F Craig Albright

by F Craig Albright on March 24, 2021

F Craig Albright

F Craig Albright

SAFE #: S0006568

Hometown: Gilbert AZ, United States

Home Airport: KCHD

Occupation: Active CFI/II; retired electrical engineer & business owner

Education: BSEE & MSEE

Pilot Certificates: CPL ASEL, AMEL, ASES

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Cirrus SR-22, single-engine Pipers & Cessnas

Educational Specialty: Landings, flight planning,

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: Initially, I was simply curious – not much forethought was involved! However, after earning a PPL, I was hooked on the excitement and quiet satisfaction that comes with the privilege of being able to fly.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: Since becoming a CFI in 2005

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Watching clients realize and experience the wonder and freedom available to them through becoming an aviator.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: What we accomplish is largely a function of where we "stop". And, occasionally a student will elect to not further their aviation education when I believe taking additional steps will make them a better, safer pilot. Ultimately, it's their choice – their decision. And, while I respect that, I'm disappointed if they sell themselves short…

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: At this point, there are too many wonderful experiences to recount – flying to CenAm with friends in my aircraft, circling Denali (in AK) on a beautiful VFR day, cruising along the Bahamas island chain seeing more hues of blue that I thought existed, transporting medical volunteers to clinics in remote regions of Baja, watching a student on his first solo, etc. Thankfully, the list continues to grow…

Why did you join SAFE?: Two reasons for joining SAFE immediately come to mind: (1) It's a resource that I can use as a flight instructor, and (2) Through its professional associations, I will receive discounts on a variety of aviation products.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: I would like to see a shift between pilots' reliance on technology to a realization that ongoing flight training is generally more "bang for the buck".

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Thinking strategically, pilots must see what's in it for them and that training ongoingly is possible without using all of their spare time and financial reserves. It needs to be more of a "movement" and NOT come from the FAA (e.g., WINGS).

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: Like many CFIs, I've given FAASTeam seminars as well as seminars for local flying clubs and my home EAA chapter. I wouldn't label this as "noteworthy" – simply active participation in a few areas of aviation education.

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