Christopher Habig

by Christopher Habig on August 22, 2020

SAFE #: S0004340

Hometown: Denver CO, United States

Home Airport: KAPA

Occupation: Pilot

Education: BSEE USAF Academy, 1983. MSEE CSU Fresno, 1994.

Pilot Certificates: ATP, Flight Instructor, Flight Engineer

Airplanes Flying/Flown: 75 types of gliders, airliners, military fighters and transports

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: I developed an interest in aviation by first grade, when I decided to become an astronaut. Every astronaut at that time was a test pilot, so I charted my future in that direction. As a USAF Experimental Test Pilot I interviewed with NASA twice–unsuccessfully.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: I earned my first CFI certificate in gliders in 1980 at the USAF Academy. I became a USAF instructor in 1988 (T-37, F-15, F-18, T-2, U-6, and glider). I began teaching airline pilots (B737, A320, B787) at my company in 1998 and still do.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: I love talking about all aspects of aviation with my students. I have a particular academic interest in flight control systems. In practice, I love to talk about and teach Upset Prevention and Recovery, an area of prime importance and the leading cause of fatalities in both the GA and Commercial world.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Late night simulators.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: I was fortunate to be a project pilot for F-15E High AOA flight test work at Edwards from 1993-1995. I was the first pilot to intentionally spin this aircraft and recover. Search YouTube for "F-15E Spin Test"

Another memorable flight was near total loss of thrust in an F-16 after takeoff. I had just enough energy to glide back to the takeoff runway.

Why did you join SAFE?: I joined looking for like minds who want to make flying safer and smarter for everyone. I am a perpetual student and never stop learning from others.

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