Dave Hall

by Dave Hall on March 13, 2015

Dave Hall

Dave Hall

SAFE #: S0001801

Website: http://www.energyipt.com

Hometown: Lewisburg PA, United States

Home Airport: KIPT

Occupation: Director of Operations, Energy Aviation

Education: Masters

Pilot Certificates: CFI, CFII, MEI

Airplanes Flying/Flown: B-1/B-52, T-38/T-37 and dozens of GA types

Educational Specialty: Operational Arts, Leadership and Training

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: Bluntly, I stumbled into it. A college scholarship sent me to USAF pilot training unawares. Uncle Sam sent me to Vietnam in a B-52. Good mentors taught me what it meant to be a leader, an officer, and a flyer. Now, I have the opportunity to help new generations realize their flight dreams. What is not to like?

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: Over 40 exciting years

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: I get to play coach and mentor for dreamers. I get to see teenagers whose parents drive them to lessons solo an airplane. I get to help CEOs and Execs find new ways to express themselves with the thrill of flight. I get to help people check off a bucket list dream.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: There is no such thing! I learned a long time ago it doesn't take any talent to be miserable. If there is a problem, fix it quietly. If you have an issue with someone, drink a cup of coffee together. Life is too short and too precious to worry about what your "least favorite" part might be.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: Buy me a beer after the flight, and we can talk about Surface to Air Missiles and getting hit by one.

Why did you join SAFE?: It you are a professional, you join, support, and contribute to your professional organization.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: The world is changing and as professional pilots and instructors we have to help drive the changes in aviation. We have to attract tomorrow's flyers. We have to help craft responsible regulation changes, embrace appropriate technologies, and ensure we are teaching for today's audience.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Personal involvement works. This is not a job. Ours is a profession which means we are professional flyers 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. We talk about the issues to every audience we can find from young children, to local, state, and federal elected officials.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: It is not about me. It is about my students.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Captain Don Speight my first B-52 aircraft commander. Cheryl Liss, a New Hampshire flight instructor, who taught me to fly general aviation aircraft after I already had 5000 hours of multi-engine jet time, but only 25 in something with a prop.

Anything else you'd like to add?: Let's go to work!

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