Christopher Baye

by Christopher Baye on August 22, 2020

SAFE #: S0005802

Website: http://gatewayflyingclub.org/

Hometown: NORTH SAINT PAUL MN, United States

Home Airport: KANE

Occupation: Controls Engineer

Education: BA Economics

Pilot Certificates: Commercial, CFI

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Cessna 172, 177, 182, Piper PA-32RT

Educational Specialty: Aircraft Systems

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: At my core, I am an adventurer, explorer, educator and guide. Like many, my interest in aviation started when I was young; but the realization of flying dreams took many years to realize. I am a Qualified Submariner, Navy Diver, Sport Diving Instructor, Boating Safety Instructor, High Performance Driving Instructor and now Flight Instructor. I facilitate people's safe enjoyment of activities that apply vehicular technology to environments otherwise inaccessible, inhospitable or beyond physical capabilities of the human form.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: Since the day in 2011 that I became an officer in my flying club. In that moment I realized that I must "Lead By Example"; If I don't do it right, nobody else will. My duty, as I saw it, was to provide the best information I could find on any topic that was posed to me by the membership. In a very real sense I have been teaching all along; now I get to endorse logbooks.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: The moment when you recognize that the person you are interacting with has internalized something knowledge or skill they can use in the future.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: As a newly minted Private Pilot, I flew a Cessna Cardinal on a solo round trip from Minneapolis to Northern California over the Rockies and Sierras. Detailed flight planning, oxygen use, high density altitude airports, busy air-space, airways, flight following, minor maintenance issues, a bit of weather and a whole bunch of breathtaking scenery made for a great learning experience. Every pilot owes it to themselves to make a similar trek, the risks need to be managed but the rewards are immeasurable.

Why did you join SAFE?: I believe that membership in professional association brings benefits to the member (an individual), the profession (Aviation Education), the Community (Aviation) and Society (Everybody Else). It is a signal that the member is thinking about more than their personal or immediate interests.

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