Tom McChesney

by Tom McChesney on August 22, 2021

Tom McChesney

Tom McChesney

SAFE #: S0003633

Hometown: Overland Park KS, United States

Home Airport: KIXD

Occupation: Flight Instructor

Education: MS, MBA

Pilot Certificates: Commercial ASEL – Instrument, CFI, CFI-I

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Cessna: 172, 172RG, 182; Piper: Warrior, Dakota, Cherokee 180, Arrow; Beech: Bonanza, Musketeer

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: Started on a whim. Fell in love when the wheels left the ground on my discovery flight!

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: 3 years

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Seeing students succeed.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Seeing students backtrack when they hit a plateau and their resulting frustration.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: Not one that stands out, at least at the moment.

Why did you join SAFE?: Opportunity to gain knowledge about what I have chosen as my profession.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: Cheaper fuel and more (positive) responsiveness from the FAA.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: The first is a pipe dream, but a future with unleaded fuel will be an improvement. The second is for the people at the FAA to remember that despite the need to enforce rules and promote safety, they're still in the people business. Responding to a request or a "stuck" medical review in a timely manner has a real impact on the people involved.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Most of the flight instructors I've flown with I consider as role models. Those that don't fit that category have actually helped to show me how to *not* be a flight instructor, so even those experiences weren't wasted.

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