Mike Coligny

by Mike Coligny on December 28, 2017

Mike Coligny

Mike Coligny

SAFE #: S0000025

Website: http://www.advalange.com

Hometown: Prescott AZ, United States

Home Airport: KPRC

Occupation: Executive

Education: 14 years

Pilot Certificates: ATP SE/ME L, Commercial SES, Instrument, CFI/II/MEI, MCFI

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Over 70 types

Educational Specialty: SteamGauge/Glass Instrument Flight Training and Simulation

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: My father – he was an aviation pioneer and licensed in 1929 as a professional pilot. Continued flying as a corporate pilot until his death in 1957.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: 50 years

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: I love to present at FIRCs and other aviation events when the topic I present covers simulation and or aviation history.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Politics!

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: I often write articles and in 2008 I was lucky enough to interview Captain Joe Grant. Joe who flew into AirVenture as a part of a re-enactment of the gifting of a DC-3 to Saudi Arabia. Joe was 101 years old and to chat with a man who had spent the last 80 years in aviation was amazing and humbling. It was two hours I will never forget and we managed to make him our first SAFE honorary member!

Why did you join SAFE?: TBO NAFI…..enough said.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: The population of pilots is diminishing, the GA fleet is on a downward spiral yet rules, regulation and complexity and cost is almost overwhelming. It all needs to be simplified and it can be.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Use common sense and pragmatism. Stop kingdom building and proliferation of bureaucracy. I expect and it always has been ; easier said than done.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: Conceived and than generated the initial standard for Basic and Advanced Aviation Training Devices. Organized and led the initial FAA/Industry team to do this and fielded the first FAA approved AATD. Lastly was a member of the FAA/Industry team that generated AC61-136.

Who are your role models in aviation?: James Doolittle, Eddie Rickenbacker, Charles Lindberg, Don Douglas Jr., Jim Douglas, Kelly Johnson, Sherm Mullin, Bob Hoover, Joe Grant, Jack Pelton, Paul & Tom Poberezny, Matt Zuccaro, Doug Stewart, Rich Stowell, Susan Parsons….just to name a few.

Anything else you'd like to add?: Nope

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