Virginia Adelstone

by Virginia Adelstone on April 22, 2020

SAFE #: S0000676

Hometown: Winter Haven FL, United States

Home Airport: KBOW

Occupation: Artist, FAASTeam Lead Rep

Education: Some college, Lutz Bible Institute

Pilot Certificates: Private

Airplanes Flying/Flown: RV-9A, C172, Eurofox, Gyrocopter, PA-28-140

Educational Specialty: Safety Seminars

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: My Husband and my grandfather were both pilots.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: 5 years, 3 with FAAST.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: I bring is such qualified speakers to help them about training safely to avoid accidents, and just to keep them safe. The speakers are the best in their fields so the audience is assured of the best advise.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: People who are not interested in being there, simply going thru the motions to impress someone…parent, girlfriend, etc.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: Just enjoying the flights!

Why did you join SAFE?: To have access to resources that may not have otherwise been so easily available to me. And SAFEis a terrific venue to continue to promote Aviation Safety.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: So many older pilots in some of the organizations will not encourage a newcomer. That’s a shame. I’d love to see more acceptance. Regardless of age, sex, race….

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Ew people need to step upon the organizations when elections come around and not just be there for the entertainment factor. At the same time, the older folks in the group need to be more encouraging.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: I am on the Board of Directors of the National Aviation Safety Foundation, and also a member of the Florida Aviation Network. I’m a life member of both the 99s and AOPA, and a current member of EAA 229. I held several offices within the EAA family and also the 99s and it’s been very enjoyable working for these organizations and assisting with their growth, mentoring, and planning fun events!

Who are your role models in aviation?: Naturally Emelia Earhart, Bob Hoover, several of my friends, Dr Raúl Salazar, Obie Young, Bob Jex. In the 99s Myra Bugbee and Barbara Strachan. EAA had to be Bud Yearly from EAA who encouraged me in running for offices there and promoted my growth in Aviation!

Anything else you'd like to add?: No

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