Chuck Hereth

by Chuck Hereth on December 28, 2018

SAFE #: S0001932

Hometown: Sherrill NY, United States

Home Airport: KRME

Occupation: IT Consultant / Flight Instructor / UAS pilot

Education: BS Degree in Business Management

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Primarily Cherokees (140/180) / C182 Nav3 / C172RG

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: I was a cadet in Civil Air Patrol (CAP) as a child in the Buffalo, NY area. Many of the adult members at the time were flight instructors so the focus of the unit I was in naturally gravitated toward aviation. As part of the cadet program, there are opportunities for orientation flights and application to flight academies. I fell in love from the first takeoff and never looked back.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: I've been teaching for about six years.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: The tremendous feeling of success I get when one of my students finishes their check ride and comes away with a certificate. It's a life-changing event for them and I'm glad to be part of it.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: My least favorite part of aviation education is dealing with the high cost of obtaining a certificate. Trying to find ways to curb these costs, and still comply with standards is tough at times.

Why did you join SAFE?: I transferred to SAFE from NAFE. I joined NAFE because I believe that being a serious instructor requires constant learning. Both organizations offer a wide range of materials to draw from, other CFI experiences that can help me with students, etc. However, SAFE seems to have a wider breadth of materials and encompasses a larger segment of the aviation community.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: Would be great to bring the cost of flying down.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: The Northeast US does not have a focus on light sport aircraft. I'm not sure why, other than the length of the flying season. IF there could be a way to make LSA more affordable, this would dramatically reduce cost of flight training.

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