Hometown: Coram, NY

Home Airport: KISP

Occupation: Certified Flight Instructor, retired hairdresser

Website: www.packaviation.com

Education: City College of New York, Dowling College, SUNY Stony Brook

Pilot Certificates: ATP, MCFI, CFII ME

Airplanes Flying/Flown: BE-33, BE-35,BE-36, BE-55, BE-58, Cessna singles, Mooney, Robinson R-22, R-44

Educational Specialty: Bonanza/Baron, G-1000

Q & A

What drew you to aviation? The β€œmystery” of flight.

How long have you been involved in aviation education? Flying since 1982, CFI since 1986.

What’s your favorite part of what you do in aviation education? I enjoy seeing a pilot’s eyes open wide when he/she learns something new!

What’s your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education? When a pilots stops flying, or stops training.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you’d like to share? The day I passed my rotorcraft-helicopter checkride. Also, every time I take off and lift into the sky.

Why did you join SAFE? To help improve the flight instruction industry.

What would you like to see change in aviation? I would like to see ALL pilots get involved in recurrent training. I would like flight instruction to become a more prestigious industry.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished? By spreading the word.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you’d like to mention? I learned to fly helicopters at 60 years old. It was the most difficult thing I ever did in Aviation.

Who are your role models in aviation? Tom Turner, Executive Director of the American Bonanza Society; Ron Zasadzinski, Director of Training, Beechcraft Pilot Proficiency Program.

Anything else you’d like to add? Fly safe, have fun!

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