Joshua Barton

by Joshua Barton on May 26, 2019

SAFE #: S0004202

Hometown: Grand Haven, United States

Home Airport: KBIV

Occupation: Flight Instructor

Education: Bachelors (Grand Valley State University)

Pilot Certificates: CFI / CFII / MEI

Airplanes Flying/Flown: C172, C152, PA28A, PA28B, PA44, PA23

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: My dad got me hooked on aviation at a very young age by taking me to airshows at Selfridge ANGB, near Detroit. He was a private pilot before I was born, so it must be in my blood.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: Since February of 2019.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: There are three things that compete for what I enjoy most about education. 1 – Celebrating the successes and accomplishments of students. 2 – Seeing students achieve their own personal goals. 3 – instilling a safe and professional mindset in my students.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Although rare, occasionally a student discovers that aviation is not for them, despite the best efforts of both the instructor and themselves.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: I'll never forget solo'ing my first student. It was both exciting and nerve wracking.

Why did you join SAFE?: Professional development and continuing education is vitally important to the aviation industry across all ratings, especially CFI's.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: I would like to see the quality of instructors improve. Most CFI's nowadays are simply building time towards their ATP minimums. This builds the equation of inexperienced pilots that are not motivated to teach, training new pilots.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: So the question is, "How do we retain CFI's?" A lot of the answers to this question just breed more questions. We could increase the incentives and benefits for CFI's, but where does this money come from? Perhaps the FAA could offer incentives for active CFI's, such as subsidies or tax breaks?

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: Just this simple mindset – I was a police officer / paramedic for 10 years. During that career, I was an instructor in various disciplines that all translate to aviation. Teach your student like their life depends on it, because it does.

Who are your role models in aviation?: My dad and Chuck Yeager.

Anything else you'd like to add?: "If you don't do the little things right, you'll never do the big things right." – Bill McRaven.

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