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Meet + Greet: Pete Demers, Staff Flight Instructor

Meet the Russ College’s new crop of faculty and staff members this year in this series of interviews, and stop by their offices to greet them in person.
 | Sep 22, 2014
Meet + Greet Pete Demers
Photo by Rob Hardin

Meet + Greet: Pete Demers, Staff Flight Instructor

Sep 22, 2014

Photo by Rob Hardin

Bit by the aviation bug at an early age, Pete Demers plans to share his passion for flight with future aviators on campus.

Where are you from, and how did you make your way to these parts?

I was born in New Hampshire and grew up in central New York. My wife is an Ohio native so moving to Athens was a great opportunity for us to be closer to family and continue my passion for aviation education.

Where did you prepare for your profession (education), and what was special about it?

I received most of my pilot credentials through the professional pilot program at Comair Aviation Academy (now called Aerosim Academy), where I instructed and had a taste of aviation management as a group leader.

What will you teach and/or research at the Russ College?

I’ll be teaching OHIO flight students through various FAA certificates and ratings in preparation for careers as pilots and aviation industry professionals.

At the Russ College, we "create for good." You'll be hearing this a lot because it's true. How will you "create for good" while you're at the Russ College?

I’ll “create for good” at the Russ College by helping to transfer my knowledge and experiences in the aviation field to the next generation of commercial pilots. These future aviators will be tomorrow’s flight instructors, airline pilots and aviation managers, so I’m creating in them a solid foundation in safe flight operations, judgment and decision making.

What do you do when you're not creating for good?

When I’m not creating for good at OHIO, I am generally enjoying time with my wife.

Name a top book, movie, show, band, travel destination, and say why?

My favorite book is Ernest Gann’s “Fate is the Hunter.” Mr. Gann is able to relate his experiences in aviation with such vivid imagery while providing some insight into what we do as pilots and the struggle between luck, fate, circumstance and skill.