Parker Priest

by Parker Priest on December 3, 2021

SAFE #: S0007718


Hometown: Southern Pines NC, United States

Home Airport: KSOP

Occupation: Professional Pilot / Flight Instructor

Education: Master of Science in Aeronautics (ERAU) / Bachelor of Science in Prof Aeronautics (ERAU)

Pilot Certificates: Airline Transport Pilot (Unrestricted): Airplane Multi-Engine Land (English Proficient) Type Ratings: BV-234; SD-3; BE-20; BE-30; ATR-42; ATR-72 Commercial Privileges: Airplane Single-Engine Land; Rotorcraft-Helicopter w/Instrument Instructor: CFI-I | Remote Pilot (Part 107)

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Multiple General Aviation and Military FW/RW aircraft

Educational Specialty: Aviation Safety

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: My father who inspired me to achieve my dreams and to fulfill the awe of flight.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: 16+ years

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Helping others become successful, even when the odds are against them.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Seeing others fail, when they can succeed.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: Ask me someday and I'll share them with you.

Why did you join SAFE?: To be part of likeminded individuals who want to help aspiring pilots succeed, and to advance aviation safety.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: Continued advancement in Aviation Safety.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Scenario Based Training, Quality Flight Training, Senior Mentorship, and more reliance on "proficiency" vs. "currency."

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: Career accident and incident free flight hours during 21+ years of flying in both General Aviation and in the military.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Too many to mention from the Wright Brothers to the Apollo Astronauts and the many engineers who made it all possible.

Anything else you'd like to add?: "Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible."

Eddie Rickenbacker

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