Mike Coligny

by Mike Coligny on August 10, 2019

SAFE #: S0000025

Website: http://www.cfsassoc.com

Hometown: Prescott AZ, United States

Home Airport: KPRC

Occupation: Executive

Education: 14 years

Pilot Certificates: ATP SE/ME L, Commercial SES, Instrument, CFI/II/MEI, MCFI

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Over 70 types

Educational Specialty: SteamGauge/Glass Instrument Flight Training and Simulation

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: My father – he was an aviation pioneer and licensed in 1926 (Spartan) as a professional pilot. Continued flying as a corporate pilot until his death in 1957.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: 52 years

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: I love to present at FIRCs and other aviation events when the topic I present covers simulation and or aviation history.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Politics!

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: I often write articles and in 2008 I was lucky enough to interview Captain Joe Grant. Joe who flew into AirVenture as a part of a re-enactment of the gifting of a DC-3 to Saudi Arabia. Joe was 101 years old and to chat with a man who had spent the last 80 years in aviation was amazing and humbling. It was two hours I will never forget and we managed to make him our first SAFE honorary member!

Why did you join SAFE?: TBO NAFI…..enough said.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: With the introduction and now common place of advanced avionics in the cockpit learning basic skills of flying are apparently on the back burner. What I have seen is basic flying techniques not being taught, i.e. basic stick and rudder skills. While TAA is a wonderful environment to fly with, basic skills are still a necessity for most emergencies that occur.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Use common sense and pragmatism. Stop kingdom building and proliferation of bureaucracy. I expect and it always has been ; easier said than done.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: Conceived and than generated the initial draft standard for Basic and Advanced Aviation Training Devices. Organized the initial FAA/Industry team to do this and fielded the first FAA approved AATD. Lastly was a member of the FAA/Industry team that generated AC61-136.

Who are your role models in aviation?: James Doolittle, Eddie Rickenbacker, Charles Lindberg, Don Douglas Jr., Jim Douglas, Kelly Johnson, Sherm Mullin, Bob Hoover, Joe Grant, Jack Pelton, Paul & Tom Poberezny, Matt Zuccaro, Doug Stewart, Rich Stowell, Susan Parsons….just to name a few.

Anything else you'd like to add?: No

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