|My philosophy in
flight training is to make it as simple , easy and enjoyable as
possible; while maintaining a very high level of safety and an
expectation of student performance. I believe I have a duty to
expose my students to very realistic flight training scenarios
and to always level with them about their progress and ways to
improve their skills. Many students have told me that they
appreciate my straightforward nature.
I believe that all of my students have a unique frame of
reference and as such I do not use "canned syllabuses" or "one
size fits all" techniques. I had the benefit of being trained by
"old school" "high time" instructors and I try to pass on as
much of my knowledge , experience and expertise as I can to my
students. I fly almost a thousand hours a year and still
consider my flying as an evolving learning process wherein I
continually build upon my basic flying skills.
My students will be exposed to challenges during their training
and afterwards in flying to be the best pilots they can be and I
am proud to say that all of them are enjoying their privileges
and newfound freedom of flying; accident and incident free.
Learning to fly can be a humbling experience. I remember times
when I felt that everything was going to fast and I thought I
would never "get it." Hard work and persistence always pays off.
I have flown with "natural pilots" who learn very quickly and
have excellent skills and I have flown with those who have to
work very hard to achieve the same level of skill. The simple
fact about flying is you have to demonstrate a certain level of
theoretical and practical skills to get your certificate and to
I encourage my students to "solo" as often as possible to build
up their confidence & skills and break the instructor / student
co-dependence which is now the industry norm. I can't tell you
how many certified pilots I have met that are apprehensive to
fly by themselves. I think this is directly related to
inexperienced instructors (300-1000 hour wonders) who are " Time
Builders" milking their students for every flight minute they
can get so they can go work for a regional airline for $17.00
per flight hour based on a 70 hour flight month. It is sad that
the "full time" dedicated flight instructor is such a rare bird
these days. I have found that it is much more personally
rewarding (to me) to train people to fly than it ever was to sit
for hours, arms folded and make sure the auto pilot was
functioning correctly while trying to stay awake.
If you are a prospective new student I require that we take an
"intro flight" together so I can make an assessment of your
skills and give you the informed consent you need to move
forward. If I think you are not suited to flying, I will let you
know right then and there. You do not need to waste your time
and money and I do need to pump people's egos to stay in
business or damage my reputation with the misrepresentations
that are all too common these days from certain flight schools
who take advantage of consumers.
I do not believe in "weekend" , "10 day" , "fast paced"
programs. They are dangerous, are proven to have extremely low
retention rates and high accident / incident rates associated
with this type of training. To me it is counter intuitive to
learn a skill that your life depends upon as quickly as
possible. If you needed a surgeon would you feel better if he
told you he learned surgery from a school that ascribed to what
amounts to " fast food " training. I believe a person should go
at whatever pace is comfortable for them and enjoy the
experience. If you have time constraints most of the time we can
work out a schedule to complete the training without sacrificing
the quality in the process.
I do not use " FLIGHT SIMULATORS " because there are no real
flight simulators in San Diego County. A real flight simulator
is a multi-million dollar device that moves and simulates the
flight motion and sensations the pilot inputs into the flight
controls. A real Flight Simulator is an excellent device, mostly
used by airlines and the military to expedite flight training
and lower the cost of using the actual aircraft.
If you need instrument training; the best place for that is
inside of a real aircraft, inside of a real cloud...one of my
favorite places to be.
My guarantee is simple. I guarantee that you cannot find a more
qualified instructor or better aircraft for the value to service
rendered by me in San Diego , Los Angeles or Orange Counties.
I am qualified to teach for all fixed wing certificates and
ratings in single and multi-engine aircraft.
Regardless of where you chose to flight train, I hope you have a
positive experience and make the most of your potential.