Eric Yeargain

by Eric Yeargain on August 7, 2021

Eric Yeargain

Eric Yeargain

SAFE #: S0007257

Hometown: Hickory NC, United States

Home Airport: KHKY

Occupation: Real Estate Development and Professional Flight Instruction

Education: B.S., M.Eng.

Pilot Certificates: ATP, Gold Seal CFII/MEI

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Numerous SE/ME Piston Twins, ATR42/72; EMB-145 Type Ratings

Educational Specialty: Instruments; 400 Series Twin Cessnas

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: I went for a ride in a Piper Cherokee with a coworker/friend of mine who had recently obtained his Private Pilot Certificate, and instantly realized, “I have to do this!”

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: I began flight instructing full-time in 1997, and continued instructing as an Airline Captain and IOE Check Airman, providing training to new Captain upgrades and new-hire First Officers for a Regional Airline.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: I enjoy sharing practical and useful experiences (positive and negative) with others to help them be their best.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Wanting excellence for a student more than they want it themselves. I seek to mitigate this condition by working those who are motivated, enthusiastic, and committed to learning and safety.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: Lots, but it may cost you lunch.

Why did you join SAFE?: To remain at the forefront of all things flight instruction and flight safety.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: Affordable replacement parts for aging aircraft.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: ‘ Tis the nature of some men to want more than their fair share.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: I aim to establish a non-profit organization that offers flight training scholarships to high school students/youth that are interested in aviation on a financial need basis. It’s expensive to fly, and access to the opportunity for those lacking the recourses is limited.

Who are your role models in aviation?: I could write a book, but my primary flight instructor did it right 30 years ago, and I have grown to appreciate his style, professionalism, and demeanor more and more as the years pass. You unwittingly set me on a path to a professional aviation career; thank you Steve!

Anything else you'd like to add?: Flying is a delightful experience that can be enjoyed for decades, but carries with it inherent risks – risks that through a commitment to training and continuing education, can be mitigated to deliver you and yours safely. Stay humble and teachable, no matter your level of experience.

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