Todd Shellnutt

by Todd Shellnutt on December 6, 2016

SAFE #: S0001178


Hometown: Cataula GA, United States

Home Airport: KLZU

Occupation: Contract Pilot/FAA Designated Pilot Examiner

Education: MA Leadership & Management, Liberty University

Pilot Certificates: Airline Transport Pilot ASEL/AMEL

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Cessna 100,200,300,400 series; Beech single & twins up to B200, PC-12

Educational Specialty: Cirrus Aircraft

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: The freedom of being above all the problems associated with being grounded (on the ground). Flying to me is the most wonderful thing that I feel anyone could do because you have control of so much power and can still remain so graceful.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: I have been flying and instructing actively since 2003.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Seeing a student's eyes when they finally "get" something; landings, weather, being an aircraft owner, ect..

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Seeing pilots not take advantage of being all they can be. This mainly takes place when they endanger others by letting hazardous attitudes cloud their minds.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: There are so many! Where would I start? Probably the day I realized that I don't know everything as a flight instructor and that no matter how much "real would" flying you do, it doesn't make you a better pilot. It's YOU who makes YOU a better pilot.

Why did you join SAFE?: To learn more from my peers.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: More required (mandatory) training requirements so that pilots will stop killing themselves and others.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Get the insurance companies involved. ie, go to a free aviation seminar each year and participate in the Wings program, and your insurance will stay low priced.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Rod Machado

Anything else you'd like to add?: All CFI's should train every student to be an aircraft owner. The planes last longer and the cost of maintenance goes way down.

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