Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Look for a FAA Certified primary and advanced instructor who can take you through all your training. Your instructor should be experenced with many years of training, flying background in many types of aircraft and be dressed professionaly. Interview your potential instructor to make sure it is a good fit.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Experence counts, look for many years of flying background in different types of aircraft. Many flight hours of experence will allow the instructor to be exposed to many different kinds of flight conditions and weather. Todays training is different than it was ten years ago I use FAA-Industry Training Standards (FITS) and am factory certified in the most advanced aircraft and navagation GPS systems on the market
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Do you have a good safe aircraft. May I see the aircraft and see how it is stored? Where is the maintance done and may I see the shop? Can you supply names of past students to call. How long have you been flying and teaching. How many flight hours do you have. Do you have an office on the field. Does the trainer have the equipment to continue to more advanced navagation / GPS WASS, anything else?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Why do I want to learn to fly? Do I have the time right now? How much time does it take to become a pilot? How much money in total does it take to complete my training, aircraft and instructor? Any extra fees?Can I pass the FAA medical exam, do I use any medication, is it OK?
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I am the only factory trained instructor in advanced aircraft, Cirrus, and navigation systems. I am the only instructor on the field who has 40 years of flying and instructing experence. I never miss a lesson and am dressed professionaly. I flew for "The Band" 1969-72. We have fun learning to fly. I enjoy what I do, I'm retired and enjoy teaching and flying.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. To take a person who knows nothing about flying or planes and watch as the person starts to grasp the concept and solo's. The reward is the flash of the "Light Bulb" when everything makes sense and off the student goes and becomes a very good very safe pilot. I am helping the student make a major investment in themself.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. How much does it cost to become a pilot? 8-10K depends on the time commitment
How long does it take to become a pilot? Aprox 3 months
How safe is flight training? Very safe the way I teach it, the most dangerous part of the flight is the drive to the airport.
What kind of plane to you teach in? A Piper Warrior very well maintained and well equiped.
Are you on the Island? Yes, at the airport.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Don't do it for the money. Get into instruction because you love teaching and you love flying.