Gary Schank

by Gary Schank on September 5, 2018

Gary Schank

Gary Schank

SAFE #: S0003617

Hometown: Coto De Caza CA, United States

Home Airport: KSNA

Occupation: Airline Pilot/Attorney

Education: Juris Doctor

Pilot Certificates: ATP/CFII-MEI

Airplanes Flying/Flown: B-737, Bonanza A-36

Educational Specialty: Instrument Flying

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: One lesson and I was hooked. Every time I fly, I learn something.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: I have been flying airplanes over 30 years.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: It is so satisfying and fun to see a light bulb pop over a pilot's head when they master a new skill.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: It is a shame that GA flying is an expensive hobby. So many more people would likely take it up if they were able to afford it.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: In the airlines, I had a night flight that required flying around a line of thunder storms that stretched hundreds of miles. To my left was a black sky filled with millions of stars, while on my right, as far as the eye could see, dozens of lightning flashes every second provided the most beautiful fireworks display I every witnessed.

Why did you join SAFE?: SAFE provides a great resource for educational material, as well as shared ideas.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: I would like to see aviation education offered at a young level in elementary schools.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Perhaps a combined group of aviation organizations could create an new organization that would grant funds to educate young people at their places of education.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: I am a FAASTeam Representative. I often speak before aviation organizations on topics of aviation safety.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Most of my aviation mentors were not famous, nor even professionals. But they were safe pilots, who made aviation learning fun.

Anything else you'd like to add?: Fly safe – have fun.

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