Guy R. Maher

by Guy R. Maher on November 9, 2013

Guy R. Maher

Guy R. Maher

SAFE #: S0000611


Hometown: Cleveland NC, United States

Home Airport: KSVH

Occupation: Owner/Operator – Lanier Media Aviation Services

Education: Bachelor of Industrial Administration

Pilot Certificates: ATP Helicopter; Commercial – SEL, MEL, Glider; CFII-SEL, MEL, RH

Airplanes Flying/Flown: CE-310; CE-177RG; PA-32-301; Robinson R22/R44/R66; BEll 412 & 430, EC-135; Most GA legacy piston singles and twins.

Educational Specialty: Airplane & Helicopter type-specific initial and recurrent training.

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: Watching Sky King on TV in the late 50′s. The star of that show [Kirby Grant, who died in 1985] later became a close personal friend.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: Since 1973.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: When the student has that “Ah ha!” moment and correctly applies a concept or performs a maneuver due to the training I have given.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Having customers come to me frustrated and upset over bad and/or unprofessional training experiences with schools and/or instructors.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: As a young instructor I broke through the barriers of a 72 year old student and successfully got him to solo, after the more experienced instructors had given up on him, and him on them. The smile on his face after three grease job landings was priceless.

Why did you join SAFE?: Professional growth, keeping up with latest training trends and issues, industry voice, insurance program.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: Much more emphasis on human factors training for brand new pilots. Would also like to see a change where those who desire to be a career CFI can actually make a good living at it. But I’m pragamatic enough to know that it’s unlikely, and that’s sad, and why the industry is having problems maintaining experienced CFI’s in the flight schools.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Mandatory requirments for human factors to be placed in the knowledge and practical test areas for not only CFI’s, but Private and Commercial licenses, as well.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: Written and produced numerous award-winning video productions on flight operations, safety, human factors, marketing, and training. Received the Helicopter Association International “Excellence in Communicaton Award” in 2011.

Who are your role models in aviation?: My very first primary instructor – Richard Bidlack of Boonton, NJ – back in the late 60′s, who guided me through my Private License while I was in high school, as well as a teaching me through a number of additional ratings in my career. We are still in close communication and get to visit and fly together once in awhile.

Anything else you'd like to add?: I would like to see S.A.F.E. place additional emphasis on the helicopter side of the aviation education pie.

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