John Kolmos

by John Kolmos on April 1, 2013

John Kolmos

John Kolmos

SAFE #: S0000897

Hometown: Mastic Beach NY, United States

Home Airport: KHWV

Occupation: Director of Aviation Safety and Security

Education: Masters in Aeronautical Science

Pilot Certificates: CFI, CFII, AGI, IGI, ADX

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Cessna 152,172,182,206,210, Piper Arrows, Warriors, Seminal and Seneca’s. Jet Aircraft; C601, 737, Falcon 2000; Gliders SGS2-33 and 2-32

Educational Specialty: Aviation Human Factors and Educational Technology in Aviation and Aerospace

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: Sky King TV show when I was growing up then an actual ride in a commercial airliner

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: Nine years

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Helping pilots and students to see that to be a professional pilot one does not need to be drawing a check from an airline or wearing stripes on their shoulders.

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

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: Riding on a DC3 and Connie

Why did you join SAFE?: To be informed on the latest in aviation safety and information for the advancement of pilot training

What would you like to see change in aviation?: The GA accident/incident rate lowered considerably

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: One way is to have pilots understand that they are professionals in a very specialized environment and what they do has repercussions on us all. One way they can learn this and appreciate it is through proper ADM, and using habitually such simple checklists like P.A.V.E., C.A.R.E., T.E.A.M., and ImSafe.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: Designed and implemented training classes for all levels of instruction: Private pilot, commercial, instrument. Part 135 ground classes including basic, and advanced, ADM and CRM.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Dr. Tony Kern, Gen. Charles "Chuck" Yeager.

Anything else you'd like to add?: That GA grows and continues to strive for best practices in safety and enjoyment for years to come.

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