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DEBRIEF

A pilot's perspective
GREGOIRE earned his certificate in a Cherokee 140.

TYPE-A TECHIE

JERRY GREGOIRE

Jerry Gregoire is the founder and chairman of Redbird Flight Simulations, Inc., manufacturer of groundbreaking full-motion simulators for general aviation. His background includes a stint as chief information officer for Dell Computer Company.

STARTED IN AVIATION…In 1973, the Marine Corps had the Flight Indoctrination Program. The program paid 100 percent of the cost toward a private pilot license at a local flight school in preparation for military flight training. It was my favorite thing about the Marines. I can’t remember my second favorite thing. THOUGHTS ON TRAINING…I train constantly. I’m at FlightSafety International every six months for recurrent training, even though I’m only required to go once a year. It’s amazing how many bad habits I can accumulate in six months, so I need that constant discipline and practice. In spite of all of my years of flying, there’s an ocean of things I have yet to learn. That’s aviation’s appeal. ON SOLOING…The most wonderful moment is when you can shove that chatterbox out of the right seat to bask in the pure joy of flying…in peace. FAVORITE AIRCRAFT…My Cessna Citation CJ1+. Speed is, for lack of a better term, cool. Distances compress so much it reminds you how small the Earth really is, bad weather slides beneath, there’s lots of whiz-bang technology in the cockpit, and it makes a lot of noise on the ramp. PRESSURE IN THE COCKPIT…I built an ultralight. It was a two-seater with an engine you started with a rope, like a lawn mower. The aircraft was so tail-heavy that once the wheels had broken ground, the nose pitched up 40 degrees and I was climbing over the hangars before I knew it. Pulling back on the power made the problem worse, so I was committed to flying around the pattern in a severe nose-up attitude where bringing it down meant falling backwards. My only hope was to shift the weight as far forward as possible. I unhooked my seatbelt and hung as far over the nose of the ultralight as I could until I could get it to come down going forward. ADVICE FOR STUDENTS…Anybody can learn to steer an airplane. Your job is to practice until you can wear that airplane. Obey the absolutes and constantly ask yourself, “How would what I’m about to do next look on an NTSB accident report?”

Plus – Watch a video on how simulators can be integrated into training.

WHO: Jerry Gregoire, chairman of Redbird Flight Simulations TOTAL TIME: 3,300 hours EXTRA: Started developing Redbird Flight Simulators in the stables on his ranch west of Austin, Texas, where he quickly learned how to make them dustproof.

BOB DAEMMRICH

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Flight Training - March 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Flight Training - March 2011

Flight Training - March 2011
Contents
President’s Perspective
Right Seat
Flight Forum
Going Places?
This Weekend
Tech Tip
Success Story
Air Safety Institute
Since You Asked
Final Exam
Legal Q & A
Flying Carpet
Insights
Checkride
The Flight Training Experience: Making It Work
Where Do You Stand?
Is This Flightopia?
The 12-Step Lesson Plan
Weather
Flight Lesson
Who Will Fly?
Career Advisor
Career Pilot News
Can a CFI Use Pizza in the Cockpit?
Flight Instructor Burnout
By the Numbers
Advertiser Index
Debrief
Flight Training - March 2011 - Flight Training - March 2011
Flight Training - March 2011 - Cover2
Flight Training - March 2011 - Contents
Flight Training - March 2011 - 2
Flight Training - March 2011 - 3
Flight Training - March 2011 - President’s Perspective
Flight Training - March 2011 - 5
Flight Training - March 2011 - Right Seat
Flight Training - March 2011 - 7
Flight Training - March 2011 - Flight Forum
Flight Training - March 2011 - 9
Flight Training - March 2011 - Going Places?
Flight Training - March 2011 - 11
Flight Training - March 2011 - This Weekend
Flight Training - March 2011 - Tech Tip
Flight Training - March 2011 - Success Story
Flight Training - March 2011 - Air Safety Institute
Flight Training - March 2011 - Since You Asked
Flight Training - March 2011 - 17
Flight Training - March 2011 - Final Exam
Flight Training - March 2011 - Legal Q & A
Flight Training - March 2011 - Flying Carpet
Flight Training - March 2011 - 21
Flight Training - March 2011 - Insights
Flight Training - March 2011 - Checkride
Flight Training - March 2011 - The Flight Training Experience: Making It Work
Flight Training - March 2011 - 25
Flight Training - March 2011 - 26
Flight Training - March 2011 - 27
Flight Training - March 2011 - 28
Flight Training - March 2011 - 29
Flight Training - March 2011 - Where Do You Stand?
Flight Training - March 2011 - 31
Flight Training - March 2011 - Is This Flightopia?
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Flight Training - March 2011 - 34
Flight Training - March 2011 - 35
Flight Training - March 2011 - The 12-Step Lesson Plan
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Flight Training - March 2011 - Weather
Flight Training - March 2011 - 41
Flight Training - March 2011 - Flight Lesson
Flight Training - March 2011 - Who Will Fly?
Flight Training - March 2011 - Career Advisor
Flight Training - March 2011 - 45
Flight Training - March 2011 - Career Pilot News
Flight Training - March 2011 - Can a CFI Use Pizza in the Cockpit?
Flight Training - March 2011 - Flight Instructor Burnout
Flight Training - March 2011 - By the Numbers
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Flight Training - March 2011 - Advertiser Index
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Flight Training - March 2011 - Debrief
Flight Training - March 2011 - Cover3
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