Robert Dumovic

by Robert Dumovic on March 25, 2018

SAFE #: S0002660

Hometown: North Chelmsford MA, United States

Home Airport: KBED

Occupation: Asst Chief Flight Instructor

Education: B.S. Flight Technology

Pilot Certificates: Commercial ASEL AMEL CFI-I MEI

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Cessna, Piper, American Champion, Extra

Educational Specialty: URT, Aerobatics, Tailwheel

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: I loved the movie Top Gun as a kid. I attended local airshows in Ohio every year and absolutely loved the freedom of flying.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: I began receiving Aviation Education in 2003 and began my professional CFI career in 2007.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Providing experience. Learning in a change in behavior based on experience, and I love providing that experience.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Those days when you teach "Mag Compass" 4 lessons in a row.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: Oh geez, This box isn't big enough. I've flown up and down the east coast of the US in everything from Cessnas to Extras. I've flown competition aerobatics, dealt with emergencies, landed on a road, and trained people who are now airline pilots. It's been quite the ride so far.

Why did you join SAFE?: Same reason I do anything, try to take over the world.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: More spin training. Don't neuter pilots with poor standards because regulators don't understand what's really going on. The changes to what the FAA is looking for in the slow flight, MCA regime are going to do more harm than good.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: The above items are based on fear. Fear is a lack of understanding. Education turns fear into respect for the possibilities. We need to train our CFI's better, they in turn will train our privates better and the effects will be felt for generations.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: I've begun a podcast to talk about aviation issues.

It can be found at

Who are your role models in aviation?: Col. John Boyd, MCFI-A John Dye, Chuck Yeager, Bob Hoover, Sean D. Tucker, Michael Goulian

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