Larry James

by Larry James (Lifetime Member) on October 21, 2011

SAFE #: S0000756

Hometown: Austin TX, United States

Home Airport: KGTU

Occupation: Retired physician. Volunteer with CAF, EAA; Active Senior AME

Education: BS, MD

Pilot Certificates: ASMEL, CFI, CFII, DC-3 SIC

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Cesna 150, 152, 172, 177, 177RG, 182, 210, Piper PA 28-140, PA 28-180, Seminole, Fairchild PT-26, Navion, DC-3, Beech A36

Educational Specialty: Aerospace medicine, history of aviation, CFI, CFII

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: Pilot who moved next door when I was 4 y/o. Started building models, took first lessons at age 21. Soloed at 1973, PPL 1974, Comm, Inst, CFI, CFII 1978-79. Own Cessna 177FG

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: 32 years

What’s your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Teach aviation history, aerodynamics, flying

What’s your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Trying to teach someone who has no interest

Why did you join SAFE?: I like the approach of SAFE as an education organization, not just a flight instruction organization.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: Adaptation of new technology to the lower levels of GA. Lowering of cost of flying.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Less bureaucracy and regulation

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you’d like to mention?: No

Who are your role models in aviation?: Charles Lindbergh, Jimmy Doolittle, just about any of the early pioneers

Anything else you’d like to add?: Not at this time

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