Burt Stevens

by Burt Stevens on January 14, 2014

Burt Stevens

Burt Stevens

SAFE #: S0000111

Website: http://www.oxfordflyingclub.com

Hometown: Woodbury CT, United States

Home Airport: KOXC

Occupation: Full time husband, part time pilot

Education: Lots & lots but still need more

Pilot Certificates: Commercial

Airplanes Flying/Flown: no turbines – (yet)

Educational Specialty: Sharing a joy with people who want to learn

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: Wanting to fly like Sky King (& Penny)!

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: Learning – 40+ years
Sharing what I've learned – 10+ years

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Seeing someone get "it."

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Seeing someone not get "it."

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: Those of you who get IFR Magazine may have read this in their On The Airways section:
With some trepidation, my instructor signed off my logbook for a long solo cross-country from Sanford FL to Pompano Beach FL. With plotter and sectional in hand, I took off into a very typical late summer Florida afternoon: scattered cumulus clouds becoming increasingly cloudy. My concern with the lowering clouds intersected with my concern for the 1500 foot towers northwest of Palm Beach and my pilotage skills vacated the plane like a bunch of scared parachutists. I was left with nothing to do but key the mike:
Me: “Palm Beach Approach, Cessna 46400 – student pilot”
PBA: “Cessna 46400, Palm Beach Approach.”
In the most professional voice I could muster:
“Ah, Palm Beach Approach, Cessna 400, Ah, I wonder if you could help? I’m not really lost but I just don’t know where I am.”
As this was over 40 years ago (8/8/73) and before transponders, approach gave me a few headings to turn to, located me and sent me merrily on my way to Pompano. I’ve continue to be beholding to controllers ever since.

Why did you join SAFE?: To help Doug and the other early TBO founders navigate through the treacherous waters that is setting up a non profit corporation in Connecticut. Refer back to "Education" – "Lots & lots but still need more."

What would you like to see change in aviation?: I would like to see every CFI required to complete a flight portion of his or her CFI renewal with any of the following: the FAA, a DPE, MCFI or Gold Seal CFI to include in the flight portion: recovery from unusual attitudes; MCA; stalls (power off – with 20 degrees of bank, power on – with 20 degrees of bank, accelerated, secondary, cross controlled and falling leaf). If SAFE could accomplish this, they would not only earn my everlasting respect and support, they would teach many, many CFIs not to be afraid of these maneuvers and – almost by magic, teach our fellow pilots not to fear these maneuvers. And FAR MORE IMPORTANTLY, teach pilots how to recover from them.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: I preach this to every FAA employee, DPE & CFI I chat with. Join me in doing so. Those who hate change won't support us but those who want to save lives will!

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: There are old pilots and there are bold pilots. There ain't many of both. I'm old.

Who are your role models in aviation?: I've had the privilege of doing Box Canyon Turns with Sparky Imeson, SAFE member #1 and shooting some pretty interesting pre-GPS approaches with SAFE's Doug Stewart but I'd love to be able to fly like Bob Hoover – what a Master of energy management!

Anything else you'd like to add?: See ya in the air!

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