Linda Castner

by Linda Castner on January 5, 2014

Linda Castner

Linda Castner

SAFE #: S0000643


Hometown: Pittstown NJ, United States

Home Airport: Alexandria Field – N85

Occupation: Airport Owner/Operator now – education in teaching and coaching athletics

Education: Masters in Exercise Physiology

Pilot Certificates: Private Pilot

Airplanes Flying/Flown: PA-11 and PA-12, Cessna 172 and Cherokee 180

Educational Specialty: "The Flying Effect" research into empowerment

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: My father built Alexandria Field in 1944. I learned to fly at age 16. The pride in owning an airport and working with my brother and husband to keep making the facility better encouraged me to work on program offerings of added value to the local community. The research projects on "the flying effect" have been valuable in marketing the process of learning to fly to women in particular.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: Since 1989 when we held a three day balloon festival at the airport which offered all kinds of interesting educational activities. The Magic of Alexandria ran from 1989-1998.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: The Take Flight Workshops for young women interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Struggling for funding in order to keep our Aviation Education Club with supplies to build new projects. The club is currently free to students and teachers.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: Learning to fly at a young age and being around GA all of my life and now running the airport on a daily basis there are many memorable experiences – some good – some not so good. However the one that changed my life and the future direction of N85 was meeting Rich Stowell after not flying for the 17 years after my father's death. He got me back in the cockpit and I soloed again – this made the meaning of owning an airport turn into programs to allow others the opportunity to FLY.

Why did you join SAFE?: Because of Rich Stowell

What would you like to see change in aviation?: More grass-roots efforts to introduce the young to the magic of flight.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Yes, go to our website for the various programs we offer.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: The Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Education Program Grant of $100,000 to test our airport as a "living laboratory" for STEM programs focusing in careers in aviation transportation. Several other grants to study "the Flying Effect". The 2011 MAAC Award for Innovations in Aviation Education in New Jersey. In 2013 the Take Flight at Rutgers workshop funded by the Office for the Promotion of Science, Engineering, and Math as NSF to continue research on the "the Flying Effect".

Who are your role models in aviation?: The CFI's who work so hard to get students over their learning hurdles.

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