Al Van Lengen

by Al Van Lengen on September 17, 2012

SAFE #: S0000189

Hometown: Locust Grove GA, United States

Home Airport: GA04

Occupation: Aviation Safety Inspector

Education: MS/CIS


Airplanes Flying/Flown: Own C177RG, DA20/40/42, CE-150/152/172/182/210/310, BE-35/36/55/58. PA-27/28/28R-200/28-235/34/44/60 J3, GA8, M-5/7, 7AC and a few more

Educational Specialty: G1000 and other TAA training

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: I grew up on the central east coast of Florida during the height of the space exploration. Our house shook everytime a rocket was launched. From my earliest memories, I always wanted to fly.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: The most recent stretch has been since 2006 when I becam a full time flight instructor. Since August of 2011 I have been an Aviation Safety Inspector.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Watching the transition of a student the "a-ha" moment and then seeing the joy and confidence build as they learn more about flying.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: $$$$$

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: My first solo cross country was in Germany in 1974. Flying in a C-150 across middle Germany and the scenary was incredible. An experience you can not put words to.

Why did you join SAFE?: I saw an opportunity to support a great organization with ideals and goals that parralled my own.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: Mostly I would like to see the flight instructor as more of a professional than just a stepping stone to build time to get to the airlines.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: More recognization of the job a flight instructor does. We do have the Master CFI recognition, but maybe a separation between a time building instructor and one who sees it as a profession.

Who are your role models in aviation?: To many to mention and mentioning one would be a discredit to another.

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