Gene Woods

by Gene Woods on May 7, 2019

Gene Woods

Gene Woods

SAFE #: S0004137

Hometown: Crystal Lake IL, United States

Home Airport: 06C

Occupation: Finance Director

Education: HS Diploma, some college

Pilot Certificates: Commercial Pilot ASEL IA

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Cessna 172, Cessna 182, Piper Warrior

Educational Specialty: none

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: Both my parents were private pilots.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: Just starting!

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: To be determined

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: To be determined

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: I had a bad experience with an accelerated course for my Commercial Certificate. I was assigned to a CFI who just earned his flight instructor certificate 3 weeks prior to taking me on as a Commercial student. He had no syllabus, required me to keep the gear in the down position while doing pattern work, and endorsed my logbook that he went over deficient areas from my written exam. We never spent one moment on this. I filled in my IACRA application, and he never sent my application into the system for the DE to see. That was the moment I found out I was his first student ever. I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. I took this bad experience as motivation to become a quality, safe, and prepared CFI.

Why did you join SAFE?: First, to get input on how to go about earning a Flight Instructor Certificate while still working at my career as a finance director. My hope is to retire in the next 3-4 years and begin a career as a CFI. I am currently 58 years old.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: I know we need career flight instructors that are taught to instruct properly with safety in mind. There are too many CFIs with the primary mission of building hours.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: I'm not quite sure at this time.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: It's a very small step, but I have mentored a couple of Boy Scout troops. About 15 boy scouts earned their Aviation Merit Badge with my assistance.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Dave Shadle. He was me DPE for my instrument rating. He has since retired, and has become a mentor of mine.

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