Richard Newman

by Richard Newman on April 9, 2012

Richard Newman

Richard Newman

SAFE #: S0000283

Hometown: Everett WA, United States

Home Airport: KPAE

Occupation: Owner – Chinook Flight Simulation

Education: Master of Science — Education, Old Dominion U.

Pilot Certificates: ATP-SMEL , CFI-A, I, ME, Commercial SES & Glider

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Cessna 414, Diamond DA40, CJ4

Educational Specialty: Instrument in Complex Aircraft

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: My mom took me to Palomar airport when I was two. Ruined for life! Soloed on my 16th Birthday, Passed my Private on my 17th, Got my Commercial on my 18th! Teaching flying since college and in the Army.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: Since 1976

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Love to teach. Love that look of accomplishment in my students.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Introducing Full Motion Simulation to my training curriculum. It puts so much together in less time for customer and it is such a superior training environment.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: Flying relief in Africa in a 206 then a Twin Otter. Very rewarding. Recommend it to everyone, just watch the water you drink!

Why did you join SAFE?: Great forum for staying in touch with professional instructors who love teaching and chose this as a career path.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: Stop making Flight Instruction a step to the airlines. Too many folks wanting to fly for the love of it are getting turned off by the young "temporary" flight instructors who don't care about the job, are just there to get the time for the coveted $20K airline job. They are causing more harm to GA than the price of fuel.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: We need to change the mindset of the industry as a whole. Put future airline pilots into a professional school run by the airlines. Make obtaining the CFI based on years of experience and time, not a way to build time.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Dale Higgins of Tomball, TX. He was my third flight instructor who got me to my Private. He was the BEST!

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