Stephen Fiegel

by Stephen Fiegel on October 20, 2015

Stephen Fiegel

Stephen Fiegel

SAFE #: S0000928

Hometown: Yorkville IL, United States

Home Airport: KARR

Occupation: Airshow Crew/Flight Instructor

Education: Bachelor of Science

Pilot Certificates: CFI-ASEL, Comm: ASEL, Instrument Pvt: Glider, Rototrcraft-Helicopter

Airplanes Flying/Flown: ASK13, C150/152, C172/182, PA28, PA38, J-3, Mooney, DA-40, R22, R44, SR-20, Grob 103/102, Citabria series, Great Lakes, 8GCBC, 8KCAB, EA-300, SNJ/AT-6

Educational Specialty: Spin, Aerobatic, Tailwheel and Warbird Training

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: The beauty, freedom and excitement of flight.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: Started flying officially in 2006 and never looked back.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Seeing someone's reaction after their first flight in a small airplane, first aerobatic experience. Also, I love watching a pilot grow and develop new skills. Many students come for spin or aerobatic training because they are nervous, it is awesome to see the change from the time they walk in, to the time they leave.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Pilots with no real drive to learn and improve.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: So many great experiences; Everyone remembers their first solo, taking a WWII veteran flying in a WWII aircraft, another one was having the opportunity to share the skies with some of my aviation role models, (Gene Soucy, Rob Holland, Bill Stein) while flying in my first airshow ever, in my hometown in PA.

Why did you join SAFE?: I was looking for a place to share, collaborate with and learn from other aviation educators, not just CFIs.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: I would love to see more people get involved and excited about aviation, especially with the bad rap GA seems to get in the media.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: I think more community outreach and mentoring of students/pilot would help. Make flight training a social/community event as opposed to showing up for the lesson and leaving directly after.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Bob Hoover, Robin Olds, Rob Holland, Gene Soucy… so many others.

Anything else you'd like to add?: Share the magic of flight!

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