Grant Derifield

by Grant Derifield on November 29, 2018

SAFE #: S0003756

Hometown: Dublin OH, United States

Home Airport: KOSU

Occupation: Flight Instructor

Education: Bachelors in Air Transportation from Ohio State University

Pilot Certificates: CFI

Airplanes Flying/Flown: F33A, C172, PA28, C182, M10

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: I didn't want to have a desk job. I have always been interested in things like planes and trains since I was a kid. Took an intro flight at the end of freshman year during college and fell in love it with it.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: I've been an Instructor since August 2018.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Being able to see the joy in someone after they initially solo.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Students who do not do the studying that was given to them as "homework".

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: Going to Oshkosh when I was 12 years old. That was a real eye opening moment for me!

Why did you join SAFE?: To expand my knowledge and get to know other aviators.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: I would like to see aviation more targeted at the high school level and to see more women in the work force.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Possibly have flight instructors go to their local high schools and have talks with the kids.

Who are your role models in aviation?: – Paul Palmisciano
-Bob Hoover
-Max Trescott

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