Tom Rogers

by Tom Rogers on June 7, 2020

Tom Rogers

Tom Rogers

SAFE #: S0005466


Hometown: Grapeview WA, United States

Home Airport: KPWT

Occupation: Flight Instructor, Retired Airline Captain, USAF Ret.

Education: BS Arizona State Univ., Aeronautical Technology

Pilot Certificates: ATP ME, Comm/Instrument SEL SES, CFI CFII CFMI AGI IGI

Airplanes Flying/Flown: All Cessnas Pipers Gumman Bellanca, J3 Cub, Stearman, AT-6, Boeing 737 line, T-37, T38A/B, F5, F15 Eagle

Educational Specialty: Currently Teaching Tailwheel and Seaplane Operations

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: Challenge and Opportunity

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: 45 years, Earned my CFI while in College and held it through an AF career and as an Airline Captain.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: I most enjoy sharing aviation with young men and women who are interested in careers in aviation.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: having to tell someone they are not yet up to standards in lessons or maneuvers.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: Early in my career as an Airline Captain enjoyed the challenge of landing 737's on gravel runways in the bush of Alaska.

Why did you join SAFE?: To join a group of professionals who wish to further aviation safety.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: I would like to see BFR's turn into a increasing proficiency program rather than the minimum requirements program.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Change the requirements of the BFR and put some continuing education requirements into it like Doctors Lawyers and CPAs have.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: Founded the Alaska Airlines Aviation Day held once a year and supported by over 20 different business in the Seattle Area. This program is designed to give High School aged kids hands on access to various aviation careers in a one day program. Sponsored and Hoisted by Alaska Airlines in their facilities over 1000 youth attend each year.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Quiet and not famous people, Instructors who taught me flying and aviation throughout my career.

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