Thomas Oneto

by Thomas Oneto on December 24, 2016

SAFE #: S0002095

Hometown: Ocean Pines MD, United States

Home Airport: Ocean City Municipal Airport (OXB)

Occupation: Retired, active aviation writer and instructor.

Education: High School, some college, numerous technical schools

Pilot Certificates: Airline Transport Pilot, CFI, GSIA&I.

Airplanes Flying/Flown: S.E. Piston, M.E. Piston, turboprop, turbojet.

Educational Specialty: Basic intro. to aerodynamics, Multiengine piston & jet.

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: Uncle in Marine Corp aviation during WWII.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: 60 years.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Classroom for theory, training devices & simulators for first practical application of theory, and the airplane as a vehicle for transfer of previous learning while operating in an actual flight environment.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Students wanting answers to written exam questions instead of developing a knowledge base that developes the abiliity to transfer applied knowledge to inflight operation, especially emergencies.
You may pass the written exam, but you cannot accommodate an inflight emergency with required knowledge you don't possess.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: Yes. When flying for a non-scheduled on a NASA contract, my very first trip as Captain with a real-live co-pilot, instead of a checkpilot, on board, on the manifest for the last leg was John Glenn and his wife Annie. With Annie's permission, he rode the jumpseat for the leg. I had brought along my logbook for updating and he provided some nice words and signature.

Why did you join SAFE?: I enjoy the writing and feedback, it's quite educational. Different opinions and techniques for teaching the same subject matter stimulates the intellect. I'm developing some programs now that I hope to use to stimulate learning in a group of pilots subject to local influences that do not appreciate their learning from an outsider. Pardon my barbs.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: A revision of the ATP co-pilot requirements for a number of technical reasons, but as written, allows the wealthy to participate in a direct path to an airline pilot's job. The path required by the unwealthy will take years to meet the requirements, and develop a nest egg for the final requirement. Admittedly they will have many seasons of PIC decision making, self-briefing, and seasoning, that would be an asset in the cockpit, but unfortunately not with ATP ans others, who will benefit more from the present regulatory requirements. I'll stop now.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Too lengthy to bore you with.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: Not at this time.

Who are your role models in aviation?: My Uncle, George W. Caso, Captain, 1st. Air Wing, U.S. Marine Corp. John Glenn and I crossed paths three times along life's highway. He did many things for aviation the public was aware of. Bob Hoover, who stuck to his guns when an FAA Inspector full of envy, and his abusive Agency, attempted to redicule him and his reputation.

Anything else you'd like to add?: No.

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