Andrew Chitiea

by Andrew Chitiea on September 15, 2011

Andrew Chitiea

Andrew Chitiea

SAFE #: S0000106


Hometown: Aurora CO, United States


Occupation: FAA DPE, Flight Educator/Instructor, Author

Education: Lots & Lots

Pilot Certificates: ATP, CFI/MEI/IA

Airplanes Flying/Flown: I have flown over 140 m/m airplanes

Educational Specialty: Mountain flight, exam prep, ‘graduate school’ for all certs/ratings

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: The first “Snoopy & the Red Baron” comic in 1964.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: Flying since 1969, CFI since 1982.

What’s your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Seeing the “light bulb” glow brightly when someone ‘gets it.’

What’s your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Putting up with those who do not exert the effort to succeed.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you’d like to share?: Too many to tell…buy the first round (a good single malt will do) and I’ll tell “war stories” all night long.

Why did you join SAFE?: Better mission statement than NAFI and much more accessible for members.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you’d like to mention?: I’m a seven-times Master CFI.
Since 1982 when I began instructing, I have had but 2 people fail their flight checks…for all certs/ratings

Who are your role models in aviation?: Vern Foster: An instructor prior to WWII, taught all the way through that time and, now 94 years young, still instructs.
“Red” Decker: Navy Chief (ret): One of the last of the navy’s enlisted pilots prior to WWII, had 2 carriers sunk from under him (One, the Yorktown at Midway). Taught me to fly tailwheel planes the right way.

Anything else you’d like to add?: I will gladly work with someone pursuing their dream, exerting whatever effort it takes to achieve it, with the vision to look to the future (not the past). The sky is not the limit.

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