David Pilkington

by David Pilkington on October 26, 2019

SAFE #: S0002115

Website: http://ozaeros.com.au/

Hometown: Brighton North VIC, Australia

Home Airport: YMMB

Occupation: Aeronautical Engineer/Aerobatic Instructor

Education: BE (Aero), MSc (Aero).

Pilot Certificates: Australian CPL Flight Instructor Rating; USA CPL.

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Pitts, Extra, Laser, Decathlon, Airtourer, Fuji, Aerobat, Chipmunk, Tiger Moth …….

Educational Specialty: Spinning and aerobatics.

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: I've always wanted to do a vertically upward snap roll.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: Gained my flight instructor rating in 1995 however I commenced coaching advanced aerobatics in 1980.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: I enjoy helping people get involved in competition aerobatics.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Dealing with CASA's new Part 61 regulations.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: My first vertically upward snap roll in 1980.

Why did you join SAFE?: To gain access to the excellent resources.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: CASA's Part 61 regulations.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Replace Australia's Part 61 with the USA FAA's Part 61 and effectively implement the Forsyth recommendations.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: 2011 FAI Paul Tissandier Diploma in recognition of contributions to the sport of aerobatics.
2019 Flying Instructor of the Year awarded by Australian Flying Magazine and the Royal Aeronautical Society Australian Division.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Aub Coote
Rich Stowell
Tony Kern

Anything else you'd like to add?: WARNING: aerobatics is addictive!

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