John Nolan

by John Nolan on July 8, 2020

SAFE #: S0005579

Hometown: Waterford CT, United States

Home Airport: KSNC

Occupation: Assistant Division Engineer Railroad

Education: BS Aeronautical Science

Pilot Certificates: Commercial Multi Instrument, CFI, CFII, MEI

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Cessnas, Diamonds, Pipers, Barons, Caravans, Cheiftons, Navajo

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: The complexity and the challenge to learn a challenging careerq

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: since 2003

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Watching the light bulb go on with the students and unlocking the potential of everyone I fly with. It's rewarding to know I can instill the knowledge and safety involved with flying

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: What's not to enjoy. There's a positive in all aspects of learning

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: I spent 5 years as a freight dog flying the country as a single pilot in night IFR. I can definitely share stories of learning experiences.

Why did you join SAFE?: I recently got back into instructing and I felt it important to increase my own knowledge and promote the safest flying I can. SAFE was introduced to me during my BFR with a brand new CFI and I thank him for pointing me this way.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: Safety. I'm a firm believer that an instructor can make all the difference in a pilot's future flying. The law of primacy is strong with many people and I've witnessed the problems involved with antiquate instructing.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Get to know your students and instruct at a level they will correlate to. It's important to teach in a way the students want to learn to have the most effective transfer of information and retention of that information.

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