Sherry Rossiter

by Sherry Rossiter (Lifetime Member) on June 28, 2014

Sherry Rossiter Sherry Rossiter

SAFE #: S0000048

Hometown: Missoula MT, United States

Home Airport: KMSO

Occupation: Adjunct online college instructor & aircraft broker

Education: Ph.D. in psychology; M.Ed. in counseling; B.A. in English

Pilot Certificates: ATP, CFI, CFI-I (all three for airplanes and rotorcraft – helicopter)

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Currently, without an airplane to fly, but have previously flown all SEL models in the Cessna series; helicopters include Enstrom F28C, Hughes 300, and Army UH-1H

Educational Specialty: Not currently flight instructing

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: I did not grow up wanting to learn to fly, but as a young adult I found myself in a situation where I was required to take 10 hours of flight training. I ended up paying for two more flight lessons in order to solo. That is when I knew I really wanted to learn to fly. I can honestly say that aviation became a huge part of my life from the moment I soloed in a Cessna 150. Learning to fly literally changed my perspective on life as well as changed my career focus.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: I’ve been involved in various aspects of aviation education since 1975 when I earned my Basic Ground Instructor certificate. When I became a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) in 1977, I opened my own aviation training business, which I operated successfully for 18 years. My past involvement in aviation education included teaching in Flight Instructor Recertification Courses (FIRCs) nationwide for 12 years, teaching aeronautical science for Embry Riddle at their Mountain Home (Idaho) Air Force Base campus for five years, putting together several weeklong aviation day camps through my local EAA chapter, and writing 10 aviation training manuals that were marketed worldwide. My current involvement with aviation education includes doing presentations for various local groups and organizations and for my local EAA chapter.

What’s your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: When I was actively flight instructing, I loved teaching instrument flying. I even developed a 10-day, fast track instrument training curriculum that became quite popular. I also loved teaching instrument ground school.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you’d like to share?: Many of my own memorable aviation experiences have been shared in an autobiographical book I wrote in 2009 titled Flying Lessons: One Woman’s Story. The book was written to entertain, educate, and inspire others — especially young women — to go after their dreams of learning to fly. The book is available through Amazon either as a soft cover publication or an e-book.

Why did you join SAFE?: I’ve been a founding member and active volunteer since SAFE was founded because I believe strongly in the mission of the organization. Having a professional organization to represent aviation educators of all types means that we, as a group, are more likely to be recognized by the public as professional educators. I also joined SAFE because I believe it will be our members who are in the best position to set up local aviation programs for youth and get the word out about aviation careers.

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