Martin Gerhard

by Martin Gerhard on November 4, 2021

Martin Gerhard

Martin Gerhard

SAFE #: S0007614

Hometown: Spring TX, United States

Home Airport: KDWH

Occupation: Airline Pilot

Education: BS Aviation Management Flight Technology

Pilot Certificates: ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI

Airplanes Flying/Flown: C152,172,182,206; PA28,32,44; GA-8, HuskyA1B; YAK-52, C-47; B727,737,747,757,767,777; A319,320

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: My first flight as a five year old on a TWA Boeing 707 inspired me to want to become a pilot. After my first flight I never wanted to do anything else.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: Since becoming a CFI in 1989

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Introducing people who have never flown small airplanes to aviation. I have given countless Cadet Orientation flighrs to youngsters in CAP as well and kids in the EAA Young Eagles program.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Nothing

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: I left Germany as a five year old. We flew to America on a TWA Boeing 707. When we landed I declared I would be a pilot when I grew up. Thirty years later I would land as a pilot in Frankfurt, Germany, remembering the day I first set foot on an airport. At last I had returned to the very place where it all began.

Why did you join SAFE?: Safety is always the number one priority whether I am flying a load of paying passengers as an airline Captain, or flying a single engine GA aircraft. There is always room for learning. Having the SAFE. resources will help me not only promote aviation safety but it will also make me a better educator and a safer pilot.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: More standardized hiring practices in the airline industry

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Hire pilots based on merit and experience

Who are your role models in aviation?: the Wright Brothers
Charles Lindberg
the Apollo Astronauts
my flight instructor William Morris (deceased)

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