Seth Lake

by Seth Lake on August 18, 2016

Seth Lake

Seth Lake

SAFE #: S0002243


Hometown: Russellville AR, United States

Home Airport: KRUE

Occupation: US Air Force Instructor Pilot

Pilot Certificates: Commercial – Airplane; CFI-I, SMEL – Airplane

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Cessna (SMEL), Beech (SMEL), Piper (SMEL), C-130

Educational Specialty: Multiengine/Instrument Airplane

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: I grew up underneath one of the business military training routes in the Arkansas and was constantly buzzed by C-130s. I knew that was what I wanted to do someday and set about making it happen from a very young age. I took flying lesson at the local airport (KRUE) and joined Civil Air Patrol. I eventually earned a USAF ROTC Scholarship and graduated from the University of Arkansas (WOOO PIG SOOIE!). I went on to graduate Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training and was stationed at Little Rock AFB where I'm now, quite literally, living the dream flying C-130s over my childhood home on a weekly basis!

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: I graduated Air Force instructor school in January 2013 and finished my FAA CFII/MEI equivalencies in September 2015.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: I really do enjoy all aspects of teaching aviation, but I am a pilot at heart and nothing beats sitting in the right seat and seeing a new student 'get it'. I especially like the lasting connections you make as a CFI, which is something I didn't know I was missing out on in the military.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Conducting a BFR or IPC and recognizing sever lack of proficiency and/or poor initial training that was unrecognized by the pilot.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: My area solo in the T-6 during AF pilot training… unforgettable!

Why did you join SAFE?: To contribute to aviation safety and education and connect with other like-minded educators.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: I wish more pilots would take advantage of the plethora of continuing education that is available in regards to aviation today. Programs like WINGS are a great start but more pilots need to participate.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Instructor enrichment. Provide a open forum where CFIs/educators can communicate about trends and coordinate efforts to correct deficiencies seen in the community. The best way to get the newest educational material to the masses is to distribute it through the CFIs. Additionally, CFIs need to be proactive in getting information out to their clients, as not everyone is going to seek out training.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: I am currently leading an initiative as a FAAST member on Mid-Air Collision Avoidance as it pertains military operations in Arkansas. I speak at several FAA safety seminars around the state and develop interactive training to help civilian pilots better understand the challenges military aviators face while sharing the National Airspace.

Who are your role models in aviation?: I've had many instructors through the years and have tried to retain and emulate the best of their methods and techniques. Historically, Eddie Rickenbacker and Jimmy Doolittle, they just don't make men like these anymore!

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