Randall Brooks

by Randall Brooks on January 4, 2018

Randall Brooks

Randall Brooks

SAFE #: S0001515

Website: http://apstraining.com

Hometown: Hurst TX, United States

Home Airport: KGKY

Occupation: Pilot/Aviation Manager

Education: B.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado

Pilot Certificates: ATP, CFI-A,G,I,ME

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Over 100 types of aircraft and gliders

Educational Specialty: Upset Prevention and Recovery Training

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: My father and stepfather were both Air Force test pilots.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: I began instructing in gliders and teaching aerobatics while in college.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Teaching people aerodynamics and handling skills which are outside of the normal pilot licensing curriculum.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: I enjoyed the ten years that I spent as a member of 4-ship formation aerobatic teams flying airshows professionally.

Why did you join SAFE?: In order to collaborate with like-minded professionals who wish to contribute to aviation education and helping pilots to reduce risk.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: I would like to see the recommendations of the FAA's Loss of Control Avoidance and Recovery Training (LOCART) Aviation Rulemaking Committee implemented. They called for the provision of Upset Prevention and Recovery Training in actual aircraft prior to Commercial licensing.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Recognition and establishment of criteria and standards for Instructors teaching Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT). A rating which recognizes specialized training just as we have for teaching Instruments and Multi-engine skills; a CFI-UPRT.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: I have been inducted into the Airshow Hall of Fame as a member of the Red Baron Squadron formation aerobatic demonstration team flying a four-ship of Boeing Stearmans.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Jimmy Doolittle, Bob Hoover, and my father.

Anything else you'd like to add?: The art of flying, pursued correctly, is not a simple task which is learned, but is a path that is followed in a quest to continually improve.

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