My initial pilot training started flying in 1957 from a small airfield in New England under the guiding hand of a great pilot named Howard Dutton. He taught the importance of good stick and rudder skills. My first job as a flight instructor was at this same airfield in 1977 teaching primary flight and instruments.
In the fall of 1989 I went through a course on my Twin Comanche at the Piper training facility in Vero Beach, FL. This led to a job offer to work for Piper at the same school, where I had the opportunity to teach people to fly planes like the Malibu, Seneca, Cub, and Seminole.
A short time later I was hired by Flight Safety Academy as the Chief Flight Instructor, a job requiring the supervision of 65 flight instructors and over 350 students. Most of the training was AB Initio training for airlines like Swiss Air, Air France, and Alitalia. During this phase of my career I developed an excellent insight into the importance of procedures and flight discipline.
I experimented with other aircraft types like helicopter but found the greatest satisfaction in flying gliders. This is airmanship at its most basic level. Given the glider as your tool, you are tested on the ability to extract as much energy as possible from the environment on a given day, a test measured on flight duration, a test measured on flight distance.
Soaring ties together all the aspects of the airmanship model Dr Kern first purposed, based principles of discipline, skill, and proficiency which must be developed and maintained. These principles support pillars of knowledge about self, glider, environment, team, and risk. This leads to good situational awareness, and sound judgment.
The enjoyment I got from soaring coupled with the desire to share these experiences with others lead to purchasing the Falke and starting Treasure Coast Motorgliding.