Parker Wilson

by Parker Wilson on May 1, 2019

Parker Wilson

Parker Wilson

SAFE #: S0004124

Hometown: Eden UT, United States

Home Airport: KOGD

Occupation: Flight Instructor

Education: Bachelors degree in Professional Sales at Weber State University

Pilot Certificates: Private ASEL; Instrument; Commercial ASEL & AMEL; CFI; CFII

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Cessna 172; Cessna 182; Piper Seminole PA-44-180

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: I had a friend that was a member of a flying club i've since joined who took me up. It seemed a lot more fun than the pre-Med classes I was taking in college so I got my Private pilot license and decided to pursue a career in Aviation after that.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: About 2 years.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: I love getting up and being in the airplane. Sometimes we forget just how awesome it is what we're doing. Being a Flight Instructor is fulfilling, keeps you on your toes, and you always have a good story.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Getting your plane out of the hangar in the winter time when it's 3 planes deep in the back corner.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: While I will most definitely move on to bigger planes and better jobs down the road I will always keep ties to general aviation. It's not just a flight training experience for me, at least being part of a flying club. Just last summer my wife and I did a fair amount of mountain flying / seeing new places in a Cessna 182 and pitching a tent under the wing. There's a lot to offer.

Why did you join SAFE?: SAFE has a lot to offer / give back for a small annual investment. It's often said that the Aviation community is a relatively small world so I think it's great to use that to your advantage and make connections.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: ATP hour minimums. haha, but honestly: I think a great deal of unnecessary stress comes from subjective DPE's. Like, do Police officers really have a certain number of tickets they have to give out every month? ..you know what I mean.

I would also like to see a culture of aviation and some life come back to airports and towns like I hear it used to be pre 9/11.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: There is certainly an increase in pilot training that will only continue throughout the next decade as a need for trained pilots increases at the airlines and other professional occupations.
1. I'm sure the FAA is doing their job as far as examiners.
2. Put money and business back into smaller airports. Make them a hot destination where we want to fly to for lunch on a XC with our students, or as a date with the wife, etc. Nobody likes flying to the airport that looks like a ghost town with nothing more than a self-fuel pump. (although sometimes they have unbeatable prices so you go anyways).

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: I'm just trying to bring my A game each day as a Flight Instructor.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Harrison Ford, lol. Most definitely anyone who has flown and served in the U.S. Military throughout history.

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