Jason Archer

by Jason Archer on February 19, 2016

Jason Archer

Jason Archer

SAFE #: S0001327

Hometown: New Britain CT, United States

Home Airport: KHFD KGBR

Occupation: Educator, Planetarian

Education: B.S. Astronomy

Pilot Certificates: Commercial, CFI, Advanced Ground Instructor

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Cessna, Piper, J3 Cub

Educational Specialty: Tailwheel and Primary Training, Ground School, Flight Science Demonstrations

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: My father was an aeronautical engineer and my mother liked going on adventures. You put those together and you get aviation.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: Informal education has been my career for the past 15 years working in planetariums and museums. My focus on aviation education began during my tenure at the New England Air Museum. Since then I have been involved in aviation education for the past 5 years.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: For my flight training clients, it is seeing them achieve their aviation goals. For my students in my classes, it is nurturing their dreams so that they may take the next step in turning that dream to reality. For those part of my demonstrations and talks it is communicating the "perspective" that only flight and views from above that Earth can provided. Overall, I enjoy inspiring people!

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Paperwork! LOL

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: Getting temporarily stuck on Block Island by a dead battery that resulting in getting a girl's phone number via UNICOM. Yes, there is much more to this story.

Why did you join SAFE?: As an educator, I was looking to do more than just flight instruct. I have to thank Doug Stewart for introducing me to SAFE and offering me some unique opportunities to contribute to SAFE.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: Simple…access. Our desire to fly is as old as Icarus and Daedalist (perhaps older). That many thousand year old dream that has been reality for a bit more than a century should be allowed to expand and flourish. Financial means and regulation should not limit those that wish to be part of aviation. While safety is paramount, the freedom that flight gives should be more accessible. Flying is a craft that must be practiced and honed.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Fix the certification process so that innovation can occur within general aviation that results in affordable (by the average citizen) aircraft, avionics, maintenance, flight training, etc. In addition, the backbone of the industry needs to be financial supported so that the job of the CFI can be a sustainable and long-term career for those that wish. Flight instruction/education is as much if not more of an art than it is a list of procedures. CFI's need to be provided the support to hone their craft so that they may better train each generation of aviator. Flight instruction for many is more than just a stop on the aviation career path; it is the final destination.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: I have been honored and fortunate to be able to blend my passion for aviation and my "daytime" museum/planetarium career. I have been contributed articles for SAFE Magazine, developing programs and exhibits for the New England Air Museum, volunteered at the Pilot Proficiency Center during AirVenture 2015, assisted in the creation of an aviation career video for the Connecticut Science Center, provide some rather unique programs as a FAASTeam Representative and more. Go to https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-archer-88443629 for more details.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Aside from the past and current aviation icons are the many flight instructors and pilot friends who helped me become a CFI that are my role models. They include; Terry Keller, Richard Mahoney, Timmy Chase, Richard Solan, Peggy Loeffler, Doug Stewart and James Adams.

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