Linda Langrill

by Linda Langrill on March 2, 2015

Linda Langrill

Linda Langrill

SAFE #: S0000295

Hometown: Midland MI, United States

Home Airport: KIKW

Occupation: Flight Instructor

Education: BA and MA in English

Pilot Certificates: ATP, CFII, MEI, ASES, CE-500

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Cessna (150 to Caravan and Citation), Piper (Warrior to Aztec), RV 6 & 9

Educational Specialty: Primary and Instrument Instruction

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: Watching the airplanes at Detroit City Airport as a child with my dad.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: Since 1986 when I taught my first private pilot ground school and since 1987 when I started flight instructing in a Cessna 150.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Working with my students to show them that they can reach their dream of becoming a pilot.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Having a string of bad weather and having to cancel flight lessons.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: A flight from Michigan to Barrow, AK in 2005 in a Cessna 182. It was my second flight to Alaska, and I hope it will not be my last flight to see more of Alaska.

Why did you join SAFE?: I hope to help promote professionalism in and respect for the flight instructor.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: Continued innovation in ground and flight safety while preserving the freedom to fly for fun.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: A strong balance of EAA and AOPA. EAA members know the fun of building and flying, AOPA knows the importance of communication with government representatives at all levels. I would like to see these two organizations strengthen their ties based on common objectives, to preserve the freedom of flight.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: I have flown Young Eagles, helped with and been director of our Midland Aviation Camp for high school age youth, and was selected Michigan and Great Lakes Region Flight Instructor of the Year 2012.

Who are your role models in aviation?: All the flight instructors who have taught me over the years.

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