 in Hawaii in 2005 and one in Alaska in 2008.

Why did you join SAFE?: I believe aviation education is key to keep pilots safe, as well as bring more young people into the field. I'm looking forward to the networking and resources.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: Cost.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: More access to clubs or reduction in fuel prices.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: Inductee International Forest of Friendship 2013
North Central Section 99s Governor's Service Award 2015
North Central Section 99s Spinning Prop Award
FAA Forum Presenter at AirVenture
FAASTeam Representative

Who are your role models in aviation?: Claire Walters, the Mercury 13, Rod Machado

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