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Issue #34 – Let’s Fly Off

Interview with Pilot Instructor Ernie Swallie from Light Sport Aviation

Q. Do you fly a plane or jet?

A.  I fly a plane.

Q. How long did it take you to get your license?

A. It took about 3 months for my private license and 1 year for my commercial license. I got my license in Hawaii in 1972. I recently got back into flying in the past 3 years.

Q. What kind of plane do you fly?

A. I fly a light sport plane which means a plane that weighs less than 1320 lbs.

Q. Have you ever been to different states while flying?

A. Yes I brought the plane from Florida and flew it here to Las Vegas. And we fly to Utah and California every week.

Q. Do you enjoy being a pilot instructor?

A. Yes, I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t like it.

Q. How many hours did you have to study to be an instructor?

A. 250 hours flying time for the Pilot license but you also have to study for the written exam and even more hours for my commercial license and my flight instructor license.

Q. Do you have to fly alone or can you take passengers?

A. I take students but you need a commercial license

to do that.

Q. How many people can you fit in a plane?

A. We can take up to 2 people the pilot and 1 passenger.

Q. Do you have to wear a uniform?

A. No I do not need to wear a uniform.

Q. What flight school did you attend?

A. I went to Honolulu Flyers in Hawaii.

Q. Do you fly in winter storms?

A. Visual flyers like us don’t fly in bad weather because  we rely on our sight to fly.

Q. How hard is it to stop a plane when landing?

A. It depends how fast you are going. It takes 500ft to stop and 1200ft to take off.

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