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John “Jack” Stevens

Jack holds ATP (airplane) & Commercial (helicopter) Certificates; Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument Airplane, Multi-Engine Instructor, Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP) certified in Avidyne Entegra & Cirrus Perspective avionics packages, National Association of Flight Instructors Master-CFI, FAASafety Lead Representative associated with the Greensboro, NC FSDO. He is the 2016 Flight Instructor of the Year for the Greensboro FSDO.

He started flying in 1969 at a small grass strip in Warrington, PA, getting his private pilot certificate in a Piper Colt (PA22-108). He recalls that the approach to the 1300-foot runway was over a barn, uphill then downhill. The Colt had no flaps and all landings were short-field/soft-field. Sadly, he says, Warrington Airport has long since been gobbled up by residential development and a quarry expansion. In 1980 his growing family moved to Flemingsburg, KY where he shared non-aviation professional employment with his wife Ellen. He received his CFI certificate in 1981. Thereafter, as an avocation, he provided flight instruction at the Fleming-Mason Airport (KFGX), was an FAASafety Representative with the Louisville, KY FSDO, and served with the Civil Air Patrol, mentoring other pilots and conducting search and rescue missions in eastern Kentucky. In 1983 his family moved to Mt. Sterling, KY where he worked with Kentucky Airmotive at the Montgomery County Airport (KIOB), providing all levels of flight instruction, including aerobatic training in his Decathlon (8KCAB). Following a move to Pinehurst, North Carolina in 1992 he provided free-lance flight instruction at the Moore County Airport and upon retiring from his professional job in 2012 he joined the staff at the Moore County Airport Flight Center. Total flight hours – 5800; Total hours as Flight Instructor 4000.

Personal statement: “I’m passionate about mentoring others and keep in close contact with past clients. It is so rewarding when I receive a phone call, an email or text from a past student telling me about a new job, qualifying in a new aircraft, obtaining an additional rating or dealing with an untoward situation that they safely handled. Collegial interaction with fellow CFIs is also a satisfying perk. As instructor pilots we know about the published four levels of learning. Actually, the fifth and highest level of learning is Teaching.”