Getting to Know Bob Gardner

Hometown: Renton, WA

Hometown Airport: RNT

Occupation: Aviation writer, retired flight instructor

Education: Two years of college


Airplanes Flying/Flown: Dozens, from a 1929 Monocoupe to a Lear 25

Education Specialty: Communications

Q & A

What drew you to aviation? Happenstance. I was in Juneau for three months on a Coast Guard assignment, my roomie was a private pilot; the rest is history.

How long have you been involved in aviation education? 42 years

What’s your favorite part of what you do in aviation education? Shatter misconceptions.

What’s your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education? No longer being able to fly for medical reasons.

Why did you join SAFE? Exchange ideas with fellow educators.

What would you like to see change in aviation? Creation of a new certificate…an amalgam of Sport Pilot and Recreational Pilot…that would mandate basic airmanship and result in  passenger-carrying ability in 20 hours or less. This would be a pre-requisite for the private pilot certificate. This would eliminate the bias that many instructors have against anything short of a full-blown private ticket.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished? Legislation, with all of the alphabet organizations behind it.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you’d like to mention? Four books and a CD-ROM program.

Who are your role models in aviation? Rod Machado, Budd Davisson