Jacob Berg

by Jacob Berg on December 12, 2019

Jacob Berg

Jacob Berg

SAFE #: S0004851

Website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsOb33BD2cc

Hometown: COON VALLEY WI, United States

Occupation: Commercial Pilot/ Flight Instructor

Education: B.S. Aviation Professional Flight

Pilot Certificates: Commercial Instrument AMEL ASEL/ CFI/ CFII/ MEI

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Piper, Cessna, Beechcraft, Mooney

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: Growing up on a farm in Western Wisconsin, I had the amazing opportunity to watch military aircraft fly low level over my family farm and fields. Typically, it was mid afternoon or early evening and I would be working the fields or just finishing with the evening milking/ chores. Seeing that made me want to be a pilot (specifically an Air National Guard pilot, which I am currently applying for).

Additionally, in 8th grade, I had a teacher who loved aviation and space. She had us do projects on NASA and aviation and the research and videos we watched helped me decide early on what I wanted to do after high school.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: 4 years. After getting my private in January 2015, I became a member of our collegiate flight team (NIFA) and soon was teaching new members how to compete and tips and tricks for competition. At the same time, I became a tutor for younger pilots and did that until I started instructing. Tutoring and being a team member/ coach of the flight team really helped me realize I love teaching and especially teaching people how to fly. Since then, I have taken on the roles of instructor, mentor, and teacher both in the sky and on the ground.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: My favorite part about aviation education is being able to take a student pilot from 0 to their private pilot check ride. The first few lessons everyone feels so overwhelmed, but as they keep going and progressing they start to become competent and efficient pilots. By the time they are check ride ready they are a totally different pilot than they were a month or two prior.

When I'm not teaching in the air, my favorite "aviation education" moments are when I am able to share my experiences and pictures from my job. I love weather and when I am able to show people what I do, it always brings out there curiosity! Science based flying is an extremely rewarding job and sharing that with others and teaching them about the weather is a great feeling.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: There's nothing that I have come across yet that I find I dislike. One of my biggest pet peeves as an instructor is having students that don't want to study, but that is pretty common among all instructors.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: I have many memorable aviation moments, anywhere from flying on a supercell at night navigating using the flashes of lightning to competing at a collegiate flight team competition to getting my first job!

Why did you join SAFE?: I joined SAFE for the networking opportunities it could potentially provide as well as to make sure I make sure that I am always learning and improving. A CFI needs to be a subject matter expert and in order to do that I need to stay fresh with technology, rules, and regulations as well as learn from other people. Plus SAFE offers really good insurance rates so that was an added bonus.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: I'd like to see aviation offered at a younger age. I didn't know about flight training until I was 17 even though I had multiple airports around me offering instruction. In order to keep general aviation alive, getting out into the communities and into the education system is a must.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: At my hometown middle school, my old 8th grade teacher brings in members of the aviation industry ranging from helicopter pilots to military pilots to aviation mechanics. A hands on day for students is a great way to get people interested… then following up with the fact they can get a ride with EAA young eagles program or something like that is a great way to get someone hooked at a young age.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Some of my favorite role models are current Air National Guard pilots. Watching how they fly into combat zones one day and then come home and fly for an airline is incredible. Being able to switch between jobs while maintaining a family and caring for their community is a huge role. I hope to be like them someday.

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