Scott Berk

by Scott Berk on April 16, 2018

SAFE #: S0000738

Hometown: Milford NJ, United States

Home Airport: N40

Occupation: Physician

Education: MD

Pilot Certificates: ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI

Airplanes Flying/Flown: PA30, PA34, PA44, PA28, C172

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: Mom was a TWA Flight Attendant & got me in the cockpits of the B727's & L-1011's when ever we went to the airport. Ever since, I've always wanted to be in the pilot's seat.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: Since 2006

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Seeing an unsure student gain the confidence to fly.

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

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: Every flight is a new one. I found this out when I had the chance to fly a Gulfstream V sim; while a jet may have more power & thrust, it still flies basically like that first Cessna 152 in which I soloed.

Why did you join SAFE?: To be a part of an organization of professional instructors

What would you like to see change in aviation?: Less automation and back to basics flying

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Teaching basic skills and pilotage from the outset

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: A woman with whom I did a pinch-hitter course chose to take lessons and got her own Private Pilot certificate,

Who are your role models in aviation?: Chuck Yeager, Bob Hoover

Anything else you'd like to add?: Don't give up on the student, even when they give up on themselves.

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