Brian Lloyd

by Brian Lloyd on November 14, 2018

SAFE #: S0003727

Hometown: Spring Branch TX, United States

Home Airport: 1T7

Occupation: Flight Instructor

Pilot Certificates: CMEL/INST CFIA CFII

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Over 83 types flown. Actively instructing in Mooney and CAP10B

Educational Specialty: basic, spins, UPRT, basic acro, formation

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: Aviation has always been an integral part of my family. My father was an instructor in the US Navy before I was born. There has never been a time in my life when airplanes were not around. As a result flying is just a natural part of my life — like eating, sleeping, and breathing.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: I began working at a ground school when I was 15, teaching instrument procedures in a WW-II Link Trainer. Even as a teen I was often tapped as a safety pilot because I could explain aircraft and avionics systems, and instrument procedures. That was 1969. In 1998 I became a CFI. In 2013 I earned my CFII.

In 2005 I became the STEM teacher at a private pre-thru-8 school. I incorporated aviation into math and science education.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: The thing I love most about aviation education (or any education for that matter) is seeing the light bulb go on in someone's head. My science and engineering background allows me to teach not only the how but the why of flying.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Billing and dealing with money.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: I recently flew my Mooney 231 around the world, following Amelia Earhart's route at the equator. Dealing with the preparation and the issues along the way was quite educational.

Why did you join SAFE?: I am a returning member. I joined and remain to advance professionalism and learn new teaching skills.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: I would like to see pilots better understanding how airplanes fly and developing proper reflexes. The quality of pilots appears to me to have been deteriorating over the 50 years I have been flying. It is shocking how poor stick-and-rudder skills have become. Nearly all fully competent pilots I encounter today are that way as a result of military pilot training. Civilian pilots appear to me to be lacking in the skills to deal with upset or even stalls. I believe this is why we are seeing more LOC accidents. We need to fix this.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: I believe we need to reemphasize stick-and-rudder skills. CFIs should be required to complete a full spin-series curriculum and UPRT training before granting them a CFI rating. Introduction to aerobatics for CFIs would be helpful as well.

Staying away from stalls is NOT the way to deal with them as a surprise. I regularly demonstrate the dreaded base-to-final stall/spin scenario and show that the stall warning never sounds until too late, making it useless to help avoid the situation.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: In 50 years of flying much of it runs together. My flight around the world is no doubt the high-point of my flying career. I am also very proud of my near-perfect record of first-time-passing primary students. Of all my primary students in the last 20 years, only 1 has failed to pass first-time.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Jim Lloyd (my father), Bob Hoover (I worked with him when I was very young), Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh.

Anything else you'd like to add?: I have been flying for 50 years now. I believe that gives me a great wealth of experience to draw upon when teaching flying.

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