Nicholas Bernice

by Nicholas Bernice on January 1, 2020

SAFE #: S0003885

Hometown: Mahwah NJ, United States

Home Airport: 4N1

Occupation: K-8 School Administrator / USCGR / Adjunct Professor / Flight Instructor

Education: BS, MS, MA, Ed.D.

Pilot Certificates: Commercial, Instrument, CFI, CFI-I, AGI, GI-I

Airplanes Flying/Flown: C172, PA-28

Educational Specialty: General Sciences, Reading, Technology, Leadership

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?:

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: My CFI Checkride was at HOVA in Hannover County, VA in August of 2019.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Watching students’ “ah-ha” moments while we are flying together and that new procedure we are learning just clicked.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Up here in the northeast we have many weather considerations when planning flights. Canceling flights is necessary but always disappointing for the students.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: The first time I flew single pilot IFR when I broke out of the clouds just 70 feet above minimums. Great feeling, and the sight of those welcomed approach lights will be ingrained in my memory forever.

Why did you join SAFE?: I did some instrument training with the great Doug Stewart, he always speaks very highly of SAFE.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: The cost. Aviation remains completely financially inaccessible for so many who would love to be pilots.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: K-12 programs and serious private and federal grant opportunities at the college level for aspiring pilots.

Anything else you'd like to add?: Safe is a wonderful organization. I appreciate the support I doing the two things I enjoy most, teaching and flying.

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