Alexander van Duijn

by Alexander van Duijn on December 10, 2021

Alexander van Duijn

Alexander van Duijn

SAFE #: S0006634

Hometown: Boynton Beach FL, United States

Home Airport: KPMP

Occupation: Flight Instructor

Education: BA, Political Science, Florida Gulf Coast University (2017)

Pilot Certificates: Comm ASEL/AMEL, IR, CFI, MEI, tailwheel

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Cessna 170, 172, 177, 182, 337; Piper PA-23, PA-28; Diamond DA40; Mooney M20; various experimentals

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: I've been aviation-obsessed since I was a child. While I went to college with a different focus and worked in a different industry for a few years, it was only a matter of time before aviation drew me back in. I left my old career and pursued aviation full-time in 2020, and within 6 months, went from 0 hours to commercial, instrument, and CFI rated pilot.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: While I had been on the sidelines of aviation most of my life, I've been fully involved in aviation since 2020.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: I love helping others achieve the same goals that I had not too long ago. It's so satisfying to see a pilot you've helped or instructed succeed in aviation.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: The cost of aviation is tough, and it turns many people off from learning to fly.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: Getting my tailwheel endorsement was an eye-opening experience for me, and I'd recommend it to any and every pilot to improve their stick-and-rudder skills. My tailwheel instructor is Dale Wolfe, also a SAFE member, who is based at KPMP- see his website tailwheelacademy.com for more.

Why did you join SAFE?: I joined SAFE to gain access to the many resources to help me improve my instruction and be a more effective instructor. Better instructors=safer pilots.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: Aviation is expensive- that's probably the single biggest barrier to entry to this amazing hobby/career. High costs also leads to some pilots and owners cutting corners- to the detriment of safety. Working to keep the cost of instruction, aircraft ownership, insurance, and fuel down should be a top priority for any aviation organization.

Who are your role models in aviation?: I have a handful of role models who have helped me further my aviation career.

David Fogarty, DPE: An excellent pilot examiner and endless source of aviation knowledge, based at KPMP. I can always ask him if I have any aviation or career questions- and I certainly have in the past!

Dale Wolfe: One of the best instructors I have had the experience of learning from.

Tom Kracmer: My first-ever GA flight as a kid came by way of Tom and his homebuilt experimental Van's RV-7A. He helped light the spark in me to make aviation my career.

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