John L Lundblad

by John L Lundblad on November 30, 2011

SAFE #: S0000915


Hometown: Wilmington OH, United States

Home Airport: I66, Wilmington Ohio

Occupation: CFII, retired airline captain & check airman

Education: BS Aircraft Maintenance Engineering

Pilot Certificates: ATP; CFII S&ME; FE TurboJet Powered; A&P

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Currently flying: Glasair Sportsman, Conventional & Amphibian; CE182&T210

Educational Specialty: Instrument training in actual IFR conditions into Class C airports.

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: My father worked for TWA. He was not a pilot but had many TWA pilot friends. I spent many hours on the Connie jump seat during my grade school years. The wonder of an airplane cockpit at night over the American SW followed by the landing at LAX made all other employment prospects seem trivial. Little did I know that in my future I too would command an airliner and land at LAX.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: I became a CFII in college.

What’s your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: My reward is when a student becomes one with the airplane. For example, when the pilot “senses” that a left turn is required, the airplane banks left in a coordinated turn without conscience muscle control from the pilot. This also extends to “aviation thinking”. A type of thinking that is centered on aviation safety and efficiency. This thinking is far ahead of the airplane and concerns itself with the “what if’s” and secondary and ternary options.

What’s your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Students who do not do their “homework” and show up ill prepared for a training session.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you’d like to share?: I have so many. Thinking back over almost 5 decades of professional flying I could fill a book, landing a J3 on a Kansas River sandbar solo with less than 20 hours TT; some firsts: soloing my first student, actual IFR approach(CE172), actual CAT II & III(B727). Other highlights: engine failure after takeoff from LAX(DC9), flying Beavers and Turbine Otters on floats in Alaska, flying an Aztec for a mining company in Texas and having to land on a road that had wires over the top of it at the company quarry, checking myself out in a Spanish Air Force Bucker Jungmann(cockpit control & labels in Spanish).

Why did you join SAFE?: The philosophy of the organization coincides with my own.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Flying with WWII vets at Eastern who taught me how to operate an airplane safely and efficiently in all types of weather and runway conditions.

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