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Erik Kaufmann

Erik Kaufmann

CFI, CFII, MEI

My Responsibilities I believe the most important thing to understand in aviation, is there is no such thing as a perfect pilot. As flight instructors it is not just our responsibility to recognize this within ourselves, it is imperative that we train it forward. My goal as your instructor is to encourage you to never stop challenging yourself as an aviator. Regardless of your goals as a pilot, I assure you there is something that we can teach you that could expand your adventures, or even save your life. My Bio I was born in Orlando, Florida. Like many professional aviators these days, my choice to transition from a hobby pilot to a career pilot came a bit later in life. In college I majored in audio production and film. When I graduated, I moved up to Nashville to work on the new ABC show, “Nashville”. I had never been to the city before, but I very quickly settled in. Years later I decided that I would get my pilots license, as that had always been a goal of mine and I finally had the time and resources to make it happen. It was recommended to me by another local pilot at the time to check out Wings; and it was this location exactly where I embarked on all of my Private Pilot training. My Hobbies My hobbies are photography, travelling, finding the best food in Nashville, and flying of course! When I am not instructing, I still enjoy going out and flying new planes and experiencing new challenges. It never gets old! My Favorite Thing About Wings My favorite thing about Wings is the level of shared experience among the instructors and leadership. As a former student myself, I can guarantee you will be receiving some of the best training Tennessee has to offer. My Motto “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt My Message to You There is nothing that is as equally challenging as it is rewarding like flying airplanes. No matter what your plans are with aviation, there will be times where you are frustrated and discouraged. If you truly want to achieve this goal, you will need to fully immerse yourself in aviation. If you can handle the challenge, and persevere through the setbacks, I guarantee there is no better freedom in life than being part of a very small community of individuals allowed to navigate into the troposphere.