In addition to a career in classical music spanning over twenty-five years, Christine Mortine turned from conducting and playing instruments to flying them. She is an active flight instructor, having obtaining her CFI, CFII, MEI, Cirrus Training Center Instructor, as well as SIC in the Citation 500.
Christine is a FAA appointed Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) and has joined the AOPA Air Safety Institute as an Instructor for the Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC).
She serves on the boards of Scioto Valley Ninety-Nines, Professional Pilots Association, Columbus Symphony Orchestra and WOSU Public Media TV/Radio, and has volunteered with EAA, Young Eagles, Angel Flights and Hospice. She is a member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Instructors (SAFE), National/International Association of Flight instructors (NAFI), Ohio Aviation Association (OAA) and Women in Aviation International (WIA).
Christine has spent her life backpacking, hiking and kayaking. She was born in Minnesota, spent summers camping in Colorado and lived in Alaska for seven years. She and her family take “adventure” holidays, much to the astonishment of her children. (Now adults doing adventurous things)
Combining her love of the outdoors with general aviation, Christine covets flying her Cessna 185 “Songbird”, preferably towards the mountains. She is an advocate for the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) as an Ohio State Liaison and serving on their Safety & Education Committee.