Toby Rice

by Toby Rice on August 22, 2020

Toby Rice

Toby Rice

SAFE #: S0004413


Hometown: Dickson TN, United States

Home Airport: M02

Occupation: Pilot and CFI

Education: Ongoing; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide, B.S. in Aeronautical Science, Minor in Avation Safety.

Pilot Certificates: Flight Instructor ASE, AME, Instrument Airplane; Commercial ASEL, ASES, AMEL, Instrument Airplane.

Airplanes Flying/Flown: The answer to this question is "yes!"

Educational Specialty: Practical Training / Stick-and-Rudder / Instrument Proficiency / Tailwheel / Recurrent and Flight Reviews / Accident Prevention

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: It's awesome! Dad flew, both grandfathers flew, uncle flew, cousin flies… must be in the water… hmmm… dunno?!

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: 5 years. Started teaching ATC on VATSIM for fun, then became a flight instructor and haven't looked back.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Saving people's lives. When it comes to flight training and proficiency, I prefer a practical approach. My goal is to make flying easy and teach pilots ways to stay alive and proficient.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Flying in anything outside of the 50° F to 80° F range, dealing with the hazardous attitudes, and trying to sweat on only the right side of my face.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: Too many to count. Engine failures… flight into unforecast ice… GPS failures in IMC… electrical failures at night… low fuel anxiety… all learning points that made me a better pilot.

Why did you join SAFE?: Membership benefits, connections, best resources for CFIs to help students succeed.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: I want to see pilots take proficiency training more seriously. I also want to see a reduction in the hazardous attitudes seen in general aviation. Too many "macho" and "invulnerable" pilots exist, adding to the NTSB statistic list…

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Push to people the importance of life-saving techniques, the cognitive boundaries that limit pilot capabilities and reaction to problems, and the realistic mindset of what it actually means to stay proficient. Call pilots out on their hazardous attitudes and push them to see things a different way.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: Working on a YouTube channel to exploit ways to reduce fatal GA accidents and keep pilots sharp.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Many of the CFIs that taught me to fly, my DPEs, and a few others.

Anything else you'd like to add?: I play the fiddle and own a '61 Skyhawk.

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