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World’s Oldest CFI Gives A Lesson

Robina Asti, a 99-year old instructor, gave a recurrency lesson and got into the record books in the process.


After she was done giving a lesson a few days ago, Robina Asti decided to hang up her headset at the age of 99. Her student, Brandon Martini, called it a great lesson and said that Asti taught him a few things he hadn’t learned in his previous 1,000-plus hours. “It was neat getting a new perspective form somebody who’s been flying so long,” he told a local reporter from Los Angeles-area news affiliate ABC7.

Asti and Martini took the flight on Sunday at Riverside Municipal Airport in Riverside, California, in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Asti said it was her last lesson for NexGen Flight Academy, which is based at the airport.

In giving the lesson and in, well, just flying, Asti is said to have become the oldest active pilot and oldest CFI. When asked what she gets from the whole thing, she told reporters it was great to give people that experience of “what it’s like to lift off this earth.”

Congrats from all of us at Plane & Pilot, Robina!

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