Susan Loricchio

by Susan Loricchio on June 9, 2020

Susan Loricchio

Susan Loricchio

SAFE #: S0005472

Hometown: Jersey City NJ, United States

Home Airport: N07

Occupation: Musician/Advanced Ground Instructor

Education: The Hartt School of the University of Hartford

Pilot Certificates: Private Pilot (ASEL)

Airplanes Flying/Flown: C172S G1000, PA-28, PT 17 Stearman, Piper Cub

Educational Specialty: Ground School topics covered in the written FAA exams, explaining material in a way, that the student visualizes and understands the concepts.

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: Aviation was in my blood. I was fascinated since I was 5 years old, where I waited and watched for airplanes popping up over the trees in the distance, from our then summer home in south Jersey. My father, in his younger days, installed instruments in aircraft during WWII, while in the Signal Corps.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: In various capacities, I have been educating young and old alike since 1993, not only solo, but through several organizations I belong to, as well as a summer project through AeroSafety Training, called AeroCamp, for young future pilots.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: The most rewarding part of educating people is the smile on their faces when they have achieved an accomplishment, that I was instrumental in.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: My least favorite part in aviation education, is when I see the desire and ambition of a person to learn to fly, and money becomes the student’s road block.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: A memorable aviation experience for me was being able to create a Young Eagles event for inner city children to fly, and take the controls, and be entered into the world’s largest logbook at EAA. The rare opportunity made their city’s front page news, and to see their faces was beyond words.

Why did you join SAFE?: I joined SAFE because of the quality and camaraderie of instructors, who like me, always want to learn and become better at teaching others.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: I would like to see lessons being taught with more efficiency and consistency; for instructors to follow a progressive syllabus and utilize the available lesson time well. Too many students are piece mealing lessons, and take forever or drop out before attaining a certificate.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: It may at least improve with all parties involved making an outlined commitment that they can meet. Then create a customized syllabus that is doable for the student as well as the provider. The syllabus includes possible alternatives when the weather is not cooperative. If the student cannot commit to the basic requirements, they may have to wait until some of the reasons change, instead of spending alot of money, becoming frustrated, and disappointed. The flight school and/or Flight Instructor, Ground Instructor may help find sources of scholarships, and loans if applicable.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: In addition to the mentioned certificates, I have also attained an Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate, 240 hr. Course at Flight Safety International (KLGA); 4month online Commercial Ground School with Embry Riddle; as well as the sUAS Certificate, through Embry Riddle. Awards: NJ 99s Dodie Riach Scholarship recipient; National Aeronautic Association -Certificate of Honor for Team Member East Coast Coordinator “Flight Across America 2002” honor flight in memory of 9/11.

Who are your role models in aviation?: The early aviators and pioneers of aviation are my role models. In all this time, I am still finding new ones to me, and enjoy their tenacity, bravery, and ingenuity. Women especially had to convince men and women the aircraft did not differentiate between male and female at the controls, and that they, too, could fly as well as men. Prime examples were the WASP and Russia’s Night Witches of WWII.

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