Cliff Allen

by Cliff Allen on May 27, 2021

Cliff Allen

Cliff Allen

SAFE #: S0000926


Hometown: Barnstable MA, United States

Home Airport: KBED & KHYA

Occupation: Regional Sales Director for Cirrus Aircraft

Education: BA, University of Iowa

Pilot Certificates: ATP, CFII, AGI, SF50 Type-Rating

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Cirrus SR20, SR22, SR22T, SF50 Vision Jet

Educational Specialty: Cirrus Aircraft

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: I wanted to be a pilot since I took my first airplane ride when I was 8 years old. Two years after I graduated from college, I received my PPL. I've been a pilot for 40+ years.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: 15 years

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Introducing people to flying and aircraft ownership.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Seeing people drop out of primary flight training because of a negative training experience.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: Completing my SF50 Type-Rating at 63 years of age. What a blast!

Why did you join SAFE?: I want to support any organization that helps bring more people into aviation, and do it safely.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: Improvements is type-specific training.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: CFI's need to focus on getting really good at teaching in one specific airplane, especially in technically-advanced, high-performance, or specialty aircraft (tailwheel, seaplane, or aerobatics, for example). Clients looking for a flight instructor need to look for recency of experience in a specific make and model and take a pass on any CFI "teaching" in multiple kinds of aircraft. They are not really good at any of them.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Doug Stewart. Doug taught me how to be a CFI, and how to fly tailwheel airplanes.

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